Reporting to the Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), the Clinical Fellow will work independently and with the Director, staff, and students on a broad range of international, federal, state, and local policy projects addressing the health, environmental, and economic impacts of our food system. Founded in 2010, FLPC is the oldest law school clinic of its kind and, since then, has been at the forefront of tackling a range of issues in the field of food law and policy while creating opportunities for interested law students to engage in action-based learning to gain a deeper understanding of the complex challenges facing our current food system. FLPC projects make cutting-edge policy recommendations to increase access to nutritious food for individuals and families, assist small-scale and sustainable food producers in participating in markets, and reduce the waste of healthy, wholesome food.
FLPC's projects fall into four main categories: Community Food Systems Planning; Food Access and Nutrition; Reducing Food Waste; and, Sustainable Food Production. Some current and past Clinic projects include:
Identifying and promoting creative policies and assisting state and federal government in efforts to reduce the 40% of food that goes to waste in the United States;
Conducting individual and group trainings for food policy councils to better understand the food system legal and policy context and achieve their food system goals;
Commenting on major federal regulations, such as the Food and Drug Administration rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act and U.S. Department of Agriculture rules regarding the National Organic Program;
Working with a coalition of other law school programs and law students from around the country to develop policy recommendations for the next U.S. farm bill; and,
Researching and recommending policies that all levels of government can use to improve the foods served in schools.
The Fellow's work will entail, but is not limited to:
Serving as the lead attorney on one or several projects, which includes managing and directing the day-to-day project work;
Managing client and partner relationships on the projects that the Fellow oversees;
Working closely with students on the projects that the Fellow oversees;
Assisting with development of the classroom courses offered in conjunction with the Clinic;
Delivering presentations of our work to local and regional food policy groups and at national conferences;
Undertaking various administrative tasks within the Clinic, including event planning, communications, development, and other tasks that arise;
Helping to set and implement the vision for the ongoing development and success of the Clinic; and
Performing other duties as assigned.
This is a term appointment expected to extend 2 years from date of hire, subject to funding and department need.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 090
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
JD required, earned within the last three years.
Successful candidates should possess the following skills and attributes: strong writing, research, and communication skills; keen motivation to learn and achieve superior professional practice and working with students; creative problem-solving skills and demonstrated ability to work innovatively within broad program goals; strong sense of self-motivation and entrepreneurial mindset; strong organizational, time management, and project management skills; demonstrated leadership experience; ability to work independently, as well as in teams, and in demanding and periodically high stress circumstances; and relevant academic or professional experience.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 45620BR
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