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Associate Attorney, Alaksa

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 30/12/2011
Company Name Earthjustice
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Directory Entry : Earthjustice, founded in 1971 as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, first used the courts as a conservation tool when it saved the pristine Mineral King Valley in California's scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains from becoming the world's largest ski resort.
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Location: Anchorage, AK, Juneau, AK

Job Type: Full Time

The Alaska office of Earthjustice is seeking applications for a fall 2012 vacancy for a staff or associate attorney position in our Alaska region. Earthjustice’s mission centers on protecting people and natural resources by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws and providing clients with the best legal representation and related advocacy. 

The core issues of the Alaska office docket are the protection of the Alaska coastal rain forest, protection of sensitive areas in northern Alaska from oil and gas development, conservation of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska marine ecosystem, wildlife conservation, air and water quality enforcement, national park and other public lands management, and protection of lands and waters from mining activities.  Our clients include national, regional and local conservation organizations, traditional Alaska Native tribal organizations, ecotourism businesses, and communities, as well as other organizations concerned about enforcing the laws to protect the environment.
A staff attorney is responsible for developing, coordinating, and pursuing strategic litigation in federal and state courts. To be considered for a staff attorney position, the candidate must have

  • five or more years of litigation experience, preferably in environmental law,
  • the ability to manage a litigation docket independently,
  • a demonstrable passion for enforcing and strengthening environmental laws,
  • excellent legal research and writing skills,
  • self-motivation, and
  • an ability and willingness to work closely with others. 

The associate attorney program affords junior attorneys the opportunity to spend two to three years working with staff attorneys on our litigation docket. Several of our past associates have remained with Earthjustice or have joined other conservation organizations.  Among other responsibilities, the associate will conduct legal research and prepare memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential litigation projects; draft motions, briefs and other pleadings; prepare comments on proposed agency actions and environmental impact statements; assist with discovery; and interact with clients and work with experts.  The associate attorney may have primary responsibility for some matters, but will generally work collaboratively with other lawyers in the office.
To be considered for an associate attorney position, the candidate must have

  • experience or education in environmental and administrative law,
  • excellent legal research, writing and analytical skills,
  • strong self-motivation,
  • an ability and willingness to work closely with others,
  • a commitment to environmental protection, and
  • preferably, have completed post law school a judicial clerkship or have one to three years of experience in environmental law or general litigation post law school. 

Timely admission to the Alaska bar is essential. The Alaska office has locations in Juneau and Anchorage and this position may be placed in either location. Earthjustice’s compensation is based on experience, is competitive with other non-profit organizations, and includes an excellent benefits package.

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