Job Opportunities For Recent Graduates and Alumni
Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, seeks a new Legal Director to lead its staff of nearly 80 attorneys, paralegals, community advocates, and administrative professionals. The Legal Director, a visionary, strategic thinker with passion, drive, and creativity, will work in a dynamic, progressive team environment to promote social change.
SPLC has been called one of “the most permanent and effective civil rights institutions in the country.” Its leadership, institutional memory, resources and a history of nimble adaptation to the changing forms of discrimination and unfairness are aligned to support the new Legal Director - who will help shape and implement the legal strategy of this organization into the future.
SPLC combats hate and bigotry and fights for the rights of the most vulnerable members of our society. For over 40 years, it has won significant legal victories on behalf of the powerless, including landmark Supreme Court decisions and crushing jury verdicts against hate groups. It has staff in five states in the Deep South — Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida. Although it has a regional focus, it seeks to have a national impact.
The SPLC’s legal team currently focuses primarily on issues of juvenile justice, education, immigrant justice, LGBT rights, and racial violence. But the SPLC prides itself on being an entrepreneurial organization willing to take on new challenges and to represent those who have few champions.
In addition to its legal work, the SPLC is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups and for its Teaching Tolerance project, an innovative program that produces documentary films, curricular materials, and professional development tools that promote understanding in our nation’s schools. More information on SPLC can be found at: www.splcenter.org.
SPLC began as a small law firm led by Morris Dees and Joe Levin, two lawyers from Montgomery determined to make the promise of the new civil rights laws a reality in the Deep South. Early cases led to the integration of the Alabama legislature and the Alabama State Troopers, the police force that beat civil rights marchers in Selma in 1965. Race was the predominant, but not the only focus of the SPLC’s early work. For example, the SPLC litigated Frontiero v. Richardson, a landmark gender discrimination case that reached the Supreme Court in 1973.
In the early 1980s, in response to a surge in white supremacist activity, the SPLC began to file lawsuits against hate groups and their leaders for the violent actions of their members. The most famous such case, filed on behalf of the mother of a Klan lynching victim, bankrupted the notorious United Klans of America, the group responsible for bombing the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963.
Over the last decade, under the leadership of SPLC President Richard Cohen and the SPLC Legal Directors, the scope of the SPLC’s legal advocacy has increased tremendously. The number of SPLC lawyers has grown from six to over 30, the number of offices has grown from one to five, and major new initiatives have been launched. During this same period, the SPLC has grown its non-litigation advocacy tools, developing lobbying, communications, and community mobilization expertise. The impact has been profound. The new Legal Director will be responsible for spearheading the SPLC’s legal advocacy efforts into the future as the SPLC President focuses more of his attention on external relationships.
The SPLC Legal Director leads the legal department in setting goals, developing strategic plans, and executing multifaceted advocacy campaigns (litigation, legislative advocacy, public policy work, media advocacy, and community mobilization). He or she also is responsible for helping SPLC look over the horizon to find new opportunities where the organization can make a difference.
Reporting to the SPLC President, the Legal Director is a member of SPLC’s senior leadership team. He or she will work collaboratively with other SPLC programmatic and operational departments to ensure that the SPLC, as a whole, functions effectively and maximizes its impact.
Demonstrated passion for civil rights and social justice;
Ten years of federal court litigation experience;
Experience leading multi-faceted social justice campaigns;
Senior-level management experience;
Excellent communications and analytical skills;
Demonstrated commitment to recruiting a diverse and talented staff;
A track record of high performance and achievement;
JD from an accredited law school; and
Admission to or the willingness to sit for the Alabama State Bar.
Required Leadership Competencies:
A high-level ability to think strategically and to translate that thinking into operational plans;
The ability to recognize and maximize new opportunities;
The ability to manage a budget;
The ability to foster teamwork;
The ability to work collaboratively with peers;
The ability to mentor staff members;
The ability to make timely decisions and to move forward comfortably in the face of uncertainty;
The ability to listen, deal effectively with conflict, and maintain a calm, focused perspective; and
A warm, personal style with a good sense of humor.
The position provides a very competitive salary and excellent benefits, including a generous 401(k) plan.
This search is being managed by:
Ted Ford Webb
Ford Webb Associates
60 Thoreau Street
Concord, MA 01741
978-371-4900 x 11
All inquiries will be kept confidential.
