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  • 09 Feb 2021 4:27 PM | Jeff Baker (Administrator)

    The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) is hiring for a Racial Justice Senior Staff Attorney, a new position to identify and advance issues of racial justice and equity across the broad spectrum of CHLPI’s advocacy portfolio, including federal and state health policy reform, administrative and legislative advocacy, and impact litigation. 

     

    Health law and policy work requires an intentional racial justice lens to acknowledge and respond to the deeply embedded systemic racism that persists throughout our health and public health systems. CHLPI is excited to redouble efforts in this arena and continue working toward more equitable health law and policy goals with the Racial Justice Senior Staff Attorney.

     

    Learn more about the position here (and description attached): https://www.chlpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/CHLPI-Racial-Justice-Sr-Staff-Attorney-Position-Posting.pdf.


    Learn more about the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School here: https://www.chlpi.org/


  • 05 Feb 2021 1:53 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA CAREY LAW SCHOOL seeks a visiting Practice Professor for its Transnational Legal Clinic for the 2021-2022 academic year.  The Transnational Legal Clinic is the law school’s international human rights and immigration clinic, and is an integral part of the Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies, Penn’s endowed clinical program, which offers students real-case clinical opportunities in every major lawyering role. The Clinic is an important part of Penn Law’s international and comparative law program, and reflects the school’s commitment to teaching, scholarship, and service in the global legal environment.

    Through the Transnational Legal Clinic, students directly engage in and reflect on the role of the lawyer in settings that cut across cultures, borders, languages, and legal systems.  The Clinic’s immigration docket includes asylum/withholding/CAT, cancellation, U and T visa petitions, both for clients in removal proceedings and those proceedings affirmatively.  The human rights docket comprises a range of cases and advocacy projects primarily addressing the human rights of migrants, primarily in the United States, undertaken in partnership with local, regional and national organizations. The Clinic is structured around a seminar that meets twice a week for 1 ½ hours and weekly supervision.    

    Penn seeks candidates with: strong practice experience in direct representation of individuals in immigration proceedings and an interest and exposure to international human rights mechanisms; distinguished academic and professional achievement; dynamic teaching and supervisory skills; and a deep commitment to clinical legal education.  Candidates must have a minimum of three years of relevant practice experience; prior teaching experience is desirable but not required.  Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  The position will run from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.  The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

    Please submit applications electronically by email to: Sarah Paoletti, paoletti@law.upenn.edu, with a copy to Megan Hackett, hackett2@law.upenn.edu.  The deadline for applications is March 5, 2021, though we will start reviewing applications as they come in.


  • 02 Feb 2021 4:45 PM | Jeff Baker (Administrator)

    BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL invites applications for the Director of our immigration clinic (now known as the Safe Harbor Project). The Law School is looking for an outstanding teacher, lawyer, scholar, and leader who will join our faculty and our clinical program. We are seeking candidates who either currently meet or will soon meet our specialized tenure standard.

    The Safe Harbor Project began in 1997. During that time, BLS students have represented hundreds of clients in a wide range of types of immigration matters, although its primary docket consists of applications for asylum and other humanitarian relief. More than 350 students have participated in the clinic, many of whom now are leaders in the immigration lawyer’s community in New York or who continue to represent immigration clients pro bono.

    The Director will have full control over the direction, focus, design and priorities of the Clinic. The Director will be responsible for overseeing every aspect of the Clinic’s work including developing the docket, supervising clinic students and teaching the required seminar. The Director also will also teach at least one non-clinical course per year.

    The Director will join our accomplished group of clinical faculty members who teach in our eight in-house clinics and direct our externships. The Law School strongly supports, and is known for, its clinics, taking great pride in their accomplishments. This year marked the 50th anniversary of clinic programs at BLS.

    The Law School’s commitment to public interest and public service is longstanding and deep so that the Director also will have opportunities to mentor student pro bono organizations and to participate in local, state and national projects relating to immigration. The Law School supports and encourages the scholarship of all faculty through generous summer stipends, research assistance and pre-tenure leaves.

    Brooklyn Law School, founded in 1901, is located in one of the most diverse and vibrant communities in New York. In the heart of booming downtown Brooklyn, the Law School is within walking distance of all state and federal courts. BLS students are hardworking, enterprising, always questioning and eager to participate in the “real world.”

