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Staff Attorney, Fossil Fuels

Earthjustice
New Orleans, Louisiana Work Remotely
  • Job Type
    Other
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Earthjustice’s Fossil Fuels Program seeks applicants for 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 Texas, but will include other parts of the U.S. Gulf Region, and will be based in New Orleans (remotely), or in Texas (remotely). Note we have a team of Fossil Fuels program staff in New Orleans.

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, Chicago, Juneau, Los Angeles, Miami, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC. The Fossil Fuels Program has shared office space in New Orleans.

At a time when we desperately need to reduce greenhouse emissions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, the oil and gas industry is aggressively expanding fossil fuel infrastructure, locking us into decades of future fossil fuel use and directly harming the communities already hardest hit by climate disruption. Earthjustice’s Fossil Fuels program is confronting 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. petrochemical facilities, export terminals and pipelines). The Staff Attorney will focus on challenging new and expanding fossil fuel infrastructure development in Texas and the Gulf South Region.

The position will focus on Texas, but will include other parts of the U.S. Gulf Region, and will be based out of a satellite office space shared with other Fossil Fuel Program staff in New Orleans or remote in Texas. 

Requirements

Responsibilities:

  • Develop new cases in a strategic fashion; conduct factual investigations; develop legal theories; draft pleadings and briefs; and otherwise manage new and existing cases within state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
  • Litigate cases from beginning to end, performing all aspects of litigation.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with 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, Litigation Assistants, and Law Clerks.
  • 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 Texas bar;
  • At least five 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.

Salary range is based on experience and location
Salary range in New Orleans, LA or Texas (remote) with 5+ year's legal experience: $118,150+

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Posted: 2020-07-28 Expires: 2020-08-27

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