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Associate Attorney

Denver, CO
Department:  Legal
Job Type: 
Full Time

The Rocky Mountain Office of Earthjustice is seeking an associate attorney to join its staff immediately. This position is for two to three years, although it may be extended, consistent with office staffing needs, in the case of exceptionally qualified applicants with demonstrated progress and ability.


The associate attorney will generally work collaboratively with senior Earthjustice attorneys, but is expected to work more independently over time. The specific responsibilities include:

  • Conducting legal research and preparing memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential litigation projects.
  • Drafting motions, briefs and other pleadings.
  • Preparing comments on proposed agency actions and environmental impact statements.
  • Developing oral advocacy and presentation skills.
  • Assisting with discovery.
  • Interacting with clients and working with experts to develop a clear understanding of the facts involved in each case and to utilize experts and others to support our litigation goals.



  • Applicants must be law school graduates who are admitted or willing to apply for admission to the Colorado bar.
  • 1–5 years of experience (which may include a judicial clerkship) in environmental law or general litigation.
  • Excellent research, critical thinking, writing and oral advocacy skills.
  • A solid academic record.
  • Initiative, good judgment, a strong work ethic.
  • Passion for environmental protection and justice.
  • Ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with others.

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


Associate Program

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.



All applicants should send the following by email to, or U.S. mail: a cover letter describing your personal interest and commitment to environmental advocacy, resume, recent writing sample that reflects primarily or entirely your work, law school transcript, and at least three professional references to:

Office Manager, Earthjustice
633 17th Street, Suite 1630
Denver, CO  80202

We will accept applications until the position is filled. Please, no phone calls or drop-ins.

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.