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Staff Attorney (Richmond)

Richmond, CA

General Position Summary

CBE seeks a full-time staff attorney for our Richmond team to support our “triad” of grassroots organizing, legal advocacy, and science-based research. CBE lawyers are accountable to residents and the principle that people speak for themselves. The Richmond staff attorney will support Richmond communities in CBE’s campaigns to phase out the Richmond Chevron Refinery through a just transition to a community-driven vision for Richmond. The Richmond team is focused on a Just Transition – building power with community and allies to transition Richmond, and the entire state of California, off fossil fuels and preventing substitution with combustion resources that have equally dire consequences for communities and the planet. The Richmond staff attorney’s role requires creativity to identify opportunities for the law to help actualize the change the community visions.

Specific areas of focus include litigation and advocacy regarding petroleum refineries, municipal government, and statewide regulation of greenhouse gases.

Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing and litigating environmental, civil rights and community access lawsuits in state and federal courts on behalf of CBE;
  • Collaborating with CBE staff and external partners as the legal voice of the triad;
  • Representing CBE at hearings in courts and before various administrative agencies responsible for enforcing federal, state and local environmental and energy laws;
  • Developing and advocating for policies at local, regional, and state government levels;
  • Engaging in public education and outreach to promote CBE and CBE’s legal work;
  • Attending and providing support at meetings with CBE staff and members.

In addition to the above, racial equity and language justice are key areas supported by the Richmond staff attorney. CBE has made a commitment to dismantling anti-blackness, white supremacy and cis-heteropatriarcal culture, and the Richmond staff attorney will participate in CBE’s internal work to meet equity goals and will be a bridge to our members’ participation.

Experience and Job Requirements:

  • At least three – five years relevant legal or equivalent experience, including litigation experience
  • California Bar Membership
  • Working knowledge of California and federal environmental law
  • Solid understanding of, and commitment to, social and environmental justice
  • Excellent legal writing and public speaking skills
  • Spanish language skills preferred
  • Ability to ensure a positive, team/collective-oriented environment
  • Ability to work in a manner that complies with organizational standards and policies
  • Ability to participate in a consensus decision making process
  • Willingness to travel in California and work some evenings and weekends

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in local political and public interest landscape, the environmental movement, civil rights, and/or personal history with communities highly impacted by pollution.

Benefits and Compensation:

This is a full-time, overtime-exempt position, with an annual salary of $91,106. CBE staff attorneys may be eligible for up to $6,000 loan repayment assistance. The Richmond staff attorney will receive CBE’s comprehensive benefits package, including a generous vacation and leave policy; fully-paid premiums for medical, vision, and dental insurance; an additional mental health benefit; a 401(k) retirement plan; and a flexible spending plan. CBE pays full premiums for medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee, spouse or domestic partner, and any dependents.

To Apply:

Please complete our online application at no later than June 30, 2024.


We will request a resume, cover letter, professional writing sample and list of three references.


This position will remain open until filled.


CBE is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other protected category. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ folks, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.

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