Public Justice, a non-profit legal advocacy organization that pursues high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the Earthâ€™s sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government abuses, is seeking to hire a litigator for a Staff Attorney position in our Food Project. The Food Project at Public Justice works to dismantle the current corporate-controlled exploitative food system and support a movement to achieve our vision of a food system that is both regenerative and equitable. The position is based in our Washington D.C. office and is open immediately. Because Public Justice handles litigation, education, and advocacy nationally, the position will entail travel. Though we are planning a return to on-site business operations in November 2021, pandemic conditions will impact whether staff will work in-person or remotely.
The Food Project at Public Justice takes a multifaceted approach to build power and achieve a just, humane, and sustainable animal agriculture system. In our lawsuits, we partner with and represent farmers, rural communities, consumers, and workers who share our vision. In our advocacy, we amplify their voices and spread awareness of the systemic inequities that have allowed this corporate takeover of our food system and show policymakers and the public how they can support a return to farming focused on sustaining communities rather than extracting profit.
The Staff Attorney will report to the Food Project Litigation Director and work closely with Food Project staff and will also work collaboratively with Public Justiceâ€™s other attorneys, outside lawyers who support Public Justiceâ€™s work, and other public interest groups to further the Projectâ€™s goals. The Staff Attorney will also take a leadership role in building out the Food Project Attorney Network, which seeks to grow the number of attorneys fighting for a more just food system.
- Work closely with Food Project staff, allies, and clients to build and support the docket, including investigating, developing, and prosecuting cases. In working with the Food Project team on developing and maintaining their dockets the Staff Attorney will participate in the full range of tasks involved in complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research and analysis, discovery, briefing, and oral advocacy.
- Develop and engage in legal advocacy outside of court based on the ways in which the litigation intersects with policymaking and base building, including drafting and reviewing legislation; drafting rulemaking petitions, comments to agencies, letters, fact sheets and other materials; and participating in coalition meetings and events.
- Support the Organizing Director and Litigation Director in the implementation of integrated advocacy initiatives, campaigns, and strategies.
- Actively engage in outreach and participate in coalitions and collaborative networks to build relationships and support.
- Help manage our case intake process and provide potential clients with resources.
- Help build and train attorneys in the Food Project Network, a network of private attorneys who are challenging corporate misconduct in industrial animal agriculture, including developing materials designed to educate members of the public and the bar.
- Other advocacy work to further the priorities of the Food Project at Public Justice.
We offer a mission-focused work environment, a teamwork and community-oriented approach, and a competitive compensation package. We provide excellent benefits, including three weeks of paid vacation, two weeks of sick leave, two personal days each year, all federal holidays and some local, employer-paid health, dental and vision insurance premiums, and a 401(k) plan. Our attorneys are paid on a salary scale based on years out of law school. The salary for this position will be between $55,000-$74,500, depending on experience.
To Apply: Applicants should submit:
â€¢ Cover letter that conveys why you are drawn to Public Justiceâ€™s mission and what makes you a good fit for the Food Project.
â€¢ Law school transcript (official or unofficial).
â€¢ Contact information for three references.
â€¢ Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that is either unedited or only lightly edited by someone other than you. Please include a cover sheet explaining the extent of editing by someone else.
Your application should consist of two electronic files: (1) your cover letter, resume, transcript, and references in a single .pdf file; and (2) a writing sample in another .pdf file. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Please submit both files to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit our website at www.publicjustice.net.
Public Justice is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from people with disabilities; people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals; LGBTQ individuals; people of all genders; veterans; and people of all ages. Public Justice is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email email@example.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process
Qualifications: â€¢ Law school graduate with two to seven years of relevant legal experience preferred. â€¢ Preference given to applicants with at least two years of litigation experience. For the purposes of determining litigation experience, we will include clerkships and fellowships. â€¢ Admission to a State Bar. â€¢ Excellent analytical, legal research, and writing skills. â€¢ Excellent communication and public speaking skills. â€¢ Self-motivation and proven ability to work as part of a team. â€¢ Strong work ethic, initiative, and sound, yet creative judgment. â€¢ Willingness to travel extensively, meaning as much as once to twice a month more than half of the year. â€¢ Sensitivity to the needs and concerns of and the ability to work with individuals and groups from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations. â€¢ A strong desire to build a movement to achieve a more just food system. â€¢ Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work community that encourages collaboration.