Sierra Club Staff Attorney (Denver, CO)

Sierra Club is seeking a Staff Attorney to join its national legal team as a litigator for Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program. Under the supervision of a managing attorney, the staff attorney serves as a legal resource for the Beyond Coal Campaign; litigates environmental and energy cases supporting the Campaign; helps design and implement legal strategies; and coordinate with campaign staff, coalition partners, technical experts, and outside counsel.

 

Responsibilities:

  1. Litigates key Sierra Club lawsuits, under the supervision of managing attorney; assumes litigation responsibilities including discovery management, expert testimony and witness handling, brief writing and oral argument.
  2. Helps evaluate proposed litigation to advise national volunteer and staff leadership on the scope of Sierra Club participation in legal actions.
  3. Helps develop and plan programmatic litigation campaigns to support the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign objectives; assists in drafting legal components of strategic plans and reports.
  4. Analyzes legal cases and trends for Sierra Club management and membership.
  5. Provides legal advice to Sierra Club membership; helps Chapters and groups with their local energy-related legal programs and objectives.
  6. Performs miscellaneous duties as directed, including fund-raising and donor relations.

 

Qualifications:         

  • J.D. degree and license to practice law.
  • 5-9 years of experience as a practicing attorney.
  • Excellent writing and analytical 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.

 

In 2015, Sierra Club formalized its vision for an internal transformation to become a more equitable and inclusive organization. Sierra Club and its Environmental Law Program recognize that the environmental movement and the field of law have historically been white, wealthy, and male-dominated, and given that history, we are committed to creating a workplace where people from all social identities and backgrounds feel welcomed and can thrive. We strive to become an organization that attracts, retains, and celebrates people from all avenues of life who share our values. Sierra Club has adopted the Jemez Principles, a set of guidelines designed to help people from different cultures, communities, politics, and organizations work together in solidarity. The Environmental Law Program strives to conduct litigation in accordance with the Jemez Principles and in furtherance of Sierra Club’s vision of becoming a more equitable and inclusive organization. For more information about our commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice, please visit:sierraclub.org/equity.

The Sierra Club Environmental Law Program is seeking a Staff Attorney to join the national Sierra Club’s legal team as a litigator for the Beyond Coal Campaign, which has been at the forefront of the effort to decarbonize the electricity grid.  The applicant should have 5-10 years of experience with knowledge of environmental or energy law and a strong commitment to working collaboratively to advance equity, inclusion and justice. Under the supervision of a managing attorney, the staff attorney serves as a legal resource for the Beyond Coal Campaign; litigates environmental and energy cases supporting the campaign; helps design and implement legal strategies; and coordinates with campaign staff, coalition partners, technical experts, and outside counsel. Apply here.

The hiring committee will review applications on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. Please attach a cover letter, resume, three references, writing sample, and law school transcript to the online application. In your cover letter, please address how your background has prepared you to contribute to the Sierra Club’s mission—particularly its commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and justice—and aspects of your background that demonstrate your ability to work with diverse clients and colleagues.

 

The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.

This is a category 3 exempt position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.  Sierra Club does not sponsor H1B visas.

The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

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