The Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is accepting applications for a new clinical teaching fellowship in immigration law.  The fellowship is ideal for a recent law school graduate with at least two years of immigration law experience post law school.  The application deadline is November 15, 2017.  See the full announcement here.

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The University of Connecticut School of Law invites applicants for an opening as a Clinical Instructor of Law serving as the William R. Davis Clinical Fellow, beginning in the summer of 2018.  See the full announcement here.

The University of Michigan Law Clinical Fellows Program seeks applicants for a fellowship in its Veterans Legal Clinic. This is a two-year appointment with a possibility of extension for a third year.

The Clinical Fellows Program is designed to allow attorneys to explore the possibility of a career in clinical teaching and fully support them in that endeavor. Michigan Clinical Fellows gain valuable experience and mentoring in clinical pedagogy and in their substantive area of practice. Their duties include clinical teaching and student supervision in conjunction with a clinic director, and participation in the operation and development of the clinic in which they teach.  Support is provided for personal and professional development and scholarship.

The Veterans Legal Clinic (VLC) handles legal matters for veterans and, in some instances, their immediate families, in a broad array of civil legal matters. These matters include, but are not limited to, housing law, family law, consumer disputes, financial exploitation, veterans and public benefits, and military discharge upgrades to clients.

The successful applicant will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in civil litigation, a strong interest in clinical teaching, a demonstrated commitment to public interest lawyering, and potential for scholarship and success as a clinical teacher.  Experience with the veterans community and/or issues is a plus. Candidates must hold a J.D. degree and be eligible for licensure in Michigan.  Michigan’s Clinical Fellows salaries and benefits are very competitive. The fellowship begins in July 2018.

Questions can be directed to Associate Dean David Santacroce at dasanta@umich.edu or 734-763-4319. The application deadline is November 15th.Applicants should send a letter of interest and résumé to:

John W. Lemmer

Experiential Education Business Administrator

The University of Michigan Law School

701 S. State Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215

jwlemmer@umich.edu

 

 Northwestern Pritzker School of Law invites applications for a two-year clinical fellowship in Immigration Law, beginning January 8, 2018, in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’sChildren and Family Justice Center.  The fellowship will provide an opportunity for a recent law school graduate to gain experience in both clinical law teaching and immigration law.

Founded in 1992, the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) is a comprehensive children’s law office and part of the Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.  CFJC attorneys and law students work together to promote justice for children, adolescents, and their families through direct legal representation, policy advocacy, and law reform.  The CFJC’s Immigration Law Project represents youth and indigent parents in deportation proceedings before the Chicago immigration court.  Immigration Law Project clients include unaccompanied immigrant children, immigrant youth involved in multiple legal systems, and parents at risk of separation from their U.S. citizen or immigrant children.

The Immigration Law Fellow will represent youth and parents in immigration court proceedings as well as assist in the supervision and teaching of clinical students.   The fellow will also design and participate in community outreach activities and use a broad range of strategies, including public advocacy and policy-related research, to advance the interests of immigrant youth and parents.

The fellowship is open to applicants with two to four years of immigration-related experience.  Admission to a state bar is required and admission to the Illinois bar is preferred.  Additional experience in family law or criminal law and fluency in Spanish are also preferred.

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2017.  Applicants should submit a one-page statement of interest describing the applicant’s reasons for applying for the fellowship, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and the names of three professional references.  Applications and inquiries should be directed to Uzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe at u-nzelibe@law.northwestern.edu.

The Bluhm Legal Clinic currently includes clinical faculty teaching in its Center for International Human Rights, the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center, the MacArthur Justice Center, the Environmental Advocacy Center, the Children and Family Justice Center, the Center on Wrongful Convictions, and other clinical programs that include appellate advocacy, criminal defense, civil litigation, externships, negotiations and trial advocacy.

The University of Washington Clinical Law Program is excited to announce that we will be hiring a clinical teaching fellow to work in our Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic (CAYAC) this year, with the likely possibility of an extension for a second year. This unique interdisciplinary opportunity is being made possible by special funding from the Washington legislature to craft a University-wide response to youth homelessness in our community. The CAYAC and the School of Nursing have been selected as the leads on this project, which will collaborate with other disciplines across campus.

Here is an excerpt of the position announcement. We appreciate your help in getting the word out:

The Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic (CAYAC) Clinical Teaching Fellowship, at the University of Washington School of Law, provides an opportunity for a recent law school graduate to engage in direct client work with homeless youth, craft policy recommendations based on youth voice, supervise law students in the Clinical Program, teach law students in a small seminar, and draft policy and academic materials for potential publication.

The position will involve intensive interviewing and interaction with homeless youth in the University District of Seattle, Washington through a multidisciplinary participatory research project at the University of Washington. The CAYAC Fellow, with the support and under the supervision of the Bobbed and Jon Bridge Professor of Child Advocacy, Lisa Kelly, will coordinate the law school’s involvement in this multidisciplinary effort. The CAYAC Fellow will also spearhead the drafting of a policy report to include legal reform recommendations that incorporate the homeless youth voice and perspective.

The CAYAC Fellow will have an opportunity to participate in CAYAC courses and will progressively take on teaching and supervision duties as well as leadership in the research project throughout the course of the fellowship. The CAYAC Fellow will also have the opportunity to frame and develop a scholarly project under the guidance of experienced clinical faculty.

Qualifications:

Candidates must have earned a JD at an accredited law school. An ideal candidate has experience working with vulnerable populations, specifically homeless youth, and has demonstrated a commitment to public interest lawyering. An ideal candidate will be prepared to start the position on at the beginning of Autumn Quarter 2017.

Recent law school graduates may apply, but preference will be given to candidates with 1-5 years of experience and candidates who have passed the Washington State Bar Exam and/or are members of, or eligible for membership in, of the Washington State Bar Association, or are eligible for membership within the first contract year.

Application Requirements:

Applications should be sent in electronic form to lawjobs@uw.edu and should include:

–          A statement describing applicant’s interest in the position, relevant practical experience and career goals (may be included in a cover letter)

–          A copy of the Applicant’s Resume

–          A law school transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)

–          Contact information for three references

–          A writing sample (15 pages or less)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received by or before September 15, 2017.

 

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.

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.