Job Opening: Senior Attorney, Wildlife End-User Litigation

Our Wildlife Law Program Is Hiring!

Senior Attorney, Wildlife End-User Litigation

Position Announcement:

Friends of Animals is pleased to announce the opening of the hiring process for an experienced litigation attorney for its Wildlife Law Program (WLP), located in Centennial, Colorado.

Friends of Animals is a non-profit, international animal advocacy organization, incorporated in the state of New York since 1957. Friends of Animals works to cultivate a respectful view of nonhuman animals, free-living and domestic. Our goal is to free animals from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation around the world. Friends of Animal’s President is Priscilla Feral.

Established in 2013, the WLP fills a niche between animal and environmental activism. The WLP focuses on the defense of wildlife and their habitats throughout the world. The program utilizes a variety of laws to promote the rights of wildlife, including the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, federal and state consumer protection/antifraud laws, and international treaties like the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Position Summary:

Friends of Animals is seeking to expand the focus of the WLP through this hiring process. Much of the WLP’s existing work seeks to protect wildlife from human consumption and exploitation by challenging government programs that authorize such activities. Specifically, we work to obtain and enforce legal protections for wild animals, both domestically and internationally.

Our new Senior Attorney will be tasked with developing litigation strategies that seek to directly curtail private exploitation of wild animals. Organizations that seek to kill or capture wildlife for purposes of sport, food, exhibition and other human-centered uses often rely on deceptive, unreliable and even fraudulent information to further their goals, promote their businesses, and obtain necessary governmental permits and licenses. Our goal is to expose how these end-user business models depend upon concealing from the public and governmental regulators the significant social, physical, and emotional trauma their activities cause animals.

The Senior Attorney, Wildlife End-User litigator will report to the Director of the Wildlife Law Program. The position will commence on or about May 1, 2019.

Responsibilities:

* Develop legal theories and strategies to implement the WLP’s new focus on end-user litigation.

* Prepare pleadings, motions and briefs for new end-user cases and projects.

* Make court appearances, where appropriate.

* Oversee drafting, editing and submission of amicus curiae briefs on behalf of Friends of Animals.

* Supervise junior attorneys and interns when assigned.

* Coordinate and collaborate with Friends of Animals’ direct advocacy staff.

* Prepare and deliver presentations for professional conferences, fundraising events, etc. when needed.

Qualifications:

* Must have a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited institution.

* Understand and be committed to the mission of Friends of Animals.

* Five years or more of experience in False Claims Act, whistleblower, and/or state consumer protection litigation.

* Excellent writing, communication, research and oral advocacy skills.

* Strong work ethic, attention to detail and time management skills, demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.

* Excellent organizational skills.

* Excellent interpersonal skills and can communicate effectively with co-workers, supporters, etc.

* Admitted to practice law in at least one state; willingness to sit for the Colorado bar exam (if not already admitted in the state).

Compensation:

Friends of Animals’ offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The Senior

Attorney will be compensated commensurate with their experience and with the other members of our team, with starting annual salary between $55,000 and $65,000. Benefits include full medical, paid vacation each year, and financial incentives to cover bar dues and other professional expenses

Friends of Animals is a woman-founded, equal opportunity employer.

How To Apply:

Send cover letter, current resume, and writing sample to: Michael Harris, Director Wildlife Law Program, 7500 E. Arapahoe Road, Suite 385, Centennial, CO 80112 or by email to wlp_admin@friendsofanimals.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To ensure consideration, it is suggested that you submit an application on or before March 22, 2019.