Associate Attorney, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska
Dependent on Experience
Aug 05, 2019
Sep 04, 2019
Job Function
Legal, Research
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

The Alaska office of Earthjustice is now accepting applications for an Associate Attorney to join our team working to protect the natural values and ecosystems of Alaska and the people who use and rely on them.  The associate program at Earthjustice provides an essential resource for our offices and programs and is also aimed at helping early-career attorneys develop into effective advocates skilled in various aspects of public-interest litigation. The term for the associate position is three years. Some associates go on to other positions within Earthjustice, while others use the experience as a springboard to other career opportunities in environmental litigation or other areas.

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, supporters, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental 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, Juneau, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

The Alaska office focuses on protecting public lands and waters, fish and wildlife, air and water quality, public health, and climate from threats posed by oil and gas development, old growth logging, minerals and coal mining, industrial-scale ocean trawling, and other activities.  We represent conservation groups, Alaska Native tribal and nonprofit organizations, community groups, fishing organizations, and others in litigation and other advocacy before federal and state agencies and in the courts.  Our current priorities include protecting America’s Arctic from oil and gas development, roadless area and old growth forest protection on the Tongass National Forest, and opposition to several proposed large-scale mines in western and southeast Alaska and on transboundary rivers in Canada.  For more information about the Alaska office, please visit

The Alaska office has two locations, Juneau and Anchorage.  Our preference is to fill this position in Anchorage.  The start date for this position is as soon as possible.


Associate attorneys perform a range of work in the Alaska office, in partnership with staff attorneys and litigation assistants, to investigate, develop, and prosecute administrative appeals and litigation including: factual investigation, legal research, case development, record review, client engagement and development, expert evidence and witness development, motions practice and brief writing, oral advocacy, and appellate advocacy.

As associate attorneys gain experience, their case load may include cases for which they have primary responsibility under the supervision of a staff attorney, in addition to matters on which they work in a supporting role with staff attorneys.


  • Law school graduates who are admitted, or prepared to apply for admission, to the state bar of Alaska.
  • Excellent research, critical thinking, writing and oral advocacy skills.
  • Strong academic record.
  • Good judgment and a strong work ethic.
  • Commitment to environmental protection and justice.
  • Ability and willingness to work closely with a team of colleagues in a small office environment.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences. 

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits.  Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a:

  • Resume.
  • One or two page cover letter that includes a description of (1) how your experience and education qualifies you for the position; (2) why you are drawn to Earthjustice’s mission and utilizing litigation to achieve that mission; and (3) aspects of your background that demonstrate competence to work with diverse clients and colleagues.
  • A legal writing sample.
  • Law school transcript.
  • List of three professional references.

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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 provided with 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.