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Staff Attorney, Regulatory Program

CUB is seeking a full time highly motivated regulatory attorney with outstanding writing, analytical and oral advocacy skills to represent CUB in utility rate cases and other regulatory proceedings.

Job Responsibilities

• Work with Executive Director to determine CUB’s position and strategy relating to regulatory proceedings.

• Draft pleadings, briefs, motions, legal memoranda and comments, advocating CUB’s positions in rate and policy proceedings;

• Conduct discovery, undertake cross-examination of other parties’ expert witnesses and assist in preparing testimony in proceedings and litigation;

• Present oral arguments before the Oregon Public Utility Commission;

• Conduct negotiations to resolve issues relating to proceedings and meetings before the OPUC and Bonneville Power Administration;

• Represent and advocate for CUB’s position in meetings and collaborative proceedings;

• Advocate for the CUB’s position before the appellate courts as required, concerning rate cases and other proceedings;

• Analyze legislative proposals;

• Write articles for CUB’s blog and newsletter;

• Occasionally advise the organization on employment, business, or other decisions outside of the typical regulatory work; and

• Supervise paralegal, legal externs and law clerks.


• JD from an accredited law school.

• Admission to the Oregon State Bar.

• Knowledge of administrative law and experience in litigating contested cases; knowledge of energy regulation is a plus. Applicants without this experience may be considered if they are able to demonstrate a genuine interest in this area and some litigation experience.

• Detail-oriented with a demonstrated ability to work independently and meet aggressive project deadlines;

• Friendly, professional demeanor with a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others, sense of humor;

• Excellent analytical, research, writing and oral presentation skills.

• Ability to give and take direction graciously.


• Closing Date: January 21, 2015;

• Ideal start: Feb, 18 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter;

• Status: Full-time, salaried-exempt

• Pay commensurate with experience but within nonprofit standards, with excellent benefits package

• Benefits: Paid health insurance, generous PTO package, retirement stipend and the flexibility to occasionally work from home.

• Reports To: Executive Director;

• Based In: CUB’s downtown Portland, OR office.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and three references with contact information to Leslie Murray at Applications will be reviewed after the closing date.

Summer Law Clerk

CUB's Law Clerk program, was created in 2009. In a working environment where schedules and issues can evolve rapidly, CUB works hard to include its law clerks in all aspects of our daily work of energy law, and should be willing to roll up their sleeves and dig right in. CUB's law clerk program is designed to provide law students with hands on experience related to utility (gas, electric and telecom) law and regulation. Each law clerk is supervised by CUB's General Counsel and works closely with CUB's Staff Attorney and Utility Analysts. During each CUB law clerkship, law clerks are provided with a wide variety of experiences including, but not limited to: Attendance at Public Utility Commission hearings and other proceedings, Attendance at Oregon State Legislative hearings (when in session), Attendance at Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) hearings and other proceedings (occasional), Utility law research, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) research, Legislative history research, Drafting of discovery requests (data requests), motions, proposed rule or legislative changes, Regular attendance at meetings with Oregon's investor owned utilities. Through these hearings and other proceedings CUB's law clerks are introduced to practicing energy bar attorneys, utility analysts and management staff, state representatives, senators, employees of other energy and environmental non-profits, and other professionals in the industry.


Law students, wishing to become CUB law clerks, should have a clear interest in the field of energy law, and should be willing to roll up their sleeves and dig right in. At CUB, enthusiasm is essential, and a hands-on experience is a promise.

Compensation: paid

Starting Date: flexible - Summer 2016

Application Process:

Please submit resume, cover letter, writing sample and transcript directly by email to: (or)

by mail to:


Attention: Sarah Ryan-Knox

610 SW Broadway, Ste 400

Portland, OR 97205

Legal Extern (Offered in Fall and Winter/Spring)

For students considering a course accredited experience with CUB, we offer externships with our organization on a rolling case-by-case basis. Externships are an ideal choice for an individual with a particular interest in one or more of the organization's program areas. Examples include an economics student interested in renewable energy markets; a law student interested in garnering experience in energy law; or an urban planning student interested in electric vehicle development and deployment. Given that each externship must be tailored to the student's academic study in conjunction with their academic institution and CUB, interested students should request an informational interview to discuss the suitability of doing an externship with CUB. Please contact CUB's Staff Attorney, Sommer Templet Moser at 503-227-1984 x 23, or sommer[at]oregoncub[dot]org.