Tracking Code: 181-427
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a leading nonprofit environmental organization that has been marshaling science and the law to protect the environment and public health since 1970. NRDC engages in litigation, lobbying, scientific research, and public education on air, water, public health, climate change, energy, public lands, wildlife protection, smart growth, international, urban, environmental justice, and nuclear issues. NRDC employs more than 430 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, and has offices in New York; Washington, DC; Chicago; San Francisco; Santa Monica, California; Livingston, Montana; and Beijing, China.
We seek an Attorney to investigate and litigate complex, innovative cases to protect public health and the environment, on behalf of and in collaboration with both NRDC and outside clients. The Attorney will be a member of the new Chicago branch of NRDC’s Litigation Team; the Team consists of approximately a dozen full-time litigators and four legal assistants who work out of NRDC’s New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Chicago offices. The position is for a two-year commitment with an opportunity for permanent employment. The position will be open in early May, but the exact start date is negotiable.
The Attorney will litigate civil cases in collaboration with other NRDC Litigation Team lawyers and client representatives. Over time, the Attorney’s docket will likely include work in federal and state courts; it may also include work before state or federal administrative tribunals that handle evidentiary proceedings. The Attorney will be expected to serve as lead counsel for administrative record-review cases, under the supervision of a more senior Team attorney. The Attorney will also (depending on experience level and Team needs) either lead or support litigation of evidentiary cases that involve discovery, work with scientific experts, and trial preparation. In addition to supporting active cases, the Attorney will work with NRDC policy specialists and outside clients to develop new cases to help protect public health and the environment.
Although the Attorney will focus their time on developing and litigating cases, s/he will also be expected to assume some institutional responsibilities. Over time, these may include planning and leading in-house legal trainings; counseling NRDC staff on legal issues; hiring, supervising, and mentoring legal interns and fellows; serving on institutional committees; and representing NRDC at local fundraising, legal academic, and bar events.
We are flexible about experience level, but committed to recruiting a lawyer who has a demonstrated aptitude and appetite for litigation and who is prepared to assume significant responsibility for advancing and growing the Team’s litigation docket. With this goal in mind, the minimum qualifications for the Attorney job include:
- JD and admission to the Illinois Bar; willingness to sit for the next Illinois Bar exam; or willingness and eligibility to move for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar.
- One or more years of litigation experience, preferably in federal court. Former judicial clerks preferred.
- A demonstrated commitment to public service or environmental work.
- Exceptional legal writing, analytical, and oral argument skills.
- Capacity for intensive, efficient work.
- Comfort working both independently and in small teams.
- Ability to learn and communicate about complex scientific ideas.
- Affinity for creative, aggressive, and strategic advocacy.
- Commitment to training, supervising, and mentoring more junior lawyers, legal interns, and legal assistants.
- Strong interpersonal and time management skills.
To apply, please create a profile; and upload a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, list of references, and a legal writing sample (preferably a sample that does not reflect anyone else’s inputs or edits). No phone calls or faxes please. Please reference where you saw this posting. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. NRDC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. NRDC offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary for the Attorney job will be based on a nonprofit scale and the winning applicant’s experience level.
For more information, please visit www.nrdc.org
Job Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Position Type: Full-Time/Regular