Employment

The Public Utility Law Project of New York is currently seeking a Staff Attorney to work on public utility and consumer protection issues.

 

I.  POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

Staff Attorney for the Public Utility Law Project of New York, Inc.

Applicants must be either a member of the New York Bar, eligible for admission, or licensed to practice law in another state having reciprocity with New York State. Additionally, the attorney must have litigation experience. Excellent writing, analytical and oral advocacy skills are required. Knowledge of utility regulation (energy, telecom and water) desirable.

Duties/Description:

The Public Utility Law Project of New York (“PULP”) is seeking a highly-motivated consumer protection attorney to assist in representing the interests of consumers in utility rate and policy cases and other

regulatory proceedings before the New York Public Service Commission (PSC), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other forums with jurisdiction over New York public utilities. The attorney will advocate on behalf of PULP for reliable utility service at the lowest reasonable cost, with a particular emphasis on the interests of low-income and fixed-income residential customers (including seniors and the disabled) and small business customers. The successful candidate can start immediately.

The attorney will serve in the Albany Office as the lead counsel to PULP. Ideal candidates should have a broad knowledge of the law and policy issues related to the telecommunications, water, electric, and natural gas industries, as well as emerging industries such as the alternative energy and distributed generation industries. The attorney will be responsible for the following:

  • Draft pleadings, briefs, motions, legal memoranda and comments, advocating PULP’s positions in rate and policy proceedings.
  • Conduct discovery, undertake cross-examination of other parties’ expert witnesses as well as examination of PULP’s witnesses, and assist in preparing testimony, in proceedings and litigation.
  • Present oral arguments before PSC and FERC administrative law judges;
  • Conduct negotiations to resolve issues relating to proceedings and meetings before the PSC, FCC, FERC, at the New York Independent Systems Operator (NYISO), and at such other tribunals as may be necessary and convenient;
  • Represent and advocate for PULP’s position in meetings and collaborative proceedings;
  • Advocate for PULP’s position before the appellate courts as a party or amicus as required, concerning PSC rate cases and other proceedings, and assist in the development of testimony by experts and consultants in those proceedings; and
  • Take part with PULP’s other staff members in resolving utility-related consumer complaints through PULP’s 800 number hotline, or email requests for assistance from consumers and consumer based organizations (CBOs), constituent relations staff of elected officials, and legal services providers.

This position will include some overnight travel to deliver training to various statewide consumer groups, to appear at public hearings and to meet with elected officials, and municipal and nonprofit entities.

Additional Comments: Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Contact PULP concerning this job at: (877-669-2572) or send your résumé to info@utilityproject.org.

 

II. Volunteers & Interns

We are not seeking to hire other positions at this point, but are always seeking high quality volunteers and interns however, and are actively interested in building a résumé bank of skilled advocates, attorneys, financial analysts and writers.

If you would like to join our résumé bank of skilled professionals, please send your résumé to info@utilityproject.org. If you would like to volunteer with the Utility Project, send your résumé to info@utilityproject.org, or call us at (877) 669-2572.

The Utility Project is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing information, education, research and advocacy regarding utility matters with a focus on New York’s low and fixed income residential consumers. Current goals include working toward universal service, affordable utility rates, and improved utility customer protection. The Utility Project is also a legal services organization under the New York Judiciary Law.

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