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Associate Attorney, Sustainable Food and Farming for Earthjustice in New York, NY

Monday, July 06, 2020 5:19 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

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Job Title: Associate Attorney, Sustainable Food and Farming
Job Location: New York, NY
Job Type: Full-time
Compensation: Salary range in New York, NY for 1 - 4 years legal experience: $81,300 - $95,300
Job Category Attorney
Job Description: 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.
Job Requirements:

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.
How to Apply https://app.jobvite.com/j?cj=oPFKcfwa&s=Gwen_S._Cherry_Black_Women_Lawyers_Association

Closing Date Jul 31, 2020

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