Associate Attorney, Clean Energy

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1625 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
United States
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50 California Street,
San Francisco
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Policy Development/Advocacy
Position Description: 

Earthjustice’s Clean Energy Program is now accepting applications for an Associate Attorney to begin work in the fall of 2017 or sooner.

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 achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

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 Clean Energy Program advocates for policies and infrastructure that support a swift transition to a modern sustainable energy system.

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

*The preferred location for the position is Washington, DC but other locations may be considered.

• Work closely with Staff Attorneys and clients to investigate, develop, and litigate cases, and develop and implement legal advocacy strategies.
• Participate in the full range of tasks involved in litigation, including factual investigation, legal research, discovery, briefing, witness preparation, and oral advocacy.
• As an Associate Attorney gains experience, typically her or his case load will include both cases for which he or she has primary responsibility under the supervision of a Staff Attorney, and cases on which he or she works in a supporting role with Staff Attorneys.

The Associate Attorney program at Earthjustice is a two-year position with a possible extension for a third year. This program is designed to help attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation. Many Associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice and with other public interest organizations.


• Law school graduate by fall of 2017 admitted to, or willing to apply for admission to, the relevant state bar.
• Excellent research, analytic, writing and communication skills.
• Strong work ethic, initiative, sound yet creative judgment, sense of humor, and ability to work well in a collegial setting.
• Strong desire to fight for the right of all to a healthy environment.
• Commitment to serving the public interest, and a passion for the role of Earthjustice and its mission.
• Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
• Commitment to help create 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 candidates should submit:
• Resume.
• One or two page cover letter that describes: 1) why you are drawn to Earthjustice and clean energy advocacy; and/or 2) any experiences you have working with people or communities who have been disproportionately affected by environmental harms or from backgrounds that differ from your own, and how you might apply those experiences at Earthjustice.
• Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that primarily reflects your work.
• Law school transcript.
• List of three references.

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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Please reach out to [email protected] if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application.

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

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, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.
Submission deadline: 
Monday, February 27, 2017