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Litigation Director and Clinical Instructor, Election Law Clinic

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Law and Legal Studies
Harvard Law School


Job Summary

TheLitigation Directoris responsible forcase management of large, complex impact litigation in the election law area. This role will include supervising students as theymanageco-counsel,individual and organizational plaintiffs, expert and lay witnesses, and external stakeholders including community activists, government officials, and the media.

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.ProfessorNicholas Stephanopoulos will provide strategic guidance and supervision for briefing, expert discovery, and appellate work.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

AsLitigation Director, you will:

  • Collaborate with the Clinical Director to conceptualize and execute new strategies and initiatives to advanceELC's programmatic agenda, providing objective analyses of current activities and recommendations for future development;

  • Develop and manage the annual budget, develops and monitors spending, and provide projections and strategic analysis to the Clinical Director;

  • Managehuman resources and collaboratewith the Clinical Director on issues of performance management, compensation, staff relations and training;

  • 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 inrelevantcoalitions.

Basic Qualifications

J.D.with 8+ years of relevant experience,and admissionto the Massachusetts bar or eligible for temporary admission pursuant to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

We are looking for people who have:

  • proven ability to manage staff and to work sensitively with a diverse multi-cultural population of clients, students and staff

  • demonstrated financial management, interpersonal and human resources skills

  • demonstratedcommitment to social justice litigation and advocacy

  • experience in election law litigation

  • experience working with clinical law students

  • experience in project management andcasedevelopment

  • a commitment to public interest lawyering and clinical teaching.

Additional Information

The position is for an initial three-year appointment, with the potential for renewal subject to department needs and funding availability.Candidates must be available tostart as soon as possible, ideally byAugust.

All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.

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.

Job Function
Faculty & Student Services

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
167059 Clinical Lawyer


Election Law Clinic

Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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EEO Statement
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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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