    Qualifications

    A candidate for this position must have a JD from an ABA-accredited institution, a strong academic record, a current license to practice law, at least five years’ experience in practice, with experience as a clinical teacher strongly preferred. The candidate should be admitted to or eligible for immediate admission to the New York State and/or federal bars.

    We seek a new colleague who is creative, curious and self-motivated with an ability to thrive in an academic environment and who has a demonstrated passion for social justice advocacy.

    Application Instructions

    We hope to find a new Director to take over the clinic no later than fall 2021 but the position will remain open until our search is successful.

    Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Professor Julian Arato, julian.arato@brooklaw.edu with the subject line “Clinical Faculty Position.”

    Applications are welcome, and will be considered on a rolling basis. We will begin considering applications on February 8, 2021, and can only guarantee full consideration of materials received before that date.

    Salary, rank, and title will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Brooklyn Law School is an equal opportunity institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. BLS does not discriminate on the bases of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, personal appearance, income, veteran status,, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws in its programs and activities.


  • 01 Feb 2021 3:27 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    THE SAFeR PROJECT is hiring a Director and invites clinical law faculty to apply. 

    About Us:

    The Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP) is a national legal resource & center on civil and criminal justice system responses to gender-based violence (GBV). BWJP provides expert training, policy analyses, and consultation to various constituencies including advocates, GBV programs and coalitions, communities, national leaders, and elected officials.  

    With a new Executive Director at the helm, BWJP is entering an exciting phase in its work. Building on existing relationships and past accomplishments, BWJP will continue to broker meaningful community engagement to ensure systems accountability. Using an intersectional lens and analysis, our work will uplift the voices of all survivors, especially those who are from historically marginalized groups. The organization will continue with its commitment to internal and external equity.

    About SAFeR and Division of Deepening Policy and Systems Change:

    “SAFeR”  is one of the many projects of BWJP. The project is also part of the Division of Deepening Policy and Systems Change.  SAFeR’s director is retiring this year.  The dedicated staff who work on the project have made inroads in many states to change the ways in which family courts and associated professionals assess and make decisions on custody, parenting time and support in cases involving GBV.

    We are seeking a talented leader who can guide the SAFeR project through its next phase by expanding its reach, strengthening existing partnerships and launching new strategies. The new Director will also work within the Policy and Systems’ Change Division to develop policy and promote systems change to end gender-based violence, bringing survivors’ and children’s experiences with and perspectives about the family court system to the division.

    Responsibilities: 

    Overall Leadership and Management:

    • Develop and implement plans and objectives for the program and division in an effective and innovative fashion. 
    • Nurture the unifying vision that integrates the SAFeR approach in all aspects of BWJP’s programming.
    • Work with other Directors to build a healthy organizational structure that ensures collaboration and mentoring of staff.
    • Oversee and coordinate daily program and division operations. 

    Finance and Administration:

    • Maintain compliance with external grant requirements and internal policies. 
    • Assess and report progress in meeting program and division objectives. 
    • Participate in program and division budget development and monitoring of expenses. 
    • Generate necessary reports for the executive team. 

    Program and Policy Development and Services:

    • Lead the SAFeR team including the management, coaching and supervision of staff and interns.
    • Conduct training, technical assistance and assist in developing tools and educational materials to support practitioners in accordance with program and division objectives.
    • Provide technical assistance and consultations to survivors, practitioners, and communities seeking to more effectively assess and account for the context of the violence and related safety issues in crafting custody/visitation plans.
    • Monitor and respond to legal and public policy developments in family law, child support, child protection, and related areas.  Work with BWJP policy attorneys to proactively respond to these developments.
    • Research and write articles on innovative practices and emerging public policy issues in the field of family law and domestic violence.

    Experience and Qualifications:
    Required

    • 10+ years’ family law experience and extensive recent practice related to cases involving GBV.
    • Extensive experience in leadership role in non-profits, government, or other social service organizations.
    • Demonstrated experience in developing and conducting trainings and presentations. Knowledge of adult learning principles.
    • Demonstrated experience in developing legal policy analysis.
    • Knowledge of the range of legal and social issues that affect GBV victims, especially women of color, immigrant women, and other historically marginalized groups. 
    • Excellent communication and writing skills with both legal and non-legal audiences.
    • Ability to work as part of a team. Creative and strategic thinker. Demonstrated ability to work well with diverse groups of people.
    • Ability to travel extensively.
    • Comfortable with word processing, legal research, online learning platforms, and database software.

    Desired: Experience in justice system reform efforts to improve responses to gender based violence..
     
