Duke University School of Law has an opening for a Clinical Teaching Fellow in our new Clinical Teaching Fellows Program. This may be either a two or three year appointment and is intended to provide training, support and professional development for young lawyers with a demonstrated interest in exploring a career in clinical teaching.   The relevant information is set out below.

We will consider candidates with an interest in teaching in any of our existing clinics, but particular areas of opportunity exist within our two transactional clinics, the Community Enterprise Clinic and the Start-Up Ventures Clinic. The ideal candidate will have at least two-years of practice experience, a demonstrated interest in clinical teaching and practice, and be prepared to work with our current clinical faculty to supervise students, help teach the applicable clinic seminar, and be engaged in other aspects of the Clinical Program.

In addition to their clinical teaching and broader responsibilities within the Clinical Program, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to pursue other interests, such as non-clinical teaching, as well as other activities appropriate to their professional goals, including traditional legal or clinical scholarship. The precise contours of the position will be tailored to the strengths and interests of the successful applicant and formalized with his or her input. In addition to a strong commitment to clinical legal education, the ideal candidate will offer:

(1) Relevant legal experience and a strategy for how to translate that into the Clinical Program for the benefit of our clients/partner organizations and students;

(2) A deep commitment to access to justice that is consistent with the ethos of the Duke Law clinics, as well as a creativity to deploy legal skills toward this end;

(3) Demonstrated potential for excellence in clinical teaching and mentoring; and

(4) A clear and articulated vision for how this Fellowship will advance his or her future professional goals.  

Most, but not all, of our clinics will require that Clinical Teaching Fellows either be a member of the North Carolina Bar or be eligible for admission and willing to become a member.

Duke University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, women and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest that, among other things, specifies the Clinic in which the candidate would propose to conduct her or his Fellowship, and résumé via email to Sandra Pettiford at pettiford@law.duke.edu.

All applications must be received no later than midnight on Friday, September 29, 2017.

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The Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic hires one person to serve as a clinical teaching fellow and supervising attorney each year, for a two-year term. Fellows have several areas of responsibility, including: representing victims of family abuse in CPO cases; designing and teaching Clinic seminar classes; and supervising third-year law students in their representation of clients. The fellowship experience is designed to develop fellows’ skills as clinical law professors and launch them on a career in clinical law teaching; all of our fellows who have sought teaching jobs over the past decade or more have successfully obtained a position. Throughout the program, fellows also receive extensive supervision and training on their litigation skills, providing them with a substantial opportunity to improve as public interest lawyers.

Clinic fellows also pursue a program of graduate study, through a seminar titled Introduction to Clinical Pedagogy, taught collectively by the Georgetown clinical faculty.  Fellows also may audit regular law school courses. Finally, during the first year, fellows also are members of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program, where they have an opportunity to collaborate with lawyers doing a variety of women’s rights legal work in Washington, D.C.

 

The Clinic prefers, but does not require, applications who have a background in family law, domestic violence, or poverty law and who have some trial practice experience. Fellows must have excellent oral and written advocacy skills, and must be admitted to a Bar prior to being offered a position in the program. Those fellows who are not members of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission by waiver upon accepting the fellowship offer.

 

Description of the Clinic

Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic represent victims of intimate abuse in civil protection order (“CPO”) cases in D.C. Superior Court. The Clinic provides students with an intensive, challenging education in the art of trial advocacy, extensive hands-on experience with family law and poverty lawyering, and the opportunity to alleviate a crucial community need for legal representation. Through course work and client representation, students are exposed to every phase of expedited civil litigation. Students also learn to navigate the criminal justice system by working, in cases where it is consistent with their client’s wishes, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in prosecutions against those accused of abusing Clinic clients.

 

Students litigate to obtain Civil Protection Orders (“CPOs”) that last for up to one year and can include a broad spectrum of relief designed to effectively end the violence in a family or dating relationship. For example, in a CPO, a judge may direct a batterer to cease assaulting and threatening the victim; to stay away from the victim’s home, person and workplace; and not to contact the victim in any manner. The judge may award temporary custody of the parties’ minor children, with visitation rights for the non-custodial parent, and award child and/or spousal support, so that a victim is not forced to return to a batterer due to economic necessity. Finally, each semester students develop a group project focused on improving law, policy, or community education, that is designed to expose them to bigger picture ways to pursue social justice for their chosen client base.

 

To prepare students to appear in court, Clinic faculty provide intensive instruction in evidence, civil procedure, and legal ethics, as well as the civil, family, and criminal law applicable to domestic violence litigation. In the seminar class, students participate in exercises designed to develop and refine essential litigation skills such as conducting direct and cross examination, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, introducing exhibits into evidence, and conducting negotiations. In addition, students hear from expert guest speakers on topics such as the psychological dynamics of battering and victimization, immigration and domestic violence, and counseling programs designed for the perpetrator community.

 

Application Process

Please complete an application (http://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/centers-institutes/wlppfp/us/USapplication.cfm), and submit it both to the Domestic Violence Clinic, c/o Briana Hauser (dvclinic@law.georgetown.edu), and to the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (wlppfp@law.georgetown.edu). Please be sure to indicate your interest in the Domestic Violence Clinic on your application. Applications must be submitted by Friday, October 13, 2017. Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule interviews in December or January, and selection will occur shortly thereafter. Start date is in early July 2018, and the fellowship lasts for two years, terminating in June 2020.

The University of California, Irvine School of Law is very pleased to announce two new fellowship positions, in our Environmental Law and Immigrant Rights Clinics. These fellowships are designed to provide an attorney who has a strong interest in the field with mentorship and  to help the attorney to advance a career in public interest law or to launch a career in clinical teaching.

More information about these fellowships and online applications can be accessed through the following links:

Environmental Law Clinic Fellow:  https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04153

Immigrant Rights Clinic Fellow: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04253

Law Clerk/Intern position

August 24, 2017

First Shift Justice Project, a legal services organization with a mission to empower low-income pregnant women and parents to assert their workplace rights and maintain their
employment, seeks a law clerk.

Our ideal candidate has demonstrated interest in strengthening women and families, strong writing skills and experience working directly with clients. Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred. Law clerk positions at First Shift Justice Project are unpaid; however, we will work with our law clerks to secure any funding available from other sources. The time commitment is 10-15 hours per week. Work hours are flexible.
Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to Laura Brown,
lbrown@firstshift.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia is seeking a trial attorney for its Civil Enforcement Section of the Public Interest DivisionAll candidates must have a law degree and be a member of a bar of any jurisdiction – with eligibility to waive into DC – at the time of application to qualify.  Ideal candidates we are seeking for this position must have at least 2-6 years of prior litigation experience, and must be familiar with the District’s Health Care Assistance Reimbursement Act and probate law.  See the full announcement here.

The DC Bar Pro Bono center is seeking a managing attorney for housing law matters.  You can see the full announcement here.

fall internship position

August 10, 2017

The Council for Court Excellence is seeking law school applicants for our Fall 2017 Law and Policy Intern position. This intern will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of CCE’s local justice reform research, policy, and advocacy work. This position may be paid, pending grant funding, for work on occupational licensing reform for people with criminal records. All interns receive SmarTrip stipends to cover the cost of their Metro commute. Please see the position description for further details.