Earthjustice: Associate Attorney Position (California Regional)

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.
Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring the best and brightest who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with nine offices across the U.S.

Earthjustice is seeking an associate attorney to join its California Regional Office. The attorney selected for this position will focus on litigation and other advocacy in our efforts to protect the invaluable natural resources of California, including public health, clean air, clean water, and healthy ecosystems. The associate attorney will serve in the California Regional Office, and may be located in either San Francisco or Los Angeles.

Responsibilities: The associate attorney may have primary responsibility for some matters, but will generally work collaboratively with other lawyers in the regional office.

• Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential litigation.
• Draft motions, briefs, and other pleadings.
• Develop oral advocacy and presentation skills.
• Interact with clients and work with experts.
• Participate in communications strategies around litigation campaigns.

Qualifications: Applicants must be law-school graduates who are admitted or willing to apply for admission to the California bar.

• 0-6 years of legal experience, preferably with environmental law or general litigation experience.
• Excellent research and writing skills.
• Outstanding academic record.
• Initiative, good judgment, and a strong work ethic.
• Passion for the environment.
• Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others.

The associate program is designed to help young attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various aspects of public-interest litigation. Many associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice or with other conservation organizations. The term for this position is two to three years.

Application Procedure: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the position is available immediately. Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, law-school transcript, and names and contact information of three references by e-mail to: Subject line should read: Associate Attorney Application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No telephone calls or drop-ins.

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Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.