Start Date: August 2008
Full-time; 2 years
The Mills Legal Clinic of Stanford Law School invites applicants for the Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe clinical teaching fellowship in its Organizations and Transactions Clinic (“O&T”). The fellow will have the opportunity to be part of the thriving clinical community at Stanford Law School where, together with the clinical faculty and other teaching fellows, the fellow will represent clients and train law students in corporate practice.
O&T is one of ten clinical programs comprising the Mills Legal Clinic. It is the newest clinical program at Stanford, having opened in January 2008.
O&T provides students with opportunities to engage in public interest lawyering through business and transactional work for local nonprofit organizations. Students advise on governance, commercial and compliance matters, assist with contracts and collaborations, and provide general corporate support to O&T’s clients. O&T also includes a weekly seminar. The seminar curriculum includes reading, writing and discussion about governance and transaction planning/execution considerations relevant to a sophisticated corporate law practice. The clinic is designed to give students opportunities to develop analytical, editorial, planning and counseling skills in the context of both client projects and classwork, all with an eye to the ways in which business lawyers can serve the community through pro bono, board service, leadership and volunteer activities.
This fellowship will allow a lawyer to spend two years honing skills in public-interest lawyering and clinical teaching, with the expectation that, at the end of the two-year-program, the fellow will be well-positioned to secure a position in one of those fields. Mills Legal Clinic fellows are part of the intellectual community within the clinical program and the Law School at large. Fellows are invited to attend weekly faculty workshops at which scholars from Stanford and throughout the world present research and works in progress. Fellows also participate in workshops geared toward clinical teaching and public interest practice. However, given the full-time demands of the work supervising students and representing clients, fellows should not expect to have time during working hours to engage in their own independent scholarly research and writing.
Applicants for the fellowship must have practice experience (or experience as a student in a clinic program) in corporate and transactional work. Nonprofit work or board service experience is a plus. Applicants must have demonstrated commitment to public interest lawyering and must possess strong academic credentials. Successful teaching and student supervision experience or the demonstrated potential for such teaching and supervision are desirable.
The salary is based on a formula that is competitive with other public-interest fellowships, with compensation based on years of legal experience.
Applicants should submit resumes through http://jobs.stanford.edu, referencing job number 23118. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by April 1, 2008. The fellowship is expected to commence in August 2008.
In addition, the following materials should be sent to Professor Lawrence C. Marshall, Director of Clinical Education:
•A statement no longer than one page describing: (1) prior experience in providing corporate and transactional legal services to for-profit and non-profit organizations; (2) other relevant experience including experience as a board member, employee or volunteer for a non-profit organization or working in a business; (3) aspirations for future public interest and/or clinical legal education work; and (4) information relevant to the applicant\’s potential for clinical supervision and teaching;
•Writing sample (10 – 15 pages)
•List of at least three references
•Law school transcript
Applicants may send the materials electronically to Judy Gielniak, the Mills Legal Clinic administrative manager, at email@example.com. Hard copies may be sent to:
Jay A. Mitchell
Director, Organizations and Transactions Clinic
Stanford Law School
559 Abbott Way
Stanford, California 94305-8610