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Staff Attorney

Hawaii
August 30, 2016

Center for Food Safety (CFS), the nation’s leading public interest organization devoted to legal advocacy in food law and sustainable agriculture, is seeking applications for a staff attorney position in its Hawai‘i office.  CFS’s mission centers on protecting consumers, the environment, and farmers by challenging the impacts of industrial food production systems.  CFS also works to strengthen food and environmental laws and enforcement at both federal and state levels, in part by promoting and protecting organic standards.

What will you work on? CFS staff attorneys are responsible for developing, coordinating and pursuing strategic litigation in federal and state courts, as well as providing legal expertise and review on strategic legislation, on an ever-expanding variety of leading-edge food industry issues and environmental legal challenges, including:

  • Genetic engineering
  • Pollinators
  • Organic standards
  • Food safety
  • Factory farming
  • Truthful food labeling
  • Pesticides
  • Climate Change
  • Aquaculture
  • Nanotechnology
  • Water Law
  • Protecting traditional farming and food production rights

Other responsibilities of legal staff include: state and federal rule-making and administrative work; participating in agency, Congressional and other meetings, representing CFS and other clients at hearings and policy events; maintaining and developing organizational partnerships; and working collaboratively with policy staff and law clerk supervision.

What are we looking for? The successful CFS staff attorney candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Four or more years litigation experience in Hawai‘i (administrative/environmental law or related area preferred)
  • A passion for enforcing and strengthening environmental laws
  • The ability to independently manage an impact litigation docket
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Self-motivation and willingness to do administrative tasks
  • The ability to work closely with others in small, team-oriented office environment
  • Timely admission to the Hawai‘i bar 
  • Interest or a background in food and agriculture issues a plus


To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, list of three references to clerkships@centerforfoodsafety.org. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.

CFS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, nationality, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

CFS salaries are competitive and based on experience, and include a strong benefits package.