Staff Attorney

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund provides legal assistance and education to members of the scientific community, and climate scientists in particular. In the past year, our workload has grown significantly. This new Staff Attorney will take on a number of key responsibilities. These responsibilities will include working with scientists, drafting amicus briefs, leading scientist education efforts, coordinating CLEs, working with stakeholders, and drafting articles and other content. The organization is growing quickly, and the Staff Attorney needs to be flexible enough to take on new responsibilities and adapt to a changing political environment.


  • Research and develop legal strategies to defend scientists and scientific endeavors, particularly at the federal level.
  • Advise scientists about legal options. This may include directly representing the scientist or working with institutional counsel to arrange a defense.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders such as institutional general counsels, advocacy groups, law professors, scientists, and industry partners.
  • Organize and present attorney CLEs, webinars for scientists, and other educational programming.
  • Draft educational content for scientists and lawyers.
  • Draft amicus briefs.


  • Strong verbal, writing, analytical, and organizational skills; ability to meet deadlines; work well in team and partnership environment.
  • Demonstrated and strong litigation and trial experience. Experience in federal employment law a plus.

We are based in New York City but will consider applicants working remotely from Washington, D.C. and, in exceptional circumstances, working remotely from other locations.

Salary is commensurate with experience and in line with small non-profit attorney roles.


Please email a resume / CV and cover letter to and include Staff Attorney Application in the subject line.


Medical benefits and flexible pre-tax benefits (including 401(k)/403(b) plan). Paid vacation, sick days, and parental leave available.

Posted September 18, 2017

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