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Associate Attorney, Midwest Regional Office for Earthjustice in Chicago, IL

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7:05 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

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Job Title: Associate Attorney, Midwest Regional Office
Job Location: Chicago, Illinois
Job Type: Full-time
Compensation: Salary is based on experience and location. Salary range in Chicago, IL: 0-5 years $75,335 - $95,285
Job Category Associate Attorney
Job Description: Earthjustice is now accepting applications for an Associate Attorney to join our team of lawyers and advocates in the Midwest Regional Office.

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 combat climate change and promote clean energy. 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 Chicago, Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

The Midwest Regional Office will work across all three of Earthjustice’s program areas—climate and energy, healthy communities, and lands and wildlife.

The Associate Attorney position is a three-year position with the opportunity for extension. Many Associates 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. As Associate Attorneys gain experience, they gradually take on more independent responsibility for their cases, but work throughout their tenure under the supervision of a Staff Attorney or a Deputy Managing Attorney or the Managing Attorney.


Work closely with Staff Attorneys, a Deputy Managing Attorney, the Managing Attorney, and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases.
Participate in the full range of tasks involved in complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research and analysis, discovery, briefing, witness preparation, and oral advocacy.
Engage in proceedings before state and federal courts and other administrative tribunals.
Prepare comments on proposed agency actions, permits, and environmental review documents.
Interact with clients, coalition partners, and experts, and learn how to handle press work.
Hire and supervise law students who work at Earthjustice as interns or clerks.
Job Requirements: Qualifications:

Law school graduates who are admitted, or willing to apply for admission, to the state bar where they are located.
Up to five years of litigation experience.
Excellent research, analytic, writing, and communication skills.
Strong work ethic and initiative, and sound yet creative judgment.
Strong desire to fight for the right of all to a healthy environment.
Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others.
Willingness to travel at least 15% of the time.
Commitment to serving the public interest.
Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
Salary is based on experience and location.
Salary range in Chicago, IL: 0-5 years $75,335 - $95,285

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.
How to Apply Application Procedure:

Interested candidates should submit a:

One or two page cover letter that addresses each of the following: (1) aspects of your background that are relevant to the qualifications listed above; (2) why you are drawn to Earthjustice’s mission and whether there are particular legal, environmental, or justice issues that inspire you; and (3) how your time at Earthjustice would contribute to your career aspirations.
Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that primarily reflects your work.
Law school transcript.
List of three references.
Applications are due by 2/3, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis after the due date.

Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.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.
Closing Date Feb 03, 2020

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