Loyola Law School - Director - Loyola Victim Rights Enforcement Clinic

23 Dec 2020 5:36 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL is hiring a Director for the Loyola Victim Rights Enforcement Clinic.

Background: The Loyola Victim Rights Enforcement Clinic (LoVE Clinic) is a new addition to Loyola’s robust clinical programs, made possible through a grant from the Office of Victims of Crime.

The LoVE Clinic will be housed under the umbrella of the Loyola Social Justice Law Clinic (LSJLC), an impressive aggregation of Loyola’s full-time clinics including: the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy (CJLP), which includes the Juvenile Justice Clinic (JJC), the Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic (JIFS), and the Youth Justice Education Clinic (YJEC); the Loyola Project for the Innocent (LPI); the Ninth Circuit Appellate Clinic; the Post-Conviction Relief Clinic; the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (LIJC); the International Genocide Justice Clinic; and the Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution. The LoVE Clinic will provide direct legal representation to crime victims, in particular, victims of violent crimes caught up in the criminal and/or immigration enforcement systems, with a focus on youth, those with disabilities, the LGBTQ population, homeless individuals, and immigrants. The LoVE Clinic will also conduct trainings with relevant stakeholders including law enforcement agencies, pro bono firms, social service providers and community-based organizations to encourage a holistic understanding of the victims’ rights legal framework.

Responsibilities: The LoVE Clinic Director (Director) will teach and supervise law students enrolled in the LoVE clinical course and related projects. The Director will develop the clinical curriculum for crime victims’ rights advocacy, teach and supervise law students providing direct representation to crime victims to assert their rights in criminal proceedings, and supervise a full-time case manager assigned to the project. The Director will serve as the primary liaison to law enforcement agencies, pro bono law firms and social service and community-based providers engaged with the LoVE Clinic. The Director will leverage the LoVE Clinic’s academic resources, clinical students and relationships with key stakeholders to build a crime victims’ rights network in Los Angeles that can be replicated in other regions. The Director will be responsible for ensuring proper stewardship and managing the reporting requirements of the grant supporting the LoVE Clinic. The Director will collaborate with the LoVE Clinic’s Faculty Advisor and the LSJLC Executive Director to integrate the LoVE Clinic’s activities within the broader LLS community and mission.

The LoVE Clinic Director will be a full-time exempt Visiting Clinical Professor, with an initial two-year contract, extendable upon successful performance review and sustained funding.

Qualifications for the Ideal Candidate:

· Juris Doctor Degree with California Bar Membership

· A minimum of 7 years of experience representing crime victims’ rights in criminal proceedings or related legal practice

· A minimum of 10 years of experience in program design and management, preferably in a law school clinic or nonprofit setting

· Training on trauma-informed service provision including interviewing and representing trauma survivors with legal matters

· Strong case management, legal research, and writing skills

· Ability to coordinate a large caseload while supervising and teaching law students to provide direct legal services to the clinic’s crime victim client population

· Prior experience working with pro bono firms and law enforcement agencies

· Competence in and dedication to working with others of diverse racial, cultural, geographic and economic backgrounds, including individuals with criminal histories and history of severe trauma

· Experience with and/or understanding of law school clinical pedagogy

· Commitment to victims’ rights work and Loyola’s social justice mission

· Ability to work collaboratively and handle multiple demands in a busy work environment

· Fluency in Spanish is desirable

Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience. Loyola offers competitive benefits packages.

Application Deadline:

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but no later than January 8, 2021. We encourage interested candidates to apply early since we anticipate hiring as soon as possible.

To Apply:

Please email cover letter, CV, writing sample and three references to LoVE@lls.edu with “LoVE Clinic Director” in the subject line. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

As part of Loyola Marymount University, a Jesuit, Carnegie-classified R2 institution, LLS seeks outstanding applicants who share its commitment to inclusive excellence and the promotion of justice. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment as defined by federal, state and local law. We welcome and invite all persons of diverse and intersectional identities, life experiences, and beliefs to apply.

The Victims’ Rights Enforcement Project–also known as Rights In Systems Enforced Project (“RISE Project”) is a project of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI). Funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), award number 2018-V3-GX-K018, the RISE Project funds legal Clinics to provide crime victims with access to legal representation to assert and seek enforcement of their rights throughout criminal justice processes, increase awareness of victims’ rights and increase victim access to no cost legal services through an expanded body of attorneys knowledgeable about rights assertion and enforcement in criminal trial and appellate courts.

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The Victims’ Rights Enforcement Project–also known as Rights In Systems Enforced Project (“RISE Project”) is a project of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI). Funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), award number 2018-V3-GX-K018, the RISE Project funds legal Clinics to provide crime victims with access to legal representation to assert and seek enforcement of their rights throughout criminal justice processes, increase awareness of victims’ rights and increase victim access to no cost legal services through an expanded body of attorneys knowledgeable about rights assertion and enforcement in criminal trial and appellate courts.

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