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Clean Energy Attorney

Posi­tion: Clean Ener­gy Attor­ney
Loca­tion: New York, NY or Remote

Why Work With Us

Join a col­lab­o­ra­tive team com­mit­ted to envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice, cli­mate, and clean ener­gy work. We offer the oppor­tu­ni­ty to think cre­ative­ly about legal issues, build exper­tise, and work on mat­ters key to pro­mot­ing an afford­able, reli­able, and equi­table tran­si­tion to clean ener­gy. We are pas­sion­ate about build­ing and sus­tain­ing an inclu­sive and equi­table work­ing envi­ron­ment for our staff. We offer a gen­er­ous ben­e­fits pack­age through NYU, which includes tuition remis­sion and retire­ment ben­e­fits. Salary: $85,000 – 95,000.

Who We Are Look­ing For

We are look­ing for a self-moti­vat­ed attor­ney to work on clean ener­gy and ener­gy jus­tice legal issues. The attor­ney will be involved in many of the Center’s activ­i­ties, includ­ing work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly with state attor­ney gen­er­al offices, research­ing legal mat­ters, con­ceiv­ing pro­grams and events, and devel­op­ing aca­d­e­m­ic and oth­er writ­ten products. 

The ide­al can­di­date will have an inter­est in cli­mate and jus­tice work; 3 – 5 years of legal expe­ri­ence; an inter­est in build­ing their ener­gy law exper­tise; and enthu­si­asm for work­ing in a small-team, entre­pre­neur­ial office set­ting. We are com­mit­ted to build­ing a diverse and inclu­sive team and strong­ly encour­age women, peo­ple of col­or, and mem­bers of the LGBTQ+ com­mu­ni­ty to apply.

About the Center 

The State Impact Cen­ter is a non­par­ti­san aca­d­e­m­ic think tank that spe­cial­izes in clean ener­gy, cli­mate change and envi­ron­men­tal issues. We under­take aca­d­e­m­ic research, hold work­shops, and issue spe­cial reports that advance legal and pol­i­cy analy­sis. We also sup­port State Attor­neys Gen­er­al (“AGs”) in defend­ing and pro­mot­ing clean ener­gy, cli­mate and envi­ron­men­tal laws and poli­cies. The Cen­ter pro­vides assis­tance to AGs in a num­ber of ways, including:

  • Pro­vid­ing legal assis­tance to inter­est­ed attor­neys gen­er­al on spe­cif­ic admin­is­tra­tive, judi­cial or leg­isla­tive mat­ters involv­ing clean ener­gy, cli­mate change and envi­ron­men­tal inter­ests of region­al and nation­al significance.

  • Serv­ing as a cen­tral­ized pub­lic source of infor­ma­tion for ongo­ing attor­neys gen­er­al ini­tia­tives and help­ing to enhance the public’s under­stand­ing of the impor­tance of the clean ener­gy, cli­mate change, and envi­ron­men­tal mat­ters that attor­neys gen­er­al are pursuing.

  • Build­ing an envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice resource area to sup­port grow­ing AG work in this area.

Diver­si­ty is a core val­ue of the Cen­ter. We are pas­sion­ate about build­ing and sus­tain­ing an inclu­sive and equi­table work­ing envi­ron­ment for our staff. We believe every mem­ber on our team enrich­es our diver­si­ty by expos­ing us to a broad range of ways to under­stand and engage with the world, iden­ti­fy chal­lenges, and to dis­cov­er, design and deliv­er solutions.

Detailed Posi­tion Description

The State Impact Cen­ter is recruit­ing a Clean Ener­gy Attor­ney to begin imme­di­ate­ly. Our offices are locat­ed in New York City, but this posi­tion has the option to be hybrid or ful­ly remote (must be in the U.S.; sub­ject to NYU approval of loca­tion). We are fol­low­ing NYU Law School’s return to in-per­son work plans, with remote and hybrid accom­mo­da­tions avail­able, as need­ed, and includ­ing a vac­ci­na­tion require­ment.

