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Food-Law Fellowship

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The Fellow works with the CSPI Litigation Director and other CSPI attorneys to litigate cases, including false and misleading labeling/advertising class actions in federal and state trial courts.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit advocacy organization that focuses on improving nutrition and health in the United States.  Among its myriad accomplishments, CSPI led successful efforts to win a ban of trans fat in processed foods; an “added sugars” line for Nutrition Facts labels; more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in all public schools; and a halt to advertising of junk food to children by most major manufacturers.  CSPI also publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter, a leading nutrition newsletter.  In recognition of its contributions to public health, CSPI and its leadership have received myriad awards from the FDA, CDC, AHA, and others. 

Among CSPI’s priority programs is its Litigation Project.  That project pioneered the field of food law and ever since 2004 has used litigation and negotiation to tackle some of the toughest issues in food and nutrition, including better food labeling and more honest marketing.  To learn more about CSPI’s litigation work, visit http://cspinet.org/protecting-our-health/courts.  Current litigations include a pioneering litigation against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association for violation of DC’s consumer protection statute in branding sugar drinks as, effectively, healthy, and class actions against General Mills, CVS, and Kelloggs for false and misleading advertising (deceptive health halos).

Position 

The CSPI Food-Law Fellowship is a two-year opportunity to serve as a litigation counsel at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. 

Responsibilities 

The Fellow works with the CSPI Litigation Director and other CSPI attorneys to litigate cases, including false and misleading labeling/advertising class actions in federal and state trial courts.  Additional activities may include legal research and analysis relating to CSPI’s advocacy more generally and legislative drafting.

Qualifications

The Fellow must have excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills.  As well, the Fellow should be highly innovative and have a strong interest in and commitment to CSPI’s work.  CSPI will consider applicants of all levels of practice, however, experience as a federal court clerk or with a highly reputable legal practice, or DOJ, is essential. CSPI is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified and interested persons are encouraged to apply. CSPI may consider part-time applicants with exceptional credentials.

Applications

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and contact information for three or more references to hr@cspinet.org.  Please include FL-cspi in the email subject line.  Law school transcripts may also be supplied. 

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