Job Description for Full-Time Associate Attorney
BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC, is a thriving law firm, headquartered in Concord, NH, with an additional office in Portland, ME, committed to enhancing the environment through the practice of law throughout northern New England. At times, our office can be fast-paced, demanding a high level of performance.
We work with developers who have projects that are designed to minimize environmental impacts or improve the community, and assist developers with obtaining permits and approvals and other transactional aspects of projects. We also work with homeowners associations, citizens groups, nonprofits, individuals, coalitions, and similar groups who believe that certain development projects do not minimize environmental impacts, lack community benefit, or have other adverse attributes. We help to either improve or stop such developments. We work to strengthen and create laws that protect the environment or that provide other community benefits. Lastly, we design legal solutions consistent with both private property rights and sustainable stewardship of our land and natural resources.
Our team consists of: four active attorney-owners, Jason Reimers, Amy Manzelli (Managing Attorney) and Elizabeth Boepple; an associate attorney, Stephen Wagner; a firm administrator, Nicole Manteau; a full-time paralegal, Stacy Laughton; and a part-time clerical support assistant, Virginia Pastuszczak. We also host legal interns from time to time.
The position is full-time, at-will, exempt employment. The firm is in a period of exciting growth and change and anticipates increasing the number of staff and attorneys over the next several years. This position is designed primarily to work in the areas of environmental, land use, agricultural, and real estate law. Work is expected to commence approximately in September, 2017, but no later than December, 2017.
This position is designed for a very high quality but relatively inexperienced attorney.
- Superior academic law school credentials
- Strong research, writing and advocacy skills
- Exceptional judgment
- Sensitivity to issues of confidentiality
- Mature self-starter, able to work both independently and as a productive team member
- Admission to the New Hampshire Bar
- Maine Bar admission
- Vermont Bar admission
- Highly motivated individual with at least 2 years’ experience practicing environmental law, including land use, agricultural, administrative, real estate, conveyancing, and/or title
- Knowledge of both state and federal environmental laws
- Litigation experience at state court and federal district court
- Experience working with agencies, such as the NH Department of Environmental Services and appearing before the Environmental Councils, the Board of Land and Tax Appeals, and local Zoning Boards of Adjustment / Planning Boards, Public Utilities Commission, Site Evaluation Committee, or the analogs to these agencies in other states
- Appreciation of flexibility in work schedule, amount, and location
- Love of the environment and outdoor activities
Assist supervising attorneys in a wide variety of ways, as needed, including
- Research and analyze the law, writing internal/informal memos, legal memoranda, pleadings, and more
- Appear in court, administrative agencies, land use boards, and more
- Analyze and summarize legal documents
- Complete and improve legal documents prepared by supervising attorney
- Perform discovery
- Negotiate with outside parties
- Interact with clients and prospective clients
- Perform due diligence
Compensation & Benefits
Approximately $50,000 annual salary, commensurate with experience and ability
Ten paid personal days and approximately ten paid holidays
Employer match limited to 3% towards retirement
Flex-time and working remotely available for some of the time
Relaxed, casual, and friendly work environment
Mileage reimbursement for work-related driving (not for commuting)
Professional group memberships, including NHBA annual dues
Attendance (including travel) to professional conferences
Downtown Concord location
Paid parent leave
Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references (two to five) as follows:
if electronic, to: email@example.com
if hard copy, to:
BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC
Attn: Nicole Manteau, Firm Administrator
3 Maple Street
Concord, NH 03301
The deadline for applying is June 30, 2017. If we believe an applicant may be a good fit for the position, we may conduct telephone screenings, face to face interviews, and reference checks. Face to face interviews may include conversations with the attorneys and staff. We will endeavor to contact all applicants by July 31, 2017. Please do not follow up with us after you have applied unless it is after August 11, 2017 and you have not heard from us.