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Staff Attorney, International Program

Location: 
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC
Department:  Legal
Job Type: 
Full Time

Earthjustice is seeking an experienced lawyer to work on international environmental issues. The attorney will be based in our offices in San Francisco or Washington, D.C.

Earthjustice’s International Program uses the power of the law to protect the environment and human health worldwide. We represent public interest and community groups in international tribunals, domestic courts, and international institutions to defend the right to a healthy environment around the world. Areas of recent and current work include advocacy to establish strong standards to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and short-lived climate pollutants; establish the human right to a healthy environment; protect the Arctic environment; promote citizen participation in environmental protection in Latin America; and increase the resilience of the marine environment to the effects of ocean acidification.

Responsibilities

The attorney will develop and implement cases and/or legal advocacy campaigns in domestic and international fora to protect the environment worldwide. The attorney must be able to exercise significant program initiative and responsibility as a member of a multi-faceted advocacy team. The International Program is a small team that values collaboration and collegiality.

Qualifications

  • At least 10–15 years of experience and a proven record of accomplishment in international law (ideally international environmental law).
  • Excellent written and oral communication and advocacy skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to international environmental issues.
  • Experience working in cross-cultural settings.
  • Membership in the bar of the U.S. jurisdiction in which the attorney will be located, or willingness to apply for membership within 6 months of employment.
  • An ability to travel.

The ideal candidate will also have substantial experience in:

  • At least one substantive area of international environmental law or policy.
  • International treaty negotiations or the operation of international institutions.
  • Litigation in domestic (U.S. or foreign) or international fora.
  • Working with foreign attorneys or diplomats.

Salary

Salary is commensurate with experience, and we offer an exceptional benefits package.

Application Procedure

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position is open immediately. Please send a cover letter, resume, a legal writing sample that has not been edited by another person, and names and contact information of three references to: eajusintl@earthjustice.org. Subject line should read: International Program Attorney Application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No telephone calls.

Our Values

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.

About Earthjustice

Founded in 1971, 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.