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Attorney, Nature Program

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NRDC is seeking an Attorney to work with the Nature team in Chicago, IL, Washington, DC, New York, NY, San Francisco, CA, or Los Angeles, CA. The Nature Program works to protect wild places, wildlife, oceans, and water, and litigation is a central component of that work. The Program files and litigates cases in federal court under many of the major environmental statutes including NEPA, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the Magnuson Act. Nature Program lawyers are currently working on litigation to save the vaquita from extinction, to protect the Arctic from oil and gas drilling, and to protect pollinators like bees and butterflies from pesticide overuse. The attorney will work on litigation across the program’s priorities. In addition, the attorney will partner with or supervise other Nature Program lawyers, train junior attorneys and fellows, develop cases, and evaluate litigation opportunities.

Areas of Responsibility: 
  • Litigate cases in partnership with Nature Program lawyers
  • Supervise litigation staffed by Nature Program lawyers and legal fellows
  • Work with Nature Program lawyers to develop new cases
  • Coordinate with the Legal Director and the Litigation Team on strategy, case development, case evaluation, and staffing
  • Work with the Legal Director and Nature Program lawyers to evaluate litigation sign-on requests from outside groups
  • Five to ten years of litigation experience
  • Strong legal writing, research, and analysis skills
  • Experience supervising and mentoring junior attorneys
  • Effective communication skills, including public speaking
  • Ability to work well with lawyers, scientists, policy advocates, and communications professionals
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Organization Info

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

New York, NY, United States
Annual Budget : 
About Us

The Natural Resources Defense Council's purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.

We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life -- air, land and water -- and to defend endangered natural places.

We seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment.

We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations.

We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment. We seek to break down the pattern of disproportionate environmental burdens borne by people of color and others who face social or economic inequities. Ultimately, NRDC strives to help create a new way of life for humankind, one that can be sustained indefinitely without fouling or depleting the resources that support all life on Earth.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Mar 6 2019
Active Until: 
Apr 6 2019
Hiring Organization: 
Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.