The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) is inviting applications for the position of Clinical Instructor. HIRC litigates issues at the forefront of national and international refugee and asylum law, as well as at the intersection of criminal law and immigration, while also engaging students in policy advocacy, community outreach, and direct representation.
HIRC is comprised of four different initiatives: (1) the Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Clinic, (2) the Crimmigration Clinic, (3) the Harvard Immigration Project, a student-practice organization, and (4) the Harvard Representation Initiative, a project funded by the University to provide representation to undocumented and DACAmented members of the Harvard community. HIRC supervises, trains, and mentors over 120 law students each year.
HIRC's team, which includes seven attorneys, two administrators, a paralegal, and a social worker, meets regularly to strategize about and collaborate on various projects. In addition, the extensive HLS clinical program provides further opportunities for partnerships and collaboration.
In this role, the Clinical Instructor will work with the HIRC to supervise HLS clinical students on strategic litigation and policy advocacy to advance immigrants' rights. The precise shape of the Clinical Instructor's docket will be based on community priorities, student lawyering opportunities, and close consultation with community stakeholders and others. The Clinical Instructor will work closely with HIRC's assistant director, as well as with HIRC's managing attorney and with other members of HIRC's legal and social service team.
Candidates should have extensive experience advocating on behalf of immigrants and asylum seekers. The Clinical Instructor will be responsible for:
Forming relationships and pursuing collaborative projects with community organizations, service providers, and advocacy groups, among others.
Supervising and mentoring law students and expanding the clinic's strategic litigation and advocacy projects, which could include developing litigation and advocacy strategies to combat harmful immigration enforcement and detention policies and discriminatory practices, among other initiatives.
Addressing the operational and administrative tasks involved in expanding the clinic's docket, including outreach to law students and potential partners and matching students to clinical projects.
Supervising clinical students on cases and projects and teaching students a broad range of lawyering skills including research and writing, legal and policy analysis, problem-solving, and oral advocacy.
Developing a work plan that incorporates goals for successfully launching and supporting an expanded strategic litigation docket.
Working in conjunction with the Director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical program to ensure the quality of student work product.
Providing logistical support for other HIRC-related projects and initiatives, as needed.
This is a term appointment currently expected to extend 3 years from date of hire, with the potential for renewal.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
JD and 3 or more years of related legal practice. Admission to a state bar (with eligibility to obtain MA Bar).
Experience advancing immigrants' rights and a strong understanding of its intersectionality with other areas of law, including criminal law, constitutional law, and administrative law.
Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, and organizational skills are required.
Experience in immigration removal and asylum practice is strongly preferred.
Clinical teaching experience is preferred.
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: 50521BR
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