Associate Attorney, Oceans
Earthjustice - Washington, DC

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The Washington, D.C. office is seeking an Associate Attorney to assist with our efforts to protect and enhance ocean ecosystems. The associate selected for this position will focus on both litigation and other advocacy related to oceans. The associate will be expected to engage in the full range of activities to protect the oceans, including assisting in cases relating to fisheries, water quality, and other issues that affect ocean life. In addition, the associate will be expected to participate in other advocacy efforts in furtherance of ocean conservation both in domestic and international forums, including administrative and legislative activities.

Responsibilities : The associate attorney may have primary responsibility for some matters, but will generally work collaboratively with other Earthjustice attorneys.
  • Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential litigation projects.
  • Assist in building a docket and managing new cases in state or federal courts and administrative tribunals.
  • Draft motions, briefs and other pleadings.
  • Factual investigation, case development, and active litigation.
  • Develop oral advocacy and presentation skills.
  • Assist with discovery.
  • Interact with clients and work with experts.
Qualifications : Applicants must be law school graduates who are admitted to the bar, and should be willing to apply for admission to the Washington, DC bar.
  • 1-5 years of experience (including a clerkship) in environmental law or general litigation.
  • Experience with or knowledge of ocean resource cases in federal court preferred.
  • Excellent research, critical thinking, writing and oral advocacy skills.
  • A solid academic record.
  • Initiative, good judgment, a strong work ethic.
  • Passion for environmental protection and justice.
  • Ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with others.
Associate Program : The associate program is designed to help young attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various aspects of public interest litigation. Many associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice or with other conservation organizations.

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. To learn more about Earthjustice, visit .

Application Procedure: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position is open immediately. Please send a cover letter, resume, a writing sample from recent litigation, and names and contact information of three references by e-mail to: . Subject line should read: Staff Attorney Application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No telephone calls and no hard copies.


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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 and citizens 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 the best and brightest who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with nine offices across the U.S.

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