CLINICAL FELLOW POSITION AVAILABLE – Northwestern Law – Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth

February 3, 2014

Northwestern University School of Law invites applications for a two-year clinical fellowship in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Conviction of Youth (CWCY). The clinical fellowship will commence on September 1, 2014, and it is expected to end on August 31, 2016. 

The CWCY is a national organization that uses outreach, advocacy, education, and litigation to implement policies and practices to ensure that evidence used against youth is reliable. The project has a special, though not exclusive, emphasis on juvenile interrogations and false confessions.

The fellow will serve as a two-year staff attorney and, as such, will work closely with and assume many of the same responsibilities as the CWCY’s current staff attorneys.  These responsibilities include serving as primary or co-counsel in direct representation of clients; representing our organization as amicus counsel; developing and/or implementing criminal or juvenile justice reform campaigns; drafting reports, policy papers, articles, or op-eds for publication; and conducting stakeholder trainings on issues relevant to our work. The applicant must also be comfortable working with law students and may assist with clinical teaching. An interest in academic research and writing is also a plus.                                                                                                                                                                

Applicants should email letters of interest, resumes, and a brief, persuasive writing sample to CWCY Legal Assistant Dolores Angeles at d-angeles@law.northwestern.edu.  No letters of recommendation are required, but up to three letters will also be accepted. The deadline for applications is March 7, 2014.  Salary and benefits will be competitive. Only those with a J.D., or those who expect to receive a J.D. by May 2014, are eligible to apply.  Applicants must also be members of the Illinois Bar or should expect to become members by November 2014. 

The Bluhm Legal Clinic includes clinical faculty who teach in a variety of its component Centers, including the Center on Wrongful Convictions, Children and Family Justice Center, Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, Center on International Human Rights, the Entrepreneurship Law Center, Roderick MacArthur Justice Center, the Environmental Law Clinic and other clinical programs that include appellate advocacy, criminal defense, civil litigation, externships, negotiations and trial advocacy.

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