Honors Attorney Fellowship

$71,697 - $111,720 yearly
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Nov 12, 2021
Full time Government Legal

Job Description

Honors Attorney Fellowship

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Regional Counsel, Region 5

USEPA Region 5 Office of Regional Counsel is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the Fall 2022 Honors Attorney Fellowship, a two-year position in the Chicago, Illinois office. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2021. More information about the position and how to apply can be found here.

We seek applicants for a 2-year position beginning in August 2022 as an Honors Attorney. The program is designed for 2022 law school graduates (Law Clerk announcement #CI-R5-OT-2022-0011) and licensed recent graduates (Attorney Advisor announcement #CI-R5-OT-2021-0033). We encourage applicants with excellent academic credentials, strong research/writing/verbal skills and demonstrated interest in environmental law/public service. Hires will handle challenging cases that include enforcement/counseling work and receive training/mentoring from experienced colleagues. R5 ORC is the legal advisor to the Regional Administrator and provides legal opinions, legal counsel, and litigation support to all regional program divisions. ORC attorneys consult and coordinate with attorneys in OGC, OECA and other ORCs to ensure consistency in the legal position being taken across the Agency. R5's ORC has two branches with four multi-media sections in each. R5 ORC invites talented and diverse candidates to apply for the Attorney-Adviser or Law Clerk position.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at EPA. Our excellence can only be fully realized by staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates are committed to advancing equity and inclusion in the Agency’s workplace and mission. We encourage applications from candidates with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. At EPA, diversity is a vital element in bringing a balance of perspectives to bear on every challenge we face. We are committed to creating a diverse workforce because we know that the individual strengths and abilities of our employees make us a stronger organization. The more inclusive our employee base is, the greater the variety of ideas that are generated, and the more representative we are of the nation we serve. To learn more about how EPA values and supports our diverse workforce, visit Equal Opportunity Employment at EPA. You can also hear a diverse group of attorneys talk about their careers at EPA on the Legal Careers at EPA Webinar.

If you have questions about this position, contact Monesh Chabria at chabria.monesh@epa.gov, 312-886-6842.


Provide legal advice, performs legal research, prepares legal documentation, and provides policy recommendations.

Participate in litigation activities.

Draft Agency determinations, proposed regulations, and Federal Register notices.

Perform negotiation and informal dispute resolution.

Attorney Position

Salary Range: $71,697 - $111,720

A J.D. and bar license are required for Attorney position. You must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions.

In addition, the following specialized training or experience is desired:  Applicant is currently a lawyer or a judicial law clerk at the state or federal level with environmental law or public service as shown through academic courses, internships, or other experience; excellent academic credentials, including strong research, writing, and verbal skills.

Law Clerk Position

Salary Range: $71,697- $93,211

Law school graduate pending admission to a State bar or law school student completing their third year of law school (to obtain a J.D. degree in Spring 2022) required for Law Clerk position, which will convert to Attorney position upon admission to State bar.

In addition, the following specialized training or experience is desired: Environmental law or public service as shown through academic courses, internships, or other experience.


The official details on the position and information on how to apply can be found at the following locations:

Law Clerk  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/621794600

Attorney  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/621795000