Associate Attorney

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325 Fourth Street
Juneau, AK 99801
United States
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50 California Street
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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 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, Miami, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

The Alaska office of Earthjustice is seeking applications for an Associate Attorney position.

The core issues for the Alaska office include protection of the Alaska coastal rain forest, safeguarding of America’s Arctic, action to combat climate change and limit its effects, wildlife conservation, protection of lands and waters from mining activities, conservation of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska marine ecosystem, air and water quality enforcement, and national park and other public lands management. Our clients include national, regional and local conservation organizations, Alaska Native tribal organizations, and community groups, as well as other organizations concerned about enforcing the laws to protect the environment.
The Alaska office has locations in Juneau and Anchorage.

The term for this position is three years.


Among other responsibilities, the Associate Attorney will:

• Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential litigation projects.
• Draft motions, briefs and other pleadings.
• Prepare comments on proposed agency actions, permits, and environmental review documents.
• Investigate facts and assist with case development.
• Interact with clients and work with experts.

The Associate Attorney may have primary responsibility for some matters but will generally work collaboratively with other lawyers in the office.


• Law school graduate admitted to or prepared to apply for admission to the Alaska Bar.
• Excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills.
• Strong self-motivation.
• An ability and willingness to work closely with others.
• A commitment to public interest work and the role of Earthjustice and its mission.
• Preferably, one to three years of litigation or other relevant experience post law school.
• An awareness of 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.

To apply: 

Interested candidates should submit a resume and other application materials online using the Jobvite system. We will be reviewing applicants on a rolling basis.

Please submit the following:
• Resume.
• A cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the associate position.
• A legal writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages).
• A copy of your law school transcript.
• Contact information for three professional 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: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017