The Center for Earth Jurisprudence (CEJ) is the only Center situated within a U.S. law school fully dedicated to the advancement of legal consideration of the inherent rights of nature and the inclusion of Earth Jurisprudence courses within the law school curriculum. The Associate Director will primarily assist the Director in the design, implementation and management of multiple aspects of the Center including research and publications, programming, public presence, enhancement of visibility and social media presence, and resource acquisition.
The Associate Director will be joining CEJ at a time of renewed vision and commitment in addressing legal, cultural, and ethical responses to the increasing global impacts of climate change and vast ecological and human suffering.
1. Collaborate with Director and CEJ Staff on managing selected research projects and oversee their publications:
- Oversee the production and delivery of two annual issues of the Groundswell newsletter.
- Collaborate with CEJ Staff on Constitution Revision Commission advocacy for the right to a healthy environment.
- Assist the Director in research and drafting of academic articles on Earth Jurisprudence issues.
2. Maintain high quality communication networks and expand social media outreach, particularly among young adults, in advancing an Earth jurisprudence message.
- Updating and producing original content for CEJ website.
- Increase social media outreach and mediums.
3. Design and coordinate at least two legal, interdisciplinary and/or ecosystem immersion programs/initiatives each semester that advance eco-centric legal systems and/or an appreciation of nature, especially within Florida.
4. Share with Director the representation of CEJ/Barry Law School in public forums:
- Participate in organizational relationships with national and international partners also working on Earth Jurisprudence and rights of nature approaches.
- Expand CEJ's value-added contributions to the Barry Law School community by executing specific outreach efforts, networking with student organizations, serving on the Environmental Responsibility Committee, and participating in planning any Earth Law Summit held at the University.
5. Collaborate with Director on identifying and acquiring additional resources.
- 3 to 5 years of relevant experience in teaching, litigation; or public policy formation.
- Demonstration of ability to distinguish between environmental law and Earth Jurisprudence.
- Understanding of how social movements are generated and maintained.
- Awareness of environmental/climate issues.
- Commitment to advance new legal paradigm that recognizes and protects the inherent rights of the natural world to exist and flourish.
- Respect and reverence for the Earth community.
- Commitment to social and ecological justice through collaborative partnering.
- Commitment to development of legal systems that includes cultural support for legal protection of natural communities.
- Respect and love for the natural world, with a strong sense of ecological and social justice.