    Salary: DOQ in competitive non-profit legal services range, plus individual health insurance (75% family), dental insurance, pension, disability and life insurance, vacation, sick, and holiday hours.
     
    Application: Send cover letter and resume by Feb 1, 2021 , to Sujata Warrier at: hr@bwjp.org or Battered Women’s Justice Project, 1801 Nicollet Ave. So., Suite 102, Minneapolis, MN  55403.

    Please visit our websites: www.bwjp.org and www.preventdvgunviolence.org.

    AA/EOE 


  • 31 Jan 2021 12:23 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    GONZAGA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW seeks applicants for a full-time Clinical Fellow to teach and supervise law students providing legal services through the Catholic Charities Immigration Clinic.  This is a 2-year, fixed term, staff position, starting May 1, 2021 and ending May 31, 2023, with a possibility of extension for a third year.

    We are especially interested in candidates who support our commitment to Gonzaga Law School as an inclusive, equitable, and diverse community. We encourage applications from the LGBTQ+ community, persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, and other historically underrepresented groups.

    The Clinical Fellow’s duties include supervising law students in all aspects of client representation and designing and teaching law clinic seminar classes on skills and substantive law.  The Clinical Fellow is also responsible for administrative duties related to managing cases, record keeping associated with funding, and community outreach.  In addition, this inaugural Clinical Fellow will help to build the Immigration Clinic infrastructure.

    This position is optimal for an experienced immigration attorney interested in transitioning to legal academia.  Faculty colleagues will offer guidance in clinical pedagogy, as well as mentorship in producing legal scholarship. 

    The successful candidate will have a strong record of immigration legal advocacy, enthusiasm and potential to teach and mentor students, a commitment to social justice, open-mindedness, and excellent collaboration and communication skills.  We prefer candidates with Spanish language proficiency.

    The Immigration Clinic was launched in 2019 as a result of innovative conversation between Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington and the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga University Law School.  The client advocacy immigration clinic provides free assistance to low-income individuals and families who need immigration law advice and representation. The policy advocacy immigration clinic, under the supervision of a separate supervising attorney, addresses systemic problems in immigration law as well as gaps in the legal rights of immigrants.

    The position is open until filled, and applications submitted by February 15, 2021 will receive priority consideration.

    For inquiries, contact the Chair of the Recruitment Committee, Prof. Megan Ballard, at ballard@gonzaga.edu or inquire online at humanresources@gonzaga.edu. To apply, please visit https://gonzaga.peopleadmin.com/postings/15093.

    For Gonzaga University School of Law’s mission and diversity statements, please visit https://www.gonzaga.edu/school-of-law/about/mission-vision.


  • 27 Jan 2021 3:53 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    U.C. BERKELEY LAW SCHOOL is hiring a Director for the Consumer Justice Clinic in its East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC).

    The EBCLC is a non-profit legal services organization, the community-based clinical program for U.C. Berkeley Law School, and one of the Bay Area’s largest and most effective systems disrupters.  With a dual service and teaching mission, EBCLC is a racial justice organization committed to building a culturally diverse workplace, centered on equity. With about 80 staff, 150 law students a year, and a nearly $9 million annual budget, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal services in Alameda County, providing multimodal, collaborative, and holistic legal services to over 8,000 clients annually and engaging in legislative and policy advocacy at the state and local level.

    EBCLC’s Consumer Justice Clinic (CJC) team includes a Director, 3 Staff Attorneys and 1 Program Coordinator. Together, our team represents and advocates for low-income consumers in a broad range of consumer-related legal problems and helps develop explicitly racial justice focused policy solutions, while simultaneously supervising and training law students. EBCLC is excited to recruit a CJC Director who can supervise and support this incredible team, ensure progress towards program goals and objectives, while also maintaining a reduced caseload and supervising law students.

