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Clinician - First Amendment Clinic, Cornell Law School

Cornell University
Job Location:
Ithaca, New York
Health and Medical Services
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 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.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Cornell Law School is soliciting applications for a Clinician to join the faculty and serve as Associate-Director, and ultimately Director, of its First Amendment Clinic.

The First Amendment Clinic has an active and exciting docket of matters that includes both impact litigation on a national basis and, through its innovative Local Journalism Project, matters related to the defense and support of local media outlets and journalists and their critical newsgathering and watchdog functions. The Clinic provides students who care about free speech, assembly and petition, a free press and the value of government transparency with the opportunity to work on important cases in the field, while learning and developing a wide range of practical litigation and advocacy skills. The Clinic has also collaborated with other Cornell Law Clinics working on capital punishment, immigration, entrepreneurship and farmworker policy. In this role, the Clinician will supervise the staff attorneys of the Clinic, including currently: the Managing Attorney of the Local Journalism Project, a Stanton Foundation Fellow, and a NYC-based Local Journalism Attorney.

The Clinician will report to the current Director of the Clinic, Mark Jackson, and will be part of a succession plan to become Director. In particular, the Clinician will be responsible for the following:

Qualifications: JD and admission to the New York bar (or eligibility for admissionon motion to the New York bar). The appointment level will depend on the successful applicant's level of experience, but the appointment will be to a long-term, presumptively renewable, contract track. Five years of experience litigating cases in the First Amendment field, or on behalf of news, or other types of media outlets, is strongly preferred. Prior teaching experience is advantageous but not essential.

To apply: Interested candidates can apply via Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, diversity statement, law school transcript, names of at least three references, a writing sample, and other significant supporting materials. Please note that references will be asked to submit their letters via the application portal.

To ensure maximum consideration, please submit all application materials by September 30, 2021. We plan to interview candidates via Zoom in late October.

Questions may be referred to Liz Flint, Director of Human Resources:

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Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus located on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including: employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave, flexible work options.
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