The Rocky Mountain Office of Earthjustice, located in Denver, Colorado, is seeking qualified applicants for an Associate Attorney position to begin work in the summer or fall of 2017. The Associate Attorney program is a two-year position with a possible extension for a third year. This program is designed to help attorneys who are in the early stages of their careers to develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation. As Associate Attorneys gain experience, they gradually take on more independent responsibility for their cases, but work throughout their tenure under the supervision of a Staff Attorney or the Managing Attorney. Many Associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice and with other public interest organizations.
The Rocky Mountain Office has nine attorneys, including this position, handling a range of cases involving, among other things, the protection of public lands and wildlife from fracking, mining and off-road vehicle damage; species protection under the Endangered Species Act; defending important riparian areas from groundwater pumping; challenging the mining and combustion of coal and oil shale; and utility rate-setting proceedings to expand clean energy sources like rooftop solar. We also have a growing environmental justice practice and have helped both urban and rural communities protect themselves against a variety of threats, from uranium mining to freeway pollution and fracking impacts. Our goal is to produce the highest quality legal work in a diverse, inclusive, supportive, and collegial environment.
The office is located in the heart of downtown Denver near the federal and state courthouses, public transportation, Coors Field (home of the rising Rockies baseball team), and the vibrant LoDo, RiNo and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. We are also a bike-friendly office, located near many of Denver’s bike paths.
- 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 and analysis, discovery, briefing, and oral advocacy.
- Law school graduate by fall of 2017 admitted to, or willing to apply for admission to, the Colorado State Bar.
- Excellent research, analytic, writing and communication skills.
- Strong work ethic, initiative, sound yet creative judgment.
- Strong desire to fight for the right of all to a healthy environment.
- Ability to work well in a team-oriented atmosphere.
- Commitment to public interest work and a passion for the role of Earthjustice and its mission.
- 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 that addresses each of the following: 1) aspects of your background that are relevant to the qualifications listed above; 2) why you are drawn to Earthjustice’s mission and whether there are particular legal, environmental or justice issues that inspire you; and 3) how your time at Earthjustice would contribute to your career aspirations;
- Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that primarily reflects your work.
- Law school transcript; and
- List of three references.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
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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.