Earthjustice

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, supporters and citizens 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 offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

Earthjustice Chicago, IL, USA
Jun 10, 2019
Full time
Earthjustice’s Fossil Fuels Program is hiring a Staff Attorney to join us in using the power of the law to protect communities and our environment from an onslaught of new oil and gas development. The position will focus on the Appalachian region. The attorney will preferably be based in our Midwest Regional office in Chicago, but for the right candidate we would consider placing the position elsewhere. 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, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Chicago, and Washington, DC. At a time when we desperately need to reduce greenhouse emissions to stay below 1.5 or 2˚ c., the oil and gas industry is aggressively expanding fossil fuel infrastructure, locking us into decades of future fossil fuel use and directly harming communities already hardest hit by climate disruption. Earthjustice’s Fossil Fuels program seeks to confront this massive build-out. We use litigation, administrative advocacy, and partnership to advance an end to U.S. oil and gas extraction and production, and stop new infrastructure (e.g. pipelines, petrochemical facilities, and export terminals) that would lock us in to decades of continued fossil fuel reliance. The Staff Attorney’s work will focus on challenging new and expanding fossil fuel infrastructure development, particularly targeting ill-conceived petrochemical facilities and related infrastructure, and pipelines, with an emphasis on the Appalachian Ohio River Valley Region. The attorney will be supervised by the Senior Fossil Fuels attorney, and will collaborate with other program staff and offices working on related matters. Responsibilities: Develop new cases in a strategic fashion; conduct factual investigations; develop legal theories; and otherwise manage new and existing cases within state or federal courts and administrative agencies. Litigate cases from beginning to end, performing all aspects of litigation. Support partnerships and outreach to new clients, allies, and coalition partners in litigation and other advocacy. Collaborate and manage relationships with co-counsel, clients, and coalition partners. Supervise the work of Associate Attorneys, interns and Litigation Assistants. Integrate communications and legislative advocacy into litigation and other legal strategies, working effectively with other departments within Earthjustice, including Communications, Development, and Policy and Legislation. Support efforts to ensure a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences. Qualifications: Lawyer who is admitted or willing to apply for admission to the bar in the state in which they will reside; At least six years of litigation experience; Excellent litigation skills, including proven legal research, writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills, and ability to manage a litigation docket effectively; Strong skills in communicating litigation and advocacy goals and messages to the media; Ability to work independently and in collaboration with client partners and in leading a team; Strong and demonstrated initiative, good judgment, creativity, and work ethic; Ability and willingness to travel as needed for case work, court appearances, and presentations; 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 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 applicants should submit the following: Resume. One or two-page cover letter that addresses what draws you to Earthjustice, and to work focusing on fossil fuels. Please also describe 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 in working with communities affected by fossil fuel development. Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that primarily reflects your work. List of three references. Please reach out to   jobs@earthjustice.org   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 .  For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco:  Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.     For positions located within the City of Los Angeles:  We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.  
