Staff Attorney

The South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP) is accepting applications for a staff attorney position. The attorney will work with SCELP’s team of 6 attorneys and 5 support staff on legal advocacy before state and federal administrative agencies and local governments and on litigation in state and federal courts. This position is open to practicing attorneys with three or more years of experience, and start date is early 2023.

SCELP was founded in 1987 to meet the critical need for specialized legal services for environmental protection and justice in South Carolina. SCELP is a non-profit public interest environmental law firm headquartered in Georgetown, and with satellite offices in Mt. Pleasant, Greenville and Columbia. The home location for this position is flexible.

We are seeking a committed and energetic person with strong analytical, research and interpersonal skills to work with the SCELP team as we use our legal expertise to protect SC’s land, water and communities. The attorney will perform a range of tasks including: developing and implementing case and issue strategies; preparing for and conducting trials; preparing cases on appeal; performing legal research, analysis and writing; participating in administrative proceedings before regulatory agencies, including drafting comments and engaging in public speaking; interfacing with public officials; and developing/maintaining relationships and coordinating with other groups and organizations; developing and maintaining expertise in law and policy developments in SCELP focus areas. The attorney will be responsible for working with SCELP staff on developing, managing and litigating cases in state and federal court, as well as engaging in legal advocacy, interacting with local governments, state and federal agencies, other environmental organizations, community groups and the public.

Applicants should have a minimum of 3-5 years of litigation experience, with a strong preference for environmental litigation. Applicants must also have a strong academic background and outstanding writing, analytic, and communication skills. Applicants must have a solid work ethic, as well as the ability to work well independently and with others as part of an effective team.

A demonstrated personal commitment to environmental protection is required. A personal connection to South Carolina and experience with non-profit organizations are preferred.

Competitive non-profit salary commensurate with experience, including full benefits and a positive and flexible working environment.

If you have these qualifications and are seeking a challenging and rewarding environmental legal advocacy position, please send a letter of interest, resume, law school transcript, writing sample and three references to Amy Armstrong at

SCELP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff. We strongly encourage applications from persons of all backgrounds.

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