Energy Unit- Utility Affordability and Consumer Rights Staff Attorney

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia is seeking a staff attorney in its Energy Unit.  The Energy Unit advocates so that people have access to affordable water, heat, and electricity in their homes. Through direct legal representation, policy advocacy, and pushing for legislation to improve energy affordability, our cutting-edge work promotes health and safety in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania.

CLS is seeking an attorney with one to three years’ experience.  A demonstrated interest in energy policy is required. Prior experience with energy/utility law or advocacy is preferred.

The selected attorney is expected to focus on two primary objectives.  First, the attorney will utilize a multi-pronged strategy to increase access to affordable utility service for low-income Philadelphians.  This multi-pronged strategy is expected to consist, at minimum, of individual client representation (including potential cross-unit representation with other CLS practices), strategic litigation, multi-party administrative litigation, media outreach, and policy/legislative advocacy.  The position requires a high level of visibility and engagement within the communities that we serve.

  • The attorney will frequently engage with clients and client groups, external stakeholders, allies and lawmakers, to advance policy objectives of the Energy Unit.  
  • The attorney will participate in utility ratemaking and regulatory proceedings, using accounting, finance, rate design, cost of service, and other technical experts.  Applicable experience and familiarity with the fundamentals of utility finance and ratemaking are preferred. The position requires strong organization, attention to detail, and cultural competency skills.

This position will include some supervision and training of paralegals and student interns.

To Apply: CLS will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. You can submit your application on CLS’s website online at: OR submit your application below by clicking "Apply Now"

What to Include in your application: Please include a cover letter, resume, three professional references and one brief writing sample (10 pages or less).  Community Legal Services values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness and people who have had prior contact with the juvenile, criminal, or child welfare systems to apply.  CLS invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

This is a full-time position covered by the collective bargaining agreement between Community Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) and the Philadelphia Legal Services Union N.O.L.S.W./Local 2320/UAW.  The current minimum starting salary is governed by that agreement and is subject to change according to the provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement.  Raises and benefits are also governed by that agreement.

Community Legal Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  CLS, Inc. does not discriminate in the selection of employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, genetics, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.  In addition to federal law requirements, CLS complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.    


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