    Primary Responsibilities

    ·       Manage the Consumer Justice Clinic, providing vision, planning and implementation of the work within the context of EBCLC’s larger racial justice mission;

    ·       Supervise a five-person team providing support on: cases, professional development, performance evaluation, workload management, and wellness; 

    ·       Teach, supervise, and mentor law students enrolled in CJC, including designing curriculum, providing highly interactive legal and skills training, and facilitating weekly individual and group supervision meetings;

    ·       Participate in ongoing professional development to improve management skills, client services and student supervision;

    ·       Manage a reduced caseload of consumer-related cases;

    ·       Engage in policy advocacy in close collaboration with community partners;

    ·       Work with Executive Director, Deputy Director and Development Director to attract financial support for CJC, oversee grants management, and provide general administrative oversight;

    ·       Serve on EBCLC’s management team, providing input and support for the broader organization;

    ·       Serve as the primary contact with the community and media, including responding to press and service provider inquiries, making presentations to the public, community and other professional groups, and overseeing staff to whom these tasks have been delegated; and

    ·       Other tasks as assigned by the Deputy Director.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • J.D. degree required, member of the California State Bar in good standing
    • Strong understanding of the role of consumer law in addressing economic and racial inequities
    • Experience with, or strong interest in, supervision, including a commitment to cultivating a collaborative, non-hierarchical, and playful team culture
    • Excellent time management, priority-setting and organizational skills
    • Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of groups, including people of color, homeless clients, immigrants, non-English speakers, clients with mental disabilities, law students, government employees, elected officials and law school faculty
    • Adept at public relations, including speaking engagements and media requests

    Salary and Benefits

    Starting salary for this exempt position is $70,000 - $100,000 based on number of years of prior legal experience, as dictated by the EBCLC salary scale.

    Benefits include fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents, life and disability insurance, and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays); EBCLC also offers flexible spending accounts for qualified health, dependent care, and commute expenditures; and retirement options.

    Professional development support includes membership in the relevant local, statewide and/or national associations, attendance at relevant conferences, as determined by EBCLC’s professional development policy and budget.

    Workplace Expectations

    Due to COVID19, all EBCLC employees are working remotely. The Consumer Justice Clinic Director and all EBCLC employees will continue to work remotely as long as California’s Shelter in Place remains in effect. The expectation is that the Director will work in our office in Berkeley, California when it is safe to do. EBCLC will provide the necessary equipment to fulfill the job responsibilities of working from home.

    Working At EBCLC

    EBCLC is strongly committed to advancing justice through education and advocacy, and the need to transform legal services and legal education. Please take time to review EBCLC’s mission, vision, programs, and website, and ensure that your cover letter reflects how your background, experience, and expertise have prepared you to be successful in performing the responsibilities of the position.

    Additionally, EBCLC is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace centered on equity and providing an inclusive, welcoming, and culturally responsive environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. To achieve this goal, EBCLC works actively to improve our office climate, systems and structures, communications and community engagement to create an inclusive and respectful workplace where differences are acknowledged and valued.  In your cover letter, please address how your personal background and experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural responsiveness and diversity amongst our staff.

    We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. EBCLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior contact with the criminal legal system, or any other basis prohibited by law.

    Application Process:

    Interested applicants should submit application materials by email to jobs@ebclc.org (include “Consumer Justice Clinic Director” in the subject line) no later than Friday, February 19, 2021. EBCLC will review applications on a rolling basis. Application materials should include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and names/contact information for two professional references.


  • 23 Jan 2021 2:23 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    UC IRVINE SCHOOL OF LAW is hiring a Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow for its Environmental Law Clinic in the School of Law.

    To apply: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06560

    DESCRIPTION

    The University of California, Irvine School of Law invites applications for the position of Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow in its Environmental Law Clinic (ELC). The fellowship is designed to provide an attorney who has a strong interest in environmental justice with mentorship, to help the attorney to launch a career in clinical teaching, or serve as a bridge to a career in public interest environmental justice work.

    UCI Law enjoys a dynamic clinical program already ranked highly on nationwide surveys. The ELC is one of several core clinics at UC Irvine that meet the School of Law’s clinical requirement. The nature of the ELC’s environmental justice projects varies depending on client need, appropriateness of project for clinical teaching, student and faculty interest, and resource availability, but projects will likely include a mix of advocacy, counseling, and policy matters in multiple fora.

    The Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow will work under the direct supervision of the ELC director. Working with the Director, the Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow will mentor and work closely with students in the representation of disenfranchised and marginalized communities, and will participate in program development including community lawyering and outreach. The Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow will also have opportunities for teaching within the ELC, including assisting with the teaching of the ELC seminar.

    The Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow is expected to be a vital part not only of the ELC, but also of the UCI Clinical Law Program, and the law school’s intellectual life more generally. As such, the Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow will receive mentoring, and can expect support in terms of career development.

