Earthjustice’s Coal Program is seeking a full-time Litigation Assistant to provide both substantive and administrative support to our team of lawyers who are working to end the U.S.’s dependence on coal-fired power. The position is available immediately and will be based in our Philadelphia office.
The Litigation Assistant provides administrative and litigation support services for nine active Coal Program attorneys practicing in state and federal courts, in public service commissions, and in various administrative forums. Tasks may include but are not limited to the following:
- Preparation and editing of documents for filing, including: proofreading, cite checking, bluebooking, formatting, producing tables of contents and authorities, assembling exhibit lists, etc.;
- Filing and service of paper and electronic filings;
- Ensuring all court rules are being met;
- Creating, organizing, and maintaining case files and contacts;
- Computing and calendaring court deadlines;
- Assisting in the collection, processing, and review of incoming and outgoing discovery productions;
- Assisting attorneys with deposition and hearing preparation, including: organizing document binders, printing exhibits, creating exhibit lists, communicating with court reporters, etc.;
- Supporting attorneys in gaining admission to courts, registration renewals, and creating and managing e-filing accounts;
- Reviewing, organizing, and interpreting factual and technical information; generating research notes, memoranda, summaries, tables, maps, and other visuals as needed;
- Drafting basic pleadings and other case-related documents under attorney supervision, including: case initiating documents, proposed orders, cover letters, FOIA requests, pro hac vice applications, etc.;
- Communicating with courts, clients, experts, opposing counsel, and government officials as requested or approved by attorneys;
- Tracking relevant dockets and issues related to the work of the Coal Program via the Federal Register, agency web sites, various distribution lists, media outlets, etc.
- Participating in conference calls and meetings when relevant to the position and/or assigned projects;
- Operating and performing minor trouble-shooting of all office equipment (copier, postage meter, fax machines, etc.) and providing basic technical assistance to staff (word processing, e-mail software, etc.);
- Engaging in general operations management and administrative support (e.g., receiving packages, scanning mail, managing office supplies, taking notes, greeting visitors); and
- Providing backup to Office Manager.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
- Paralegal experience or training a plus.
- Interest in and knowledge of environmental or social justice issues a plus.
- A can-do attitude, meticulous attention to detail, and an unrelenting commitment to high performance standards.
- Excellent research, analytical, writing, and computer skills (word processing, databases and spreadsheets, Internet, etc.). Experience with discovery management programs or GIS is a plus.
- The ability to organize, set priorities among multiple assignments, meet deadlines, and function calmly under pressure.
- The ability to work effectively with remote staff and to maintain confidential information.
- Flexible, punctual, highly reliable, and available for occasional evening and weekend work.
- A team player who will enthusiastically take on tasks that range from intellectually challenging to more mundane administrative work.
- 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.
Interested candidates should submit a:
- One or two page cover letter.
- Writing sample.
- List of three references.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
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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, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.