Thursday, March 12, 2015

Earth Justice: Associate Attorney

Associate Attorney

Alaska | Anchorage or Juneau, AK, United States

The Alaska office of Earthjustice is seeking applications for an Associate Attorney position.

The core issues of the Alaska office docket are protection of the Alaska coastal rain forest, safeguarding of America’s Arctic, conservation of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska marine ecosystem, action to combat climate change and limit its effects, wildlife conservation, protection of lands and waters from mining activities, air and water quality enforcement, and national park and other public lands management. Our clients include national, regional and local conservation organizations, Alaska Native tribal organizations, ecotourism businesses, and communities, as well as other organizations concerned about enforcing the laws to protect the environment.

Responsibilities: Among other responsibilities, the associate will:
  • Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential litigation projects;
  • Draft motions, briefs and other pleadings;
  • Prepare comments on proposed agency actions, permits, and environmental review documents;
  • Investigate facts and assist with case development; and
  • Interact with clients and work with experts.

The associate attorney may have primary responsibility for some matters but will generally work collaboratively with other lawyers in the office.

Qualifications: Applicants must be law-school graduates who are admitted to or will apply for admission to the Alaska bar. Additional qualifications include:
  • Excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills;
  • Strong self-motivation;
  • An ability and willingness to work closely with others;
  • A commitment to public interest work and the role of Earthjustice and its mission; and
  • Preferably, one to three years of litigation or other relevant experience post law school.

The Alaska office has locations in Juneau and Anchorage.

The term for this position is two years, with a possible extension for a third year.

Earthjustice’s compensation is based on experience, is competitive with other non-profit organizations, and includes an excellent benefits package.

To Apply:
Please include a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the associate position, a resume, a legal writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), an unofficial copy of your law school transcript and contact information for three references.

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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, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

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