Patricia Hassett Legal Fellow

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Job # 075828 Job Title Patricia Hassett Legal Fellow Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate w/ Experience FLSA Status Exempt Hours
As determined by TRAC Co-directors Job Type Full-time Rank Research Faculty Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description
Syracuse University invites applicants for the Patricia Hassett Legal Fellowship, a new position which provides candidates who are passionate about government transparency with the unique opportunity to join the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse ( TRAC ) team. The Hassett Fellow will help guide ongoing efforts to secure public access to internal databases and other federal records through Freedom of Information Act requests and litigation, support TRAC’s FOIA Project, which monitors government compliance with FOIA’s disclosure requirements, and expand TRAC’s legal internship program for law students. Applicants must have a J.D. (admission to bar a plus), demonstrate a passion for promoting government transparency, and be able to show evidence of effective project management and interpersonal skills that would facilitate working collaboratively with faculty, students and staff.

The Hassett Fellowship was created in honor of the life and legacy of Patricia Hassett (1941–2009), the first female faculty member at Syracuse University’s College of Law and an active supporter of TRAC’s work. Hassett Fellows will bridge media and law at Syracuse University. The fellows will hold a faculty appointment at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and be eligible for a courtesy appointment at the College of Law, an appointment that will directly connect fellows with law students and law faculty. The initial term of faculty appointment is one year. Candidates with excellent performance can expect reappointment for a second year with the possibility to transition to a regular research faculty position at TRAC, subject to continued funding availability.

Applicants for the Hassett Fellow position must hold a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) along with a driving passion to public accountability and transparency. Candidates should demonstrate training or experience in some combination of federal civil and administrative law, and the use of FOIA and other transparency statutes. Past experience in the conduct of Freedom of Information Act and other transparency initiatives is highly desirable. Admission to the bar in a state, territory, or district of the United States would be a strong plus.

Job Specific Qualifications
  • Superior analytic, research, and writing skills.
  • Ability to conduct legal research as well as data-driven analyses.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative.
  • Manage a variety of tasks and see projects through to completion.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment.
  • Guide active campaigns using the Freedom of Information Act ( FOIA ) to secure public access to federal agency records.
  • Assist TRAC’s ongoing FOIA litigation.
  • Expand the coverage and reach of TRAC’s FOIA Project which monitors government compliance with the FOIA Act’s disclosure requirements.
  • Enhance opportunities for law students to become involved in TRAC’s work.


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In addition to completing an online application, please attach a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and list of reference. About Syracuse University
TRAC was established in 1989 to provide the American people with the authoritative and accurate information they need to hold their government accountable. TRAC is unique in the information marketplace, with an incoming flow of data records from its FOIA operations of over 250 million records each month. TRAC’s Judge Information Center now regularly and systematically compares individual judge-by-judge performance on such vital matters as federal sentences for individuals and corporations, and disparities in judge asylum decisions.

TRAC’s FOIA Project systematically documents federal agencies’ compliance with FOIA requirements, and spotlights the suppression of public records. TRAC’s FOIA accountability engine now includes FOIA suits going back to 1992 covering nearly every FOIA suit over the past 30 years. It further provides real-time context-sensitive information by legal issue to the website, FOIA .Wiki, managed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press ( RCFP ). Three TRAC faculty with the FOIA Project are inductees into the national FOIA Hall of Fame, and one has been honored with the Robert Vaughn FOIA Legend Award.

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications has a 100 year history and is widely regarded as the nation’s leading school of communications — home to over 2,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree students. The school’s 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex is a leading-edge learning environment where students are exposed to the latest tools and technologies used by professionals in the field.

Since its founding in 1895, Syracuse University’s College of Law has held to its commitment to offer a rigorous, practical legal education; to shape the law through cutting-edge scholarship; and to think beyond Syracuse and the J.D. The School is ranked among the best in the country for its Advocacy Program. About the Syracuse area
Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal. EEOC
Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities. Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans
Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members. Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community
Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity. Quick Link Job Posting Date 07/09/2021 Application Deadline 09/01/2021 Open Until Filled No Priority Consideration 08/15/2021 Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants

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