    Requirements
    Candidates for the position must have:
    (1) a J.D. from an A.B.A.-accredited law school;
    (2) a strong interest in working on environmental justice issues;
    (3) strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including experience working with people from diverse backgrounds ;
    (4) the ability to think imaginatively and critically about approaches to environmental justice problems;
    (5) the ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, and administrators;
    (6) the ability to work collaboratively with community groups, environmental justice communities, and environmental justice organizations;
    (7) a strong work ethic, and demonstrated understanding of the applicable ethical rules; and;
    (8) the ability to juggle multiple competing priorities and meet firm deadlines.


    Nature of the Appointment
    The Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow will report to the Environmental Law Clinic Director, and work closely ELC students. The position is a full time, twelve-month staff appointment, with the possibility of extension for an additional year, but not to exceed 2 years total.
    Salary is up to $80,000/yr. depending on experience. The ELC Fellow will be eligible for UC benefits.

    Application Procedure

    All applicants must submit a cover letter describing their background and specific interest in the Fellowship, a list of three references, an Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement, and a resume or curriculum vitae using UC Irvine’s on-line application system, RECRUIT, located at: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06560

    UCI Law is currently working from remotely, and will conduct its interviews remotely.

    “The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.”

    Document Requirements

    1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    2. Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement.
    3. Complete Law School Transcript
    4. Writing Sample
    5. Cover Letter/Statement of Interest in Environmental Justice Issues and this Fellowship

    Reference requirements

    1. 3 required (contact information only)

    To apply: UC Irvine’s on-line application system, RECRUIT, located at: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06560

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  • 20 Jan 2021 6:54 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA (TU) seeks a candidate beginning July 1, 2021, to serve as the Dean of the University of Tulsa College of Law. The Dean is the chief academic officer of the College and provides strategic vision and operational leadership for all aspects of the academic enterprise; supports and promotes excellence in faculty scholarship and teaching; and preserves a collaborative and transparent environment for students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni. The Dean supports the College's fundraising and development efforts, develops, and promotes strategic plans for the College, and works with law school faculty, administrators, and other program directors in advancing the broad interests of the College. The Dean must work collegially with faculty, staff, and fellow members of the President’s Leadership Team and Deans' Council, other colleges, alumni, and community members to advance the academic mission of the College and the University. 

    We seek an intellectually curious, thoughtful, and forward-looking person who can lead a complex institution, raise funds, and identify opportunities in the challenges presently facing legal education.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Juris Doctorate degree or equivalent; academic and professional credentials necessary for eligibility for a tenured faculty appointment

    A more detailed position description can be found here:  https://utulsa.edu/jobs/ 

    The University of Tulsa seeks to recruit and retain talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Tulsa is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. The University does not discriminate on the basis of personal status or group characteristic including, but not limited to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, or marital status.

    Please submit a cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience, qualifications, education, and vision for the future of the College of Law, and a CV to: The University of Tulsa, Office of Human Resources, 800 S Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104 or submit online at utulsa.edu/job-application.  

    Applicants who progress in the search process will be asked to provide five references, accompanying letters of recommendation, a diversity statement, and official transcripts.  Application review will begin on February 1 and continue until the position is filled. 

    Confidential inquiries and expressions of interest may be addressed to Search Committee Chair, Elizabeth McCormick, at LAWsearchchair@utulsa.edu


  • 14 Jan 2021 10:55 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC, MCGEORGE SCHOOL OF LAW is hiring an Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills to direct its Homeless Advocacy Clinic. The clinic will join the three other clinics that form Community Legal Services (CLS): Bankruptcy, Immigration, and Elder & Health Law. CLS has been providing pro bono services to our Sacramento community for over 40 years. CLS has been providing “socially distanced”  in-person services to vulnerable populations during the pandemic, as it has been deemed an essential service.

    The Homeless Advocacy Clinic has been operating for the last two years as part of the Elder & Health Law Clinic.  CLS has received a grant to now enable it to spin off the Homeless Advocacy Clinic as a stand-alone clinic.  Please see an application link below, and contact Molly Stafford at mstafford@pacific.edu for additional information. 

    https://pacific.peopleadmin.com/postings/18272.


  • 30 Dec 2020 11:42 AM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER invites applications for a two-year graduate fellow/staff attorney position in its Civil Rights Clinic, to start in August 2021.

    Civil Rights Clinic

    The faculty member responsible for the Civil Rights Clinic and Voting Rights Institute is Professor Aderson Francois. Professor Francois joined the faculty in 2016. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Professor Francois directed the Civil Rights Clinic at Howard University School of Law, where he also taught Constitutional Law, Federal Civil Rights, and Supreme Court Jurisprudence.

