The Environmental Torts Section (ET) defends the government in property damage, wrongful death, and personal injury cases, involving toxic substances in the environment, the workplace, and government-owned housing. ET's toxic tort matters are filed and litigated under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) and commonly involve complex scientific and medical issues requiring expert testimony. ET operates within a wide range of litigation, often defending the government in multiple-plaintiff lawsuits and in mass tort actions. These cases are often brought by plaintiffs alleging injuries caused by air, surface, water, or groundwater contamination, or by direct contact with hazardous substances. Some of the more recent cases ET has litigated have related to: (1) legionella bacteria at a government hospital facility; (2) alleged heavy metal exposures from mine waste released into a river; (3) alleged formaldehyde exposures from emergency housing units deployed by FEMA after Hurricane Katrina; (4) the Department of Interior's application of herbicide over a portion of Idaho; (5) alleged groundwater contamination at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; (6) alleged exposure to per-fluorinated compounds; and, (7) EPA's oversight of state and local agencies' activities concerning lead in the water supply of Flint, Michigan.
Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging opportunity? The Department of Justice is looking for ambitious and reliable volunteer students who can:
· assist in handling large mass tort cases;
· investigate cases and organize large cases files;
· research federal and state law, and federal agency guidelines;
· research expert witnesses;
· summarize transcripts and medical reports;
· work on broad and diverse legal case matters; and
· be a part of a team that has responsibility, visibility, and importance.
ET defends the government in property damage, wrongful death, and personal injury cases, involving toxic substances in the environment, the workplace, and government-owned housing. Volunteer students work directly with lead counsel and co-counsel on the high-profile cases mentioned above.
Undergraduates are encouraged to apply. Excellent research and writing skills, organizational skills, attention to detail, and a desire to be part of a team environment are essential. Excellent opportunity for students with a background and interest in environmental law, toxic torts, and/or litigation in general. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Interns must be able to commit a minimum of 10-20 hours per week for 8 continuous weeks in the fall and spring and 8 to 10 weeks in the summer. Requests for split summers will be considered.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and current transcript via email by 11:59 p.m. on October 12, 2018, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter should be addressed to the "Environmental Torts - Student Volunteer Coordinator." It is best to send all documents in .PDF format.