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JOB POSTING: Attorney/Development Staff - Western Resources Legal Center


The Western Resources Legal Center (WRLC) is an independent 501(c)(3) legal education organization. WRLC provides law students with quality instruction and excellent opportunities to develop their legal skills and knowledge of natural resources and environmental laws through the legal representation of clients active in natural resources related industries.  Our program helps lead law students to careers as attorneys and policymakers with an appreciation for the challenges faced by, and the importance of, natural resource industries.


We are seeking to add a dynamic and driven lawyer to assist in three key areas.  We are seeking an Attorney/Development Staff member to enthusiastically help with teaching, fundraising, development, and litigation. The position will also support the legal education program by working with law students on related practical legal skills.  The position will also assist in representing clients in litigation and regulatory and policy issues (including areas such as the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, National Forest Management Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and National Environmental Policy Act).  Finally, the position will assist the Executive Director in maintaining and developing a national network of donors and supporters of the WRLC mission.


WRLC is a small collegial team.  We offer a great opportunity to work on a variety of issues and active practice in federal district courts, circuit courts of appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court on precedent-setting issues.  Salary $75,000-$100,000 DOE.


Requested Qualifications

  • Minimum 3-5+ years demonstrated legal experience in natural resources related field.  Prior federal litigation experience is strongly preferred. 
  • Dedication to WRLC’s educational mission. 
  • Excellent public speaking, advocacy, and writing skills.
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with donors, students, law school faculty, and board members. 
  • Travel regularly for conferences, association meetings, and court appearances. 
  • Superior time management skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and meet litigation deadlines, and skill in analyzing and drafting complex legal arguments.
  • Must be admitted to at least one state bar. 
  • A strong interest in teaching law students how to advocate on behalf of natural resource users.


To Apply – Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:, with the subject line “Job Application: Attorney/Development Staff.”  Applications will be considered October 1 or until the position is filled. 


Equal Opportunity Policy – WRLC seeks to build a diverse and highly qualified staff and encourages applications for employment from all qualified individuals.  WRLC does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, sex, religion, age, marital status, national origin, the presence of any physical disability, veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, and local laws.

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JOB POSTING: Attorney Advisor (General) - Dept. of the Interior


The Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor has two vacancies for the position of Attorney-Advisor (General) in its Lakewood, Colorado office.

As an Attorney-Advisor (General) with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Rocky Mountain Region, Federal and Indian Royalties Section, located in Lakewood, CO your specific duties will include:


1. Provide a full array of legal services to the offices and programs of the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) with particular emphasis on legal issues related to the appropriate interpretation and implementation of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (FOGRMA), 30 U.S.C. §§ 1701-59; the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, 30 U.S.C. §§ 181 et seq.; and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), 43 U.S.C. §§ 1331-1356b. Accordingly, some familiarity with the federal laws governing the leasing of federal and Indian minerals and the accounting for, and collection and disbursement of, royalties from federal and Indian mineral leases is highly desirable. Moreover, familiarity with the general principles of federal Indian law is preferable.


Regularly work with ONRR to develop and formally promulgate regulations implementing FOGRMA; regularly represent ONRR in administrative appeals before the Hearings Division of the Department of the Interior’s Office of Hearings and Appeals and before the Interior Board of Land Appeals; and regularly provide litigation support to the Department of Justice when rules, administrative decisions or actions are challenged in federal court.


Provide both oral and written advice to ONRR on a wide variety of matters, including questions related to the Administrative Procedure Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Accordingly, some knowledge of federal administrative law is highly desirable for this position.


Assist ONRR and the Department of Justice in developing, reviewing, filing, and proving up the United States’ claims in bankruptcy proceedings of entities whose assets include interests in federal or Indian mineral leases.


2. Coordinate with colleagues and other offices in the Office of the Solicitor to ensure that legal advice provided is consistent and uniform and reflects the priorities of the Department of the Interior and the Secretary of the Interior.


3. Review proposed legislation and testimony on proposed legislation related to the ONRR’s offices and programs and assist with responses to Congressional document requests.


The incumbent will report directly to the Assistant Regional Solicitor for Royalties; will meet regularly with the Assistant Regional Solicitor to discuss pending matters; and will keep the Assistant Regional Solicitor apprised of all potentially controversial matters or matters of national significance.


Applicants must be law school graduates with LL.B. or J.D. degrees AND applicants must be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.



