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Clinical Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law (CSA), Stanford Law School

Stanford University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 11, 2022

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Clinical Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law (CSA), Stanford Law School

Job Summary






Mills Legal Clinic

Criminal Defense Clinic

Clinical Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law (CSA)

The Mills Legal Clinic of the Stanford Law School invites applicants for a clinical supervising attorney and lecturer-in-law position with its Criminal Defense Clinic (CDC). The clinical supervising attorney (CSA) will join the thriving clinical community at the Stanford Law School where, together with the clinical faculty and staff, they will represent clients and train law students at one of the country's leading institutions for legal scholarship and education.

The Mills Legal Clinic

The Criminal Defense Clinic, under the direction of Professor Ron Tyler, 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. Students work in the clinic space each business day, and they focus exclusively and intensively on their clients, cases, and projects. This model allows for highly intentional, reflective, and iterative project work and the ability to provide deep supervision and mentoring to students. The Mills Legal Clinic is also committed to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its office and practice management, advocacy, and teaching and learning efforts. The Mills Legal Clinic occupies an entire floor in an award-winning, central-campus building opened in summer 2011.

Criminal Defense Clinic

CDC is inviting applications for a clinical supervising attorney and lecturer-in-law position. The Clinic engages students in client-centered, holistic advocacy on behalf of indigent individuals from marginalized communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Every quarter, the Clinic docket includes state misdemeanor cases arising from charges in California Superior Courts in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Many quarters, the docket also includes federal motions work in the district courts of the Northern District of California. CDC students are certified under the student practice rule of the State Bar of California, and take the lead in all client representation under the supervision of the Clinic Director and CSA.

CDC teaching staff prepare students for client responsibility through an intensive introductory training period, continuing workshops and practicums throughout the quarter, and ongoing supervision on their client matters. An integrated self-care curriculum addressing vicarious trauma and fostering emotional intelligence is a central feature of the Clinic. Commencing early in the quarter, students undertake investigation, interview witnesses, draft motions, conduct evidentiary hearings, and present oral arguments, all under close supervision. High quality written and oral advocacy with meticulous feedback are cornerstones of a student's CDC experience.
The Clinic is also a space for students to examine the impact of bias and the over-policing of marginalized communities, and to reflect on how to mitigate those impacts from a perspective of cultural humility. Additionally, students reflect on their own identity as advocates, its implications for their work, and how to work collaboratively in teams to advance a client's cause. Through workshops and cases, students develop the skills to become thoughtful, creative, empathetic, and zealous advocates.

The Clinical Staff Attorney Position and Candidate Qualifications

The CSA will play an important role in all aspects of the Clinic, including selecting and supervising clinic cases, collaborating with partner agencies, contributing to clinic syllabus design, and leading and participating in workshop and case rounds discussions. The CSA will supervise students in all aspects of their work, including through individualized coaching and mentoring. The CSA will foster a sense of deep and supportive community within the Clinic. The CSA will be involved with criminal law programming at the Law School and will have the opportunity to engage in scholarly research and writing.

Mills Legal Clinic attorneys are part of the intellectual community within the clinical program and the Law School and university at large. The clinic provides resources for its lawyers to participate in continuing education and other professional development/training/mentorship activities that support the CSA's individual learning goals. Finally, the CSA will be a part of the Mills Legal Clinic's efforts to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in our teaching, practice management, and advocacy work.


Minimum qualifications –
• Strong academic credentials
• J.D. or equivalent legal degree
• A minimum of five years of indigent criminal defense experience, with at least three years in the state courts of California.
• Experience training, teaching, or mentoring law students or advocates, and a strong interest in teaching and clinical pedagogy.

Preferred qualifications
• Demonstrated commitment to rigorous, innovative, client-centered, and holistic criminal defense work;
• Substantive legal and practical knowledge of criminal law issues;
• Deep commitment and demonstrated ability to work in marginalized communities from a cultural humility perspective;
• Excellent teamwork, collaboration, and interpersonal skills;
• Strong organizational / management skills and attention to detail;
• Ability to work in a self-directed and entrepreneurial environment; and
• Second language abilities (Spanish is a plus).

The salary is based on a formula that is competitive with similar positions.

The Application Process

Applicants should submit resumes and other materials through, referencing job number 96878. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials by December 1, 2022. The CSA will ideally begin work with CDC on or before February 14, 2023.

The following materials should be submitted

• A cover letter no longer than two pages describing the applicant's interest in the position;
• A one-page statement of the applicant's vision of clinical education, and how that vision applies to the mission of the Criminal Defense Clinic;
• A resume;
• A list of at least three references; and
• A complete law school transcript.
• The candidate may also submit a writing sample of no longer than 15 pages.
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Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires an accommodation to perform essential functions of the job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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.

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