Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy seeks Staff Attorney
PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: To act as counsel and provide legal services to Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) and other client organizations. MCEA is the state’s leading publicinterest environmental law firm, and initiates proceedings in state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies to protect and defend Minnesota’s environmental resources. The Staff Attorney will litigate in state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies and provide legal advice to MCEA and other clients. In addition, as appropriate, the Staff Attorney will assist with legislative advocacy, act as a liaison to outside pro bono counsel, law clerks, concerned citizens and other advocacy organizations, work with the Legal Committee of MCEA’s Board, and provide assistance to MCEA’s Legal Director.
MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
Works with Legal Director and MCEA advocacy staff to serve MCEA’s legal needs, including analyzing potential cases, researching and developing legal strategies, litigating, and providing day to day legal advice.
Represents MCEA and other client organizations in administrative and court actions.
Assumes responsibility for successful management of own case load, including planning and implementing litigation, meeting internal and external deadlines, using good time management and organizational skills, and meeting all professional obligations and office requirements.
In conjunction with the Legal Director and communications staff, devises and implements appropriate media strategies for cases and other advocacy projects.
Assists the Legal Director and advocacy staff as needed with legislative and administrative advocacy, including reviewing proposed legislation and rules, meeting with legislators and agency staff, and providing written and oral testimony.
Stays abreast of emerging trends in environmental law and significant environmental cases.
Assists the Legal Director and development staff as needed in communicating with funders.
Works and communicates with the Legal Committee of MCEA’s Board of Directors as required by MCEA policy.
OTHER PERFORMANCE CRITERIA:
Sound judgment with the ability to balance independent action with adequate communication to the Legal Director.
Good working relationship with MCEA staff, other clients, outside counsel, and affected communities.
Clear, logical, and focused analysis and synthesis of issues and ability to identify and implement strategies that are practically and politically feasible.
Excellent writing ability.
Positive contribution to team-oriented work environment.
J.D. degree and license to practice law. (Admission to MN bar or ability to take October 2017 exam required.)
At least two years of legal experience.
Experience in litigation.
Excellent writing and analytic skills.
Commitment to public interest environmental advocacy and environmental justice.
Commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and culture that values differences.
Experience with and knowledge of environmental, energy, mining and/or natural resources laws preferred but not required.
MCEA strives to create a mission-focused work environment, that is fair and inclusive. We offer a competitive non-profit salary, including excellent benefits. MCEA highly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.
TO APPLY: Please send cover letter explaining qualifications and interest, résumé, law school transcript, writing sample and references to HR@mncenter.org. Position will remain open until filled.