Friday, July 18, 2014

Attorney, Farm Credit Council, Normal, IL Central office

Job Description:

This position reduces legal and compliance risk by providing legal counsel to the Executive Leadership Team and association staff.

Loan Transactions

•Facilitates loan transactions by responding to novel credit concerns, transaction structures, or other circumstances

•Decides, after balancing legal risk, whether or not to close a loan transaction

•Drafts, reviews, and negotiates loan documents and other contracts with the advice of the Compliance Officer

•Determines loan eligibility by deciding whether or not a transaction is within the association’s legal authority

Legal Matters

•Advises the Executive Leadership Team, the Board of Directors, and association staff on legal, compliance, and litigation matters

•Identifies legal changes affecting the association’s business or operations

•Responds to legal changes by drafting new policies and procedures

•Responds to routine litigation matters, subpoena requests, or other legal proceedings

•Interprets association policies and procedures

•Writes legal opinions

Real Estate Assets

•Manages the purchase, sale, and lease of the association’s real estate assets

•Determines the terms of the purchase or sale and title insurance policies

•Negotiates and drafts the necessary closing documents

Job Requirements: 
Minimum Qualifications

•Juris Doctor

•3 years related experience

•Or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job 

Required Knowledge and Skills •Skill in using Microsoft technologies including e‐mail, word and spreadsheet processing

•Expertise in the areas of lending law, real estate law, and the Uniform Commercial Code

•Skill in lending market practices

•Skill in litigation response and management and contract drafting

•Oral and written communication skills, sufficient to discuss a variety of job-related topics, and to effectively communicate complex topics to a variety of audiences

View the full job description here.

USDA Office of General Counsel - Attorney Advisor - Little Rock, Arkansas

Department:Department Of Agriculture
Agency:Office of the General Counsel
Job Announcement Number:AG-OGC-2014-0226-DE


$57,982.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 to Wednesday, August 6, 2014




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Little Rock, AR View Map


US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required. 


Q - Nonsensitive




USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.  Our vision is to expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation's natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.
The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice and services to all agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture in administering USDA programs and activities within the defined geographic area.
This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel, Kansas City, Missouri Central Region, Little Rock, Arkansas Branch Office.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Legislative Attorney at CRS in Washington, D.C. - Environmental Law

Job Title:Legislative Attorney
Department:Legislative Branch
Agency:Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number:140195


$89,924.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, July 15, 2014 to Tuesday, August 12, 2014




Open - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


U.S. citizens






The Congressional Research Service (CRS), American Law Division, is seeking a Legislative Attorney to provide analysis of legal questions that emerge from the work of Congress related to environmental law in particular and American public law generally. This is a non-litigating position that emphasizes qualifications and interest in legal research and writing in a public service legislative context. Candidates with research experience in and a broad general knowledge of legal issues regarding the environment in particular and American public law in general, who demonstrate strong research, writing, and oral communication skills, and who possess a portfolio of high quality legal analytical writing are encouraged to apply.

The primary focus of this position is the broad area of environmental law. However, given the relatively small staff of the American Law Division and the breadth of issues the Division covers for Congress, candidates must also be capable of working in a number of different areas of the law and have the intellectual curiosity to seek out and maintain a broad portfolio of legal issues. In addition to experience with environmental law, applicants should have knowledge of administrative law, constitutional law, and budget and appropriations.

The Legislative Attorney prepares objective, non-partisan analytical studies and descriptive and background memoranda and reports on legal issues of national significance; provides personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members, and staff on legal issues throughout the legislative process; and participates in or leads team research projects and seminars. The Legislative Attorney is expected to develop over time the skills necessary to provide legal analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for nearly a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on legal and public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

Monday, July 14, 2014

USDA Office of General Counsel - Juneau, Alaska

Job Title:General Attorney
Department:Department Of Agriculture
Agency:Office of the General Counsel
Job Announcement Number:AG-OGC-2014-0224


$63,330.00 to $82,329.00 / Per Year


Friday, July 11, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Juneau, AK View Map


US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required. 






USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.  Our vision is to expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation's natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.
Attorneys assigned to field offices in the Office of the General Counsel (offices physically located outside the Washington, D.C., Headquarters) provide legal advice and services to all agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture in administering USDA programs and activities within the defined geographic area. The incumbent serves as an attorney providing legal advice, research, analysis and interpretation of federal, state and local laws, as well as oral and written opinions, memoranda, pleadings, briefs and legal support of all USDA programs and litigation, and performs other legal services as assigned.


  • Occasional Travel
  • as needed


  • No


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


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As a General Attorney, you will be responsible for the following:
  • Prepares pleadings, motions, briefs, litigation reports, and related documents in connection with suits by and against the government.
  • Determines nature of legal issues involved
  • Effectively represents Department and agency clients.
  • Provides timely and relevant legal advice regarding program operations to management officials and to expertly represent clients in negotiations and legal proceedings.
  • Identifies, analyzes, and evaluates issues of fact and law associated with clients' programs and initiatives.
  • Speaks and writes with clarity and tact to provide guidance on complex legal issues, secures acceptance of recommendations, prepares complex legal opinions, and effectively represents the Department in a variety of interactions.


