The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) is seeking to hire a new public interest attorney advocate with 4 – 10 years of hands-on federal court and administrative litigation experience for a full-time position in our Chicago office. This Staff Attorney will principally work on: (1) Litigation before courts and administrative agencies aimed at removing regulatory barriers to accelerating solar energy development; (2) Great Lakes protection litigation and policy issues; and (3) Clean Air Act enforcement actions and other litigation to clean up highly-polluting aging coal plants and to advance climate change solutions through EPA Clean Power Plan implementation.
ORGANIZATION: ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business dealmaking with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 40+ talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates, and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago, combined with offices in Columbus, OH, Des Moines, IA, Jamestown, ND, Madison, WI, Duluth, MN, Sioux Falls, SD, and Washington D.C. ELPC has an annual budget of $6.75 million. Please see www.elpc.org for more information.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Key litigation role in innovative and successful environmental program activities focusing on public interest clean energy – climate change solutions and Great Lakes protection issues. Work with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Attorneys on major litigation before federal courts and state energy and environmental agencies to accelerate solar energy development, advance climate change solutions and protect the Great Lakes from pollution. Cutting-edge legal work with ELPC’s strategic advocacy campaigns across the Midwest and nationally.
QUALIFICATIONS: 4 – 10 years of skilled and effective trial and/or appellate litigation experience with substantive knowledge of key clean energy and clean air, climate change and natural resources protection statutes and policies preferred. The ideal background would be at a public interest litigation organization, USDOJ or strong state AG’s office, or high-powered litigation law firm with hands-on trial and/or appellate experience. Strong writing and oral advocacy persuasive abilities required. Strong academic background. An inspired and demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and the ability to work productively with a fast-paced team of skilled professionals is required. Enjoy and thrive engaging with multidisciplinary project teams including public interest attorneys, public policy advocates, M.B.A.s, scientists and communications specialists.
SALARY: Commensurate with experience and with ELPC’s salary structure that is competitive with other major public interest environmental law organizations. Excellent benefits provided.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and professional references by email to: Libby Prakel, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, LPrakel@elpc.org. Telephone inquiries are discouraged. The Environmental Law & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.