Earthjustice is accepting applications for two Staff Attorneys to join our Northeast Regional team. Both staff attorneys will play leading roles in our office’s litigation and other advocacy efforts to safeguard the health and environment of the Northeast Region and its communities. One of the Staff Attorney positions will initially focus on the office’s climate and energy docket.
Earthjustice is the nation’s premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We have approximately 140 attorneys working in fourteen regional offices around the country. Founded in 1971, we have a distinguished track record of using litigation and legal advocacy to achieve lasting environmental progress. 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 tackle the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.
Earthjustice’s Staff Attorneys are experienced attorneys who develop, file and litigate cases on behalf of our clients that align with the programmatic goals and regional needs of the office in which they work. We compensate our Staff Attorneys in lockstep based on their geography and years of legal experience; some have as few as six years of litigation experience and others have been with us for decades, and many are nationally-recognized leaders in their fields. Earthjustice’s Northeast Regional team is based in New York City. The team focuses on carrying out Earthjustice’s mission in the Northeast Region and beyond to address climate change and protect environmental health. In recent years, Staff Attorneys from the office have secured victories that led to a state-level ban on fracking, won a groundbreaking lawsuit requiring EPA to improve its dust lead hazard standards, prevailed in a legal challenge to a weak state water permit for industrial dairies, and obtained an order requiring EPA to timely rule on discrimination complaints after it had ignored some for decades. Attorneys in the office currently are pursuing a wide range of cases to leverage the momentum in the region to slash greenhouse emissions by stopping the development of costly and dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure and pushing for an equitable transition to a zero-emissions future. The Northeast regional team also is fighting to protect the health of local communities from threats such as dangerous chemicals in drinking water, lead in household dust, and air pollution from incinerators and gas plants. In partnership with environmental and social justice groups, the team seeks to further develop its representation of communities to better serve overburdened populations in the Northeast region. The Office also has increased its New York State legislative advocacy efforts.
We expect the Staff Attorneys we hire for this position to play a leading role in developing and litigating cases and seeking regional legislative opportunities to further the Office’s work. Both Staff Attorneys will play an integral part in shaping the Northeast Office’s strategic plan for fulfilling our regional mission. Both Staff Attorneys also will play an important part in helping our less-experienced attorneys and professional staff grow and develop in their careers.
The Staff Attorneys’ time will be spent on substantive case/matter work (70%), supervision/mentoring (20%), and administrative tasks (10%).
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.
Salary is based on number of years of litigation experience and location.
Salary range in New York, NY: $145,000+
To Apply: Interested candidates should submit a:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.