ELAW U.S. Seeks Francophone Attorney to Join Team

The U.S. office of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) seeks an experienced, bilingual (French and English), environmental or human rights attorney to join our team.

ELAW is a global alliance of lawyers, scientists and other advocates collaborating across borders to promote grassroots efforts to build a sustainable, just future. 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’s global partners are addressing high impact, complex issues including challenging fossil fuel projects; reducing plastic production, use and waste; protecting the climate; defending land rights; securing clean water; conserving biodiversity and ecosystems; and protecting environmental defenders.

The attorney will join a team of ELAW lawyers supporting international partners on a wide range of domestic and international legal advocacy efforts. Responsibilities will include research to support litigation and advance law reform; drafting pleadings and court submissions, including “friend of the court” briefs; building and fostering relationships with international partners and allies; organizing and leading workshops; expanding ELAW’s capacity in relevant areas of law; reviewing work product by colleagues; and communicating about this work with relevant audiences.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A commitment to serving the public interest and ability to work successfully in cross-cultural settings;  
  • J.D. or equivalent law degree;
  • At least five years of litigation or legal advocacy experience;
  • Exceptional legal research, writing, and communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks and competing deadlines;
  • Ability to positively represent ELAW in a variety of professional settings;
  • Ability to work within a team, as well as independently;
  • Professional fluency in English and French;
  • Flexibility to participate in meetings outside regular work hours (across time zones); and
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Expertise in a relevant field of environmental or human rights law (such as extractive industries, climate change, biodiversity, plastic law, defending environmental advocates, etc.);
  • Licensed to practice law, or a willingness to apply for bar membership;
  • Familiarity with civil law legal systems;
  • Experience working internationally or with international organizations;
  • Additional language skills;
  • Ability to adapt to new technology including programs that enable virtual collaboration;
  • Strong editing skills; and
  • Experience supervising legal interns or other staff.

Location: Eugene, Oregon.  For the right candidate, another location will be considered.

ELAW does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, disability, socio-economic background, age, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, national origin, ancestry, status with regards to public assistance, or immigration status. ELAW is committed to justice and equity and our outreach, recruitment, and hiring practices reflect our commitment to actively developing the skills of a diverse community.
Salary: DoE

We will begin reviewing applications on October 15, 2021. The job will be open until filled.


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ELAW is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. ELAW collects demographic information from applicants to help us understand whether employment opportunities are reaching candidates whose  identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. Providing this demographic information is voluntary and there will be no impact on your application if you choose not to answer any of these questions. Information will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law.