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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

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Recent Graduates Employment and Labor Law Honors Attorney Fellowship - UPDATE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pacific Southwest (Region 9), Office of Regional Counsel, is pleased to announce a two year Employment and Labor Law Honors Attorney Fellowship. The Fellow is expected to commit to the full term and will be working in the San Francisco, CA office. The application deadline is February 5, 2016.

The Employment and Labor Law Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate who is a licensed attorney with excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in an employment and labor law career and experience in the public sector. It provides an opportunity for entry level attorneys to practice employment and labor law within a leading governmental organization. The Region offers new attorneys significant responsibility and extensive training and mentoring from dedicated colleagues with recognized expertise. The Region offers a diverse and supportive work environment.

The Office of Regional Counsel, Region 9

With over 700 employees, Region 9 is one of ten EPA regional offices and covers the geographic region of California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Pacific Islands, and over 140 Tribal Nations. The Office of Regional Counsel employment and labor law attorneys provide legal support to the Region on a broad range of employment and labor law related matters, including:

  • Federal personnel and ethics law issues;
  • Agency representation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Labor Relations Authority, Merit Systems Protection Board, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Courts and arbitrations;
  • Employee discipline and performance matters;
  • Federal employee antidiscrimination and whistle blower protection statues;
  • and Labor-management relations.

The attorneys are responsible for providing counseling to all levels of management on employment and labor laws, regulations, policies and bargaining agreements. They also represent the Region in employment and labor law proceedings, including negotiations and arbitrations. Possessing excellent writing, research, communication, interpersonal and self management skills are important for this area of practice, as well as being analytical, creative, persistent, flexible and responsible.


Recent law school graduates (2013, 2014, and 2015) who are licensed attorneys with active bar memberships (any State, U.S. territory, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia) are eligible to apply. Applicants who are not bar members are not eligible for this program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. In addition, the candidate's suitability for employment must be confirmed by a background investigation.

Veterans and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. If you qualify for veterans preference and want the Agency to consider that preference as a positive factor in reviewing your application, you must include in your application appropriate documentation such as DD214 (copy 4), your VA letter, or Standard Form15 (disabled veteran).


The Fellowship position is a full time, two year appointment paid at the GS11 level. Full benefits are also provided. Relocation expenses are not authorized. This position is in the Excepted Service (and not in Competitive Service) and does not confer competitive status.

Application Process

Please submit the following no later than Friday, February 5, 2016:

  • Cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in the Fellowship.
  • Resume, including significant accomplishments, work experience, law school class rank, contact telephone numbers, and email address.
  • Transcript of law school grades and documentation of graduation from an ABA accredited law school.
  • Name, address and telephone numbers of three references, including a current or former employer and a law school professor or advisor.
  • Proof of active bar membership and license to practice law in any State, U.S. Territory, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia.
  • Veterans Preference supporting documents, if applicable.

All applications should be submitted by email to: R9ORCHonors@epa.gov
Applications should include "2016 Employment and Labor Law Fellowship Application" in the subject line of the message. Documents may be attached in Word or PDF formats.

Recent Graduates Environmental Law Honors Attorney Fellowship - UPDATE

Please check back on this website in mid 2016 for an update on our 2016 Environmental Law Honors Attorney Fellowship.

Honors Attorney Fellowships in Other EPA Offices

Other EPA Regional Counsel Offices and EPA Headquarter's Office of General Counsel may or may not have Honors Attorney Fellowship programs for 2016. See the links below for more information:

Summer Law Clerks

We do not have Summer 2016 law clerk positions available. Please check on this website during Summer 2016 for an update on Summer 2017 law clerk opportunities.

Semester Interns

We are not currently accepting applications for semester interns.

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