Location: Washington D.C
The Environmental Crimes Section (ECS) is a part of the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) of the U.S. Department of Justice. The section handles all types of both pollution and wildlife crimes and prosecutes cases against both individuals and corporations. Wildlife statutes that are commonly prosecuted include BGEPA (Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act), MBTA (Migratory Birds Treaty Act), ESA (Endangered Species Act), and the Lacey Act. Pollution crimes that are commonly prosecuted include APPS (Act to Prevent Ships from Polluting), CWA (Clean Water Act), CAA (Clean Air Act), RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act), and TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act). Over the course of two summers at ECS, I worked with a variety of different legal professionals. Some of my projects included editing and extensively updating an all-encompassing environmental crimes prosecutor’s manual, assisting trial attorneys with legal research, drafting and giving input on an appeals argument, editing and starting-up an internal environmental crimes sentencing database, assisting attorneys in preparing for witness interviews, organizing evidence for several cases, and working to get a case started and off the ground. Through all of this experience, I gained many valuable skills. I am now familiar with legal research tools such as PACER, Westlaw, and Lexis Nexis, and I am familiar with many environmental statutes and legal terms. I have also developed a better understanding of the scope of legal work through all of the evidence that I sifted through and witnessing the time it takes attorneys to get a case ready for trial. Since I am currently applying to law school to pursue environmental law, all of this knowledge and experience, not to mention the professional connections that I have made, will, no doubt, be invaluable to me in the years to come. Thank you for making this possible CSJF!