The Office of University Counsel provides legal representation and advice to Cornell University in a broad range of areas including litigation, business transactions, compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, government grants and contracts, labor and employment, faculty and student issues, privacy, intellectual property, technology transfer, information technology law and security issues, safety and environmental law, health law, real estate, international issues, non-profit and tax matters.
The office represents the university in litigation and before regulatory agencies, as well as advising a wide range of institutional clients on legal exposures, managing risks, and engaging in preventive lawyering. The Office presently has a total of 13 attorneys located in Ithaca, NY and five who serve the needs of Weill Cornell Medicine in NYC.
We seek a litigator to join the team in Ithaca. It is anticipated that the chosen candidate will be an attorney with at least five years' litigation experience. The attorney will represent Cornell in litigation in state and federal court and occasionally in administrative proceedings and will collaborate with colleagues in other areas of service that the office provides. Candidates should have experience handling all phases of litigation.
Excellent academic credentials and a J.D. or L.L.B. degree required. Candidates must have at least five years of litigation experience and an exceptional record of relevant legal experience and accomplishment. Applicant must be a member of, or eligible to obtain prompt reciprocal admission to, the New York State Bar. Applicant should be able to demonstrate well-honed legal research and superior written and oral communication skills, as evidenced by experience drafting briefs and presenting oral arguments in court. Applicant must demonstrate success at multi-tasking and working as a team member with other attorneys and paralegals in a fast-paced, deadline-driven legal office. Breadth of experience in civil litigation will be a significant criteria.
Letter of interest, writing sample(s) and references required; please include this information when applying.
Litigation experience on behalf of institutions of higher education
Experience litigating at all levels including appeals and in both state and federal courts
Substantive expertise in areas of employment and/or civil rights including claims under Title IX, § 1981 and § 1983), personal injury, property damage, governmental regulation, intellectual property rights.
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