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Staff Attorney, International Coal

Philadelphia, PA
San Francisco, CA
Department:  Litigation



Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a Staff Attorney to work with the Coal Program on our growing body of work with partners in South Asia.  This work seeks to speed the global transition from coal to clean energy.  This position will ideally be housed in our Philadelphia or San Francisco offices.  However, for the right candidate, we would consider housing the position in other Earthjustice regional offices. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with thirteen offices across the U.S. We seek an experienced and skilled attorney to join our team of lawyers and advocates who are working to end our dependence on coal-fired power and to ensure that coal’s toxic legacy is cleaned up.  The position will entail ten consecutive days to two weeks of travel every quarter.

The Staff Attorney will join Earthjustice’s Coal Program, which uses hard-hitting litigation and administrative advocacy to work to end reliance on dirty, expensive, and outdated coal-fired power, and to transform the energy sector into one that is clean, renewable, and modern.  Our docket includes litigation to secure and strengthen stringent environmental standards for coal plants, lawsuits challenging government or industry failure to implement such standards, and challenges to utility proposals to spend hundreds of millions of dollars or more on aging coal plants rather than investing in clean energy.  For more information about the Coal Program, please visit


  • Work with international partners and other Earthjustice attorneys to develop cases and advance legal advocacy strategies to support program goals
  • Represent and collaborate with organizations and communities both domestically and in other countries to establish, strengthen, and enforce national and international legal protections for the environment and public health
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with colleagues internationally
  • Support and participate in administrative and legislative advocacy, including comments, testimony, and petitions
  • Help develop and execute effective media strategies
  • Help create and lead effective coalitions to achieve lasting change
  • Supervise the work of Associate Attorneys
  • Manage relationships with co-counsel, clients, coalition partners, and funders
  • Serve as spokesperson for client partners and for Earthjustice
  • Work effectively with other departments within Earthjustice, including Communications and Development


  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree
  • A minimum of 5 years of litigation experience plus significant advocacy campaign and partnership building experience
  • Licensed to practice law in state of residence 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, with a strong preference for affirmative litigation experience
  • Strong and demonstrated initiative, good judgment, and work ethic
  • Knowledge and experience in environmental law are strongly preferred; experience in energy law and issues regarding coal-fired power plants also preferred
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations
  • Proficient at working with technical experts
  • Demonstrated commitment to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce and culture that encourages and celebrates differences
  • Experience working in cross-cultural settings preferred
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with clients, partners and staff
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally as needed, to build relationships and support the work of colleagues abroad  (approximately 20% of the time)
  • Commitment to serving the public interest

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Writing sample (please indicate the extent to which others had input)
  • List of 3 references

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