Staff Attorney

Sierra Club   •  

Oakland, CA

Industry: Non-Profit


Less than 5 years

Posted 396 days ago

Job Activities:

  1. Prosecutes key Club lawsuits, under the supervision of senior staff attorneys; assumes increasing litigation responsibilities including discovery management, witness handling, principal brief writing and oral argument.
  2. Implements strategic, programmatic legal campaigns to support the Club’s Beyond Coal and othercampaigns objectives; helps coordinate and supervise the litigation work of strategic legal campaigns; assumes primary responsibility for relationships with staff and volunteer leaders.
  3. Helps evaluate proposed litigation to advise national volunteer and staff leadership on the scope of Sierra Club participation in legal actions.
  4. Helps supervise and administer ongoing Club litigation so that Club can properly maintain and coordinate its climate- related docket; assumes primary responsibility for trouble shooting individual lawsuits.
  5. Helps develop and plan programmatic litigation campaigns to support the Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign objectives; assumes primary role in drafting legal components of strategic plans and reports.
  6. Analyzes legal cases and trends for Club management and membership.
  7. Serves as legal resource for Club membership; helps chapters and groups with their local energy related legal programs and objectives.
  8. Helps fundraise for the Environmental Law Program; establishes and cultivates individual donor relationships.
  9. Develops training, informational, educational, and fundraising materials for Environmental Law Program.
  10. Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • J.D. degree and license to practice law, with four or more years of experience in the environmental or energy law fields.
  • Excellent writing and analytic skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and consensus‑building skills.
  • Strong planning and management skills
  • Solid knowledge base of energy law or environmental law.