Staff Attorney, Climate And Energy

Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund New York , NY 10007

Posted 2 months ago

Earthjustice is seeking an experienced attorney to join the Climate and Energy team in its Northeast office. The Climate and Energy work is at the heart of Earthjustice's efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and prevent catastrophic climate change. The attorney selected for this position will work closely with other professionals (attorneys, policy analysts, communications experts) to force a shift from dirty to clean energy. The position will be based in our office 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 people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Miami, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

The Climate and Energy work in the Northeast Office uses litigation and administrative advocacy to end the region's reliance on fossil fuels and speed the transition to clean, renewable energy for power generation, home heating and cooking, and transportation. Our docket includes involvement in utility ratemaking proceedings in Albany, litigation to prevent construction of additional fossil fuel infrastructure, and other advocacy activities to foster a more rapid change to a zero emission future, especially in New York and New Jersey.

Applicants must be ready and able to develop and lead litigation from day one. The ideal candidate for this position will have extensive and successful experience with most aspects of judicial and administrative proceedingsincluding developing cases, conducting discovery, assisting with expert reports, motion practice, evidentiary hearings, and post-hearing briefing. 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.


  • Manage new and existing cases from start to finish, performing all aspects of litigation, including: drafting pleadings, motions and briefs; conducting discovery; presenting oral arguments; and handling appeals.

  • Conduct factual investigations and develop legal theories for possible advocacy or litigation advancing the goals of our Climate and Energy work.

  • Assist in growing the Northeast Office's work in fostering an equitable pathway to swift cuts to greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Serve as the office's principal representative in Public Service Commission proceedings in Albany.

  • Join other staff in long-term planning, strategy development, goal-setting, and work plan management that advances a collective vision for future Climate and Energy work, generally, and zero-emission advocacy, specifically.

  • Participate actively in organizational and office efforts to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

  • Supervise the work of Associate Attorneys, Law Clerks, and Litigation Assistants, who are part of the litigation team.

  • Develop and manage relationships with co-counsel, clients, and coalition partners, including increasing the Northeast Office's ties to overburdened and marginalized communities.

  • Work effectively with other departments within Earthjustice, including Communications, Development, and Policy and Legislation.


  • Admitted or willing to seek admission to the New York bar.

  • At least seven years of legal experience, including substantial experience with litigation and administrative proceedings.

  • Experience in pre-trial and administrative proceedings (e.g., regulatory comments; preparation of fact and expert witnesses; motion practice); evidentiary hearings; and post-trial or post-hearing briefing. Experience in appellate litigation is a plus.

  • Excellent research, analysis, writing, and oral advocacy skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to implement collective plans.

  • Initiative, good judgment, a collegial work style, and a strong work ethic.

  • A commitment to public interest work and a passion for Earthjustice's mission.

  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others.

  • Aware of and sensitive to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.

  • Ability to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

  • Eager to help the office recruit, hire, develop, and retain a diverse and inclusive workplace.

  • Ability and willingness to travel for case work, court and regulatory proceedings, and presentations, including spending substantial time, as needed, in Albany, NY to participate in proceedings before the state's Public Service Commission.

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 candidates should submit a:

  • Resume.

  • One- or two-page cover letter that addresses at least the following subjects: (1) why you are drawn to Earthjustice's mission and whether there are particular legal, environmental, or justice issues that inspire you; and (2) aspects of your background that demonstrate competence to work with diverse clients and colleagues.

  • Legal writing sample, preferably from litigation, that is either unedited or lightly edited by someone other than you. Please include a cover sheet explaining the extent of editing.

  • List of three references.

Please reach out to 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.

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