Associate Attorney, Sustainable Food and Farming
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, 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 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, Tallahassee, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.
Earthjustice’s Sustainable Food and Farming Program is seeking an Associate Attorney to conduct legal advocacy and litigation. The position is available immediately and is located in New York, NY.
The Sustainable Food and Farming Program, within the Healthy Communities Department, engages in litigation and advocacy to improve our nation’s food system, from crop selection and farming practices to food processing and sustainability. Working in partnership with communities, advocacy groups, scientists, and others, we fight for safe and healthy food, climate-friendly farming, reduced reliance on dangerous pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and animal farms—not animal factories. We take on cases with regional and national scope.
- Work closely with Earthjustice attorneys to build cases and support policies that serve a diverse set of clients.
- Participate in the full range of tasks involved in administrative advocacy and complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research, memo writing, briefing, and oral advocacy.
- Interact with clients and working with experts to develop a clear understanding of the facts involved in each case and to ultimately support our litigation goals.
- Represent Earthjustice on telephone calls and at meetings with clients, partners, co-counsel, and experts.
- Develop skills required to serve as spokesperson with print and electronic media.
- Assist with hiring and supervision of student law clerks.
The Associate Attorney position is a three-year position with the opportunity for extension. Many Associate have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice and with other public interest organizations. The Associate Attorney program is designed to help attorneys who are in the early stages of their careers to develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation. Associate Attorneys gain experience, they gradually take on more independent responsibilities for their cases, but work throughout their tenure under the supervision of a Staff Attorney or a Deputy Managing Attorney or the Managing Attorney.
- Law school graduate with 1–4 years of full-time legal experience, with a preference for litigation experience and/or clerkship experience.
- Admission, or willingness to apply for admission, to the New York Bar.
- Ability and desire to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
- Awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
- Excellent legal research, writing, analytical, and communication skills.
- Strong work ethic, good judgment, initiative, and creativity.
- Ability to work independently and as a collegial team member.
- Commitment to public interest work and a passion for the role of Earthjustice and its mission.
Salary is based on legal experience and location.
Salary range in New York, NY for 1 - 4 years legal experience: $81,300 - $95,300
We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits.
Interested candidates should submit the following materials online via the Jobvite system:
- One-page cover letter that addresses at least the following subjects: (1) your legal skills; (2) your interest in Earthjustice’s mission and any particular legal, environmental, or social justice issues; and (3) aspects of your background that show competence to work with diverse clients and colleagues.
- Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that is either unedited or lightly edited by someone other than you. Please include a cover sheet explaining the extent of editing by someone else.
- Unofficial law school transcript.
- List of contact information for three professional or academic references.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis from July 15, 2020 until the position is filled. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.