Please submit all materials electronically to LD@fordwebb.com
The Southern Poverty Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.
Career Development Fellowship in Law and Economics
The University of Oxford invites applications for the position of full-time Career Development Fellow in Law and Economics. The position which will be for three years is to commence no later than 1 October 2013. The successful candidate will also be elected to a Career Development Fellowship in Law and Economics at St Hugh’s College.
The Fellow will be expected to carry out a programme of work which will promote the study and research of Law and Economics at Oxford, a field which is defined broadly and which may encompass the use of economic methods to study any area of law.
To be eligible for a Career Development Fellowship, applicants must be at an early stage of an academic career, at post-doctoral level or with an equivalent research record and an appropriate research output; or be aspiring to an academic career and have career development needs which could reasonably be met by the scheme.
Applicants for this post must have an excellent knowledge and understanding of any area or areas in the field of Law and Economics, acquired through academic study and/or legal practice; show outstanding promise in their field; show the ability or potential to assist with teaching; to develop research, and to publish internationally leading work; demonstrate an informed interest in the full range of academic duties and in progressing to an academic post, whether at Oxford; and show a commitment to their own professional development.
Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and for further details, including the full job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:
Applications, written work and references must reach the Law Faculty not later than 12 noon GMT on Wednesday 29th May 2013. Interviews will be held in Oxford as soon as possible after the closing date.
Location: St Hugh’s College, St Margaret's Road, Oxford, OX2 6LE
University grade 7: £29,541 to £36,298 per annum
The University Of Alabama School Of Law in Tuscaloosa is looking to make multiple hires in one or more of the following areas: civil procedure, criminal law, criminal procedure, clinical education (civil and criminal), professional responsibility, or tax. We have a strong interest in identifying and considering well-qualified candidates and as an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, we are looking for candidates from various backgrounds and life experience, including women, racial and sexual minorities and people with disabilities.
The ideal candidate can be (a) an entry level candidate; (b) someone who is currently participating in a teaching fellowship or Visiting Assistant Professor program; or (c) a lateral (tenured or untenured) person with a publication record commensurate with experience in academia.
For appointments matters, we are using a centralized email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, you can contact:
Andrew P. Morriss
Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee
D. Paul Jones, Jr. & Charlene Jones Chair in Law
The University of Alabama School of Law
101 Paul W. Bryant Dr., East
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0382
Director, Veterans and Servicemembers Rights Clinic
Touro Law Center
The Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center of Touro College is pleased to announce an opening for a full-time position as Visiting Director of the Veterans and Servicemembers Rights Clinic. The position will start on or about July 1, 2013, to permit the Director to plan the Clinic’s operation for Fall Semester 2013. The semester begins Monday, August 19, 2013.
The position is a Visiting Clinical Faculty appointment on an initial renewable annual contract. The Law Center is committed to offering the Clinic on an ongoing basis after the 2013-14 academic year , is aggressively pursuing private and government funding, and is optimistic about funding prospects. Continued employment is dependent upon renewed funding.
The Veterans and Servicemembers Rights Clinic represents veterans and servicemembers who have benefits claims or civil claims, including employment actions under the Uniformed Service Members Employment and Re-employment Act (USERA), suits to obtain relief available to civil defendants under the Servicemembers Relief Act (SMRA), and actions to expunge criminal records, obtain accommodation for disabilities under federal and state laws, discharge review and upgrade proceedings. The clinic will also represent clients who are involved in the specialized veterans’ treatment courts.
In each semester, the Clinic Director will supervise up to ten (10) students, teach a weekly 3-hour seminar for clinic students and may also teach another substantive course related to the work of the clinic, available to all students. The seminar will focus on the substantive law and procedure relevant to the clinic’s work and the lawyering skills needed to successfully represent clients in clinic matters. Under the supervision of the Clinic Director, students will handle all phases of representation, including initial intake, drafting of documents, negotiation and court and agency appearances. The Clinic Director will supervise the students in all aspects of their work, and will appear in court and in administrative agencies, as required, with students.
ADDITIONAL JOB RESPONSIBILTIIES:
Providing instruction and guidance to students on ethical and professional standards for law practice.
Developing the syllabus and teaching materials for the weekly seminar with the assistance of the Director of Clinical Programs.
Developing cooperative relationships with community agencies and the pro bono programs of local bar associations.
