The Associate Attorney position is a three-year position, with the potential for an extension, designed to help attorneys who are in the early stages of their careers to develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation. As Associate Attorneys gain experience, they gradually take on more independent responsibility for their cases. Many Associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice and with other public interest organizations.
The level of duties and responsibilities for an Associate Attorney will vary depending on experience. However, among other responsibilities, the Associate should be able to:
- Work closely with Earthjustice attorneys and professional staff and clients to investigate, develop, and litigate cases.
- Participate in the full range of tasks involved in litigation and regulatory advocacy, including factual and legal research; discovery; drafting briefs, comments, petitions, and other filings; and oral advocacy.
- Engage in proceedings or other advocacy opportunities before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other administrative tribunals or agencies.
- Appear in court under the supervision of a more senior attorney.
- Participate in cultivating relationships with new clients, allies, and coalition partners.
- Interact with clients, coalition partners, and experts, and learn how to handle media work.
- Integrate communications and legislative advocacy into litigation and other legal strategies.
- Participate in the hiring process and supervise law students who work at Earthjustice as interns or clerks.
- Support efforts to ensure a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.