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EMPLOYMENT WITH THE NEW MEXICO ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER



The NMELC is currently accepting applications for a STAFF ATTORNEY

Posted February 5, 2018

The Staff Attorney has eight sets of responsibilities:

1) Provision of legal services to Law Center clients

The Staff Attorney provides legal services to clients in situations in which the Board of Directors decides that the Law Center will handle the clients' cases. These services may include providing advice, drafting and reviewing documents, and advocating the clients' position orally and in writing in meetings and other situations. These services also may include representation in rulemaking and adjudicatory proceedings before agencies, in courts, and in legislative arenas. The Staff Attorney consults with the clients and other Law Center personnel to determine how to achieve the clients' goals. The Staff Attorney does the work to achieve those goals, and informs the staff about that work through discussions in staff and other meetings. The Staff Attorney also reports on that work to the Board through the Law Center docket and in Board meetings.

2) Representation of the Law Center in matters in which the Law Center appears without clients

The Staff Attorney represents the Law Center's positions through appropriate legal work and representation. The Staff Attorney consults with other Law Center personnel to determine how to achieve the Law Center's goals. The Staff Attorney does the work to achieve those goals, and informs the staff about that work through discussions in staff and other meetings. The Staff Attorney also reports on that work to the Board through the Law Center docket and in Board meetings.

3) Evaluation of requests for Law Center assistance

The Staff Attorney may receive requests for Law Center assistance, and may evaluate assistance requests according to the Law Center's criteria. As to each request that the Staff Attorney is evaluating, he or she discusses the request with the other members of the Law Center staff to arrive at a recommendation for the Board about whether the Law Center should provide the requested assistance. The Staff Attorney prepares a memorandum for the Board reflecting the recommendation, and discusses that with the Board or the appropriate Board committee involved in determining what the Law Center will do.

If the Board decides that the Law Center will provide the requested assistance, the Staff Attorney assists the Executive Director and the Director of Administration and Finance in the preparation of a retainer agreement to be executed by the Law Center and the client.

The Staff Attorney also participates in discussions of requests received and evaluated by other members of the staff.

4) Consultation with other Law Center staff and members of the Board on legal issues being handled by other Law Center personnel

The Staff Attorney participates in discussions with and provides support to other staff members providing assistance to Law Center clients and to other staff members handling matters for the Law Center. The Staff Attorney also takes part in Board discussions on those issues.

5) Working with other Law Center staff and members of the Board to raise funds for the Law Center

The Staff Attorney participates in the Law Center's fundraising efforts by helping to prepare proposals to foundations, letters to Law Center members, and other requests for support. The attorney also takes part in meetings and other communications with Law Center members, major donors, and prospects, as well as members of foundations.

6) Conducting outreach and obtaining media coverage

The Staff Attorney provides input into the Center's newsletter, The Green Fire Report, and other Center publications, and speaks to the media and at public gatherings about the Law Center. The Staff Attorney also communicates with members of the media in order to obtain coverage for the Law Center and Law Center issues.

7) Working with other Law Center staff and Board members on Law Center issues

The Staff Attorney participates in discussions with the staff and Board about Law Center issues. These include items such as Law Center priorities, membership of the Board, personnel policies, and the operation of the office.

8) Helping other Law Center staff on specific projects on a limited basis.

The Staff Attorney assists other Law Center staff on projects and other work when that assistance is needed and the Staff Attorney's schedule permits him or her to assist. This can include filing court documents, preparing mailings, and answering the telephone.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, a writing sample and three references to:

Yana Merrill at ymerrill@nmelc.org,

or send by mail to:

NMELC
1405 Luisa Street, Suite #5
Santa Fe, NM 87505
attn: Yana Merrill

Competitive non-profit salary DOE and generous benefits. The Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

No phone calls, please.




The NMELC is currently accepting applications for a PARALEGAL

Posted January 16, 2018

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Responsible to Staff Attorneys and Executive Director

  • Assists Attorneys and provides a range of legal support, such as: conducting legal and factual research, identifying relevant judicial decisions, statutes, legal articles, codes and other pertinent material.

  • Gathers and organizes information, then prepares a written report that the attorney uses to determine how the case should be handled.

  • Assists with preparing legal documents including briefs, pleadings, motions, appeals, agreements, contracts and legal memoranda.

  • Assists in the preparation of discovery documents.

  • Creates, maintains and monitors discovery indexes.

  • Files documents with courts and administrative bodies.

  • Works with attorneys to develop and prepare legal arguments, declarations and motions and other case filings.

  • Drafts legal documents. This can include drafting correspondence and pleadings, pretrial orders and legal briefs.

  • Works with clients, experts. And other witnesses and individuals involved in cases.

  • Develops a case file indexing system that can be used as an active archive for all ongoing and completed cases.

  • Utilizes existing files and a variety of other research resources to develop information for pending cases.

Paralegal Skills:
Paralegals must have a solid knowledge of legal terminology, legal principles and practices, federal and state rules of legal procedure and substantive law. They must have a thorough knowledge of legal research techniques and relevant computer software knowledge and experience. They must have excellent organizational skills to manage voluminous case files and exhibits. Communication skills are crucial because paralegals regularly interact with clients, experts, vendors, court personnel and other attorneys. Strong research and writing skills are also necessary for drafting pleadings, discovery, research memorandums, correspondence and other documents. Paralegal training in the art of written communication is essential.

Paralegal Skills and Qualifications:
Person is a self-starter who takes initiative to achieve team goals, articulate, must use excellent grammar and have excellent writing skills. College degree and 3+ years of paralegal experience. Must have strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills. Strong attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, a writing sample and three references to:

Yana Merrill at ymerrill@nmelc.org,

or send by mail to:

NMELC
1405 Luisa Street, Suite #5
Santa Fe, NM 87505
attn: Yana Merrill

Competitive non-profit salary DOE and generous benefits. The Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

No phone calls, please.