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For consideration, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for attorney positions:
• Successful completion a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the America Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD) (Law School transcript required)
•Currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

For full details and to apply click here.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Office of Tribal Justice, Attorney Advisor

Attorney Advisor 
Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ)
Announcement #: OTL-ATY-0114
Application Deadline: August 1, 2014
Posted: 07/09/2014 03:04 PM EDT 
OTJ is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as Attorney Advisor to provide counsel and assistance to the Director and senior staff. OTJ attorneys: 
  • Provide advice on significant tribal justice matters and assist in policy and legislative development and review.
  • Provide advice to OTJ leadership on Department components litigating, protecting or otherwise addressing Native American rights and/or related issues.
  • Review proposed legal actions submitted by divisions that require OTJ approval or coordination.
  • Perform legal research on assigned questions or law or policy and prepare reports and memoranda.
  • Assist in coordinating with attorneys and officials of the Department, other government agencies, and interested parties to provide guidance and advice to ensure compliance with statutory, regulatory and policy requirements.
  • Assist in maintaining liaison with federally recognized tribes, and work with the appropriate federal, tribal, state, and local officials, professional associations, and public interest groups.
  • Develop, coordinate and execute special projects as assigned by the Director or the Deputy Directors.
View the full posting here.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Join the ranks of eminent legal scholars and practitioners in the Fulbright program, the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world—supported for more than half a century by the American people through an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress and by the people of partner nations.
The Fulbright Core  U.S. Scholar Program offers more than 200 opportunities to guest lecture, conduct research, network and build collaboration in a wide range of legal fields across Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe-Eurasia, East Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia and the Western Hemisphere.

In addition, diverse award types are available for postdoctoral researchers, distinguished professors and professional applicants. A Ph.D. or JD is required for most awards. Grant activity, length, invitation requirements, language requirements and qualifications will vary by award. With more flexible research and teaching terms, regional travel benefits, and options for early career and non-tenured scholars, now is the time to apply for a Fulbright grant. 

Highlighted award legal opportunities for 2015-16 include:

·         Nepal Kathmandu School of Law 
·         China Law 
·         Canada Research Chairs in Legal Studies
·         Latvia Law 
·         Japan All Disciplines Research
·         Ghana Law
·         Palestinian Territories International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

full listing of Fulbright opportunities is available online.  For more information about the program, visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar website.   Don’t forget to join MY FULBRIGHT an online community of scholars and professionals to receive program updates, tips and other helpful resources. 

The application deadline for the 2015-15 academic year is August 1, 2014

NOTE:  We are proud to announce a Fulbright Scholar from the LL.M. Program -  A'dae Romero, a member of the class of 2013-14 will be heading to New Zealand next Fall.  Read more -  

Friday, June 20, 2014

Program Officer, Center for Agriculture & Food Systems (CAFS), Vermont Law

Please be advised that Vermont Law School is seeking candidates for a Program Officer for its Center for Agriculture and Food Systems:

CAFS Mission
The mission of Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) is to train the next generation of sustainable food and agriculture law and policy advocates and entrepreneurs, and to collaborate with local, regional, national and international partners to create and disseminate innovative legal tools that food system stakeholders –- including farmers, food entrepreneurs, consumers and advocates -- can leverage to drive their market and policy initiatives forward.

Program Officer Duties
The Program Officer (PO) is one of the core CAFS’ team members. As such, the PO has a dynamic role with high degree of responsibility, autonomy, and works on a wide range of duties.

The PO is responsible, as assigned, for leadership on all aspects of complex projects. In terms of securing and administering projects, the PO will work on fund-development (i.e. researching potential funding, contacting/gathering information from potential donors, etc.), assisting OIA office with grant- writing, and grant/project administration and budget tracking. In terms of executing projects, the PO is responsible for conducting research; drafting reports, memoranda, and white papers; directing student research associates; developing web components; designing information products; and interfacing with project/design contractors. In terms of promoting CAFS’ projects, the PO coordinates with other team members on CAFS’ media and outreach, and the PO is responsible for generating CAFS’ monthly electronic newsletter. The PO may manage several projects (at varying stages and levels of complexity) at once.

Many of CAFS’ projects are executed through CAFS’ Food & Agriculture Clinic. In that regard, the PO will often be providing direct support to CAFS’ clinical lead, and will work with the clinical lead and students on CAFS’/ clinic projects. The PO may also receive direct project assignments from the

The PO will also represent CAFS at fundraisers, policy events and meetings; speak at conferences; and represent CAFS in various working groups. Finally, the PO will participate in planning and strategy for CAFS, take part in staff meetings and other administrative duties as assigned.

This position is grant funded and as such is a one (1) year assignment.
Renewal of this opportunity is dependent upon future grant funding and performance. Salary is in the low $40's.


A minimum of 3 yrs of relevant experience is required.
A graduate degree is preferred, or an equivalent combination of work experience and education.
Demonstrated passion for food and agricultural issues required.
Strong computer skills (e.g. proficient in Microsoft suite, skilled with social media; knowledge of InfoGraphics a plus).
Solid writing and research skills, plus experience with public speaking required.

To apply, please go to, click on "About VLS", then
"Employment at VLS", and then "Click here to see our job opportunities".

Monday, June 9, 2014

Environmental & Land Use Instructor, University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law

The University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law seeks to fill a non-tenure track skills instructor lecturer position focused on Environmental and Land Use Law. Applicants for this position should hold a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be a member in good standing of a state Bar, and have a minimum of three years of experience practicing environmental or land use law. Primary responsibilities will include developing and teaching skills courses on topics such as interviewing and counseling as well as skills and experiential courses, including field courses, in the College's Environmental and Land Use program, and supervising externships and projects. Experience with Florida or federal environmental, water or land use law, current Florida Bar membership, and experience seeking grants are desirable. The anticipated starting date is January 2014. The salary range is $60,000 to $66,500 for a 12-month appointment. Members of groups under-represented in the legal profession including persons of color and women are particularly encouraged to apply. To apply go to: Refer to requisition number 0905739. Please include CV, transcript(s), and the names of three references. The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer. If accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352)392-4621 or TDD (352)392-7734.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Program Officer, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Baltimore, MD
Program Officer
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - Center for a Livable Future

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) is seeking a Program Officer for its Food Communities & Public Health (FCPH) Program. The program includes multiple projects involving the provision of technical assistance and working in close collaboration with organizational partners. In addition, the program builds upon strong relationships with a range of partners in the NGO, public health, community-based organization, and academic communities to improve food environments, increase access to healthy food, and inform food and nutrition policy. The primary role for this position is to lead CLF’s ongoing technical assistance and science advisory role with the national Meatless Monday (MM) Campaign, a non-profit public health initiative of the Monday Campaigns. As a core member of the FCPH program team, the FCPH Program Officer also plays a key role in implementing other projects and Center-wide activities as needed. The position includes multiple responsibilities requiring project management skills, technical expertise in public health, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.
Specific examples of these responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Lead and/or manage a full range of technical assistance activities in accordance with CLF’s defined role with the MM Campaign, including: research and evaluation activities, communication of science, public health advocacy, and educational outreach.

Serve as CLF’s primary liaison with the Healthy Monday Program within the Bloomberg School’s Department of Health, Behavior and Society.

Lead activities to strengthen the scope of involvement and commitment to the MM campaign at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins University in general (e.g. MM in cafeterias, symposia, events, etc.).

Represent CLF in maintaining an ongoing consultative, collaborative, and advisory relationship with colleagues at the MM Campaign.

Work closely with the MM Campaign in developing strategies for campaign expansion within new arenas (e.g., international organizations, international health agencies, public health associations, federal and state agencies, and/or community organizations, etc.).

Lead efforts to harness expertise available within CLF and throughout JHU to address technical assistance requests of the MM Campaign and to implement project work plans supporting clear objectives that are in line with the goals of the MM campaign.

Provide technical expertise re. nutritional science, food system, and public health research in order to inform MM campaign (and other partner organizations’) work-planning, communication materials development, outreach activities, etc.

Represent CLF and the MM Campaign in appropriate professional and community settings. Representing CLF, speak with media representatives about the MM Campaign and the public health implications of meat production and consumption.

Work closely with the FCPH Program Director, serving as their deputy in coordinating program-wide activities.

Work closely with CLF’s communications and public affairs teams to produce needed science translation materials and social media products.

Speak publicly at key events, including conferences and guest lecturing in classes at JHU and other academic institutions.

Coordinate and participate in research projects as appropriate, including design and implementation, and the oversight of data collection and analysis.

Supervise FCPH program staff as well as undergraduate and graduate research assistant activities at CLF.
Bachelors degree in Public Health, Nutrition, or related field. Five years of relevant experience required working within an academic environment and/or university system. Demonstrated supervisory or lead responsibilities. Requires excellent organizational, writing, public speaking, and networking skills.
Will possess strong technical expertise and program management experience in one or more of the following areas: public health, food systems, human nutrition, behavior change communication, and health education and promotion. Must be organized, efficient, and detail-oriented with ability to multi-task and be flexible.
Independent, self-motivated learner and worker who also functions well in a team setting. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, & Power Point. Experience working with grassroots organizations, corporations, public relations agencies, and/or public policy decision-makers; with food and/or diet-related industries/issues/campaigns.
Will possess experience conducting advocacy activities, demonstrate a collaborative approach to work, are excellent communicators, demonstrate a strong capacity for initiative, recognize the value of rigorous analysis, enjoy problem solving and leading program work in both established and emerging areas. Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
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