Position: Staff Attorney
Location: San Francisco, CA or Portland, OR
Start Date: March 2019 or as soon as possible
Center for Food Safety (CFS), one of the nation's top food and environmental advocacy nonprofits, is seeking applications to fill a Staff Attorney position. The position will be based in either the CFS San Francisco, CA office or the CFS Portland, OR office.
About Center for Food Safety
For over 20 years, CFS has empowered people, supported farmers, and protected the earth from the adverse impacts of industrial food production. CFS uses legal actions, groundbreaking scientific and policy reports, books and other educational materials, market pressure, and grass roots campaigns through our nearly one million member True Food Network. CFS's legal work collectively represents a landmark body of case law on food and agricultural issues.
About the Position
The Staff Attorney will spend approximately 50% of their time on CFS's government accountability project, which works to ensure that government decision-making is open to public scrutiny by enforcing open-record laws such as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Staff Attorney will spearhead CFS's FOIA work by drafting and submitting targeted FOIA requests, pursuing administrative appeals, and litigating under FOIA and other open record statutes. This work provides invaluable support to CFS' programmatic and litigation efforts, and safeguards the public's rights to know and to a transparent government.
The Staff Attorney will also be responsible for developing, coordinating, and pursuing strategic litigation in federal and state courts on an ever-expanding variety of cutting-edge food and environmental issues, in support of CFS's overall mission and its specific program areas, including:
• Climate Change
• Food Labeling
• Food Safety
• Genetically Engineered Organisms
• Industrial Animal Agriculture
• Organic Integrity
• Soil Protection
• Water Privatization
Other responsibilities of legal staff include:
• State and federal rule-making and administrative work
• Participating in agency, Congressional, and other meetings
• Representing CFS and other clients at hearings and policy events
• Maintaining and developing organizational partnerships
• Working collaboratively with policy, communications, and development staff
• Law clerk supervision.
Desired Qualifications & Skills:
• A law degree and at least 2-3 years litigation experience (administrative/environmental law or related area preferred)
• Experience or interest in working with FOIA and other open record laws
• A passion for enforcing and strengthening environmental laws
• The ability to independently manage an impact litigation docket consisting of larger, long-term impact cases and numerous FOIA actions.
• Excellent legal research and writing skills
• Self-motivation and willingness to do administrative tasks
• The ability to work collaboratively with others in small, team-oriented environment
• Admission to the California or Oregon bar or a willingness to be licensed in either state within one year
• Interest or a background in food and agriculture issues is a plus but not required
To Apply: For consideration, apply to Russell Howze, CFS Legal Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please include a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and how your experience will contribute to a culture of inclusion within CFS and our broader community, a resume, a legal writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), and three references.
CFS is an equal opportunity employer. CFS salaries are competitive and based on experience, and include a strong benefits package.