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Staff Attorney, Oil and Gas, Appalachia

Chicago IL

Earthjustice’s Fossil Fuels Program is hiring a Staff Attorney to join us in using the power of the law to protect communities and our environment from an onslaught of new oil and gas development. The position will focus on the Appalachian region. The attorney will preferably be based in our Midwest Regional office in Chicago, but for the right candidate we would consider placing the position elsewhere.


  • Develop new cases in a strategic fashion; conduct factual investigations; develop legal theories; and otherwise manage new and existing cases within state or federal courts and administrative agencies.
  • Litigate cases from beginning to end, performing all aspects of litigation.
  • Support partnerships and outreach to new clients, allies, and coalition partners in litigation and other advocacy.
  • Collaborate and manage relationships with co-counsel, clients, and coalition partners.
  • Supervise the work of Associate Attorneys, interns and Litigation Assistants.
  • Integrate communications and legislative advocacy into litigation and other legal strategies, working effectively with other departments within Earthjustice, including Communications, Development, and Policy and Legislation.
  • Support efforts to ensure a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.


  • Lawyer who is admitted or willing to apply for admission to the bar in the state in which they will reside;
  • At least six years of litigation experience;
  • Excellent litigation skills, including proven legal research, writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills, and ability to manage a litigation docket effectively;
  • Strong skills in communicating litigation and advocacy goals and messages to the media;
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with client partners and in leading a team;
  • Strong and demonstrated initiative, good judgment, creativity, and work ethic;
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed for case work, court appearances, and presentations;
  • Commitment to serving the public interest, and a passion for the role of Earthjustice and its mission;
  • Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations;
  • Commitment to help create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.


To Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • Resume.
  • One or two-page cover letter that addresses what draws you to Earthjustice, and to work focusing on fossil fuels. Please also describe any experiences you have working with people or communities who have been disproportionately affected by environmental harms or from backgrounds that differ from your own, and how you might apply those experiences in working with communities affected by fossil fuel development.
  • Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that primarily reflects your work.
  • List of three references.
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Posted June 10, 2019

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