Developing and participating in community education in areas of the Clinic’s activities.
Developing and participating in CLE programs.
Coordinating with agencies in Touro’s Public Advocacy Center, a cooperative project with 12 public interest and public advocacy organizations, housed at the Law Center.
Education, Preparation, and Training
- J. D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
- Admission to the New York State Bar (or NY admission pending).
- Accredited as an attorney by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (or will have such accreditation by August 15, 2013).
- Minimum of five (5) years of relevant legal experience, preferably on behalf of veterans or servicemembers.
- Experience in clinical teaching or mentoring lawyers and involvement in community outreach and education.
- Ability to produce high quality written material, meet tight deadlines and work independently as well as part of a team.
- Highly effective communication skills.
- Interest in clinical legal education and ability to supervise students.
- Ability to conduct community education and outreach activities for veterans and their families.
- Preference will be given to candidates who have served in the US Armed Forces, especially in legal positions.
- Extensive time sitting and standing.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
- Ability to travel to courts and offices throughout Long Island.
Compensation and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, life and disability insurance.
Application Procedure: Email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
The subject line should read: "Director of the Veterans and Servicemembers Clinic."
For more on Touro Law Center: http://www.tourolaw.edu
Application Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2013
Touro College is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. Our practices and employment decisions regarding employment, hiring, assignment, promotion, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment are not to be based on an employee's race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, military discharge status, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic predisposition, housing status, or any other protected status, in accordance with applicable law. Our policies are in conformance with Title IX, 1972 Education Amendments
THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL OF LAW – DARTMOUTH
Full Time Lecturer, Legal Skills Program
Position Announcement The University of Massachusetts School of Law – Dartmouth invites application for two full-time Lecturers to teach required courses in our Legal Skills Program. Our Legal Skills Program spans nine required credits over the students’ first three semesters. Lecturers may also apply to teach a summer course for additional compensation, subject to curricular needs and the law school’s standard selection process. We are hiring Lecturers beginning in July 2013. Lecturers must be available to teach one section of evening/weekend students as needed. The law school’s mission emphasizes public service and access to legal education. The law school seeks to prepare students to practice law in a competent and ethical manner while serving the community. We offer a robust legal education program that includes nine required credits of Legal Skills, an Upper-Level Writing Requirement, simulated practice courses, in-house and off-campus clinical programs, and a field placement program under the guidance of experienced practitioners. Applicants must have a law degree, strong academic credentials, and previous experience teaching legal writing (with a strong preference for full-time experience). Interested applicants should submit an application package including (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a list of three references, (4) two samples of feedback on student work (anonymized), (5) a copy of prior student evaluations, and (6) a writing sample of no longer than ten pages. Please submit applications electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, and place the words “Law School FTL Positions” in the subject line. You may address the cover letter to Prof. Shaun Spencer, Chair, FTL Hiring Committee. The application period will close on April 18, 2013. Initial interviews will take place on April 25 and 26, with final interviews in early May. UMass Law is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and student body, and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups who will add diversity to the Law School Community.
The University of Massachusetts reserves the right to conduct background checks on all potential employees.
UMass Dartmouth is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Title IX Employer.
THE CHARLOTTE SCHOOL OF LAW is looking for full-time faculty for the 2013-14 academic year. Our mission is to provide a legal education that is student-centered, facilitates practice readiness, fosters personal integrity, and serves underserved communities. Striving to create a collegial work environment, we value emotional intelligence as much as IQ. In keeping with our practice-ready mission, we prefer candidates with at least three years of legal practice experience.
THE CHARLOTTE SCHOOL OF LAW is located in North Carolina’s most populous city—a dynamic community that combines warm Southern hospitality with a modern, world-class city. We are looking for full-time faculty (entry-level or lateral) for the 2013-14 academic year to teach in a broad range of areas. All applicants must hold a JD or equivalent and have at least three years of practice experience. Applicants should be willing to teach evening and required courses.
Charlotte School of Law is committed to innovation in legal education, and the faculty positions that we are seeking reflect this innovation. Successful candidates will be eligible for a series of term contracts, culminating in successive 5-year contracts. A typical teaching load will be up to 18 credits per academic year (Fall and Spring semesters combined). Scholarship will be supported and appropriately rewarded, but will not be required as a condition of advancement or retention.
