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Associate Attorney, Oceans

Location: 
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC
Department:  Litigation

 

 

Earthjustice’s Oceans Program is seeking applicants for an Associate Attorney to begin work in the fall of 2016 or sooner.

Earthjustice’s Oceans Program works to protect oceans and ocean wildlife from threats such as overfishing, pollution, and habitat degradation.  Our team includes five full-time attorneys who litigate cases in federal court aimed at protecting ocean resources in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

*The preferred location for the position is Seattle, WA, but Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA may be considered.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Staff Attorneys and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases. 
  • Participate in the full range of tasks involved in complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research, discovery, briefing, witness preparation, and oral advocacy.
  • As an Associate Attorney gains experience, typically her or his case load will include both cases for which he or she has primary responsibility under the supervision of a Staff Attorney, and cases on which he or she works in a supporting role with Staff Attorneys.

The Associate Attorney program is a two-year position with a possible extension for a third year. This program is designed to help attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation.  Many Associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice and with other public interest organizations.

Qualifications

  • Law school graduate by fall of 2016 admitted to, or willing to apply for admission to, the relevant state bar.
  • Excellent research, analytic, writing and communication skills.
  • Strong work ethic, initiative, sound yet creative judgment, a sense of humor, and an ability to work well in a collegial setting.
  • Strong desire to fight for the right of all to a healthy environment.
  • Commitment to public interest work and a passion for the role of Earthjustice and its mission.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits.  Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a:

  • Resume.
  • One or two page cover letter that addresses why you are drawn to Earthjustice and ocean protection.  Please also describe any experiences you have working with people or communities who have been disproportionately affected by environmental harms or from backgrounds that differ from your own, and how you might apply those experiences at Earthjustice.
  • Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that primarily reflects your work.
  • Law school transcript.
  • List of three references.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  We expect to fill the position by fall of 2016 or sooner depending upon applicant availability.

Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.

 

 

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