Litigation Assistant I

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Depends on Experience

Published

09/17/2018

Address

Bozeman
Montana
United States

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, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Miami and Washington, DC.


The Northern Rockies office of Earthjustice, located in Bozeman, Montana, has an opening for a litigation assistant to begin work immediately.


In the Northern Rockies, we are engaged in litigation focused on protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands of this incomparable region. The Northern Rockies office has played a leading and long-standing role as the last line of defense for the ecosystems encompassing Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, as well as the grizzly bears, wolves, bison and other species that depend upon the integrity of these spectacular areas.


We are equally engaged in the battle to combat global warming by challenging coal mining and coal-fired power plants, ensuring fair opportunities for development of renewable energy sources, and responding to a rapid natural gas development boom that is spreading and raising new environmental protection and human health issues across the Northern Rockies region.


In recent years, the work of the Northern Rockies office has increasingly touched on Native American interests and issues of Indian law, including work to restore wild bison to tribal lands; to oppose oil and gas exploration on public national forest lands of extreme cultural and spiritual importance to the Blackfeet people; and to halt a state proposal to open a massive new coal mine on lands significant to the Northern Cheyenne in southeast Montana.


We regularly litigate federal and state court cases in an effort to defeat the major threats to the region’s ecological integrity. For more information about our office’s work, visit: http://earthjustice.org/about/offices/northern-rockies

The Litigation Assistant I provides administrative and litigation support services for seven active attorneys practicing in state and federal courts, in public service commissions, and in various administrative forums. 


Responsibilities:

  • Preparation and editing of documents for filing, including: proofreading, cite checking, bluebooking, formatting, producing tables of contents and authorities, assembling exhibit lists, etc.;
  • Filing and service of paper and electronic filings;
  • Ensuring all court rules are being met;
  • Creating, organizing, and maintaining case files and contacts;
  • Computing and calendaring court deadlines;
  • Assisting in the collection, processing, and review of incoming and outgoing discovery productions;
  • Assisting attorneys with deposition and hearing preparation, including: organizing document binders, printing exhibits, creating exhibit lists, communicating with court reporters, etc.;
  • Supporting attorneys in gaining admission to courts, registration renewals, and creating and managing e-filing accounts;
  • Reviewing, organizing, and interpreting factual and technical information; generating research notes, memoranda, summaries, tables, maps, and other visuals as needed;
  • Communicating with courts, clients, experts, opposing counsel, and government officials as requested or approved by attorneys;
  • Tracking relevant dockets and issues related to the work of the Northern Rockies office via the Federal Register, agency web sites, various distribution lists, media outlets, etc.
  • Participating in conference calls and meetings when relevant to the position and/or assigned projects;
  • Operating and performing minor trouble-shooting of all office equipment (copier, postage meter, etc.) and providing basic technical assistance to staff (word processing, e-mail software, etc.);
  • Engaging in general operations management and administrative support (e.g., receiving packages, scanning mail, managing office supplies, taking notes, greeting visitors); and
  • Providing backup to Legal Practice Manager.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Paralegal experience or training a plus.
  • To qualify for Litigation Assistant II, at least three years of paralegal or legal assistant experience in a litigation setting, and experience with discovery management programs or GIS.
  • Interest in and knowledge of environmental or social justice issues a plus.
  • A can-do attitude, meticulous attention to detail, and an unrelenting commitment to high performance standards.
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, and computer skills (word processing, databases and spreadsheets, internet, etc.).
  • The ability to organize, set priorities among multiple assignments, meet deadlines, and function calmly under pressure.
  • The ability to work effectively with remote staff and to maintain confidential information.
  • The ability to coordinate workflow and assignments with Legal Practice Manager.
  • Flexible, punctual, highly reliable, and available for occasional evening and weekend work.
  • Ability to work for extended periods on the computer as needed to meet filing deadlines.
  • A team player who will enthusiastically take on tasks that range from intellectually challenging to more mundane administrative work.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • Commits and contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.



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.

Benefits

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. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

https://app.jobvite.com/j?cj=oyGn8fwt&s=Idealist

Application Procedure:


Using the Jobvite application tool, please submit:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three professional references


Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.


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