Senior Attorney, Midwest Regional Office
Company: Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund
Posted on: June 12, 2021
Earthjustice is seeking a Senior Attorney to join its Midwest
Regional Office in Chicago, IL. The Midwest Regional Office works
across all three of Earthjustice's program areas-climate, healthy
communities, and lands and wildlife. Our work includes cases
opposing pipelines and mining that will have devastating impacts on
the environment and tribal interests; and fighting for clean air,
soil, and water. We are committed to working with communities
across the Midwest with special attention to Detroit, Chicagoland
including Northwest Indiana, and St. Louis. The attorney selected
for this position will have the opportunity to contribute to the
strategic growth of our docket, including developing litigation and
advocacy seeking to protect families, communities, and
populations-especially the most overburdened communities. In
addition, the attorney will help develop the Midwest work
safeguarding health and the environment from toxic chemicals,
including in our homes and schools.
Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law
organization. We take on major precedent-setting cases across the
country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership
to protect people's health, preserve magnificent places and
wildlife, advance clean energy, and 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 guided by a passionate,
ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until
justice stands for all, we will never rest. 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, Honolulu,
New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Miami, Seattle, Bozeman, Chicago,
and Washington, DC.
For litigators and advocates committed to saving the planet and
the people who depend on it, Senior Attorney at Earthjustice is the
best job on the planet. Learn more about our Senior Attorney
careers and work online here: https://earthjustice.org/about/jobs/senior-attorney
Earthjustice's senior attorneys are experienced attorneys who,
on behalf of our clients, develop, file, and litigate cases that
align with the goals and needs of the program or regional office in
which they work. Some senior attorneys have fewer than ten years of
litigation experience while others have been with us for decades,
and many are nationally-recognized leaders in their fields. We
compensate our staff attorneys based on their geography and years
of legal experience.
Our practice increasingly emphasizes a mentorship culture for
staff at all levels, and we expect that every staff attorney will
help nurture the development of early career attorneys and other
staff. Senior attorneys also supervise associate attorneys,
fellows, and litigation assistants in connection with their work on
particular projects and will be asked to serve as the formal
supervisor for one or more team members.
- Develop cases and legal advocacy strategies, in coordination
with clients, other attorneys, experts, and partners, to support
the goals of the Midwest Regional Office and Earthjustice's
- Lead complex cases and the full range of litigation tasks,
including factual investigation, legal research, discovery,
briefing, witness preparation, trials, and oral advocacy, and
otherwise manage new and existing cases in state or federal courts
and administrative tribunals from beginning to end.
- Supervise the work of associate attorneys, fellows, interns,
and litigation assistants, and train and mentor associate
attorneys, including by building their litigation skills in the
course of legal advocacy.
- Collaborate in team problem solving, litigation strategy,
project management and trial work.
- Cultivate new allies and engage in partnerships with, and
representation of, Tribal entities, community groups, workers,
advocacy organizations and coalitions, and others.
- Support and contribute to a positive, respectful, supportive,
and collegial work environment and help to advance Earthjustice's
efforts to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that centers
equity and justice.
- Help develop and execute effective media and, where
appropriate, legislative strategies and serve as a spokesperson for
Earthjustice, clients, and partners.
- Work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues throughout
Earthjustice, including team members in the Litigation,
Communications, Development, and Policy and Legislation
- Develop and participate in training and professional
development opportunities appropriate to the role and the
- Law school graduates who are admitted to or able to join the IL
- A minimum of five years of litigation experience, including
significant lead counsel experience.
- Excellent research, analysis, writing, and oral advocacy
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to implement
- Initiative, good judgment, a collegial work style, strong work
ethic, and interest in continued professional growth.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well
collaboratively both inside and outside the organization.
- Strong skills in communicating litigation and advocacy goals
and messages to the media.
- Ability to work independently and in collaboration with client
partners and leading a litigation team.
- Ability and willingness to travel as needed, including for case
work, court appearances, and meetings with clients and
- Commitment to serving the public interest and a passion for
Earthjustice and its mission.
- Commitment to growing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work
culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
- Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and
concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and
- Willingness and ability to effectively supervise and mentor
early career staff in connection with litigation and advocacy
projects, and to help foster an inclusive and nurturing work
- A commitment to and passion for public interest work.
- Formal management experience is a plus.
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
Salary is based on number of years of litigation experience and
Salary range in Chicago, IL for 5+ years of experience:
To apply interested applicants should submit the following:
- One or two page cover letter that addresses
(1) why you are drawn to this position and Earthjustice's
mission, and whether there are particular legal, environmental, or
justice issues that inspire you; and (2) aspects of your background
that demonstrate competence to work with diverse clients and
- Two legal writing samples.
- List of three professional references.
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having
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
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