    CRC operates as a public interest law firm, representing individual clients and other public interest organizations, primarily in the areas of discrimination and constitutional rights, workplace fairness, and open government. Beginning in the Fall of 2016, the section expanded its work into the area of voting rights. Students interview clients, develop case theories, draft and file complaints in state and federal courts, conduct discovery, engage in motions practice, and prepare appeals. Students also file FOIA requests and analyze responsive documents, and work in coalition with other public interest organizations to develop impact cases. Recent projects include:

    • Litigating a complex federal Freedom of Information Act suit against the Department of Defense and the CIA on behalf of researchers seeking records on “enhanced interrogation” used in the War on Terror;
    • Litigating wage theft claims against private entities and government contractors on behalf of employees denied fair wages or overtime;
    • Litigating retaliation claims on behalf of employees terminated for asserting their rights under FLSA and DC Wage and Hour law;
    • Litigating on behalf of an individual improperly assessed a deficiency under Maryland consumer protection statutes;
    • Litigating on behalf of an individual whose employer improperly denied her the lactation breaks she was entitled to under state and federal law;
    • Litigating on behalf of an individual whose employer improperly denied her disability and pregnancy accommodations, discriminated against her on account of her national origin, and illegally assessed fees against her in connection with her resignation;
    • Filing amicus briefs in four appellate cases – two pending before the United States Supreme Court, one in the DC Circuit, and one in the New York Court of Appeals;
    • Filing FOIA requests and using the responsive documents to prepare reports exposing government misconduct;
    • Preparing and arguing two appeals in federal court, one in the DC Circuit and one in the Fifth Circuit; and
    • On behalf of a public interest organization, analyzing potential APA claims related to the recall of exploding airbags and other automobile defects.

    For more detailed information about our work, applicants should review our annual reports.

    What do the Graduate Fellows/Staff Attorneys do?

    Fellows are responsible for day-to-day supervision of the students and work closely with the students on improving their lawyering skills, especially legal writing. In the civil rights section, the fellow has principal responsibility for about half of the docket and supervises all facets of the litigation. Much of the fellow’s time is spent guiding students in legal and factual research, reviewing student drafts, making suggestions for improvement, and preparing the students for oral presentations. In recent years, fellows have worked on all phases of litigation, including taking depositions, handling evidentiary hearings, and briefing cases before federal district courts, courts of appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Fellows also play a key role in case development and in planning other CRC activities. Fellows participate in case rounds and assist in teaching seminars on litigation practice and substantive law.

    Past fellows have emphasized that the CRC experience is unique in several respects:

    First, the fellows work on interesting, often cutting-edge litigation. In light of our broad agenda, we have leeway to develop cases that present unique educational opportunities for students and fellows and have a significant impact on the law.

    Second, fellows assume substantial responsibility and generally play a more important role in the decision making process than do their contemporaries in other types of law practice. They work on a variety of cases in different stages of the litigation process and gain a broad understanding of how litigation works, from interviewing a potential client through appealing to the Supreme Court. Fellows also work closely with other CRC fellows and other public interest organizations, meeting other lawyers involved in public interest law and seeing how their organizations function.

    Third, fellows work closely with a full-time faculty member who has substantial litigation experience and expertise. As part of the Georgetown Law community, fellows are encouraged to attend seminars, workshops, and programs both on and off campus. Georgetown provides substantial support and guidance for fellows interested in pursuing academic scholarship or careers.

    Pay and other benefits

    The annual salary is $57,000 for the first year of the fellowship and $60,000 for the second year. The fellow also receives health and dental benefits and all tuition and fees in the L.L.M. program. Fellows also have unlimited free access to a state-of- the-art, on-site fitness center. As full-time students, fellows qualify for deferment of their student loans. Fellows may be eligible for loan repayment assistance from their law schools.

    How to apply

    Applicants should submit

    • A brief statement explaining the applicant’s interest in the position résumé
    • Law school transcript
    • List of references, including contact information
    • Recent legal writing sample of any length representing the applicant’s most challenging legal work. Please do not send an excerpt. The writing sample should not be a collaborative work or significantly edited by someone else.

    The application materials should be sent in a single PDF file attached to an email to Maria Islam at mi368@georgetown.edu.

    Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled. We will select candidates to be interviewed via zoom.


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