Earthjustice Washington, DC, USA
Jun 10, 2019
Full time
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, supporters, individuals and communities 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, Seattle, Bozeman, Chicago, and Washington, DC. The Director of Legal Training and Development is a newly created position that will lead in the development, implementation, evaluation and continued improvement of onboarding, training and development programs for litigation staff across the organization.  In addition, the Director of Legal Training and Development will provide resources and guidance to regional offices and program teams to support their unique staff development and training needs.    The Director of Legal Training and Development will partner with HR, Lit Ops, program management and staff to identify and prioritize training needs, and develop a timeline for training and development that provides ongoing and progressive support and enrichment to every member of the litigation department. The incumbent will formulate policy and long and short range objectives in keeping with the organization’s priorities, growth, legal function and programs as well as trends in professional development and legal education.  The Director of Legal Training and Development will also serve as a key thought partner to the VP of Litigation Practice, collaborating often with HR, OGC and others, to ensure the litigation department’s training, development, and staff engagement efforts align with the organization’s strategic goals and core values and provides the tools necessary to effectively represent our clients and fight to advance the promise of a healthy world for all.   Responsibilities: Training, Development and Staff Engagement (80 %) Create and manage an overall strategy for the organization to meet its mission and help ensure the development and retention of highly skilled employees, supervisors and managers. Lead and develop robust onboarding, training and professional development programs for litigation staff across the organization, such as associate attorney training and mentorship program and supervisory training. Collaborate with program leadership, staff and other stakeholders to assess department-specific training and development needs and allocate resources, as needed, to accomplish priorities. Consult with supervisors and department leads to recommend customized training and professional development solutions.  Lead in the development of the 3-day biennial Litigation Training Conference attended by the entire Litigation Department from around the country. Facilitate the development of the agenda through collaboration with program leadership and event planning staff. Develop guidelines for evaluating results of training programs and make recommendations and adjustments based on statistics, and qualitative and quantitative data. Prepares oral or written status reports for VP, Litigation Practice to assess program effectiveness and forecast future needs. Establish partnerships with facilitators, stakeholders, subject matter experts, and learners to identify training and development needs and manage training vendors to ensure learner-centric solutions. Partner with managers to facilitate needs assessment and curate content based on individual and team talent goals. Identify, research, implement, maintain, and market professional development initiatives such as mentorship program, and formalized sharing of best practices. Design and deliver internal communications and guidance on various topics such as feedback, staff engagement, and sound management principles to support and model a culture of continuous learning. Lead in the development of a compendium of litigation department policies and procedures. Implement and manage content for periodic supervisor trainings to increase shared understanding of management priorities with a focus on employee engagement. Establish and maintain a method for evaluating training efforts and engage in the process of continual improvement and honing of training offerings. Model a positive organizational culture and internalization of Earthjustice’s core values and mission. Partner with outside stakeholders and engage in outreach efforts that may include establishment of or participation in legal training consortia to share resources and effective practices with similar external organizations. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (10%) Partner with VP of Litigation Practice, VP Human Resources, VP of Diversity and Inclusion, and other members of the organization to support and advance diversity and inclusion goals and actions and celebrate people of all backgrounds with an open and inclusive work culture. Foster a positive work environment that encourages teamwork, cooperation, and collaboration with regional offices and programs. Other (10 %) Serve as a thought partner to Vice President, Litigation Practice senior leaders across the organization. Lead and participate in committees, working groups and on project teams as appropriate.  Qualifications: J.D. required, prior litigation experience a plus. Experience developing and administering training and development programs, particularly in the legal field, a plus. Experience in adult learning and instructional design. Experience developing and giving group presentations and training. Experience in a legal setting (private sector or government), higher education, or the non-profit sector preferred. Experience with traditional business software tools including Microsoft Office suite. A positive outlook, empathy and the ability to influence and manage change. Outstanding interpersonal skills, with a particular emphasis on relationship building. Empathy, maturity, and a high level of emotional intelligence. The ability to build and leverage relationships with individuals at various levels inside and outside the organization. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. A high degree of independence and substantial creativity and imagination in performing duties. Equity-centered approach to work. Demonstrates an awareness and respect for the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations. The confidence, tact and maturity necessary to give and receive constructive feedback. Set short term and long range goals and determine timelines and appropriate benchmarks for successful execution. Prioritize, manage, and complete multiple complex projects despite time pressure and unexpected challenges. Gather and synthesize data and apply the information to develop solutions. Communicate comfortably and effectively in front of large audiences. Lead and facilitate discussions among individuals with varying points of view. Think strategically, anticipate challenges, envision growth and lead change. Independently manage work flow and produce deliverables with minimal supervision. Manage a varied workload and multi-task. Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations. Contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that respects and celebrates differences. Foster a culture of learning. Salary is based on experience.   Salary range for Washington, DC location: $130,100.00 - $144,500.00 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 applicants should submit the following to Jobvite: Resume. Detailed cover letter that highlights your interest in the position, relevant experience, and specific skills and abilities for the job. Please reach out to  jobs@earthjustice.org  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 .  For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco:  Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.     For positions located within the City of Los Angeles:  We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.