Charlotte School of Law is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to developing a well-qualified and diverse faculty. Our mission is to provide a student-centered legal education where practical preparation is valued and where our students are committed to serving underserved communities. We seek to stimulate intellectual excellence and foster personal integrity in our students. The school is a member of the InfiLaw System, which includes Florida Coastal School of Law and Phoenix School of Law.
We are a law school that values motivation through inspiration, emotional intelligence (“EQ”) as much as IQ, continuous improvement, measured outcomes, team goals, interdependence, and the creation of best practices. We are striving to create a culture of collegiality, integrity, dedication to teamwork, and a continuing commitment to improving self-awareness.
Application Procedure: Please send us your resume and cover letter. We will give special consideration to direct applicants who provide compelling reasons for wanting to join our faculty. The resume and letter should be in Word or PDF format and sent to email@example.com. For more information about us please explore our website: www.charlottelaw.edu.
American University, Washington College of Law is seeking applications for Practitioners-in-Residence for academic years 2013-14 and beyond in a number of our in-house clinics. American University’s in-house, “live-client” Clinical Program, comprising ten (10) in-house clinics and serving approximately 240 students per year, is respected for its leadership in scholarship, development of clinical methodology, contributions to increasing access to justice for under-served clients and breadth of offerings.
At this time, we have openings in the following two in-house clinics: intellectual property law clinic and women and the law clinic.
The Practitioner-in-Residence Program, created in 1998, is a program designed to train lawyers or entry-level clinicians interested in becoming clinical teachers in the practice and theory of clinical legal education. Many graduates of the Practitioners-in-Residence program (approximately 20) have gone on to tenure-track teaching positions at other law schools. Practitioners can serve in these positions for up to three (3) years. Practitioners supervise student casework, co-teach weekly clinic seminars and case rounds, and engage in course planning and preparation with the clinic’s tenured faculty. They also teach a course outside of the clinical curriculum. The Practitioner-in-Residence Program provides full-year training in clinical theory and methodology and a writing workshop designed to assist Practitioners in the development of their clinical and doctrinal scholarship.
Minimum qualifications include a JD degree, outstanding academic record, three years’ experience as a lawyer and membership in a state bar. Salary and benefits are competitive for entry-level faculty positions. American University is an EEO\AA employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
Applications consisting of a curriculum vitae and cover letter should be e-mailed to Sarah Warren, Faculty Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, with copies to Professor Robert Dinerstein, Associate Dean for Experiential Education, email@example.com Electronic submissions are preferred but you may submit your curriculum vitae and cover letter to the following address:
Washington College of Law
Office of the Dean, Suite 366
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016
Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Clinic
Stanford Law School
The Mills Legal Clinic of Stanford Law School invites applicants for a staff attorney position with its Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (“IRC”). The Staff Attorney will join the thriving clinical community at Stanford Law School where, together with the clinical faculty and staff, she or he will help train law students to work on immigrants’ rights litigation and advocacy.
The IRC represents individual noncitizen clients in a variety of matters, including immigration court proceedings on behalf of noncitizens with criminal convictions, applications to secure status for noncitizen survivors of domestic violence, and asylum cases. The IRC also litigates immigrants’ rights cases in the federal courts, including habeas petitions on behalf of detained noncitizens, appeals in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and other federal courts of appeals, and other impact litigation on behalf of noncitizens challenging Department of Homeland Security policies. In addition to its litigation work, the IRC conducts advocacy on behalf of immigrants’ rights organizations in a variety of areas, including advocating for immigrants in detention, working alongside local organizations in grassroots organizing, developing and distributing know-your-rights materials, legislative and regulatory advocacy, international human rights advocacy, and enabling immigrants’ rights groups to access legal services.
The Staff Attorney will report directly to, and work in collaboration with, Professor Jayashri Srikantiah, Director of the IRC.
The Staff Attorney will participate in all activities of the clinic and will:
- engage in client development, including conducting intakes at the Mills Legal Clinic offices and local immigration detention facilities;
- participate in the supervision of clinic students, particularly small-group supervision and review of students’ written work, client interactions, and oral advocacy;
- assist the IRC Director with curriculum design, development of teaching materials, classroom teaching, student evaluation, client selection, and clinic operations; and
- engage in substantial independent client representation.
