Environmental Justice Staff Attorney

Job Description
Type of Job: 
Main Areas of Responsibility: 

As a Staff Attorney, you will engage in legal, policy, and administrative advocacy, as well as
coalition-building, fundraising, and media work. You will work closely with client communities
to achieve client-directed priorities. You will also be responsible, in collaboration with the
Executive Director and staff, for identifying, managing and advancing new campaign and
litigation opportunities.

Additional Areas of Responsibility: 

Maintains an individual caseload, engaging in client-directed litigation in state and federal
court, including appellate work, before administrative agencies and potentially international
Involvement and engagement with policy development, including the legislative session, that
supports and furthers NMELC’s mission.

Other Information/Requirements: 

Up to 5 years of litigation experience in administrative, state, and/or federal courts, with a strong background in environmental, constitutional, and/or civil rights law.
Exceptional candidates at all experience levels will be considered.
Must be an attorney in good standing and either be licensed to practice law in the State of New Mexico or be eligible for admission to the New Mexico bar at the time of hiring.
Environmental justice/social justice education, background, and/or experience.

How to Apply: 

Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, two writing samples minimum, and three references electronically to Dr. Virginia Necochea, Executive Director at [email protected]. All required documents must be submitted electronically. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Interviews may be conducted via online video conference based on guidance from government/health agencies.

Salary Range: 
Full-time/exempt annual salary of 62K to 72K depending on experience. After a qualifying period, benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b), vacation, sick leave, holidays and sabbatical.
Contact Information
Dr. Virginia Necochea, Executive Director
New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC)
1405 Luisa St, Ste 5
Santa Fe
New Mexico
Zip/Postal Code: 
Business Phone: 
Email Address: 
Internal Info
Date to Post: 
May 14 2022
Date to Remove: 
Aug 14 2022

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