Associate Attorney, California Regional Office

California Regional San Francisco, California Los Angeles, California

We are seeking an Associate Attorney to conduct legal advocacy, including litigation and administrative advocacy, with the California Regional Office. The hybrid work position requires 0-3 years post-law school legal experience. The attorney selected for this position will play a key role in legal actions that can make a real difference to people’s health and well-being and protect important environmental values.  
With staff in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Earthjustice’s California Regional Office fights for the rights of all to a healthy environment, including: protecting communities and public lands from oil and gas development, safeguarding ecosystems and imperiled species, advancing clean energy innovation, clearing the air in Los Angeles and the Central Valley, and fighting dangerous pesticide use. This position will entail a combination of litigation in state and federal courts and advocacy work before administrative agencies. For more information about the office’s work, visit  
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, communities, and individuals to engage the critical environmental and environmental-justice 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, Bozeman, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Juneau, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Tallahassee, and Washington, D.C.  
The Associate Attorney position is a three-year position with the possibility of an additional three years as a Senior Associate Attorney. Earthjustice’s Associate Attorney program is designed to help attorneys who are in the early stages of their careers develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation and administrative advocacy. The level of duties and responsibilities for an Associate Attorney will vary depending on experience. Many Associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice and with other public interest organizations.  
Associate Attorneys perform a range of work, in partnership with Senior Attorneys and professional staff, to investigate, develop, and pursue litigation in court and advocacy before administrative agencies.  
As Associate Attorneys gain experience, their dockets may include cases for which they have primary responsibility under the supervision of a Senior Attorney in addition to matters on which they work in a supporting role with Senior Attorneys. Specific responsibilities include:  
  • Working closely with Earthjustice attorneys, scientists, professional staff, and clients to build cases and support policies that serve a diverse set of clients. 
  • Participating in the full range of tasks involved in litigation and administrative advocacy, including factual investigation, legal research and analysis, memo writing, negotiation, discovery, briefing, and oral advocacy. 
  • Participating in cultivating relationships with new clients, allies, and coalition partners. 
  • Integrating communications and legislative advocacy into litigation and other legal strategies. 
  • Supporting efforts to ensure a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences. 
  • Representing Earthjustice at remote and in-person meetings with clients, partners, co-counsel, and experts. 
  • Developing skills required to serve as spokesperson in media. 
  • Participating in hiring and supervision of student law clerks and externs.  
Required Qualifications:  
  • Law school graduate with 0-3 years of legal experience and admitted to, or willing and eligible to apply for admission to, the California State Bar. 
  • Strong research, analytic, writing, and communication skills. 
  • Strong and demonstrated work ethic, good judgment, initiative, and creativity. 
  • Strong desire to fight for the right of all to a healthy environment. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well collegially. 
  • Commitment to serving the public interest and a passion for the role of Earthjustice and its mission. 
  • Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. 
  • Ability and desire to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences. 
  • High level of emotional intelligence. 
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed, including for case work, court appearances, and meetings with clients and partners. 
  • Legal or non-legal experience supporting communities working to overcome injustice a plus. 
We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits that are comprehensive and competitive. We also offer a congenial, flexible, hybrid work environment and a casual dress code. As a 501(c)(3) organization, Earthjustice is a qualifying employer for purposes of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.  
Salary depends on experience and location.    
Salary range in San Francisco, CA: $94,900-$117,100 
Salary range in Los Angeles, CA: $90,200 - $111,200  
To Apply:  
Interested applicants should submit the following via Jobvite:  
  • Resume. 
  • Cover letter that addresses: 1) your interest in, and qualifications for, serving as an Associate Attorney: (2) why you are drawn to Earthjustice’s mission and whether there are particular legal, environmental, or social justice issues that inspire you; and (3) aspects of your background that demonstrate competence to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in work with clients and colleagues. Also, please include the earliest date you would be available to begin work. 
  • Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum containing legal analysis. Please ensure that any confidential information is redacted and that you have permission to share any non-public memorandum written for another legal employer or client. We recognize that many legal work products are edited by multiple attorneys; at the same time, we expect that any writing sample be predominantly, if not exclusively, your own work. Please include a cover sheet explaining the extent of any editing by someone else, and any other details about the writing sample that you believe Earthjustice will find helpful. 
  • Law school transcript. 
Applications from candidates graduating from law school in 2024 will be considered.  
For this position, we are looking to hire a candidate who is available to start in June 2024, September 2024, or January 2025. Preference will be given to candidates who apply by April 21, 2024. After that, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  
Please reach out to [email protected] if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.  
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 given 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.