The Clean Ener­gy Attor­ney will play a key role in fur­ther­ing the Center’s mis­sion of sup­port­ing the work of state attor­neys gen­er­al on cli­mate and clean ener­gy. This will include legal research and writ­ing projects, fol­low­ing admin­is­tra­tive and judi­cial pro­ceed­ings, and devel­op­ing reports and oth­er mate­ri­als to sup­port and high­light the work of state AGs. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive work may include mon­i­tor­ing and report­ing on activ­i­ty by Region­al Trans­mis­sion Orga­ni­za­tions, Inde­pen­dent Sys­tem Oper­a­tors and util­i­ties with clean ener­gy impli­ca­tions; review­ing and ana­lyz­ing pro­posed rules and com­ments on elec­tric­i­ty and pipeline mat­ters; and fol­low­ing lit­i­ga­tion of Fed­er­al Ener­gy Reg­u­la­to­ry Com­mis­sion rules and orders. 

Core Respon­si­bil­i­ties:

  • Clean Ener­gy Exper­tise: devel­op and enhance the Center’s exper­tise in ener­gy law issues, includ­ing trans­mis­sion, gas pipelines, and whole­sale elec­tric­i­ty markets. 

  • Legal Research: con­duct legal research on ener­gy law issues and cas­es, includ­ing before the Fed­er­al Ener­gy Reg­u­la­to­ry Com­mis­sion and state pub­lic util­i­ty commissions.

  • Legal Writ­ing: draft legal mem­o­ran­da and oth­er doc­u­ments out­lin­ing rel­e­vant issues.

  • Projects: draft, review, and col­lab­o­rate on Cen­ter pub­li­ca­tions, includ­ing newslet­ters, blog posts, issue briefs, and longer projects. 


Require­ments and Qualifications:

  • Edu­ca­tion: J.D. from an accred­it­ed law school and admit­ted to prac­tice in or will­ing to seek admis­sion in the juris­dic­tion where work will be performed. 

  • Expe­ri­ence: 3 – 5 years of post-grad­u­ate legal expe­ri­ence, with a pref­er­ence for expe­ri­ence in the areas of envi­ron­men­tal, cli­mate, ener­gy, civ­il rights, or admin­is­tra­tive law; pub­lic inter­est commitment. 

  • Research and writ­ing: excel­lent research, ana­lyt­ic, and writ­ing skills; expe­ri­ence edit­ing work of oth­ers as well as incor­po­rat­ing feedback.

  • Judg­ment: exer­cis­es sound judg­ment and affir­ma­tive­ly rais­es con­cerns; self-direct­ed; demon­strates an aware­ness of and sen­si­tiv­i­ty to diverse back­grounds and perspectives. 

  • Col­lab­o­ra­tive: abil­i­ty to work well with­in a team in a fast-paced environment. 

  • Dead­lines: abil­i­ty to man­age simul­ta­ne­ous projects and prioritize. 

Dead­line: Open until filled

Salary: $85,000-$95,000 in the 3 – 5 years of expe­ri­ence range. Ben­e­fits offered include medical/​dental/​vision, tuition remis­sion at cer­tain NYU schools, retire­ment ben­e­fits, and more. 

Inter­est­ed can­di­dates can apply by send­ing a resume, cov­er let­ter, and legal writ­ing sam­ple to [email protected]​nyu.​edu. Please send your appli­ca­tion as a sin­gle PDF file saved as LastName.FirstName.pdf. If cho­sen as a final­ist, ref­er­ences will be required. The Cen­ter is unable to review appli­ca­tions sub­mit­ted through alter­nate meth­ods, such as LinkedIn or Indeed. Women, peo­ple of col­or, and mem­bers of the LGBTQ+ com­mu­ni­ty are encour­aged to apply.

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