Earthjustice’s Sustainable Food and Farming Program is seeking an Associate Attorney to conduct legal advocacy and litigation. The position is available immediately and is located in New York, NY.
The Sustainable Food and Farming Program, within the Healthy Communities Department, engages in litigation and other legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf of a wide range of diverse clients to advance safer and healthier food and more sustainable and climate-friendly farming in order to protect consumers, farm workers and communities, and our waters, air and climate. A major priority is to limit and obtain adequate safeguards on the use of dangerous pesticides, excess fertilizers, animal waste, and farm and food processing chemicals. We take on cases with regional and national scope. We also work on cross-cutting Access to Justice issues to respond to the current efforts to limit the use of science and public participation.
The Associate Attorney program offers early-career attorneys the opportunity to develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various aspects of public-interest litigation. The Associate Attorney will become familiar with the foundational environmental laws — including the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act — the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and the Farm Bill, gaining a broad learning experience. The term for the associate position is three years, with potential for extension. Some associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice, while others use the experience as a springboard to other career opportunities in environmental litigation or other areas.
The Associate Attorney will handle legal advocacy and litigation in judicial, administrative, and legislative fora including, but not limited to:
- Work closely with Staff and other Associate 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.
- Develop and engage in legal advocacy, including draft and review legislation; draft rulemaking petitions, comments to agencies, letters, fact sheets and other materials; and, participate in coalition meetings and events.
- Handle other legal work to further the work of the Sustainable Food and Farming and Healthy Communities Programs.
- Law school graduate with up to four years of legal experience.
- Admitted to, or willing to apply for admission to, the New York Bar.
- Excellent legal research, writing, analytical, and communication skills.
- Experience in federal or state legislatures or judicial clerkship a plus.
- Strong work ethic, initiative to take on work and solve problems, sound yet creative judgment.
- Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
- Ability to work well both independently and on a team.
- An unrelenting commitment to high professional standards.
- Aware of and sensitive to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
- Commitment to serving the public interest.
We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits. Compensation is based on experience. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.
Interested candidates should submit the following materials via the Jobvite system.
- One- or two-page cover letter that addresses at least the following subjects: (1) excellent legal skills; (2) your interest in Earthjustice’s mission and any particular legal, environmental, or social justice issues; and (3) aspects of your background that show competence to work with diverse clients and colleagues.
- Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that is either unedited or lightly edited by someone other than you. Please include a cover sheet explaining the extent of editing by someone else.
- Unofficial law school transcript.
- List of contact information for three professional or academic references.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
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