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Internships are regularly available for South-African as well as Foreign law students who have completed their legal education in English, French, or Portuguese in the offices of ENSafrica (Johannesburg or Cape Town).


Overview of ENSafrica

With over 620 practitioners and more than 200 executives, ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm. The firm has a breadth and depth of experience and specialist expertise that spans all commercial areas of law, including tax law, IP/IT law and forensics.


The firm was established over 100 years ago, making it one of the oldest full-service law firms in Africa and offers clients country-specific knowhow which covers:

  • business investment, risk and economic profiles;
  • African cultural and social customs; and
  • the continent’s legal, IP and tax systems.


The firm is divided in 4 major Business Units ((1) Corporate and Commercial, (2) Banking and Finance, (3) Energy, Mining and Infrastructure and (4) Dispute Resolution, and has offices in South Africa, Namibia, Rwanda, Mauritius, Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana.


ENSafrica also operates in other African countries with its team of multi-qualified and multilingual lawyers, in particular in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa.


The firm has practitioners qualified to practise the law of all the countries where it is established, and also has an international English law practice and a French law practice, with a team of French qualified lawyers who have transactional expertise in Francophone countries, as well as practitioners, who are qualified to practise OHADA law.


In addition, the firm’s Portuguese-speaking lawyers assist clients in Lusophone Africa, in particular Angola and Mozambique, while its dedicated China department consists of Mandarin and Cantonese- speaking practitioners who are focused on Chinese entry and expansion strategy into Africa and vice versa.


Administrative conditions applicable to internships


Location : Main office of ENSafrica, 150, West Street, Sandton, South Africa ; an internship in the Cape Town office of ENSafrica may also be envisaged


Duration : 3 months (renewable)


Remuneration : internships are available for students who are not yet qualified to practise law as legal practitioners in their home-jurisdiction ; therefore, they cannot be offered employment contracts or be employed and salaried like employees of ENSafrica ; however, they can enter into an internship agreement and an internship indemnity is available.


Supervision : students admitted to complete an internship at ENSafrica are supervised by one or several executives (partners) and internship statements or other evaluation / reference documents can be delivered at the end of the internship.


Immigration requirements and visas : foreign students are required to apply and obtain a temporary internship visa or student visa from the South African Embassy located in their country of residence prior to the commencement of the internship.


Key Responsibilities

  • Legal research (collecting and gathering legal sources of information)
  • Legal research in comparative law research centres and academic institutions of South-Africa
  • Analysing probable outcomes based on legal precedents
  • Attending independently to high level research
  • Maintaining an up-to-date comprehensive knowledge of developments in the relevant areas of law and disseminate that information
  • Drafting country profiles, research notes, synoptic tables, powerpoint or excel presentations
  • Assisting executives / partners with preparation of training and/or other presentations
  • Assisting executives with the drafting of brochures, tenders, proposals, bids)
  • Legal translations from English to French and from French to English
  • Legal translations from English to Portuguese and from Portuguese to English


Academic qualifications


  • At least a bachelor’s degree (LLB) or a master’s degree (LLM) in law or equivalent degree from a reputable law school established in an Anglophone jurisdiction (South-Africa, Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, Malta, Hong-Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand), a Francophone jurisdiction (Canada, Belgium, France, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Lebanon) or a Lusophone jurisdiction (Portugal, Brazil, Macau, Angola or Mozambique).
  • If possible, academic training completed with another degree in accounting, tax, economics, business administration, commerce, political science, international relations or languages.


Academic training


  • Prior legal training in one or several of the following legal specialisms :
  • public international law-private international law -international commercial arbitration-international law of the sea-international comparative law-European comparative law-African comparative law- corporate and commercial law-competition law-property law-land law-engineering and construction law-banking and financial law-mining and petroleum law, natural resources law, energy law- international trade and competition law-IP/IT law-environmental law-employment law-international taxation-corporate taxation-resource taxation-forensics.


Languages (ESSENTIAL)


Fluency in at least two of the following languages : English, French, Portuguese


Other skills needed


  • A prior knowledge or interest for international and comparative business law and Africa
  • Strong analytical skills
  • The ability to self-regulate; and
  • The ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to handle high volumes of research as well as meet deadlines with the view to adding value to the business by delivering the required results
  • Ability to assist with knowledge transfer to professionals and take advantage of team interactions
  • Ability to produce consistent high quality legal research
  • Display honesty and integrity at all times