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U.S. EPA Region 5’s Office of Regional Counsel – Honors Attorney Fellows

Application period closes on Monday, December 2, 2019.

The Office of Regional Counsel seeks applications for two Fall 2020 Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowships. These are temporary two-year positions in the Chicago, Illinois office. Honors Attorney Fellows are expected to commit to the full two-year term that will begin in the fall of 2020.

The EPA Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate with excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in an environmental law career and the public sector. It provides an opportunity for entry-level attorneys to practice law in a leading governmental environmental organization, and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector. Region 5 offers new attorneys significant responsibility, the opportunity to handle a varied caseload that includes enforcement and counseling work, and extensive training and mentoring from dedicated colleagues with recognized expertise. The Region offers a diverse and supportive work environment.

Qualified applicants must be J.D. graduates of an ABA accredited law school and be members of a state bar, or 2019 and 2020 J.D. graduates with bar membership pending. The ideal candidate will be a recently graduated attorney with excellent written and oral communication skills, a strong interest in public service and the mission of EPA. We are also interested in recent graduates who are currently serving in judicial clerkships, the term of which will expire in the summer or fall of 2020. Region 5 has a strong preference that the applicant be able to start in the fall of 2020. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position. 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.

The office seeks applications for the Fall 2020 Fellowships through December 2, 2019. Please note that EPA will not accept applications received after December 2, 2019. All required supporting documents must be submitted electronically via email to with the subject heading “Fall 2020 Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship.”

For questions about the Fall 2020 Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship, please contact Karen L. Peaceman, Fellowship Program Coordinator, telephone: (312) 353-5751, e-mail: