Environmental Law Clinic, Clinical Supervising Attorney (Law School)

Stanford University
Stanford, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The Mills Legal Clinic of Stanford Law School invites applicants for a clinical staff attorney position with its Environmental Law Clinic (“ELC”). The staff 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 staff attorney will report to, and work in collaboration with, Professor Deborah Sivas, director of the clinic. The staff 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 staff attorney will participate in 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 staff 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 staff attorney position should have at least seven to ten years of experience in state and federal environmental law practice and must 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 position is for an initial one-year fixed term with the possibility of renewal.

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 http://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/, referencing job number 82639.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Start date is no later than August 2019.

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Stanford University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 the 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.