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Feb 14 / BARD CEP

Legal Assistant-Chicago, IL

Organization: Environmental Law and Policy Center

Position Title: Legal Assistant

Location: Chicago, IL

Hours & Compensation:  Full time

Application Deadline: Not listed.


Job Description:

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), the Midwest’s leading environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, seeks to hire a legal assistant to our public interest attorneys in our downtown Chicago headquarters. This position offers an excellent opportunity to gain professional experience with a premier environmental advocacy organization.

ELPC is the Midwest’s/Great Plains’ leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. ELPC’s major program areas include: promoting clean energy development strategies that solve global warming problems and reduce environmental degradation by encouraging renewable energy development and energy efficiency alternatives to conventional power plants; promoting innovative transportation approaches, such as the development of a Midwest high-speed rail network, that will lead to cleaner air and more jobs; and protecting and preserving vital natural resources and improving the quality of life in our communities. One of ELPC’s premises is that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary professional staff includes 45 attorneys, M.B.A.s, public policy advocates and communications specialists. ELPC’s headquarters are in Chicago, with additional offices and professional staff in Columbus, OH, Des Moines, IA, Jamestown, ND, Madison, WI, Sioux Falls, SD, St. Paul, MN and Washington D.C. ELPC was established in 1993 and has an annual budget of $6.5 million. Please see

RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide administrative, research, and technical assistance to approximately 7 attorneys in a fast-paced office. Specific duties include: document editing and manipulation, policy research, electronic and paper filing of documents in federal courts, state courts, and administrative agencies, maintenance of attorneys’ registration, coordination of travel arrangements, and providing general administrative support. Helps coordinate job searches and law student internships. Assist with office administrative responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent computer skills with high proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite is required. A keen attention to detail, including proofreading, is required. Well organized with the ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines. Demonstrated commitment to environmental protection. Previous legal experience preferred. Willing to work occasional late evenings and weekends. College degree required.

SALARYCommensurate with experience and with ELPC’s salary structure that is competitive with other large public interest environmental organizations. Excellent benefits provided.

How to apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and professional references to: Erin Morse, Fax: (312) 795-3730. Telephone inquiries are discouraged. The Environmental Law and Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

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