Earthjustice is hiring two attorneys to join our team of public interest litigators working to protect America’s public lands and wildlife. At least one of these attorneys will be based in our office in Denver. The second attorney will be based in either our Denver, Bozeman, Seattle, San Francisco, or Los Angeles offices. Both attorneys will join our team of lawyers litigating to safeguard public lands and wildlife from fossil fuel development, mining, logging, and other threats. We typically litigate in federal court on these issues, but our work also encompasses state court litigation and administrative advocacy. We use the law and litigation to protect and preserve America’s most valuable public lands and most imperiled wildlife from the greatest threats facing them. In addition to litigating to protect public lands and wildlife, the attorneys hired for these positions may have opportunities to work on other environmental issues.
Earthjustice employs both staff attorneys and associate attorneys. Staff attorneys are experienced litigators who develop and lead significant bodies of Earthjustice litigation. Associate attorneys are earlier in their career trajectory and work with staff attorneys as they develop the capacity to lead litigation on their own. Associate attorneys are initially hired for two-year terms, with possible promotion to staff attorney ultimately. Staff attorney positions are not term-limited. We will consider applicants at either the staff attorney or associate attorney level for these positions, so long as the applicant is able either to litigate cases independently or, at a minimum, to take day-to-day responsibility for cases without intensive oversight by a more experienced attorney.
To learn more about Earthjustice’s work to protect public lands and wildlife, visit http://earthjustice.org/the-wild.
- Juris Doctorate (JD) degree.
- Admission to the bar of the state in which the office is located, or willingness to apply and obtain admission within one year of employment.
- Ability to litigate cases independently or, at a minimum, to take day-to-day responsibility for cases without intensive oversight by a more experienced attorney.
- Excellent legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
- Initiative, good judgment, strong work ethic, and a sense of humor.
- Ability to work well independently and in collaboration with others.
- Excellent organization skills and ability to work effectively to meet deadlines.
- Capacity to communicate and work effectively with external audiences such as the news media, government officials, and coalition partners and to function as an effective spokesperson for clients and for Earthjustice.
- Interest and ability in supervising and developing more junior attorneys.
- Ability and willingness to travel as needed for case work, court appearances and presentations.
- Commitment to serving the public interest.
- Awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
- Contribution to 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 with excellent benefits, including payment of certain bar-related expenses. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.
Interested candidates should submit a:
- One- or two-page cover letter.
- Legal writing sample.
- List of contact information for three professional or academic references.
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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.
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.