Our legal work is focused on industrial agriculture, water privatization issues, food safety and climate change, all in pursuit of our organizational theory of change. We focus much of our legal advocacy on combating the inherently harmful consequences of the CAFO system of livestock production in the United States by bringing strategic impact litigation at the state and federal level, engaging in the regulatory process and coordinating with our organizing team to effectively integrate legal strategies into our state-based campaigns. We prioritize legal actions that will advance our long-term goal of replacing the current corporate-controlled, industrial food and farm system with a diversified, sustainable food system that will protect the environment, family farms, public health, and animal welfare.
We are seeking a Staff Attorney to focus on legal advocacy related to industrial agriculture issues, specifically confronting the factory-style system of livestock production in the United States. The new Staff Attorney will be responsible for:
- Developing and implementing litigation strategies across the country to counter the many environmental and public health impacts of the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO), or factory farm, system;
- Engaging in state and federal rule making processes regarding CAFO regulation and related issues;
- Reviewing and drafting state and federal agricultural and environmental policies; and
- Working closely with other FWW staff to advance our food and CAFO legal and policy goals, including our long-term goal of a ban on these operations at both the state and federal level.
This position location is flexible.
- Research, develop and implement various legal strategies, including litigation, to address the impacts of existing and proposed CAFO operations in the United States.
- Contribute to policy analysis and development, including the review and drafting of local, state and federal legislation, to deter CAFO operations and promote a rapid shift to a more diversified, sustainable system.
- Engage in both state and federal regulatory proceedings, including rule making, to strengthen existing environmental and public health protections, oppose regulatory rollbacks and implement new protections.
- Attend meetings with policymakers at both the state and federal level to undermine the structural drivers of the CAFO system and promote alternative systems of livestock production.
- Act as a public spokesperson for FWW, including in media and at public forums, community meetings, conferences and public hearings.
- Provide legal support for our in-house organizing staff, as well as our key partners on CAFO issues.
- Work in coalition with our many other partners on CAFO issues.
- Help develop educational materials such as factsheets, action alerts, website content and newsletter articles on various CAFO issues.
- Coordinate events such as, but not limited to, panel discussions and film screenings.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Education: JD from an accredited law school with bar admission.
- Experience: At least three years as a practicing attorney on environmental issues, with litigation background and, preferably, experience working on and familiarity with CAFO issues.
- Knowledge: Legal advocacy, litigation and legislative strategy techniques; familiarity with federal and state legislatures; environmental issues, particularly around CAFOs; working with the media.
- Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong legal writing capacity; strong interpersonal and planning; excellent organizational skills.
- Capabilities: Ability to think creatively and quickly to respond to rapidly changing events and circumstances; ability to work well with a wide variety of people and to coordinate diverse tasks; comfortable presenting aggressive viewpoints to a mix of audiences; ability to present technical concepts to a mass audience; can-do attitude and commitment to public interest work; work well under pressure, manage a full docket and prioritize multiple responsibilities; high level of independent judgment.
- Conditions: Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of Food & Water Watch.
- Applicant must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
This is a full-time position. Competitive salary ($65,000-$80,000), depending upon experience. We offer an excellent benefits package that includes 100% employer paid medical/dental/long-term disability, 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid leave.
How to apply:
Please include a resume, cover letter, legal writing sample and three references in one document. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Food & Water Watch strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities to apply. Click here to apply.