Litigation Assistant, Rocky Mountain Office

Rocky Mountain Regional Denver , Colorado


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, supporters, individuals and communities 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, Tallahassee, Honolulu, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Miami and Washington, DC.

People holding this position provide litigation and administrative support to all staff in the Denver office.

Responsibilities:

Litigation Duties (80%)

  • Understand and correctly apply court rules governing all aspects of litigation practice.
  • Prepare briefs and motions for filing, including proper formatting and preparation of filing checklist, table of contents, table of authorities, and all supplemental documents.
  • Edit and proofread pleadings and other documents.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with courts, agency staff, court reporters, staff at other firms, etc. as part of assigned responsibilities or as requested or approved by attorneys.
  • Oversee, maintain, and present case docket calendar during staff meetings.
  • Compute and calendar court/agency deadlines.
  • Process ECF notifications.
  • Create hearing/oral argument binders.
  • Assist attorneys with court admissions, registrations and renewals and maintenance of e-filing accounts.
  • Draft basic pleadings (i.e. entry of appearances, various notices, substitutions, withdrawals, and Pro Hac Vice motions).
  • Assist with case initiation tasks and related data entry.
  • Assist attorneys with organization of active case files in office, as requested.
  • Responsible for upkeep of hard files.
  • Work on special projects per attorney request.

Administrative/General (20%)

  • Support Managing Attorney and Director of Tribal Partnerships with administrative needs, including scheduling meetings and compiling/distributing related materials, file management, and other general support.
  • Perform reception duties, which include greeting and/or directing guests and handling calls.
  • Sort and distribute in-coming mail.
  • Maintain “in/out” board.
  • Assist with planning of office events and special projects as needed.
  • Make travel arrangements for attorneys and staff.
  • Engage in organization-wide initiatives to improve operations and maximize effectiveness.
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree.
  • At least one to three years of litigation assistant experience.
  • Familiarity with the progression of litigation through the court system.
  • A can-do attitude and an unrelenting commitment to high performance standards.
  • Outstanding computer skills, including knowledge of Adobe and Microsoft Office Suite (or the aptitude to learn).
  • Strong attention to detail and well-developed organizational skills.
  • Excellent command of spelling, punctuation, grammar and outstanding editing and proofreading skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with e-filing in multiple courts or the aptitude to learn.
  • Is flexible, punctual, highly reliable, and available for occasional evening and weekend work, as well as overtime on an as-needed basis.
  • Ability to work for extended periods on the computer as needed to meet filing deadlines.
  • A team player who will enthusiastically take on tasks that range from intellectually challenging to routine administrative work. Ability to work independently to identify, analyze, and complete tasks.
  • Maintains strong interpersonal skills and a sense of humor.
  • Strong litigation assistant skills, attention to detail, ability to produce accurate work on a deadline.
  • Ability to solve problems proactively and creatively.
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks both individually and in a team setting.
  • Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • Commitment and contribution to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

Salary is based on experience and location.
Salary range in Denver, CO: $55,300 - $61,400

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

To Apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following via Jobvite:

  • Resume.
  • Three references, at least one from a current or former supervisor.
  • One or two-page cover letter that addresses your interest and qualifications for the job.  The cover letter should also explain: (1) why you are drawn to Earthjustice’s mission 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 clients and colleagues with diverse backgrounds and life experiences.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies accepted.

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.