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Clinical Instructor, Housing Clinic, Harvard Law School - Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, United States

  • Friday, November 12, 2021 2:28 PM
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    Harvard University

    Clinical Instructor, Housing Clinic
    Harvard Law School

    Job Summary

    The Clinical Instructor (CI) will play a key role-as litigator, strategic partner, and clinical supervisor-in the operation of a newly expanded medical-legal partnership between the Legal Services Center (LSC) of Harvard Law School and the Brigham & Women's Hospital ("BWH"). The CI will join LSC's Housing Clinic, which provides free legal representation to low-income tenants at risk of eviction, with an overarching mission of preventing homelessness and increasing access to safe housing. The new medical-legal partnership builds upon the model of LSC's existing and highly successful medical-legal partnership with BWH-known as the Passageway Health-Law Collaborative, which focuses on issues of intimate partner abuse and family law. The new medical-legal partnership will extend this collaborative model by focusing on the urgent housing needs of BWH patients through close cooperation of the Housing Clinic with BWH's Social Care team.

    The CI will be responsible for working with other teaching staff in the Housing Clinic to operate the medical-legal partnership with BWH, focusing on representing individuals experiencing homelessness, those at risk of eviction, and those living in unsafe housing conditions.

    Job Code
    167058 Clinical Lawyer

    Job-Specific Responsibilities

    As a Clinical Instructor, you will:

    • Serve as lead counsel or co-counsel in Clinic cases, litigating an active docket of eviction defense and related cases on behalf of tenants at risk of homelessness

    • Screen cases for merit and help maintain and manage the Clinic's diverse docket of housing cases that emerge from the partnership with BWH

    • Manage a caseload made up of referrals from BWH and its affiliated community health centers; collaborate with hospital staff (including physicians, social workers, and community advocates) to facilitate client referrals and partner with hospital staff on shared cases

    • Lead the work of the partnership with BWH through regular engagement, cross-training, program evaluation, and related efforts

    • Take a leadership role in project development and management; participate in program evaluation; work with other program leaders to develop short-term and long-term planning for the Clinic and the partnership with BWH and identify strategic opportunities to respond to community need

    • Train, supervise, and mentor clinical law students who are serving clients of the partnership and help develop and implement effective clinical pedagogy tailored to the needs of the partnership

    • Collaborate with hospital staff through the newly expanded medical-legal partnership with BWH, litigate housing related cases on behalf of Clinic clients; and supervise law students in their clinical work on behalf of partnership clients

    Basic Qualifications

    Candidates must have earned a J.D. at least three years ago, have at least three years of relevant experience, and be admitted to the Massachusetts bar or eligible for temporary admission pursuant to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04.

    Additional Qualifications and Skills

    We are looking for people who have:

    • Demonstrated commitment to social justice advocacy; experience in housing advocacy

    • Dedication to interdisciplinary work and partnering with providers from other professions

    • Track record of developing and/or contributing to creative advocacy strategies

    • Passion for teaching and mentoring; experience with or an interest in clinical education

    • Experience in project management and development

    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and an inclusive working and learning environment

    • Collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit with the proven ability to work in teams and independently

    Additional Information

    This is a term appointment expected to extend two years from start date, renewal subject to departmental funding and need. Candidates must be available to start as soon as early as fall 2021. To learn more about us, please visit: the Housing Clinic and the Legal Service Center.

    All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.

    Be a part of excellence and leadership in legal education and scholarship at Harvard Law School. We are a community of talented people from diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives, dedicated to advancing the cause of justice all over the world. We value our differences and our diversity as a source of strength. We are committed to developing and inspiring our students and our workforce. Whoever you are, whatever you do, however you do it, Harvard Law School is a place where you can thrive.

    Job Function
    Faculty & Student Services

    Sub Unit

    USA - MA - Jamaica Plain

    Legal Services Center

    Time Status

    00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

    Pre-Employment Screening
    Education, Identity, License/Cert.

    EEO Statement
    We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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