Sierra Club is seeking 5 Associate or Staff Attorneys* to join its national legal team as litigators for Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program. Appointment will be made at the level commensurate with an individual’s experience. Under the supervision of a managing and senior attorney, the associate or staff attorney would serve as a legal resource for Sierra Club campaigns; litigate environmental and energy cases; help design and implement legal and advocacy strategies; and coordinate with campaign staff, coalition partners, and outside counsel. For more information on the specific positions please visit the individual postings here.
Location: Oakland, CA, Denver, CO, Washington, D.C., or remotely in Texas or Louisiana (locations are specific to the individual position)
Litigate key Sierra Club lawsuits, under the supervision of managing and senior staff attorneys; assume increasing litigation responsibilities including discovery management, witness handling, legal research and writing, and oral argument.
Implement strategic, programmatic legal campaigns to support Sierra Club’s campaign objectives; help coordinate the litigation work of strategic legal campaigns; assume responsibility for relationships with staff, volunteer leaders, and outside counsel.
Help evaluate proposed litigation to advise national volunteer and staff leadership on the scope of Sierra Club participation in legal actions
Help develop and execute work in a manner that centers on and promotes equity, justice, and inclusion, and intentionally address the history of inequitable environmental and economic burdens carried by communities overburdened by air, water, and climate pollution and disproportionate energy burdens.
Analyze legal cases and trends for Sierra Club management and membership.
Provide legal advice to Sierra Club membership; help Chapters and Groups with their local energy- related legal programs and objectives.
Perform miscellaneous duties as directed.
Context: At the Sierra Club, we are committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy.
Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.
J.D. degree and license to practice law.
1-4 years of experience as a practicing attorney for Associate Attorney
5-7 years of experience as a practicing attorney for Staff Attorney
Excellent research, writing, analytical and oral advocacy skills.
Strong interpersonal and consensus-building skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with clients and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
Demonstration of a commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice.
Knowledge of environmental or energy law.
Passion for the Sierra Club’s mission to enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
*Title will be determined based on years of experience at the date of hire as detailed in the qualifications section.
To Apply: Please visit http://www.sierraclub.org/careersto apply for this position. The hiring committee will review applications on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. Please attach your resume, three references, and writing sample to the online application portal.
As a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, the Sierra Club currently is not a qualifying employer under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
The Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals, and sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition.
Sierra Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.
About Sierra Club
Employees of the Sierra Club live our motto of exploring, enjoying, and protecting the planet. The work is meaningful and the people are great. Whether you work in our Oakland headquarters or are based in one of our nationwide field, chapter or legislative offices, your contributions will help us to achieve our mission.
ELP attorneys and staff are at the cutting edge of climate change litigation. We work with our allies to reduce the environmental and public health degradation that flows from the lifecycle of fossil fuel use, ranging from destructive mining and fracking to combustion to disposal. At the same time, we advocate for the expansion of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. In the past few years alone, we have achieved tremendous public health and climate change benefits for many communities, including in particular for those engaged in environmental justice struggles.
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