Clinical Instructor, LGBTQ Advocacy Clinic

  • Harvard Law School
  • Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, USA
  • Mar 16, 2021
Full time Legal

Job Description

Harvard University

Clinical Instructor, LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic
Harvard Law School

Job Summary

The Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic (the "Clinic") seeks to hire a full-time Clinical Instructor to expand the Clinic's docket of impact cases and legislative and policy advocacy initiatives and grow the size of the clinical program. The LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic engages in cutting-edge impact litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, and public education on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community. The Clinic aims to shape the future of LGBTQ+ advocacy by focusing on advancing the rights of LGBTQ+ people as whole persons embedded in the wider fabric of society and their local communities, with a particular emphasis on issues affecting the most marginalized members of the LGBTQ+ community, including transgender, gender non-conforming/gender non-binary, and intersex people; LGBTQ+ people of color; and LGBTQ+ youth, families, and elders.

Job Code
167058 Clinical Lawyer

Job-Specific Responsibilities

As a Clinical Instructor, you will:

  • Carry a docket of impact cases, including writing pleadings and briefs, conducting discovery and motion practice, handling hearings and trials, and arguing appeals in both federal and state courts;

  • Identify and cultivate additional litigation opportunities;

  • Engage in multi-faceted legislative, regulatory, and policy work, including analysis, drafting, and tracking of legislative and regulatory proposals, providing testimony, and working with local, state, and national stakeholders to effectuate policy change;

  • Supervise clinical students assigned to litigation and policy projects and training students on broad range of lawyering skills including problem-solving, law and policy analysis, research and writing, oral communication, and ethical, community-informed social justice advocacy;

  • Represent the Clinic with its partners, allied organizations, and members of the press and public;

  • Travel as required for litigation, advocacy, conferences, and public speaking; and

  • Collaborate with the Clinic Director on growing the Clinic and building the Clinic's portfolio of projects.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates must have earned a J.D. at least 3 years ago, have at least 3 years of relevant experience, and be admitted to 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:

  • Five or more years of legal experience, including managing other attorneys, and interest in cultivating litigation and advocacy docket, preferred

  • Significant litigation experience, including in federal court, preferred

  • Experience with constitutional issues, legislative advocacy, and community outreach preferred

  • Familiarity with LGBTQ+ rights, racial justice, and other civil liberties issues preferred

  • Applicants should be self-starters, be diligent, and have the proven ability to work with a wide range of people and to perform under pressure

  • Commitment to the mission of the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity within the office and a record of valuing all individuals and respecting differences with regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstances

  • Commitment to working collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts

Additional Information

Be a part of the 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.

The position is available as of July 1, 2021. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible to ensure their application is given full consideration. The position is for an initial two-year appointment, with the potential for renewal. For more information about the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic, visit us at: Please include a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no more than 10 pages) in your application.

All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.

Job Function
Faculty & Student Services

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Jamaica Plain

Legal Services Center

Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity, License/Cert.

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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