Harvard Law School's Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) is inviting applications for a Clinical Instructor. This is a term appointment expected to extend through May 31, 2021. Candidates must be available to start as soon as possible (ideally in August), and be licensed to practice in Massachusetts (active status). CJI is a public defender clinic that provides zealous defense to indigent adults and juvenile clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges in Boston area criminal courts. Student practice includes case investigation, trial court work from arraignment to disposition, and interlocutory appellate representation in the Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court. CJI students learn to provide client-centered representation, developing their advocacy skills to help their clients both in and out of the courtroom. Reporting to the Director and the Deputy Director of the Institute, the Clinical Instructor provides law students with a rigorous educational experience while also ensuring that clients accused or convicted of crime and/or delinquency are provided with high-quality legal representation.
The Clinical Instructor will directly supervise law students each semester in all aspects of client representation, assist in classroom teaching and curriculum development, provide written evaluations for students, cover student cases when necessary, serve as lead counsel in some cases, and assist in a variety of Institute initiatives, including conferences and other educational programs, research, amicus briefs on criminal justice issues, and other written projects. This position requires a great deal of local travel and the instructor must be able to provide their own transportation to and from work-related appointments. The Clinical Instructor will also participate in the three-week Trial Advocacy Workshop critiquing student performances and giving demonstrations of trial components.
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All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
JD at least 5 years prior, currently admitted to the Massachusetts Bar with at least five years of criminal defense trial practice and/or juvenile defense law experience.
Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Motivation, initiative and commitment to meeting the legal needs of indigent persons charged with, or convicted of, crimes or delinquency; ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, and in demanding, highstress circumstances. Experience with training, supervising, teaching, or mentoring law students, beginning attorneys, and familiarity with clinical pedagogy is preferred.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 52317BR
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