The Rocky Mountain Office of Earthjustice, located in Denver,
Colorado, is seeking an Associate Attorney to focus on our clean
energy work in Colorado, Arizona, and nearby states. The Associate
Attorney will primarily focus on our offices work to promptly and
equitably transition the electric, transportation, and building
sectors from fossil fuels to clean energy. This work will involve
litigation and other advocacy before state public utilities
commissions, state air agencies, the courts, and other state and
federal agencies to advance clean energy and a healthy climate.
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 peoples health; to preserve magnificent
places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate
change. We partner with thousands of groups to engage on 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 is in San Francisco with
offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Miami,
Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Chicago, Seattle,
Bozeman, and Washington, DC.
The Rocky Mountain Offices work focuses on Colorado, Utah, and
Arizona, and its cases primarily involve (1) protecting public
lands and wildlife from fracking, mining, and other threats; (2)
quickly shifting Colorado and nearby states from dirty to clean
energy; and (3) protecting communities disproportionately impacted
by pollution and other environmental harms. This Associate position
will focus on the Rocky Mountain Offices work to make Colorado and
Arizona national leaders on clean energy by advancing distributed
solar, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, beneficial
electrification, and other renewable and distributed energy
resources. This Associate position may also work on cases to
oppose, retire, and reduce pollution from coal-fired and gas-fired
power plants. While the Associate Attorney will focus primarily on
electric sector and transportation sector work, depending on the
Rocky Mountain Offices staffing needs, the Associate will also work
on public lands and healthy communities cases.
The Associate Attorney position is a three-year position
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 the Managing Attorney. Many Associates have gone on to other
positions within Earthjustice and with other public interest
The Rocky Mountain office is located in the heart of downtown
Denver near the federal and state courthouses, public
transportation, and the vibrant LoDo, RiNo, and Capitol Hill
neighborhoods. We are also a bike-friendly office, located near
many of Denvers bike paths. The successful candidate will be housed
in our Denver office (although the Associate Attorney will work
remotely while Earthjustices offices are closed due to
- Work closely with Staff Attorneys 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, and oral advocacy.
- Law school graduate by spring of 2020 admitted to, or willing
to apply for admission to, the Colorado State Bar.
- 2-5 years of post-grad litigation experience with a
specialization in clean energy litigation.
- Excellent research, analytic, writing, and communication
- Strong work ethic and initiative, and sound yet creative
- Strong desire to fight for the right of all to a healthy
- Ability to work well in a team-oriented atmosphere.
- Commitment to serving the public interest.
- Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and
concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and
- Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and
inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates
Salary depends on experience and location.
Salary range in Denver, CO: $80,190 - $94,320
2-5 years' experience
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
Interested candidates should submit the following via
- 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 Earthjustices
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 will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the
position is filled.
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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
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