The National Environmental Law Center is currently seeking a staff attorney with meaningful litigation experience, to be based in the Boston office.
NELC's litigation is primarily in federal court. NELC lawyers have filed suit -- under the federal Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, the Endangered Species Act, and federal hazardous waste laws – in the federal district courts of California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington. Collectively, NELC enforcement suits have won more than $200 million in court-ordered penalties and pollution-reduction measures against corporate and government defendants. NELC attorneys also write amicus briefs in the federal circuit courts and the Supreme Court, and file federal regulatory challenges,to countermand threats to environmental and public health protection.
The staff attorney will take responsibility for all aspects of NELC’s federal court litigation. Working in conjunction with more senior staff, the staff attorney will be responsible for case development, legal research and writing, drafting pleadings, discovery and motion practice, working with lay and expert witnesses, and preparation for and conduct of trials. Although supervision is always available, there will be ample and immediate opportunity for considerable individual responsibility.
Candidates for this position should have at least two to five years’ litigation experience. Federal clerkship experience preferred. Additional relevant experience, such as scientific, engineering, political, policy, legal, journalistic, or government experience, is a plus. Advanced degrees in related fields may count toward a candidate's professional experience.
Salary & Benefits
The National Environmental Law Center (NELC) is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation or veteran status.