County Of Sonoma

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CROWN Public Law Attoneys Fellowship

County Of Sonoma
Santa Rosa, CA Full-time
Posted on December 8, 2018

CROWN Public Law Attorneys Fellowship - 2019 - 2020 $26.57 - $32.31/Hourly

The CROWN (Climate, Renewable Energy, Open Space, Water, and Natural Resources) Fellowship Program was originally established in 2011 with a focus on environmental and natural resources issues. It has subsequently been expanded to become a General Public Law Fellowship and embraces all areas of public law practiced by Sonoma County Counsel's Office, including environmental law.

Sonoma County Counsel's clients are undertaking novel, innovative projects in numerous areas of the law. Examples of projects that may be undertaken by CROWN Fellows include:

  • Providing legal support to the County's Office of Recovery & Resiliency, including advising on proposed policies and drafting ordinances to implement various recovery policies and strategies.
  • Drafting conservation contracts and easements for the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and the Permit Sonoma Department
  • Code enforcement litigation work (e.g., preparing complaints, conducting discovery, drafting motions, appearing in court)
  • Presenting trainings to clients on new legislation
  • Conducting legal research on constitutional issues including the First Amendment (public forums), Second Amendment (gun control), and Fifth Amendment (inverse condemnation)
  • Researching land use issues related to the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Coastal Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and local land use controls and use permits
  • Conducting writ hearings and trials
  • Drafting briefs for cases in federal and state court
  • Reviewing Tribal Law cases, including commenting on fee-to-trust applications
  • Drafting proposed ordinances on issues of public health such as tobacco, licensing, food safety, and living wage

Please visit CROWN Attorney Fellowship for additional information regarding the program.

The ideal candidate for the position will be one of the following:

  • A student in the final year of law school who has had one year of law clerk internship experience
  • A law school graduate, within the past twelve (12) months, with significant related coursework or
  • A law school graduate, within the past twenty-four (24) months, who has a currently active membership in the State Bar of California

In addition, the ideal candidate will possess:

  • Excellent academic credentials
  • A strong interest in pursuing a career with a public law agency
  • Keen analytical skills
  • Aptitude for communicating persuasively verbally and in writing