Litigation Assistant, Northeast Office

Northeast Regional New York, New York


Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a full-time Litigation Assistant to join the Northeast regional office, based in New York City.  The successful applicant will provide both substantive and administrative support to our team of attorneys, who litigate in federal and state courts and conduct administrative advocacy to defend the right of all people to a healthy environment and to speed our transition away from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy..

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, Chicago, and Washington, DC.

The Northeast office uses hard-hitting litigation and administrative advocacy to protect people from toxic chemicals, to secure clean drinking water for all, to end our reliance on fossil fuels, and to make an equitable transition to clean energy. For more information about the Northeast office, please visit https://earthjustice.org/about/offices/northeast.

Responsibilities:

Litigation Assistants in the Northeast office provide administrative and litigation support services for more than a dozen active attorneys practicing in federal courts and administrative venues.  Tasks may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Preparing and editing documents for filing, including: proofreading, cite-checking, Bluebooking, formatting, producing tables of contents and authorities, assembling exhibits, etc.
  • Filing and serving paper and electronic filings.
  • Ensuring all court rules are being met.
  • Creating, organizing, and maintaining case files and contacts.
  • Computing and calendaring court deadlines.
  • Assisting in the collection, processing, and review of incoming discovery productions, such as administrative records, including use of an eDiscovery software platform.
  • Drafting basic pleadings and other case-related documents under attorney supervision, including: case initiating documents, proposed orders, cover letters, FOIA requests, pro hac vice applications, etc.
  • Reviewing, organizing, and interpreting factual and technical information; generating research notes, memoranda, summaries, tables, maps, and other visuals as needed.
  • Communicating with courts, clients, experts, opposing counsel, and government officials as requested or approved by attorneys.
  • Supporting attorneys in gaining admission to courts, registration renewals, and creating and managing e-filing accounts.
  • Tracking relevant dockets and issues related to the work of the Northeast Office via the Federal Register, agency web sites, various distribution lists, media outlets, etc.
  • Participating in conference calls and meetings when relevant to the position and/or assigned projects.
  • General case-related administrative assistance (photocopying, correspondence, filing, taking meeting minutes, tracking case updates).

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Paralegal experience or training a plus.
  • To qualify for Senior Litigation Assistant, at least two years of experience in a litigation setting with responsibilities similar to those described above.
  • Interest in and knowledge of environmental, social justice, or public interest issues relevant to Earthjustice’s mission.
  • A can-do attitude, meticulous attention to detail, and an unrelenting commitment to high performance standards.
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, and computer skills (word processing, databases and spreadsheets, Internet, etc.).
  • The ability to organize, set priorities among multiple assignments, meet deadlines, and function calmly under pressure.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team, including with remote staff, and to maintain confidential information.
  • Flexible, punctual, highly reliable, and available for occasional evening and weekend work. 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 administrative work.
  • 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 New York, NY: $61,400 - $68,200

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:

  • Resume.
  • One- or two-page cover letter.
  • Short writing sample.
  • List of three references.

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.