Here’s a job opportunity you don’t see every day

November 12, 2015

The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University invites applications for a full-time clinical professor to direct its Indie Film Clinic. The successful candidate will join a robust clinical program at a law school long dedicated to experiential learning and public service.

Now in its fifth year of operation, Cardozo’s Indie Film Clinic is the first law school clinic in New York to provide pro bono legal services to emerging and independent filmmakers. The clinic assists in drafting and negotiating formation, acquisition, chain of title, and sales documents and agreements for filmmakers and provides advice on licensing and fair use. Students take part in every aspect of the representation, gaining critical transactional, analytic, and client-service skills. The clinic’s client films have screened theatrically in New York and Los Angeles and in leading US and international film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, South by Southwest, and Tribeca. Several have achieved critical acclaim: “She’s Lost Control,” a narrative film, won the CICAE Art Cinema Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, and “La Camioneta,” a documentary, was selected as a Critics’ Pick by The New York Times. More information about the clinic can be found at http://www.cardozo.yu.edu/indiefilmclinic.

The Clinic Director will be responsible for designing and overseeing all aspects of the clinic’s teaching and client-service missions. This will include supervising students in all aspects of representing a business client, preparing and teaching a classroom seminar for clinic students, and building the Clinic’s network of partner organizations, clients, and funders in New York City and beyond. The Clinic Director will be a full-time member of the faculty and expected to take an active part in faculty governance and the intellectual life of the law school.

Applicants should have a JD degree, at least five years of experience in transactional lawyering in film or related industries, and strong interest or experience in clinical teaching. New York State bar admission is preferred.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Professor Michael Herz at herz@yu.edu. Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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