The Clinical Instructor (CI) is responsible for working with the Clinic Director (and other staff of the Election Law Clinic) to operate the Election Law Clinic, including, but not limited to, activities related to client representation, clinical teaching, and project management.
The Election Law Clinic offers Harvard Law students the opportunity to do hands-on litigation and advocacy work across a range of election law areas, with an initial focus on redistricting and vote suppression cases. Clinic offerings will include federal and state litigation projects, as well as some advocacy opportunities. Under the supervision of Clinical Director Ruth Greenwood, clinic students will work on every aspect of litigation, including pre-filing investigations, meeting and retaining clients, engaging in lay and expert discovery, briefing and arguing dispositive motions, pre-trial preparations and trial practice, as well as the appellate process. Election law cases rely heavily on political scientists as experts, so students will have broad exposure to emerging theories and methods in political science and how to communicate them to a legal audience. Students will also engage in one-off amicus brief work for cases of national importance. Professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos will provide strategic guidance and supervision for briefing, expert discovery, and appellate work.
As a Clinical Instructor, you will:
Assist in the management of the Clinic's day-to-day work, including investigating and developing new cases and representing clients in ongoing cases
Train and supervise students enrolled in the Clinic using the tools of clinical pedagogy
Coordinate, as appropriate and needed, opportunities for pro bono work during the academic year
Engage in community outreach, forging community partnerships and participate in coalitions and advocacy initiatives
Be a part of excellence and leadership in legal education and scholarship at Harvard Law School. We are a community of talented people from diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives, dedicated to advancing the cause of justice all over the world. We value our differences and our diversity as a source of strength. We are committed to developing and inspiring our students and our workforce. Whoever you are, whatever you do, however you do it, Harvard Law School is a place where you can thrive.
This position is for an initial three-year appointment, with the potential for renewal subject to department needs and funding availability.
The Election Law Clinic has two positions open. Candidates must be available to start as soon as possible, ideally by July. Thus, we encourage interested individuals to apply as soon as possible to ensure their application is given full consideration.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates must have earned a J.D. at least 3 years ago, have at least 3 years of relevant experience, and be admitted to the Massachusetts bar or eligible for temporary admission pursuant to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04.
We are looking for people who have:
demonstrated commitment to social justice litigation and advocacy
experience in election law litigation
experience working with clinical law students
experience in project management and case development
a commitment to public interest lawyering and clinical teaching
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: 53918BR
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