The Litigation Director is responsible for case management of large, complex impact litigation in the election law area. This role will include supervising students as they manage co-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. Professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos will provide strategic guidance and supervision for briefing, expert discovery, and appellate work.
As Litigation Director, you will:
Collaborate with the Clinical Director to conceptualize and execute new strategies and initiatives to advance ELC'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;
Manage human resources and collaborate with 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 in relevant coalitions.
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 to start as soon as possible, ideally by August.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
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Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
J.D. with 8+ years of relevant experience, and admission to the Massachusetts bar or eligible for temporary admission pursuant to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04.
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
demonstrated commitment to social justice litigation and advocacy
experience in election law litigation
experience working with clinical law students
experience in project management and case development
a commitment to public interest lawyering and clinical teaching.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 54829BR
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