Associate Attorney - Rocky Mountain Clean Energy

  • Earthjustice
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Aug 22, 2018
Full time Advocacy and Policy Air Quality Climate Change/ Resiliency Environmental & Energy Law Energy Energy Efficiency Energy - Solar Renewable Energy

Job Description

The Rocky Mountain Office of Earthjustice, located in Denver, Colorado, is seeking an Associate Attorney to focus on our clean energy and electric sector work in Colorado and nearby states.  The Associate Attorney will primarily litigate before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, the courts, and other state and federal agencies to advance clean energy and a healthy climate.

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, and Washington, DC.

The Rocky Mountain Office’s work focuses on Colorado, Utah, and Arizona, and its cases primarily involve (1) protecting public lands and wildlife from fracking, mining, and other threats; (2) quickly shifting Colorado and nearby states from dirty to clean energy; and (3) protecting urban and rural communities disproportionately impacted by pollution and other environmental harms.  This Associate position will focus on the Rocky Mountain Office’s work to make Colorado a national leader on clean energy by advancing distributed solar, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and other renewable and distributed energy resources.  This Associate position may also work on cases to retire and reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants in Colorado and nearby states.  While the Associate Attorney will focus primarily on clean energy and electric sector issues, depending on the Rocky Mountain Office’s staff needs, the Associate will also work on public lands and healthy communities cases.

The Associate Attorney position is a three-year position. The Associate Attorney program is designed to help attorneys who are in the early stages of their careers to develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation.  As Associate Attorneys gain experience, they gradually take on more independent responsibility for their cases, but work throughout their tenure under the supervision of a Staff Attorney or the Managing Attorney.  Many Associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice and with other public interest organizations. 

The Rocky Mountain office is located in the heart of downtown Denver near the federal and state courthouses, public transportation, Coors Field (home of the Rockies baseball team), and the vibrant LoDo, RiNo, and Capitol Hill neighborhoods.  We are also a bike-friendly office, located near many of Denver’s bike paths.


  • Work closely with Staff Attorneys and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases.
  • Participate in the full range of tasks involved in complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research and analysis, discovery, briefing, and oral advocacy.


  • Law school graduate by fall of 2018 admitted to, or willing to apply for admission to, the Colorado State Bar.
  • Excellent research, analytic, writing, and communication skills.
  • Strong work ethic and initiative, and sound yet creative judgment.
  • Strong desire to fight for the right of all to a healthy environment.
  • Ability to work well in a team-oriented atmosphere.
  • Commitment to serving the public interest.
  • 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.


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