EDS Young Lawyer Fund
The Environmental Defence Society is establishing a dedicated EDS Young Lawyer Fund to support one young lawyer's salaryfor an initial period of 3 years.
The appointee will generally have less than five years’ experience post admission. The lawyer will be part of EDS’s litigation team which collectively undertakes the following tasks:
- Preparing submissions on district, regional and unitary plan reviews
- Presenting submissions at first instance hearings
- Acting as junior counsel on appeals to the Environment Court and beyond
- Supporting innovative litigation including declaration proceedings
- Updating the Environment Foundation’s online guide
- Drafting submissions on law changes
- Undertaking legal research on EDS policy reform projects
Implicit in these tasks is a strategic focus on what we consider to be key environmental issues. These include:
- Robust and early improvements in freshwater quality
- Protecting and enhancing our outstanding landscapes
- Protecting indigenous biodiversity, on land and in the sea
- Strengthening our oceans management system including supporting more sustainable fishing methods
- Reforming the broad range of conservation laws
- Reforming the resource management system
This work program will enable a recent graduate to gain deep experience of environmental law early in his or her career. The position with EDS is a fast-track in professional development and the expectation is that when the appointee moves on, the experience with EDS will have encouraged a life-long commitment and interest in the practice of environmental law.
The quantum sought for the Fund is $50,000. EDS has received an initial pledge of $10,000 per annum for each of the next 3 years from one donor, Marta Fisch. Further support is now sought to create a pool of funders to match Marta’s contribution. Pledges or donations can be made here. An annual activities report will be provided to donors.