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Environmental & Land Use Legal Intern
Posted 3/24/2023

About Us

Angel Law is a highly regarded boutique law firm in Santa Monica specializing in the enforcement of public
rights under environmental, planning and zoning, open meeting, freedom of information, election, and coastal
civil penalty laws.

We take on environmental and land use battles in the public interest to protect and enhance ocean-related
recreation, coastal access and views, and wildlife habitat; to advance environmental justice and safeguard
affordable and rent-controlled housing as well as Indigenous sacred sites; and to prevent water, air, and noise
pollution. Among the laws we enforce are California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)-mandated procedures
of environmental disclosure and review, the California Coastal Act of 1976, the Planning and Zoning Law, the
Subdivision Map Act, local governments’ local coastal programs (“LCPs” implementing the Coastal Act at the
local level), general plans, and zoning ordinances. We leverage election laws (helping clients with local
initiative measures or referenda, or representing them in election law litigation), open meeting laws, the
Political Reform Act, and the California Public Records Act to realize client objectives.

Angel Law takes pride in providing first-class and cost-effective legal services for its clients in administrative
agency proceedings and high-stakes litigation. Present and past clients include the Sierra Club, Surfrider
Foundation, Save Open Space Santa Monica Mountains, Friends of the Whittier Narrows Natural Area,
Building a Better Redondo, the Malibu Township Council, SaveHollywood.Org, the Silver Lake Heritage Trust,
the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, the City of Calabasas, and the Silverado Modjeska
Recreation and Park District, as well as various homeowner associations and individuals.

$16/hour, 30 hours/week; Hybrid work, with 2-3 days/week in our office in Santa Monica.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (10 pages or less), and unofficial law school transcript to You may address your cover letter to Frank Angel.

Application review is ongoing the application period will close when the position is filled.

Angel Law is an equal opportunity employer.

To learn more about Angel Law click here.

Senior Assistant Counsel
Posted 3/24/2023


The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is recruiting for the position of Senior Assistant Counsel in the Legal Office. This is a full-time, exempt, management position. There are up to two (2) vacancies.

The Air District is also recruiting for the Assistant Counsel I/II position concurrently with this recruitment for the Senior Assistant Counsel position. Applicants may apply for one or both positions at the same time.

Salary: $187,548.66 – $227,966.57 Annually


Under direction, the position assists in administering and coordinating all phases of legal work for the Legal Division; performs the most specialized, complex and sensitive legal work; performs related work as assigned.

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Assistant Counsel I/II
Posted 3/24/2023


The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is recruiting for the position of Assistant Counsel I/II in the Legal Office. This is a full-time, exempt, management position. There may be up to two (2) vacancies.

The Air District is also recruiting for the Senior Assistant Counsel position concurrently with this recruitment for the Assistant Counsel I/II position. Applicants may apply for one or both positions at the same time.

Salary: $151,660.22 – $206,772.40 Annually


Under direction, the position performs legal work of a routine to complex nature representing the Air District, provides advice and counsel to Air District management and staff, represents the Air District in court and administrative proceedings, and performs related work as assigned.

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Attorney-Advisor (General)
Posted 3/8/2023


This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office (NOAA), Office of the Undersecretary (UNSEC), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), with vacancy to be filled in the Northwest Regional Office in Seattle, WA OR the Southwest Regional Office in Long Beach, CA.


An exciting opportunity is now available to be part of a team of attorneys with the NOAA General Counsel’s Northwest Regional Office in Seattle, WA and Southwest Regional Office in Long Beach, CA. These offices are responsible for advising NOAA regarding ocean fishery conservation and management as well as the protection of threatened and endangered fish, marine mammals and other species, off the Pacific Coast. NOAA is a premier environmental agency located within the Department of Commerce and employs over 12,000 individuals nationwide. The agency’s mission is to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources and to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment to meet the Nation’s economic, social and environmental needs. For more information see The NOAA Office of the General Counsel employs approximately 110 attorneys nationwide who provide legal advice to the NOAA Under Secretary and the agency’s constituent line offices. For more information, see

The attorney selected will be expected to provide legal advice to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on protected resources actions such as those developed pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and related federal administrative laws; as well as occasional issues under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and other conservation statutes. In particular, the attorney will prioritize legal advice to NMFS relating to actions the United States Forest Service proposes to undertake in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho, especially consultations under section 7 of the ESA and essential fish habitat consultations under the MSA. In addition, the attorney will provide legal advice on listing determinations, critical habitat designations, consultations, permits, habitat conservation plans, and other NMFS actions under the ESA and all supporting environmental analyses related to these actions, as well as occasional advice on fishery-related matters under the MSA and marine mammal related matters under the MMPA. The attorney will also provide advice regarding related statutes, including the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), National Historical Preservation Act, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The attorney will coordinate with other lawyers, policy makers, and technical staff within NOAA and interact with other Federal agencies (e.g., Department of the Interior and Department of Justice), applicants, industry groups, public interest organizations, and tribal nations. The scope of the attorney’s duties will include the geographic locations overseen by both the Northwest Regional Office and the Southwest Regional Office, and the attorney may be located in either Seattle, WA or Long Beach, CA. Depending on the location, the attorney will report to either the Northwest Regional Counsel or Southwest Regional Counsel.

