Staff Attorney, Clean Energy

Climate and Energy Washington, District Of Columbia

Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a Clean Energy Staff Attorney to join our growing team of lawyers who work to advance clean energy across the country and accelerate a shift from dirty fossil fuels. The attorney will focus on litigation and legal advocacy before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in the courts, and at Regional Transmission Organizations/Independent System Operators (RTOs/ISOs) to ensure electricity market reforms that support a transition to clean, affordable, and reliable energy, and that avoid unreasonable subsidization of coal- and gas-fired generation.

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.  We partner with thousands of groups and supporters to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change.  We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections.  We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.  Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Miami, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

Earthjustice has a longstanding track record of success with our litigation and advocacy to reduce dependence on dirty fossil fuels and increase reliance on clean energy resources. We see an unparalleled opportunity to hasten a shift away from fossil fuels; achieve major, enduring reductions in carbon pollution; and secure a cleaner, smarter, more equitable electric grid. The Staff Attorney position will be part of our increased effort to advocate for policies and infrastructure that supports a swift transition to a modern, sustainable energy system. In this role, the Staff Attorney will work to secure and defend rule reforms that eliminate market barriers to clean energy, and to challenge ill-conceived rules that subsidize fossil fuel-fired generation and/or threaten to shut clean energy out of the markets.

To learn more about Earthjustice’s clean energy work, click here. While the position will be housed in our Clean Energy Program, the Staff Attorney will also work closely with our Coal Program, which you can learn more about by clicking here.

The position will be based in our Washington, DC office.


  • Track tariff and rule proposals in regional energy markets and at FERC.
  • Conduct legal advocacy before wholesale electricity market operators.
  • Develop cases in a strategic fashion to support program goals.
  • Litigate cases from beginning to end, performing all aspects of litigation.
  • Collaborate with and oversee the work of technical experts.
  • Supervise the work of and mentor Associate Attorneys and Litigation Assistants.
  • Collaborate and manage relationships with co-counsel, clients, and coalition partners.
  • Serve as spokesperson for Earthjustice, clients, and partners.
  • Help develop and execute effective media strategies.
  • Work effectively with other departments within Earthjustice, including Communications. Development, and Policy and Legislation.


  • Juris Doctorate (JD) degree.
  • A minimum of six years of litigation experience.
  • Licensed to practice law in Washington DC, or willingness to apply for admission within one year of employment. 
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, energy law and clean energy issues is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Initiative, good judgment, and a strong work ethic.
  • Proficient at working with technical experts.
  • Ability to manage a litigation docket effectively, lead a litigation team, and work independently and collaboratively with colleagues and partner organizations.
  • Ability to develop and maintain partnerships with community-based or other grassroots groups interested in energy litigation and other advocacy
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed for case work, court appearances and presentations.
  • Commitment to serving the public interest.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • Commitment to help create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce and culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits.  Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • Resume.
  • One to two-page cover letter that addresses at least the following subjects: (1) why you are drawn to this position and whether there are particular legal, environmental, or justice issues that inspire you; and (2) aspects of your background that demonstrate competence to work with diverse clients and colleagues.
  • Writing sample that reflects your own legal analysis and writing (i.e., not jointly written with or edited by other people). 
  • List of three references.

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Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership, and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not related to the position.

For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco:  Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles:  We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.