Earthjustice Chicago, Philadelphia or Washington DC
Jun 03, 2019
Full time
Earthjustice is now accepting applications for up to three Staff Attorneys to join our growing team of lawyers who work to advance clean energy across the country and accelerate a shift from dirty fossil fuels.  The position will focus on litigation and legal advocacy before regulatory bodies, such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state public utility commissions, and in the courts, in support of a transition to clean, affordable, and reliable energy. The work will include combatting the rush to gas-fired generation that threatens progress toward a clean energy future.  Two of the staff attorney roles will focus on advocacy before FERC and regional transmission organizations/independent system operators (RTO/ISOs) and one of the positions will focus on advocacy before public utility commissions. 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, supporters, individuals and communities 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, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Chicago, and Washington, DC. Earthjustice has a longstanding track record of success with our litigation and advocacy to reduce dependence on dirty fossil fuels and increase reliance on clean energy resources. 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 Staff Attorney positions will be part of our increased effort to advocate for policies and regulatory decisions that support a swift transition to a modern, sustainable energy system and, in particular, deter unneeded investment in gas generation that could lock in reliance on fossil fuels for decades to come.  In this role, the Staff Attorneys will work to secure and defend rule reforms that eliminate market barriers to clean energy, to challenge ill-conceived rules that subsidize fossil fuel-fired generation and/or threaten to shut clean energy out of the markets, and to steer public utility spending away from new and existing fossil fuel generation and towards clean energy resources. The positions will be housed in either our Clean Energy Program (click   here to learn more), or our Coal Program (click   here   to learn more). The Staff Attorneys will work closely with both the Clean Energy and the Coal Programs. There is a strong preference that the positions be based in our Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; or Chicago, IL offices. Responsibilities Track tariff, rate, resource planning and/or rule proposals in either utility commissions or regional energy markets and at FERC. Conduct legal advocacy before utility commissions and/or wholesale electricity market operators and FERC. Develop cases in a strategic fashion to support program goals. Litigate cases from beginning to end, performing all aspects of litigation. Collaborate with and oversee the work of technical experts. Supervise the work of and mentor Associate Attorneys and Litigation Assistants. Collaborate and manage relationships with co-counsel, clients, and coalition partners. Serve as spokesperson for Earthjustice, clients, and partners. Help develop and execute effective media strategies. Work effectively with other departments within Earthjustice, including Communications. Development, and Policy and Legislation. Requirements Juris Doctorate (JD) degree. A minimum of six years of litigation experience. Admitted, or willing to apply for admission, to the state bar in the office where they would be located.    Knowledge of, and experience in, energy law is strongly preferred. Excellent legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills. Initiative, good judgment, and a strong work ethic. Proficient at working with technical experts. Ability to manage a litigation docket effectively, lead a litigation team, and work independently and collaboratively with colleagues and partner organizations. Ability to develop and maintain partnerships with community-based or other grassroots groups interested in energy litigation and other advocacy Ability and willingness to travel as needed for case work, court appearances and presentations. Commitment to serving the public interest. Demonstrated awareness of 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 applicants should submit the following: Resume. One to two-page cover letter that addresses at least the following subjects: (1) Why you are drawn to this position and whether there are particular legal, environmental, or justice issues that inspire you; (2) Aspects of your background that demonstrate competence to work with diverse clients and colleagues; (3) Whether you have a preference between the position focused on FERC and RTO/ISO advocacy or the position focused on public utility commission advocacy; and (4) Whether you have a preference between being located in Washington DC, Philadelphia, or Chicago. Writing sample that reflects your own legal analysis and writing ( i.e. , not jointly written with or edited by other people).  List of three references. Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org 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. For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco:  Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. For positions located within the City of Los Angeles:  We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.