Attorney, Environmental - Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW)

Post Date: 3/09/2023
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW)
Position/Title/Fund: Attorney, Environmental - Full-time
Deadline: March 31, 2023
Location: Eugene, Oregon

The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) is accepting applications for an experienced attorney to join our growing team. ELAW seeks an experienced lawyer to help protect biodiversity and the climate in a role that will focus on climate, biodiversity, energy transition, or Indigenous peoples' rights.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with leading public interest lawyers around the world to protect the rights of communities and the environment. ELAW collaborates with lawyers representing local communities and NGOs to build a sustainable, just future. ELAW's global partners are bringing innovative legal actions challenging the status quo and addressing complex environmental problems.

ELAW provides legal and scientific expertise and other support to public interest lawyers. ELAW collaborates with a global community of advocates who offer each other solidarity, mutual assistance and inspiration. ELAW team members provide support, connect partners to each other and to other experts, and collaborate with them to share learning and catalyze strategies to enforce environmental laws and pursue environmental justice worldwide.

ELAW’s law team collaborates with lawyers protecting communities and the environment by providing high-quality legal support to their litigation and advocacy. ELAW does not litigate directly. ELAW attorneys have opportunities to build specialized expertise while supporting others on the team to do the same. We value a team culture of trust, open communication, and collaboration that draws from our diverse perspectives and experiences.

The right candidate will bring relevant expertise to our team. This could include experience fighting fossil fuel projects, supporting a just energy transition, challenging deforestation, protecting biodiversity, defending rights of Indigenous peoples to their lands, or challenging project finance.


  • Legal research and analysis to support lawyers defending communities and the environment in nearly 80 countries on a wide range of domestic and international advocacy;
  • Independently draft pleadings and court submissions, including “friend of the court” briefs;
  • Build and foster relationships with international partners and allies;
  • Organize and participate in workshops and other remote/in-person meetings to share information and develop advocacy strategies;
  • Help host visiting Fellows;
  • Supervise legal interns;
  • Review work by law team colleagues; and
  • Collaborate with ELAW colleagues on communications, development, and other activities that support the organization, our partners, and allies.