Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a Staff Attorney to join our Washington, D.C. Regional Office.The position will focus primarily on litigation and advocacy to promote stronger national rules, programs and policies to combat climate change and its harmful effects on people and the planet.Earthjustice is the nations premier nonprofit environmental law organization.We take on major, precedent-setting cases across the country.We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect peoples health, preserve magnificent places and wildlife, advance clean energy, and 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 history of using litigation and advocacy to achieve 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, Tallahassee, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Chicago, and Washington, DC.The Washington, D.C. office serves as a center for litigation on important national environmental issues, a regional office for issues arising in Mid-Atlantic States, and a source of legal advocacy on environmental justice issues in a variety of locations.The offices docket currently includes litigation and administrative advocacy to protect public health and the environment from air pollution, hazardous wastes, and dangerous chemicals; curb greenhouse gas emissions and promote energy efficiency, clean energy and clean transportation; and protect streams, wetlands, and drinking water.A significant focus of our work is preventing environmental harms to children, disproportionately impacted communities of color, and low-income communities.For more information about the offices work, visit has a longstanding record of success with our litigation and advocacy to attack climate pollution and other dangerous air emissions and to advance a transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.We played a significant role in litigation establishing EPAs power to limit greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and defending the agencys initial exercise of that power.In recent years, we have achieved major success in securing stronger air pollution limits on dirty coal-fired power plants, effective national energy efficiency standards that have dramatically cut power use, increased reliance on and access to clean energy across the country, and zero-emissions transportation commitments at the local and state level.We seek a staff attorney to advance stronger national initiatives to curb greenhouse gas emission as we continue our focus on ensuring a just and equitable transition for those most impacted by power plants and industries that generate climate pollution.Examples of the work the staff attorney may pursue include the following:*Act as Earthjustices lead counsel in ongoing and potential litigation to secure and strengthen national greenhouse emission standards for major industries.* National litigation and advocacy to eliminate or curb greenhouse emissions from the power, transportation, and building sectors* Research, develop, and pursue litigation and advocacy to curtail federal subsidies for extraction, processing and use of fossil fuels.* Research and develop innovative legal strategies to significantly limit climate pollution in the U.S. and internationally* Provide substantive input on draft climate legislation.* Act as an Earthjustice representative at partner meetings and conferences on national climate regulatory issues.The staff attorney will work closely with our existing team of experienced litigators, scientists, policy advocates, and other dedicated staff in D.C. and other Earthjustice offices across the nation. Additionally, staff attorneys are expected to help foster the development of early career attorneys and other staff. Staff attorneys supervise other staff in connection with their work on particular projects and may be asked to serve as the formal supervisor for one or more early-career staff.ResponsibilitiesConduct and supervise advocacy before federal agencies and courts as warranted.Manage new and existing cases from start to finish.Coordinate the development and execution of non-litigation advocacy strategies in collaboration with attorneys, policy staff and communications staff as appropriate.Conduct factual investigations and develop legal theories for possible advocacy or litigation advancing the goals of our clients.Supervise the work of Associate Attorneys, Scientists, Researchers, Litigation Assistants, and Law Clerks individually and as part of litigation teams.Develop and manage relationships with co-counsel and with a diverse group of clients and coalition partners.Participate in meetings and conferences on national climate regulatory issues and strategies.Work effectively with other departments within Earthjustice, including Communications, Development, Operations, and Policy and Legislation.Collaborate with and oversee the work of technical experts.Serve as spokesperson for Earthjustice, clients, and partners.Help develop and execute effective media strategies.Join other staff in long-term planning, strategy development, goal setting, and work plan management that advances a collective vision for future D.C. Office work.Participate as an active member of a learning and mentorship culture, and engage with colleagues in manner that is respectful, professional, and supportive.Participate actively in organizational and office-specific efforts to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, and personally engage with colleagues, clients, and partners in a manner that is consistent with those efforts.QualificationsJuris Doctorate (JD) degree from an ABA accredited law school.A minimum of eight years of relevant litigation and advocacy experience.Admitted or eligible to waive in for admission to the District of Columbia Bar.Given the positions focus on federal laws and advocacy, the ideal candidate will be willing and able to work in our Washington, D.C. office once it reopens. The D.C. office is currently closed due to the pandemic.As with all staff, the person in this position will work remotely until the office reopens. Although there is a strong preference for the incumbent to work in the D.C office after reopening, applicants seeking to work in other geographic areas are welcome to apply.Knowledge of, and experience in, environmental and administrative law (including experience under the Clean Air Act) is strongly preferred.Knowledge of causes and effects of climate change and strategies to curb greenhouse gas emissions is a plus.Strong skills in communicating litigation and advocacy goals and messages to the media.Excellent legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.Strong initiative, good judgment, creativity, a collegial work style, and a strong work ethic.Proficient at working with technical issues and experts.Ready and able to develop, initiate, and conduct complex litigation and advocacy from day one, independently if necessary, to lead teams, and to work collaboratively with colleagues and partner organizations.Ability to develop and maintain partnerships with community-based or other grassroots groups interested in litigation and other advocacy in the attorneys area of focus.Ability and willingness to travel as needed for casework, court appearances, presentations, staff meetings, and conferences.Willingness to help the office recruit, hire, develop, and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce.Willingness and ability to effectively supervise and mentor early career staff in connection with litigation and advocacy projects, and to help foster an inclusive and supportive work environment.Formal management experience is a plus.Commitment to serving the public interest and Earthjustices mission.Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.Commitment to help create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce and culture that encourages and celebrates differences.For litigators and advocates committed to saving the planet and the people who depend onit,Staff Attorney atEarthjustice is the best job on the planet.Learn more about our Staff Attorney careers and work online here:Tracking

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