The Office of University Counsel provides legal representation and advice to Cornell University in a broad range of areas including litigation, agency and regulatory proceedings, business transactions, compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, government grants and contracts, athletics, labor and employment issues, 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 law, and tax matters. The Office presently has 18 attorneys, 13 located Ithaca, New York, and 5 at Weill Cornell Medicine in NYC.
We seek an attorney with litigation experience to join the staff in Ithaca at an Assistant or Associate level. This attorney will work closely with the two existing litigators to both support their caseload and manage an independent caseload commensurate with the successful candidate's experience. The litigation team represents Cornell in state and federal courts, provides expertise to attorneys throughout the office on litigation-related matters, and also processes subpoenas and other information requests served on the University. The successful attorney will collaborate with colleagues in other areas of service that the Office provides and take on additional responsibilities as might be requested by the University Counsel.
This position will be filled at the Assistant or Associate University Counsel level, depending on years of practice and experience.
Cover letter, writing sample(s) and recommendations required with application materials.
Seven+ years' of litigation experience is desirable; candidates with at least four years' of litigation experience will be considered. Such experience should include either directly handling or substantially supporting lead attorneys in all aspects of litigation from pleadings and initial motions, through discovery, motion practice including summary judgment, and some experience with trials and appeals.
Excellent academic credentials and a J.D. or LL.B. degree required.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate well-honed legal research and superior written and oral communication skills, solid understanding of electronic discovery management, success at multi-tasking, and working as a collaborative 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 criterion.
Applicants must be a member of, or eligible to obtain prompt reciprocal admission to, the New York State Bar.
Litigation experience on behalf of institutions of higher education.
Experience litigating at all levels, including appeals, and in both state and federal courts.
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