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Stanford University
  • Position Number: 1993360
  • Location: Stanford, CA
  • Position Type: Legal Affairs

Environmental Law Clinic Clinical Supervising Attorney, Stanford Law School

Stanford University

Job Number: 87054

The Mills Legal Clinic of Stanford Law School invites applicants for a clinical supervising attorney position with its Environmental Law Clinic (ELC). The supervising attorney will join the thriving clinical community at Stanford Law School where, together with the clinical faculty and staff, he or she will represent clients and train law students at one of the country's leading institutions for legal scholarship and education.

ELC is one of eleven 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. The Mills Legal Clinic occupies an entire floor in an award-winning, central-campus building opened in summer 2011.

The ELC works on environmental, natural resource, and energy matters representing non-profit conservation organizations and institutions. The ELC's work focuses primarily on marine resources, endangered species, water quality, public lands, and climate change issues. The ELC engages in a mix of state/federal court litigation and policy advocacy work. Students working in the clinic help to investigate cases, develop strategies, advise clients, work with scientific experts, build and review administrative records, draft briefs and policy pieces, and present oral arguments.

The ELC supervising attorney will report to, and work in collaboration with, Professor Deborah Sivas, director of the clinic. The supervising attorney will have substantial responsibility for the litigation of clinic cases in state and federal court and before administrative agencies and will supervise Stanford Law School students enrolled in the clinic. Student supervision includes close review and editing of student written work and preparation of students for oral advocacy. In addition, the supervising attorney will participate in and help plan the regular class seminar sessions, which focus on core lawyering skills.

Mills Legal Clinic attorneys are part of the intellectual community within the clinical program and the Law School and university at large. For example, the supervising attorney will be invited to attend weekly faculty workshops at which scholars from Stanford and throughout the world present research and works in progress. The clinic also provides resources for its lawyers to participate in continuing education and other professional development activities.

Applicants for the supervising attorney position should have at least five (and ideally seven to ten) years' experience in state and federal environmental law practice and be admitted to practice in California. In addition, Applicants must possess strong academic credentials, excellent writing and editing skills, an aptitude for law practice and clinic management, and the organizational, interpersonal, and team work abilities necessary to supervise students. Successful teaching or student supervision experience is a plus.

The salary is based on a formula that is competitive with similar positions.

Applicants should submit cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and law school transcript through, referencing job number 87054.

Applications should be submitted by October 15, 2020. We hope to have the new supervising attorney in place by December, in time for the start of the winter quarter.

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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.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.

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Location: School of Law, Stanford, California, United States
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