Solar Energy Associate Attorney

  • Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • Oct 28, 2020
Full time Environmental & Energy Law Energy - Solar

Job Description

The Southern Environmental Law Center is accepting applications for an associate attorney position working on solar energy law and policy. The position will be based in SELC’s Charlottesville office. Start date is as soon as possible.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of an organization that is successfully addressing some of the most important and challenging energy and environmental issues in the Southeast and the nation. This attorney will advocate and litigate on solar energy policies at the state and federal level, including before public utilities commissions.  Two or more years of relevant experience strongly preferred.  The term for an associate position is two years, with the potential for a third year.

About SELC: With nine offices across the region (Charlottesville and Richmond, VA; Washington, DC; Chapel Hill and Asheville, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Birmingham, AL; and Nashville, TN), SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. For over thirty years, SELC has worked on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South’s natural resources and the health and well-being of its people. Although the organization’s regional focus is the Southeast, much of our work is national in scope and impact.

SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents. The organization works collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. We currently have a staff of more than 150, with over 80 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields. Additional information regarding our work and staff is available at

SELC believes that a broad range of ideas, life experiences, and backgrounds enriches our workplace, drives innovative thinking, and attracts highly talented people who seek a work environment that values the unique contributions of individual team members. We are eager to welcome new team members who share this belief. We still have much progress to make, but our goal is to create and maintain a staff that, at every level, reflect the rich racial and cultural diversity of the communities where we work and the clients that we serve. SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to fostering a transparently inclusive workplace environment. We are looking for people to join us in this effort. Persons of all backgrounds—including people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates—are strongly encouraged to apply.

About the position: 

Given the South’s abundant sunshine, there is vast potential to increase the use of solar energy across the region. SELC’s Solar Initiative was launched to help the Southeast reap the many benefits of solar power and reduce our dependence on outdated fossil fuels. Virginia offers special opportunities to rapidly advance these goals, as earlier in 2020 the legislature passed sweeping legislation to address climate change and promote cleaner energy.  Working closely with SELC’s regional Solar Initiative team and with our Virginia-based energy attorneys, this attorney will engage with solar energy advocates, business leaders, policy makers, legislators, and regulators to overcome barriers to solar expansion and to ensure that the renewable energy transition is just, equitable, and benefits the health and economy of all communities. Work will include policy development and analysis in various settings at the state and federal levels and advocacy in state and federal administrative and judicial proceedings. As Virginia embraces a new approach, this attorney also will likely have the opportunity to work on complementary policies and cases to ensure the Commonwealth’s transition towards solar and other renewables and away from fossil fuels, such as utility integrated resource planning or rate design.

Qualifications and Compensation: 

We seek an attorney with vision and a strong commitment to advancing clean, sustainable energy resources in the Southeast; a strong academic background and multi-faceted advocacy skills; and a strong work ethic and sense of initiative. The term for an associate attorney position is two years, with the potential for a third year.  The ideal candidate will have two or more years of relevant experience; excellent academic credentials; a background in solar matters and environmental law; experience advocating before public service commissions or other commissions or courts; strong communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to work well in a collegial setting; a genuine interest in and commitment to helping SELC foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace; and a strong personal commitment to SELC’s mission. 

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Salary $70,000-$80,000, depending on experience, and includes an excellent benefits package.