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Climate Law Attorney

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Center for Biological Diversity | Los Angeles, CA
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Center for Biological Diversity


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Published 15 days ago

Salary is commensurate with experience.

The Climate Law Institute wages innovative legal and grassroots campaigns to protect people, wildlife and ecosystems from climate change and the fossil fuel industry. We work at every level, from international climate negotiations to federal litigation to local ballot measures, to eliminate greenhouse gas pollution and speed a just transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

The Climate Law Institute is looking to add an attorney to its team, and will consider applicants at both staff attorney and senior attorney level. The position is based in our Los Angeles or Oakland, California, offices, with other locations considered on a case-by-case basis.

General position overview: The new attorney will work on state and federal litigation, administrative and policy advocacy, research, and grassroots and media outreach designed to protect our climate. This position will work closely with other team members, including legal, science, organizing and communications staff.

Main duties:

  • Litigation of cases under laws such as the Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, National Environmental Policy Act and California Environmental Policy Act.
  • Administrative advocacy including commenting on proposed rulemakings and the preparation of petitions for rulemaking.
  • Analysis of and advocacy regarding pending state and federal legislation.
  • Preparation of communications such as press releases, op-eds, fact sheets, and white papers.
  • Media advocacy, including writing press releases, conducting media outreach, and responding to inquiries and interview requests from journalists.
  • Some travel required.

Essential qualifications and skills:

  • Minimum three years civil litigation experience; minimum eight years for the senior attorney position.
  • Licensed to practice law in California, or willing and able to take the California bar exam, or licensed in state in which attorney will be based.
  • Excellent research, writing and oral advocacy skills.
  • Ability to manage a litigation docket, and, for a senior attorney position, experience as lead counsel.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues and organizations with a wide array of goals, perspectives, and backgrounds. Commitment to incorporating principles of justice, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the work
  • Experience with environmental statutes, such as the Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and California Environmental Quality Act is strongly preferred for a staff attorney position, and essential for a senior attorney position.
  • Scientific literacy and familiarity with the scientific literature on climate change preferred.
  • Experience partnering or engaging with environmental justice groups or frontline communities preferred.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

The Climate Law Institute wages innovative legal and grassroots campaigns to protect people, wildlife and ecosystems from climate change and the fossil fuel industry. We work at every level, from international climate negotiations to…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required

Benefits

Benefits Package:

•         Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.

•         Paid STD and LTD.

•         403(b) plan with opportunity for match.

•         Relaxed work atmosphere.

•         Salary is commensurate with experience. 

Benefits Package:

•         Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.

•         Paid STD and LTD.

•         403(b) plan with opportunity for match.

•         Relaxed work atmosphere.

•         Salary is commensurate with…

How to Apply

Application process: Please apply via our website by submitting a cover letter, a resume, three references and a writing sample no longer than five pages as a single document. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Application process: Please apply via our website by submitting a cover letter, a resume, three references and a writing sample no longer than five pages as a single document. The…

Location

Los Angeles, CA

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