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Staff Attorney, Clean Energy

San Francisco, CA
Department:  Litigation



We are now accepting applications for a Clean Energy Staff Attorney position to be based in Earthjustice’s San Francisco office.  We seek an attorney to join our growing team of lawyers who work to advance clean energy solutions across the country.  The attorney will focus on California, but also will work on clean energy issues in other states and at a regional and/or national level.  

Earthjustice has a longstanding track record of success with our litigation and legal advocacy to reduce dependence on dirty fossil fuels and increase reliance on clean energy resources, including energy efficiency, solar, wind, demand response and storage. We see an unparalleled opportunity to hasten a shift away from fossil fuels; achieve major, enduring reductions in carbon pollution; and secure a cleaner, smarter, more equitable electric grid.  The Staff Attorney position will be part of our increased effort to advocate for policies and infrastructure that support a swift transition to a modern sustainable energy system.  In this role, the Staff Attorney will work to develop and implement litigation and legal advocacy strategies to advance clean energy, focusing primarily on California in conjunction with our campaign to move both the transportation and electricity sectors in the state to zero emissions.

To learn more about Earthjustice’s clean energy work, click here.


  • Develop cases and legal advocacy strategies to support program goals.
  • Litigate cases from beginning to end, performing all aspects of litigation.
  • Supervise the work of Associate Attorneys.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and coalition partners.
  • Manage relationships with co-counsel, clients, and coalition partners.
  • Serve as spokesperson for client partners and for Earthjustice.
  • Work effectively with other departments within Earthjustice, including Communications, Development, and Policy and Legislation.


  • Juris Doctorate (JD) degree.
  • A minimum of 8 years of litigation experience.
  • Licensed to practice law in California, or willingness to apply for admission in that jurisdiction within one year of employment. 
  • Excellent litigation skills, including top-notch legal research, writing and oral advocacy skills.
  • Initiative, good judgment, and a strong work ethic.
  • Knowledge and experience in energy law and clean energy issues is strongly preferred.
  • Proficient at working with technical experts.
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with client partners and staff.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed for case work, court appearances and presentations (approximately 25% of the time).
  • Commitment to serving the public interest.
  • Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce and 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 applicants should submit:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Writing sample
  • List of 3 references

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No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.



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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, 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.