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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 and supporters 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, Los Angeles, Miami, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.
The Contract, Compliance and Risk Management Project Attorney (Project Attorney) will be responsible for leading projects, rolling out/implementing revised or new legal compliance processes and following up to measure their effectiveness. The Project Attorney supports the GC in law practice management functions of our public interest law firm, including conducting legal research, investigating potential methods of assuring good contracting practices, assuring compliance with legal ethical standards, assisting in improving lawyer onboarding/training, developing a more advanced method of assuring appropriate tracking and reporting of the organization’s lobbying activities, and developing mechanisms for compliance in a number of other areas. The Project Attorney may also work closely with the Litigation Operations Manager and other leaders and staff members throughout the organization. The Project Attorney should be a good planner, consensus builder, able to persuade others and get projects to timely conclusion.
This is a full-time, 2-year position with a potentially renewable term.
Review or draft contracts on an as-needed basis
Update contract templates as needed
Identify and manage implementation of system for centralizing contract management
Put in place controls to ensure good contracting practices
Maintain contract management system, assess performance and make any necessary changes
As needed, select and supervise outside counsel; occasionally function as the client representative of Earthjustice
Risk Management (50%):
Improve system for assuring lobbying registration and reporting
Partner with Senior Operations Manager to complete, monitor compliance and conduct ongoing research/necessary revisions to physical security project and disaster preparation plans
Determine need for compliance calendaring system as well as operational departmental legal calendaring system; assist with designing solution
Provide support for corporate governance projects
Provide support to GC on ethics compliance issues
Serve on project team for development and roll out of new document management system and document retention revision/compliance project
Provide compliance guidance to leadership on corporate governance, financial structures, investments and other significant organizational issues as needed
Conduct legal research on a variety of subjects, interpret laws, rulings and regulations and determine how they apply to Earthjustice
Research, present options, gain consensus, select and retain firm to monitor trademark use
Perform other duties as assigned
Litigation Practice (20%):
Support GC and HR by playing a lead role in developing content for onboarding of new lawyers, rolling out the onboarding, auditing results of roll out and remedying any deficiencies that become apparent in the onboarding training over time
Develop or identify appropriate legal compliance training for all lawyers in the areas of employment, ethics and other areas where needs are identified
Research and provide guidance to regional offices regarding unique regional legal requirements at the request of those individual regional offices
D. with strong academic record
California state Bar admission and good standing
Minimum of 5 years of successful experience practicing law
Experience with cost effective management of outside legal resources
Experience drafting and revising contracts
Experience leading projects in a law firm or legal department context
Solid knowledge of law firm best practices
Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
Litigation-based practice experience
Experience selecting and implementing technology used in law firms
Knowledge of non-profit corporate law in the state of California
Experience working on matters of corporate governance
Experience in analyzing and addressing legal ethics matter
Experience contributing to training and organizational learning
Experience with employment law
Experience overseeing key elements of organizational risk assessment and management
Experience with real estate law
Working knowledge of federal tax law as it applies to 501(c)(3) organizations in general and public-interest law firms in particular
Non-profit experience although it can be through pro bono service
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.
Earthjustice is the nation’s 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 talented and dedicated attorneys who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with nine offices across the U.S.