As You Sow will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation. As You Sow actively seeks to recruit and retain a diverse staff in all areas of operations.

Staff Attorney

Job posted by: As You Sow Posted on: July 2019

As You Sow actively seeks to recruit and retain a diverse staff in all areas of operations. We encourage diversity and inclusion in our staff and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation.

Job Description

ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION. As You Sow is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and social responsibility through corporate dialogue, shareholder advocacy, and innovative legal strategies. We are one of the nation's leading practitioners of shareholder advocacy, moving companies to take greater responsibility for the social and environmental impact of their operations.

As You Sow also focuses on enforcement of California's “Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act,” known as Proposition 65, a toxic right-to-know law. Since 1992, As You Sow has been working to bring hundreds of manufacturers and industries into compliance with the law. We encourage innovative settlements that achieve reductions in hazardous chemicals, eliminate consumer exposures to toxics, and provide funds to groups working to decrease people's exposure to toxic chemicals. We recently reached a settlement with the chocolate industry to conduct a joint study to find and reduce the sources of lead and cadmium in chocolate.

POSITION SUMMARY. As You Sow is seeking a creative and resourceful lawyer with proven litigation skills in environmental and consumer rights enforcement, regulatory law, health and environmental advocacy experience, and/or experience in Securities & Exchange Commission representation.  In collaboration with As You Sow's Chief Counsel, the Staff Attorney (“Attorney”) will oversee the development and coordination of the organization's Toxic Enforcement Program and assist other programs (Energy, Environmental Health, Waste, Human Rights) with legal needs on shareholder actions where appropriate.

Proposition 65: Approximately 75% of the Attorney’s time will be spent on Prop 65 work. The candidate must have good working knowledge of California's Proposition 65 as well as general knowledge and experience in state and federal statutes regulating consumer products. The Attorney will work collaboratively with the Chief Counsel and team members to research, develop, and initiate Proposition 65 cases; litigate cases as appropriate including developing expert testimony; work closely with outside counsel and law clinics; draft regulatory comments where necessary in support of retaining strong regulations; oversee development of factual support for legal cases; and manage investigation and research staff.

Shareholder Advocacy or Other Legal Issues: Approximately 25% of the Attorney’s time will be spent on shareholder or other program-related work. As You Sow works extensively on shareholder engagement under SEC 14(a)8, filing an average of 45 shareholder resolutions each year. When resolutions are challenged by corporations, the Attorney will work with General Counsel and outside counsel in responding to SEC legal challenges. Other work may include filing SEC petitions on a range of environmental and social issues, conducting shareholder derivative actions in collaboration with outside counsel, filing regulatory petitions with environmental or health agencies, developing class action lawsuits.

General: Candidates should also be comfortable researching scientific literature and reviewing and understanding technical information. Ideally, the Attorney will have a basic understanding of environmental health issues. Attention to deadline, project management, meeting milestones for research projects, and the ability to communicate about progress are essential.


  • J.D. degree with a minimum of two to four years legal experience, and active California State Bar membership or willingness to take (and pass) the California Bar.

  • Experience in environmental and/or health-related issues.

  • Excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills.

  • Strong verbal, communication, and interpersonal skills.

  • Candidates should be exceptionally organized, self-motivated, solution oriented.

  • A willingness to assume a varied caseload.

  • Substantive knowledge of the state and federal legal areas affecting consumer products.

  • Ability to effectively communicate and to work collaboratively

  • Computer literacy – familiarity with Windows, MS Office/Outlook, Lexis, and Westlaw.

  • Ability to read scientific literature, background in and/or knowledge of (bio)chemistry encouraged.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills; excellent attention to detail a must.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

  • Initiative, creativity, drive, persistence, and committed to excellence.

  • Interest in environmental and social issues, as well as corporate responsibility.

  • Sense of humor is a plus.

HOURS. Full-time position with benefits.

DEADLINE. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

LOCATION. Berkeley, California


Please send your resume, writing sample, and cover letter to Danielle Fugere, c/o Kwan Hong Teoh ([email protected]). Please designate the subject line of your email as: “Staff Attorney.” We encourage all applicants to review the website, specifically our Toxic Enforcement section before applying (http://www.asyousow.org/our-work/environmental-health/toxic-enforcement/). We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information about As You Sow, go to: www.asyousow.org