Senior Attorney

Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment | Oakland, California


CRPE is a non-profit environmental justice organization with offices in Oakland and Delano (Kern County, California). Our mission is to achieve environmental justice and healthy sustainable communities through collective action and the law. We provide legal and technical assistance to the grassroots movement for environmental justice. We combine community organizing, legal representation, policy advocacy and coalition building to build community healthy, community power, and community resistance in low income communities and communities of color. CRPE strongly believes in the maxims that communities should speak for themselves, and that advocates for environmental justice should be on tap, not on top. Our staff shares a deep commitment to social and racial justice.

Job Summary

Our legal team collaborates closely with each other and community organizers to achieve a collective impact.

Visit our website at for background on our work, as well as our legal team.

Reports To

Executive Director


The Senior Attorney has three overarching duties:

  • Provide legal representation to communities of color and low-income community groups.
  • Contribute to CRPE development efforts by supporting Development Department’s efforts to raise funds.
  • Participate in CRPE’s communications strategies as needed.

Legal Representation

  • Support and work with low-income communities and communities of color to address environmental justice issues, bringing educational, organizing, technical and legal resources to the communities.
  • Work with client groups, organizers, and attorneys to develop community-based, community-led strategies. 2
  • Train community residents to effectively participate before decision-makers in administrative arenas.
  • Represent community groups in administrative and judicial fora, using environmental and civil rights laws at the state and federal level.
  • Work collaboratively with other organizations in California and nationally to meet community needs.
  • Identify and develop legislative solutions to address communities’ needs.
  • Attend conferences, prepare policy papers, law review articles and legislative testimony.
  • Participate in state and regional environmental justice networks.

Contribute to CRPE Fundraising

  • Contribute to grant proposals, grant reports, and individual donor giving efforts as needed.

Contribute to CRPE Communications

  • Provide content for CRPE newsletters, social media, and press releases as needed.
  • Other duties as may be required.


  • J.D. and admission to the California Bar with a minimum of 5 years legal experience.
  • Written and oral fluency in Spanish, preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player, and to take on and complete complex projects.
  • Significant experience with environmental justice issues.
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Ability to travel extensively.
  • Excellent References.


Commensurate with experience


  • Good sense of humor and grace under pressure
  • Detail-oriented, ability to prioritize and follow through with multiple tasks to meet deadlines
  • Skilled at building relationships with colleagues, community members, and allies.
  • Highly organized

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Caroline Farrell, Executive Director, at

Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment