Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Southern Environmental Law Center Seeks Energy Attorney

Energy Attorney: Atlanta, Georgia Office

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) is seeking an attorney with four or more years of experience to join a team of ten attorneys working on issues related to energy policy and global warming. The position will be based in our Atlanta, Georgia office, and will focus on work in Georgia and Alabama. 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 offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Asheville, NC; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Richmond, VA; Birmingham, AL; and now Nashville, TN), SELC uses law and policy expertise to protect the South’s natural resources—its land, air, water, coast and wetlands—and to preserve our rural countryside and community character. Although our regional focus is the Southeast, much of our work is national in scope and impact.

SELC works collaboratively with over 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve our common conservation goals. Our legal and policy staff comprises some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields, and over its 25-year history, SELC has earned a reputation as one of the most effective environmental organizations in the country. We currently have a staff of 85, including 44 attorneys. Additional information regarding our work and staff is available at

About the position: If viewed as a country, SELC’s six-state region would rank 7th in the world in carbon dioxide emissions, due in large part to the region’s heavy reliance on coal to generate electricity. Our Clean Energy and Air team is advocating strategies to reduce the region’s outsized carbon footprint and improve air quality by decreasing reliance on coal generation and promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy resources as alternatives to traditional power plants. This position will involve litigation in state and federal courts and before utility regulatory commissions, and policy analysis and development in various settings at the state and federal levels.

Start date is as soon as possible.

Compensation: SELC offers salaries competitive with leading national environmental non-profits, and an excellent benefits package.

Qualifications: They are seeking an attorney with strong litigation skills and a strong work ethic and sense of initiative. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about energy law and policy, and utility regulatory matters. The successful applicant will be a skilled and multi-faceted lawyer with excellent academic credentials, strong communication and interpersonal skills, a demonstrated ability to work well in a collegial setting, and a strong personal commitment to SELC’s mission.

To Apply: If you have these qualifications and are seeking one of the most interesting, challenging, and rewarding environmental advocacy positions available, please send your letter of interest, resume, law school transcript, and at least three references to Colleen Arthur, Southern Environmental Law Center, 201 W. Main Street, Suite 14, Charlottesville, VA 22902, or e-mail.

SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff. They strongly encourage applications from persons of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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