The IRC is one of 11 clinics comprising the Mills Legal Clinic. The Stanford clinical program is unique in that students participate in a clinic on a full-time basis; the clinic is the only course a student takes during the term of enrollment. Mills Legal Clinic attorneys are part of the intellectual community within the clinical program and the Law School and university at large. The clinic provides resources for its lawyers to participate in continuing education and other professional development activities.
Applicants for the staff attorney position must have:
- 5-10 years experience representing clients before the immigration courts, the federal district courts, and the federal courts of appeals;
- experience conducting one or more forms of immigrants’ rights advocacy, including administrative and legislative advocacy, public education, media work, or grassroots organizing;
- strong academic credentials;
- excellent teamwork skills; and
- successful teaching and student supervision experience or the demonstrated potential for such teaching and supervision.
Spanish language fluency is an additional plus factor.
The salary is based on a formula that is competitive with similar positions in nonprofits.
Applicants should submit resumes through the Stanford Careers website, referencing job number 51501. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with a preferred start date in July 2013.
In addition, applicants should send the following materials to the addresses below:
- a statement no longer than two pages describing: (i) prior experience in immigration litigation and advocacy; (ii) other relevant experience; and (iii) information relevant to the applicant's interest and potential for clinical supervision and teaching;
- a resume;
- a list of at least three references;
- a complete law school transcript; and
- a sample brief that the applicant authored (without substantial editing by others) that was filed in immigration court or the federal courts.
Applicants may send the materials electronically to Judy Gielniak, the Mills Legal Clinic administrative manager. Hard copies may be sent to:
Professor of Law
Director, Immigrants’ Rights Clinic
Stanford Law School
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
Stanford Law School is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other prohibited category. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.
Director of Externships and Academic Success
University of Arkansas School of Law
The University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville is currently seeking a full-time Director of Externships and Academic Success, to begin August 15, 2013. The Director will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Externship and Academic Success programs.
The School of Law has an active and growing Externship program, which currently includes the following categories of placements: Corporate Counsel, Criminal Defense, Criminal Prosecution, International, Judicial, Legislative, Other Governmental, and Public Interest. In calendar year 2012, 118 students participated in externships. The Director will be the primary faculty supervisor. The Director will select and train field supervisors for each site, conduct site visits as needed; inform students of placement options; coordinate student application and registration; provide orientation, training, and ongoing consultation to students; monitor student performance; and review students’ written work. The Director will also seek new externship opportunities, periodically review faculty policies and propose updates, and periodically update Program materials.
The School of Law’s Academic Success Program is in a transitional period. It currently consists of special advising for students identified as at academic risk, a Teaching Assistant program in the first-year classes, and occasional workshop offerings. In addition to overseeing those initiatives, the Director will develop and propose an effective Academic Success program for the School of Law.
Applicants must have completed a J.D. degree and have a minimum of three years of law practice or teaching experience. Preferred qualifications are five years of law practice or teaching experience, as well as strong teaching, organizational, and public outreach skills. The salary range will be in the $60’s commensurate with education, background, and experience. This is a non-tenure-track position, and will be open until filled. To apply please send a letter of interest, CV or resume, and contact information for three references.
Contact: Terri Huckleberry, University of Arkansas School of Law, Waterman Hall, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701, 479-575-6520
The University of Arkansas is an Affirmative Action/EOE institution committed to achieving a culturally diverse faculty. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, especially individuals who contribute to the social, ethnic, and gender diversity of our faculty and academic community. Applications will be accepted without regard to age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin. Applicants must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.
Professor from Practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Case Western Reserve University School of Law invites applications for a full-time faculty position as a Professor from Practice, at the rank of Senior Instructor, beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year. The successful candidate will be appointed for an initial term of three (3) years, and the contract is potentially renewable. This faculty member primarily will supervise students who are certified legal interns and teach in and develop the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center’s Criminal Justice Clinic.
Candidates should be prominent and accomplished members of the legal profession, with extensive experience in criminal practice, including significant supervisory experience and a balance of both prosecutorial and defense experience. Successful candidates will have substantial law school teaching experience, as well as a demonstrated commitment to clinical education and teaching. Minimum requirements: J.D. or equivalent from a U.S. or foreign law school; 10 years of criminal practice experience; three years of law school teaching experience. The candidate must also have passed the Ohio bar or be eligible for admission without examination.
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.