Legal Fellow 2019

ChangeLab Solutions seeks up to two Legal Fellows for a one-year term, to support our dynamic team of planners, policy analysts, attorneys, and public health experts who develop innovative solutions to critical public health challenges. Legal Fellows will work across a range of policy areas—including healthy eating, active living, healthy housing, sustainable communities, and tobacco control—and will gain experience in a wide range of issues that impact the communities and institutions in which we live, work, play, and learn. Fellows will also have opportunities to participate in staff professional development.

The 2019 Legal Fellow position(s) will start during the summer or fall of 2019.

About ChangeLab Solutions

ChangeLab Solutions creates innovative laws and policies to ensure everyday health for all, whether that’s providing access to affordable, healthy food and beverages, creating safe opportunities for physical activity, or ensuring the freedom to enjoy smokefree air and clean water. Our solutions address all aspects of a just, vital, and thriving community, like food, housing, child care, schools, transportation, public safety, jobs, and the environment.  

Successful candidates will embody the organization’s core values:
  • Collaboration: We create strong working partnerships internally and externally.
  • Authenticity: We support bringing one’s whole self to work.
  • Excellence: We are passionate about producing high-quality work to advance our shared mission.
  • Innovation: We drive both practical and visionary law and policy solutions to public health problems.
  • Equity: We believe in a shared vision of health for all.
ChangeLab Solutions has a strong commitment to building a staff that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.
Key Responsibilities

Under the direction of staff attorneys, policy analysts, and urban planners, the work of Legal Fellows will include one or more of the following tasks:

  • Legal research and writing assignments, including drafting legal memos and assisting with the development of model legislation
  • Research and writing on a variety of cutting-edge public health legal and policy issues, including developing easy-to-read fact sheets, blog posts, or other resources for ChangeLab Solutions’ audience
  • Assisting program staff in providing technical assistance to community advocates in the field
  • Contributing to peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Partnering with program staff to expand areas of programmatic focus
  • Checking citations
  • Attending meetings or other events with program staff
  • Other duties as assigned
Required Education, Experience, and Skills
  • JD and licensed to practice (or awaiting bar results) in any state
  • If already licensed, must be a member of a state bar in good standing
  • Strong research and writing skills, significant experience with checking citations, and excellent professional judgment
  • Well organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to make complex legal doctrines accessible to a lay audience
  • Ability to manage competing priorities
  • A demonstrated interest in one or more of the following: public health law, municipal law, land use law, public finance, health equity, tobacco control, redevelopment law, housing law, constitutional law, environmental law, climate change, transportation policy, food systems
Compensation, Benefits, and Perks
  • Full-time, yearlong, exempt position; salary range of $51,000 - $56,000 per year
  • Great benefits! * Medical, dental, and vision coverage * Long-term disability insurance * Life insurance * 403(b) plan with employer contribution * Commuter benefits, including $100 public transit subsidy * Flexible spending accounts * Funds for training and professional development
  • Generous paid time off package starting at roughly 4.5 weeks per year, plus 10 holidays and weeklong closure in December
  • Office location in the heart of Uptown Oakland
  • Fiscally stable organization
How to Apply

To apply for a Legal Fellow position, please email all required information to; please include 2019 Legal Fellow in the subject line of the email.

The following items are required for a complete application packet: cover letter, resume, and a relevant writing sample (up to 10 pages – excerpts are fine).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Deadline to apply is December 31, 2018.