Staff Attorney Job Posting

The Organization

Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm designed to incubate legal services start-ups in the area of environmental law for underserved clients on a sliding scale. The purposes of the organization include the education of attorneys in serving modest means clients, increasing equal access to justice, and community empowerment for the Appalachian Basin (New York to Georgia). Fair Shake advances local, community decision-making about community health, environmental protection and cleanup, and development by providing access to justice for individuals and groups that are currently underserved.

At Fair Shake, Staff Attorneys handle a full docket of cases that advance Fair Shake’s mission in the areas of public interest litigation, pro bono matters and sliding scale legal services to individual clients. In addition, Resident Attorneys train in advanced lawyering skills and sustainable business practices. We provide on-the-job training to Resident Attorneys for 2-years to provide a solid foundation to start practices using sliding scale fees to provide affordable representation to all. The residency program is designed to put Residents in the context of the practice that they will run themselves. The business development curriculum includes practical skills growth in client development, financing a practice, billing and pricing, law office management, alternative practice areas and practice diversification, and budgeting.

Call for Applications for a Staff Attorney

Fair Shake is looking for bright, motivated and organized attorneys who want to be part of a nonprofit environmental law practice for modest means clients in the Appalachian Basin region. We are hiring an attorney interested in increasing access to justice in environmental matters as well as the quality of environmental legal services to modest means clients.

Essential Functions of Staff Attorneys

Working under the direct supervision of a Supervising Attorney and in support of the work of Resident Attorneys and the firm, the Staff Attorney represents and counsels, develops and executes case theory, and engages in outreach and client development for modest means clients in the Appalachian Basin. The Staff Attorney position involves client interviewing and counseling, legal analysis, factual investigation, trial preparation, collaborative case theory development, and problem-solving. The Staff Attorney will handle matters covering the full reach of environmental law practice.

Anticipated case matters include permit appeals, civil litigation, citizen suits, permit and rule comments, administrative petitions, land use hearings, gas lease reviews and negotiations, compliance counseling, community educational presentations, and opinion letter development.

Desired Skills and Qualities

·       Training and experience in the full spectrum of environmental and administrative legal issues;

·       Training in client interviewing and counseling, administrative procedure, and trial advocacy;

·       Experience and training in legal drafting, research, and effective communication;

·       A strong interest in starting a small environmental legal practice in the tri-state region;

·       Demonstrated effectiveness in both collaboratively- and independently-produced work product and performances; and

·       A commitment to Fair Shake’s mission.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates should possess:

·       A minimum of 1-4 years of legal practice experience (experience in a clinical program or working as a clerk of intern in a law office during law school may count as 1 year of experience in a legal practice);

·       Current Pennsylvania Bar membership.

Staff Attorneys must be willing to travel across the Commonwealth and to other Fair Shake offices as needed.

Compensation & Benefits

Fair Shake offers a competitive non-profit salary commensurate with skills and experience as well as a comprehensive benefits package that includes 15 days paid vacation; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance; and a retirement savings plan.

To Apply

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, your CV or résumé, and a writing sample to: 

Emily A. Collins

Executive Director and Managing Attorney

159 S. Main Street, Suite 1030

Akron, OH 44308

ecollins@fairshake-els.org

Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity in our workforce.


Spring 2019 Legal Internships

Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm designed to incubate legal services start-ups in the area of environmental law for underserved, modest means clients. The purposes of the organization include the education of attorneys in serving modest means clients, increasing equal access to justice, and community empowerment in the Appalachian Basin (New York to North Carolina). Fair Shake advances local, community decision-making about community health, environmental protection and cleanup, and development by providing access to justice for individuals and groups that are currently underserved. Both our Pittsburgh and Akron offices are currently seeking applicants for a Spring Semester 2019 Legal Internship.

The legal internship is a part-time position working under direct attorney supervision. There will be an opportunity for significant legal research and writing. Prior experience or education in the areas of environmental law, land use and zoning, or natural resources law is preferred. Applicants interested in entrepreneurship, sustainability, and public interest environmental law are encouraged to apply. The position is unpaid, but may qualify for academic credit. For further information, visit http://www.fairshake-els.org/.

For Pittsburgh internships, please submit a letter of interest and resume to our Pennsylvania Office Supervising Attorney Ryan Hamilton at rhamilton@fairshake-els.org by no later than January 2, 2018.

For Akron internships, please submit a letter of interest and resume to our Akron Office Supervising Attorney James Yskamp at jyskamp@fairshake-els.org by no later than January 2, 2018.

Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity in our workplace. 


Summer 2019 Legal Internships

Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm designed to incubate legal services start-ups in the area of environmental law for underserved, modest means clients. The purposes of the organization include the education of attorneys in serving modest means clients, increasing equal access to justice, and community empowerment in the Appalachian Basin (New York to North Carolina). Fair Shake advances local, community decision-making about community health, environmental protection and cleanup, and development by providing access to justice for individuals and groups that are currently underserved. Our Pittsburgh and Akron offices are currently seeking applicants for a Summer 2019 Legal Internship.

The legal internship is a full-time position working under direct attorney supervision. There will be an opportunity for significant legal research and writing. Applicants for the summer internship should have completed at least one year of law school. Prior experience or education in the areas of environmental law, land use and zoning, or natural resources law is preferred. Applicants interested in entrepreneurship, sustainability, and public interest environmental law are encouraged to apply. The position is unpaid, but may qualify for academic credit. For further information, visit http://www.fairshake-els.org/.

For Pittsburgh internships, please submit a letter of interest and resume to our Pennsylvania Office Supervising Attorney Ryan Hamilton at rhamilton@fairshake-els.org by no later than March 15, 2019.

For Akron internships, please submit a letter of interest and resume to our Akron Office Supervising Attorney James Yskamp at jyskamp@fairshake-els.org by no later than March 15, 2019.

Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity in our workplace. 


resident attorneys

We typically post a call for applications for Resident Attorneys in the Fall of each year.