Clinical Legal Education Association

First Amendment Clinic Fellowship at Cornell Law School

21 Dec 2017 3:33 PM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

CORNELL LAW SCHOOL is looking to hire a First Amendment Clinic Fellow for the fall semester of 2018.

Founded in 1887, Cornell Law School is a top-tier law school, currently ranked 13th by U.S. News & World Report. We offer a 3-year JD program for about 200 students per class, a one-year LLM program for about 90 students from countries throughout the world, and a doctoral (JSD) program for about 2-3 new students per year. Cornell Law School has 41 tenured and tenure-track faculty, including 20 with chaired faculty positions; and 15 clinical professors in the legal research and writing program and in clinics at the local, national, and international level. Our faculty is consistently ranked among the top in the country for scholarly productivity and influence, and has pre-eminence in many areas, including quantitative and qualitative empirical legal studies, international and comparative law, and robust doctrinal scholarship in core fields. Our school is committed to being recognized as the leader among law schools at combining inspiring theoretical, doctrinal, and experiential teaching with cutting-edge scholarship in a supportive, intellectually rich community, so that our graduates can achieve excellence in all facets of the legal profession.

Reporting to the Director of the First Amendment Clinic at Cornell Law School, the First Amendment Clinic Fellow will collaborate with the Director to support the management and activities of our newest clinical initiative, which will launch in the fall semester of 2018. It is anticipated that the Clinic will focus on two core First Amendment objectives: (1) litigating and supporting cases and other legal proceedings that further the cause of free speech and aid the news-gathering process; and (2) cultivating a new group of diverse lawyers who are educated about the freedom of speech embodied in the First Amendment and prepared to pursue careers defending free speech principles.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Serve as the day-to-day manager of the clinic.
  • Provide supervision to students in the Clinic, including feedback, mentoring, and training.
  • Manage ongoing cases, ensuring that the work is done in a timely and professional manner.
  • Assist with the organization and teaching of the Clinic, focusing on substantive knowledge of First Amendment doctrine and the litigation process, as well as effective legal writing, advocacy, and client relations skills.
  • Help develop the focus of cases the Clinic will work on, such as access to information, protection of sources and the news-gathering process, general libel and privacy defense, and digital information rights.
  • Collaborate with the Director on programming to bring free speech issues to the broader Law School and University communities.
  • Support the research and writing of policy papers with the goal of influencing the public debate on free speech matters as well as amicus briefs in cases in which important free speech rights are at issue.
  • Help maintain relationships within the legal and journalism community, including regional (New York and surrounding states) news platforms and journalists, law firms and advocacy organizations that focus on free speech and related fields, and First Amendment clinics at other law schools.
  • Assist in managing the financial resources for the program, including monitoring financial activities and transactions.

This is a full-time position for a period of two-years, and is benefits eligible. Reappointment for an additional one-year term is possible based on performance and funding availability.

Requirements: The Fellow must be a law graduate, with practice experience and background in constitutional law.

Interested candidates should apply via:

Further Info:

Liz Flint, 607-255-2101

Cornell Law School

G58A Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853

Employment Assistance:

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