Litigation Assistant

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Earthjustice’s Northeast regional office is seeking an entry-level, full-time litigation assistant to provide administrative support to our lawyers. The position is available immediately and is located in New York City.

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 and supporters to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. 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 the best and brightest who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with thirteen offices across the U.S.

The Northeast office engages in litigation and other advocacy across a broad range of environmental and health issues. We oppose fossil fuel infrastructure and promote clean energy, combat environmental injustice in communities overburdened by pollution, champion protective regulation of toxic chemicals and pesticides, fight for sustainable food and farming, and protect public lands that provide essential refuge from urban life. The regional work of the Northeast office focuses on New York, Pennsylvania, and surrounding states, but we often take on cases with national scope.

The Litigation Assistant will assist regional office attorneys in New York City and will help to provide back-up for other Litigation Assistants. Tasks may include but are not limited to the following:
• Maintain calendar of court and administrative deadlines in assigned cases.
• Organize and maintain case files.
• Help attorneys to optimize case management in compliance with deadlines.
• Participate in litigation team meetings.
• Finalize court and agency documents in accordance with legal rules, including: formatting, cite-checking (i.e., checking accuracy of quotations and citations; ensuring conformity of citations to legal style book and local norms), proofreading, copying, and binding.
• Draft affidavits of service and transmittal letters for courts and agencies.
• Serve and file final court and agency documents (electronically and in hard copy).
• Assist attorneys preparing for and appearing in court and administrative proceedings, including evidentiary hearings, trials, and oral arguments.
• Prepare weekly summary of significant news items and state regulatory bulletins.
• Provide general administrative assistance (taking meeting minutes, updating litigation database, communications with agencies and courts, monitoring court rules, other office tasks).


• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of experience.
• Excellent editorial, proofreading, and computer skills (word processing, Adobe, databases and spreadsheets, etc.).
• Highly organized, with the ability to set priorities among multiple assignments, to meet deadlines, and to function calmly under pressure.
• Aware of and sensitive to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
• Interest in contributing to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
• A can-do attitude, meticulous attention to detail, and an unrelenting commitment to high professional standards.
• Flexibility, punctuality, reliability, and integrity.
• A team player, who willingly performs whatever job needs to be done.
• Availability for occasional travel and work outside normal working hours.
• Paralegal experience or training is a plus.

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Application Procedure:
Interested applicants should submit a:
• Cover letter explaining qualifications and interest in working at Earthjustice.
• Resume.

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We are looking to hire as soon as possible. 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.

Equal Opportunity EmployerEarthjustice 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.
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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.
Submission deadline: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017