Associate Attorney, Coal Program

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1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd.,
Philadelphia, CA 19103
United States
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Earthjustice is now accepting applications for an Associate Attorney to join our team of lawyers and advocates who are working to reduce the U.S.’s dependence on coal-fired power and to promote clean energy in its stead. The position will be based preferably in our Philadelphia office, though applicants seeking to work in our New York or Washington D.C. offices, or possibly other locations, will also be considered. As Earthjustice handles coal litigation around the country, the position may entail significant travel.

The Coal Program uses hard-hitting litigation and administrative advocacy to work to end our nation’s reliance on dirty, expensive, and outdated coal-fired power, and to transform our country’s energy sector into one that is clean, renewable, and modern.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

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, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

The Associate Attorney will generally work collaboratively with senior Earthjustice attorneys, but is expected to work more independently over time. Associate Attorneys at Earthjustice perform a range of litigation-related tasks that can include:
• Conducting factual investigations and legal research, and preparing memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential new cases.
• Drafting motions, briefs, and other pleadings.
• Assisting with discovery.
• Participating in proceedings before state and federal courts, public utility commissions, and other administrative tribunals.
• Working with clients and experts, and learning how to handle press work.
• Hire and supervise law students who work at Earthjustice as interns or clerks.

The Associate Attorney program comprises 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 or with other public interest organizations.


• Law school graduates who are admitted, or willing to apply for admission, to the state bar where they are located.
• 1-5 years of litigation experience.
• Excellent research, analysis, and writing skills.
• A solid academic record, good judgment, and a strong work ethic.
• Knowledge of environmental and administrative law is a plus.
• Ability and willingness to travel approximately 15% of the time.
• Commitment to serving the public interest.
• Initiative, creative thinking, and the ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others.
• Demonstrates 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.

To apply: 

Interested candidates should submit a:
• Resume.
• One or two page cover letter that addresses (1) why you are drawn to Earthjustice’s mission; and/or, (2) any experiences you have working with people or communities from backgrounds that differ from your own or with those who have been disproportionately affected by environmental harms.
• 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. We expect to fill the position by mid-fall 2016 depending upon applicant availability.

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.Equal Opportunity Employer
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We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package including excellent benefits.