Clean Energy, Climate, and Environmental Justice Attorney

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Conservation Law Foundation

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Boston, MA, United States

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30+ days ago

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking an Attorney to join our team working to protect New England’s environment for all people. The Attorney will work with CLF’s Environmental Justice Program and Clean Energy and Climate Change Program. This position is based in CLF’s Boston office, with some opportunity for remote and flexible work. The position will be either a Staff Attorney or Senior Attorney depending on the final candidate’s level of experience.

You will be a key player in helping us achieve our mission. The attorney will work independently and as part of state-based and regional teams and coalitions advocating for a just and clean energy future. In this role, the attorney will both lead and support high-impact, cutting-edge advocacy efforts in the energy, transportation, waste, and buildings sectors as part of an over-arching strategy to tackle the climate crisis while centering environmental justice.

What you’ll do

  • Devise and execute legal and policy strategies for achieving CLF’s advocacy goals;
  • Represent CLF in litigation and administrative proceedings and to the public through presentations and in the media;
  • Partner with and advise community and advocacy groups on legal and policy matters;
  • Build and sustain alliances and coalitions among impacted and allied entities that may include community-based organizations, public officials, business interests, and other organizations;
  • Advocate and litigate before state public utility commissions and engage with the regional independent electrical system operator, ISO-NE;
  • Draft and review legislation and policies and advocate to local, state and federal legislatures and administrations to advance program goals;
  • Engage in public outreach efforts on environmental justice, climate and energy-related advocacy initiatives;
  • Draft public comment letters on projects, policies, and plans;
  • Write public educational materials, articles, opinion pieces and communicate about advocacy work through media outlets and social media;
  • Lead project teams, supervise and mentor junior advocates and interns, and contribute to the health of our community and the smooth operation of our organization.

What you’ll need

We are looking for a motivated self-starter who can work both independently and as a productive member of a talented and diverse group of advocates dedicated to CLF’s mission and distributed across five offices in New England.

To be successful in this role, you’ll need:

  • At least five years of experience practicing law;
  • Demonstrated experience working with state and federal energy, environmental, civil rights, and climate laws and a strong grasp of political systems and regulatory proceedings;
  • Litigation experience in state and federal courts, before regulatory agencies, or comparable experience;
  • Strong analytic abilities, oral and written communication skills, and a commitment to environmental justice advocacy;
  • Public utility commission experience;
  • An ability to devise creative and highly strategic legal approaches to achieving advocacy goals;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • High level of organization and attention to detail;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to take initiative, solve problems, assess priorities, and manage a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment;
  • Commitment to developing new skills and responsibilities;
  • Coalition and network building skills, including a cultural competence and ability to communicate and collaborate within diverse and multicultural communities;
  • A law degree and Massachusetts bar membership in good standing or willingness to join the Massachusetts bar

About CLF

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science, and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems, from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders—in statehouses, courthouses, boardrooms, regulatory hearings, and community gatherings—to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF frequently works with communities of color, and those that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately from the impacts of environmental degradation.