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CEQA Associate
Posted 2/14/2023

Best Best & Krieger LLP is a nationally recognized law firm focused on delivering effective and client-service oriented solutions to complex legal issues facing public agencies, businesses and individuals across the U.S. BB&K is proud to trace the firm’s success back to the groundwork of professionalism and community service laid by its founders 135 years ago. Today, with nearly 250 attorneys in offices throughout California and in Oregon and Washington, D.C., we efficiently and meaningfully assist our clients with complex, multi-disciplinary issues and provide creative solutions.

At BB&K, we place a high degree of value in creating and nurturing a work environment that attracts the best talent and reflects our commitment to inclusiveness and collaboration. We are proud of our diverse workplace, where we respect and value our colleagues for their unique perspectives and experiences.

Our Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Group has an immediate opening for an associate with a minimum of 5 years of post-law school CEQA experience (both transactional and litigation).  Land use experience is highly regarded but not required.  The attorney can be based in our Riverside, Irvine, Los Angeles, or San Diego office but must be willing to travel to court and client meetings, as necessary. Candidates must be admitted to practice in California.

The reasonably expected pay scale for this position seeking an associate with 5 or more years of experience is $132,000 – $180,000. The actual salary within that range will depend on the selected candidate’s years of practice and experience. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.   

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Legal Director
Posted 2/7/2023

 Orange County Coastkeeper and its associated programs, including Inland Empire Waterkeeper, is seeking a legal director to lead the organization’s litigation and legal advocacy program. Coastkeeper’s legal team works to protect water resources to ensure they are swimmable, drinkable, and fishable for present and future generations through advocacy and environmental litigation. The legal director will be responsible for directing all legal advocacy initiatives and litigation – particularly, Clean Water Act enforcement. This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Executive Director. 


  • Direct all litigation and environmental enforcement.
  • Coordinate litigation with outside counsel, expert consultants, and pro bono attorneys. 
  • Litigate Clean Water Act citizen suit matters through all stages of litigation, including investigation, discovery, trial, appeal, settlement, and compliance. 
  • Supervise staff attorneys, legal internship and externship programs, and all pro bono legal work. 
  • Develop and manage departmental budget. 
  • Draft comment letters on permits, policies, and regulations related to water quality and water supply issues. 
  • Represent Coastkeeper organizations at administrative agency hearings. 
  • Research and write grants to fund environmental advocacy. 
  • Provide general in-house counsel including drafting and reviewing contracts, reviewing grant contract compliance, assisting in environmental permitting for in-house restoration projects, and other corporate matters. 
  • Apply Justice, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives to all litigation, advocacy, and enforcement work. 


  • California Bar admission. 
  • Willing to work in Costa Mesa, CA office in person. 
  • A commitment to public interest work and a passion for Coastkeeper’s mission. 
  • Minimum 6 years of relevant legal experience, including 4 years of litigation experience. 
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience supervising attorneys. 
  • Must have substantial experience as lead counsel on litigation matters. 
  • Demonstrated experience in Clean Water Act litigation, permitting, and compliance. 
  • Working knowledge of California regulatory agencies. 
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others. 


  • This is a full-time, exempt position. 
  • Compensation is commensurate with experience and ranges between $115,000 – $135,000 annually. 
  • Health and dental insurance is provided at no cost to the employee. 
  • Coastkeeper provides for 11 paid federal holidays, 6 days of paid sick leave annually, and paid time off. 

Equal Employment Opportunity 

  • Coastkeeper is an equal opportunity employer, highly values diversity, and provides advancement opportunities to everyone. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and ability. We highly encourage individuals with diverse experiences and intersectional identities to apply. 


  • If you are interested in and qualified for this position, please send your rĂ©sumĂ© and a cover letter to, subject line “YOUR LAST NAME, Legal Director.” 
  • If your materials indicate a potential match for our requirements, we will contact you. 
  • Please, no phone calls or emails to the office regarding this opening. 
  • This position will remain open until filled. 

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