The Southern Environmental Law Center is seeking an experienced litigation attorney to be based in one of our offices in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Charlottesville, Virginia, or Atlanta, Georgia. This is an excellent opportunity to join an organization that is successfully addressing some of the most important and challenging environmental issues facing the Southeast and the nation.
About SELC: With nine offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; and Richmond, VA), SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South’s natural resources and the health and well-being of its people. Although its regional focus is the Southeast, much of its work is national in scope and impact.
SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents. The organization works collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. It currently has a staff of more than 150, with over 80 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields. Additional information is available at www.southernenvironment.org.
SELC prides itself on collegiality, teamwork, and mutual respect among its staff and board. We seek to bring these same values to our work in partnership with organizations, communities, and people of all backgrounds that share our mission to protect the environment of the South. The South has a rich natural diversity and an equally rich cultural diversity. To better fulfill its mission, SELC is committed to broadening the diversity of its staff. We believe this will strengthen our organization and our effectiveness in responding to the many environmental challenges affecting the South and its people.
The position and qualifications: SELC’s work is focused in five program areas: clean energy and healthy air, transportation and land use, clean water, coast and wetlands, and forest protection. We seek an attorney with significant litigation experience who can take the lead on major cases arising under federal and state environmental laws, develop and maintain relationships with clients and partners, and collaborate with other SELC attorneys and staff across our region. The position will be based in one of our offices in Chapel Hill, NC, Charlottesville, VA, or Atlanta, GA, but may involve litigation in any of our six Southeastern states, requiring travel, as needed, across our region. Work will include development and pursuit of litigation in state and federal courts to implement and enforce environmental and health protection laws, supervising and mentoring younger attorneys, and advancing our program work at the state and federal levels.
We seek an attorney with at least eight years of litigation experience, including significant lead counsel experience, a strong work ethic, and a sense of initiative. The ideal candidate will be a skilled and multi-faceted lawyer with excellent academic credentials, a background in environmental law, strong communication and interpersonal skills, a demonstrated ability to work well in a collegial setting, and a strong personal commitment to SELC’s mission. A background in environmental law is desired but not essential for this position.
Compensation: SELC offers salaries competitive with leading national environmental non-profits, and an excellent benefits package.