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Wendy Jacobs Legal Fellowship

POSITION: Wendy Jacobs Legal Fellowship

REPORTS TO: Legal Director

LOCATION: CATF’s Boston, Massachusetts Headquarters Office, with the opportunity to work remotely.

TYPE: Full-time, one year, with the possibility of a one-year extension.

ABOUT CATF: Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a non-profit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies. This is accomplished through research and analysis, legal and public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector. With nearly 25 years of nationally and internationally recognized expertise on clean air policy and regulations and a fierce commitment to fully exploring all potential solutions, CATF is an environmental advocacy group with the bold ideas needed today to solve the climate crisis. CATF is headquartered in Boston, with staff working virtually around the US and abroad.

ROLE: CATF announces the availability of the Wendy Jacobs Legal Fellowship providing support to an early-career attorney to join the CATF legal team and engage all aspects of our legal and regulatory work. The start date for this position would be in the Spring or Summer of 2022. The Jacobs Fellow will join CATF’s staff of lawyers, scientists, and policy analysts dedicated to reducing atmospheric pollution and climate change through research, legal and regulatory advocacy, and private sector collaboration. CATF’s team engages actively with state and federal administrative policy matters, and represents clients in litigation.

KEY FUNCTIONS/SCOPE: As part of CATF’s legal team, the Jacobs Fellow will work under the direction of CATF’s Legal Director and attorneys, and with other CATF program staff with all phases of our legal and litigation efforts, from administrative record building and case strategy development through appeals. The Jacobs Fellow may serve as co-counsel to CATF’s clients and work as needed on policy analysis and/or legislative research and analysis, legal research, writing, strategy and problem solving in specific matters. The Jacobs Fellow also will help select and supervise law student interns.


  • The successful candidate will hold a J.D. degree and a license to practice law, with preferably one or two years of full-time legal experience.
  • Exceptional legal writing and analytical skills are required.
  • Relevant litigation or clerkship experience is a significant plus, as are a demonstrated commitment to nonprofit lawyering and excellent references.
  • Undergraduate background in science or engineering is a helpful qualification but is not required.

COMPENSATION: CATF’s Legal Fellowship is a one-year position with the possibility of a one-year renewal, based on performance and the availability of funding. Salary level will be commensurate with experience, and competitive with public interest legal fellowships in Massachusetts. CATF offers generous health, retirement and vacation/holiday benefits, and flexible and dynamic working environment.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND TIMING: By March 1, 2022, please submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples demonstrating relevant analytic skills and legal writing ability, and law school transcript. Please be prepared to provide references upon request.   Please follow this link to submit your resume and additional materials.

CATF provides equal employment opportunities.