French Family Fellow, First Amendment Clinic

Job Type

Full Time

Published

09/12/2018

Start Date

01/02/2019

Application Deadline

10/07/2018

Address

Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca
NY
14853
United States

Description

Reporting to the Assistant Director of the First Amendment Clinic at Cornell Law School, the French Family First Amendment Fellow will collaborate with the Director, Mark Jackson, and Assistant Director, Cortelyou Kenney, to support the management and activities of our newest clinical initiative, which will formally launch in the spring semester of 2019. It is anticipated that the Clinic will focus on two core First Amendment objectives: (1) litigating and supporting cases and other legal proceedings that further the cause of free speech, freedom of information, and aid the news-gathering process; and (2) cultivating a new group of diverse lawyers who are educated about the freedom of speech embodied in the First Amendment and prepared to pursue careers defending free speech principles. 


Responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide supervision to students in the Clinic, including feedback, mentoring, and training.
  • Manage ongoing cases, ensuring that the work is done in a timely and professional manner.
  • Assist with the organization and teaching of the Clinic, focusing on substantive knowledge of First Amendment doctrine and the litigation process, as well as effective legal writing, advocacy, and client relations skills.
  • Help develop the focus of cases the Clinic will work on, such as access to information, protection of sources and the news-gathering process, general libel and privacy defense, and digital information rights.
  • Collaborate with the Director and Assistant Director on programming to bring free speech issues to the broader Law School and University communities.
  • Support the research and writing of policy papers with the goal of influencing the public debate on free speech matters as well as amicus briefs in cases in which important free speech rights are at issue.
  • Help maintain relationships within the legal and journalism community, including regional (New York and surrounding states) news platforms and journalists, law firms and advocacy organizations that focus on free speech and related fields, and First Amendment clinics at other law schools.
  • Assist in managing the financial resources for the program, including monitoring financial activities and transactions.


This is a full-time position for a period of two-years, and is benefits eligible. Reappointment for an additional one-year term is possible based on performance and funding availability. Start date flexible, but no later than January 2, 2019.


Requirements: The French Family Fellow must be a law graduate, with practice experience and background in constitutional law or freedom of information laws. A clerkship or clerkships are desirable, but not required.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Interested candidates can apply via Cornell Academic Career Opportunities. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three references, a writing sample (should be an unedited or slightly edited brief or bench memo), and other significant supporting materials.


To ensure maximum consideration, please submit all application materials by October 7, 2018.


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