We Are Hiring!

Available Position: Staff Attorney
Location: Detroit, Michigan

The Great Lakes Environmental Law Center is a nonprofit, public interest law organization that specializes in environmental law and policy. We work with residents in Michigan to identify legal and policy solutions to the environmental issues that impact their health and quality of life. While we work on a wide range of issues, some of the most common involve drinking water quality and affordability, water quality, air quality, energy, and urban agriculture.

 GLELC places an emphasis on work that furthers environmental justice, specifically in Detroit and the rest of Southeast Michigan. We do this by engaging in community lawyering, which entails us providing our legal knowledge and skills to residents, community groups, and other nonprofits to help them address environmental issues in a collaborative manner. In doing so, we seek to educate communities about how the law may be used to address an environmental issue in a manner that they deem to be appropriate and effective so that the people we work with are empowered. Additionally, GLELC works with students at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law through its Environmental Law Clinic.

 Through our work, we engage in a wide variety of strategies, including but not limited to: litigation; commenting on and challenging agency permits; transactional services to promote the environmentally sustainable reuse of vacant land in Detroit, including urban agriculture, renewable energy, and green stormwater infrastructure; state and local policy research and development.

 Desired Qualifications

  •   Must have a J.D. and be admitted to practice before the bar of at least one state, and be in good standing.

    • If not admitted to practice by the Michigan State Bar, applicants must be willing and able to seek and obtain admission to the Michigan State Bar promptly upon hiring.

  • 3-6 years practicing law is required

    • Candidates with experience practicing environmental law is preferred

    • All candidates must have a strong, demonstrated interest in environmental law, as well as racial and economic justice.

  • Experience with litigation and other adversarial proceedings is preferred.

  • Proven ability to work autonomously

  • Experience working with racially diverse community groups.

  • Experience communicating with a variety of audiences through speaking engagements and the media to advocate for GLELC’s clients and causes.


 Compensation is dependent on experience and qualifications, and will be in the range of $55,000 to $75,000 per year. GLELC offers a benefits package that includes health benefits, paid maternity and paternity leave, as well as generous paid time off.


 Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to Brian Foley, Attorney Search Committee chair at bfoley@dickinsonwright.com, and to Nick Leonard, Executive Director, at nicholas.leonard@glelc.org.

 Please see our website at www.glelc.org for additional details about the organization.

 GLELC is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.