Litigation Assistant I

Job Type

Full Time




1625 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,
District of Columbia
United States


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, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

This position provides paralegal and administrative support for the Litigation Department of the DC Regional office, and also offers backup support when the Office Manager is out of the office. This position is located in Washington, DC.



Paralegal (70%):

  • Prepare documents for filing in court and before agencies, including:
  • Drafting certificates and disclosure statements;
  • Formatting for compliance with court rules;
  • Proofreading, bluebooking, and cite-checking;
  • Preparing tables of contents, tables of authorities, exhibits, and exhibit lists; and
  • Filing and serving.
  • Perform factual and paralegal research and draft memos regarding research.
  • Maintain litigation calendar, including:
  • Monitoring, computing, and scheduling court and agency deadlines based on court orders and Federal Register notices; and
  • Organizing meetings and events.
  • Maintain digital and physical files, including:
  • Case pleadings, general litigation documents, and general correspondence; and
  • Case management database (ProLaw).
  • Prepare client communications, including retainer agreements, litigation hold letters, and joint defense agreements.
  • Become familiar with relevant court rules
  • Monitor Federal Register, Court, and/or other web sites as requested by attorneys
  • Receive, research, and respond to public inquiries.
  • Develop visual aids and exhibits using mapping tools, such as EJScreen, and analyze demographic and geographic data to assist attorneys in case development.
  • Assist with case preparation.
  • Assist attorneys with recruiting activities, including identifying college contacts and finding relevant recruiting events.
  • Coordinate and plan activities for summer law clerks and interns, including brown-bag lunches, outings to DOJ or EPA, and networking activities.
  • Assist fellow litigation assistants both organization-wide and within the D.C. office, including serving as the back-up for the Clean Energy team and being capable of filing with various public utility commissions or agencies.
  • Submit FOIA inquiries and review and summarize responsive documents as needed.
  • Analyze information from environmental databases, such as ECHO and TRI, as well as pollutant databases to assess trends.
  • Coordinate with the Communications Department.

Administrative (30%):

  • Work with IT Department and Office Assistant to identify and resolve computer and technical problems.
  • Cover receptionist duties as needed.
  • Stay up-to-date on environmental issues and network relevant news to attorneys.


  • Foster office morale and positive work environment.
  • Other tasks as assigned as needed.



  • Bachelor of Arts or Science, interest in environmental issues preferred.
  • Ability to work independently to identify, analyze, and complete tasks.
  • Ability to multitask, work under pressure, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work overtime on an as needed basis.
  • Excellent computer skills (Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office Suite preferred).
  • Excellent command of spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Excellent proofreading and written communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • Contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

 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.


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.



We offer a mission and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package including excellent benefits.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Application Procedure  

Interested applicants should submit:

  • a cover letter explaining qualifications and interest in working at Earthjustice, as well as your availability to start working in this position.
  • a resume.

We are looking to hire as soon as possible. Please include your ideal start date in the cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.   All applications should be submitted online via the Jobvite system.

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