Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney – Climate Change Programs
The Public Health Law Center (the “Center”), a dynamic, public interest affiliate of Mitchell Hamline School of
Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is seeking to hire multiple full-time Staff Attorneys/Senior Staff Attorneys who
have a passion for working for the social good and who share our commitment to advancing racial and social
justice, including the social determinants of health, implicit bias, and systemic oppression. We are looking for
candidates with a demonstrated ability to work in partnership with diverse populations and social identities, and
with those most affected by systemic health problems.
The prospective employees will join the Center’s recently established climate policy project pursuing healthy
buildings for all. We seek to advance health and climate equity by strengthening laws and policies relating
to building decarbonization, particularly for disenfranchised and marginalized populations. Our current
climate justice work aims to attain greater protections for residents assisted by the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD) by raising awareness of the causes of indoor air pollution and by connecting
housing providers and residents to financial resources available to support energy efficiency improvements
and climate change resilience. The climate policy attorneys also provide legal technical assistance in support
of efforts to enact local laws to decarbonize buildings and move away from the harmful effects of burning fossil
Please note to be considered as a Senior Staff Attorney, the candidate must have at least five years of relevant
legal work experience; demonstrated ability to work with substantial independence in furtherance of the
Center’s mission; to provide mentorship and support to less experienced colleagues; and to initiate project
development work. For both the Staff Attorney and Senior Staff Attorney, compensation will be commensurate
• Assist the Program Director in meeting the performance objectives of the Center.
• Provide legal technical assistance to Tribal public health advocates, community groups, and to state
and local health officials, government attorneys, and other public health advocates working to advance
public health and health equity through law and policy.
• Work with constituency groups to deliver meaningful services and support, including participation on
task forces and work groups, speaking engagements, and training on public health law and policy
• Research, analyze, write, and present reports, articles, sample policies, and other written materials
under the direction of the Program Director.
• Assist with project development and reporting requirements, including preparation of budgets,
narratives, and work-plans for grant proposals and periodic reports to funders.
• Depending on experience and skill level, manage and direct specific project activities for the Center,
subject to oversight by the Program Director.
• Occasional in-state and out-of-state travel.
• Juris Doctorate degree.
• Active license to practice law in Minnesota, or any other state or Tribe within the United States. Must be
in good standing with the applicable licensing authority.
• At least 2 years of relevant work experience.
• Demonstrated commitment to advancing health equity.
• Able to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues and external partners diverse
backgrounds and disciplines.
• Strong interpersonal communication skills, including demonstrated ability to explain complex issues or
ideas using language appropriate to audiences of specialists or non-specialists.
• Great public speaking/presentation skills, including the ability to articulate mission and purpose of work
to funders and other audiences.
• Excellent legal research and writing skills.
• Experience in developing written legal and policy educational materials for varied audiences and
• Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with diverse populations and social identities, and with
those most affected by systemic health problems.
• Experience in working with climate or energy law, housing law, state/local preemption, or building
• Experience in drafting, implementing, or enforcing local, state, federal, or Tribal laws.
• Experience working with other attorneys, policy analysts, or public health professionals.
HOW TO APPLY: Click here to apply for Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney – Climate Change Programs
position. Applications submitted on or before Monday, October 10, 2022 will receive strongest consideration.
To be considered for this position, applicants must provide the following documentation:
- Cover Letter, including salary requirements
- Writing sample demonstrating legal analysis
To find other employment opportunities at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and the Public Health Law Center,
click here to review the Jobs at Mitchell Hamline page.
The Center, one of America’s preeminent centers of expertise in public health law, strives to advance health
equity through the power of law and policy. The Center supports its partners in transforming their environments
through policies to promote healthy food and physical activity, reduce or eliminate commercial tobacco, and
support governance processes designed to lead to equitable outcomes.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law was formed in 2015 by the combination of William Mitchell College of Law and
Hamline University School of Law. This extraordinary union brought together two law schools that have shaped
Minnesota’s legal landscape for more than a combined 155 years, creating the top law school in the Midwest
for students seeking a rigorous, practical, and problem-solving approach to legal education. Mitchell Hamline
School of Law provides a legal education grounded in legal theory and distinguished by exceptional practical
legal training. A forward-thinking, independent law school with a history dating back more than 100 years, we
have continually shaped legal education to be relevant to our students, their future clients, and the legal
profession. We are committed to making legal education accessible and offer an unmatched number of
enrollment options. Our students graduate prepared to put their degree into practice or use their legal training
in the profession of their choice.
To learn more about the Public Health Law Center, click here. For more information about Mitchell Hamline
School of Law, click here.
At Mitchell Hamline School of Law, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms, benefits the
classroom, the institution, and the legal profession. Mitchell Hamline is a respectful community that embraces
differences and an environment that encourages, supports, and welcomes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We
embrace diversity. We recognize the importance of creating a culture that supports and welcomes all members
who choose our school to work or learn. Each student (past, present, and future) and employee’s unique
cultural background, life experiences, perspectives, and viewpoints are considered and valued. Mitchell
Hamline strives to provide an excellent educational and employment experience by practicing inclusivity as we
work, educate, and learn with one another. Mitchell Hamline is committed to these efforts and believe in
promoting a philosophy of anti-racism, cultural diversity, multicultural understanding, and cultural respect in our
educational curriculum, in our organizational operations, and throughout the communities we impact.
Accordingly, we encourage members of diverse and under-represented groups to apply. (AA/EEO)
Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. We are dedicated to
building a diverse employee base that is committed to teaching and working in an environment focused on
equity and inclusion. The Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney is responsible for ensuring equity and inclusion is
rooted into their day-to-day work. The Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney must strive to promote equity
through continuous learning and improvement, the positive development of our community, and the
identification and removal of barriers.
Additional information about our Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion can be found here.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law provides a comprehensive benefits program. Our range of benefits include:
• Health Insurance, including Dental and Vision
• Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Dependent Care Account (DCA)
• Basic Life Insurance (at no cost to employee)
• Supplemental Life Insurance
• Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
• Training and Professional Development
• 403(b) Retirement Benefits with Employer’s Matching Option
• Tuition Assistance Programs
• Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Potential Remote/Telework
• Generous Holidays and Winter Break
Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer does not discriminate
based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, veteran/military status, disability or
handicap, age, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class status
defined by law.