Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Center for Food Safety: Staff Attorney Position

Center for Food Safety
Staff Attorney – San Francisco, California Office
Center for Food Safety (CFS), one of the nation’s top food and environmental advocacy non-profits, is seeking applicationsto fill a staff attorney position in its dynamic downtown San Francisco office.     

What does CFS do?  For nearly 20 years, our mission has centered on protecting the public, the environment and farmers by challenging the harmful impact of food production systems.  We strengthen federal and state food and environmental laws and their enforcement, and promote organic and sustainable agriculture.  Among our many programs and issue areas, CFS is the leading public interest organization litigating the impacts of genetically engineered (GE) crops, and recently had such a case before the U.S. Supreme Court—the first of its kind.

What will you work on? CFS staff attorneys are responsible for developing, coordinating and pursuing strategic litigation in federal and state courts on an ever-expanding variety of leading-edge food industry issues and environmental legal challenges, including:
·         Genetic engineering
·         Organic standards
·         Food Safety
·         Factory farming
·         Food labeling
·         Pesticides
·         Global warming
·         Aquaculture
·         Nanotechnology
Other responsibilities of legal staff include: state and federal rule-making and administrative work; participating in agency, Congressional and other meetings, representing CFS and other clients at hearings and policy events; maintaining and developing organizational partnerships; and working collaboratively with policy staff and law clerk supervision.

What are we looking for? The successful CFS staff attorney candidate will have the following qualifications:
  • Four or more years litigation experience (administrative/environmental law or related area preferred)
  • A passion for enforcing and strengthening environmental laws
  • The ability to independently manage an impact litigation docket
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Self-motivation and willingness to do administrative tasks
  • The ability to work closely with others in small, team-oriented office environment
  • Timely admission to the California bar  
  • Interest or a background in food and agriculture issues a plus

To Apply: For consideration, apply to Ryan Crumley at rcrumley@icta.org. Please include a cover letter explaining your interest, a resume, a legal writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages) and three references.

CFS is an equal opportunity employer. CFS salaries are competitive and based on experience, and include a strong benefits package. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Food Law & Policy Career Guide

I am pleased to link to a very helpful resource developed through a partnership between the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Harvard Food Law Society.

It is the Food Law & Policy Career Guide.

"If you are a law student, emerging young professional, interested food policy advocate, or someone simply searching to learn more about what food policy entails, these resources from across the nation (and world) to help you find your next job, volunteer position, or internship in the world of food policy."

Appreciation is expressed to Emily Broad Leib, the Senior Clinical Fellow in the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation and Director of the Center's Food Law and Policy Clinic for her work on this guide and for allowing us to post it.