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Clinical Supervising Attorney - Job Description

The Mills Legal Clinic of Stanford Law School invites applicants for the position of Clinical Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law for its newly launched Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic (“JIPIC”). The supervising attorney will join the thriving clinical community at Stanford Law School where, together with the clinical faculty and staff, she or he will represent clients and train law students at one of the country’s leading institutions for legal scholarship and education.

The IP and Innovation Clinic works to develop and advocate for sound innovation policies, focusing on the relationship between innovation and patent, copyright and trademark law and other law and regulation including antitrust, privacy and security, in areas ranging from biotechnology to information technology, pharmaceuticals, clean technology, and the creation and distribution of information. Students in the Clinic prepare and submit amicus briefs; comments or testimony in rulemaking and regulatory proceedings before entities like the PTO, FTC, Copyright Office, FDA, OSTP, state or local regulatory bodies, etc.; comments or testimony on proposed legislation; and reports, whitepapers or other “best practices” documents to encourage sensible and balanced legal approaches to innovation and creativity. Clients will include a variety of non-profit organizations and, in certain cases, groups or associations of innovators, entrepreneurs, small enterprises, technology users or consumers, economists, technologists, legal academics, and the like, and occasionally individual inventors, start-ups, journalists, researchers, artists, or other innovators. The Clinic’s mission is to advance the development and application of patent and other IP law and regulatory policy in ways that maximize the underlying goals of those laws and policies: to promote innovation, creativity and generativity.

The JIPIC supervising attorney will report to, and work in collaboration with, Professor Phil Malone, director of the Clinic. The supervising attorney will participate in all activities of the Clinic, including:

  • providing extensive supervision of Clinic students and their legal work, particularly small-group supervision and review of students’ case and policy analysis and development, client interactions, written work, and oral advocacy;
  • giving regular and detailed oral and written feedback to students on their projects and performance;
  • delivering instruction in and modeling relevant core lawyering and practice skills;
  • ensuring professional, high-quality representation of Clinic clients;
  • engaging in client and area-expertise development, including monitoring of IP- and innovation-related legal and business developments; outreach to potential clients and collaborators; and maintaining relationships with existing clients and external partners such as government agencies, advocacy organizations, industry groups, and law firms;
  • assisting the JIPIC Director with curriculum design, development of teaching materials, classroom teaching of the twice-weekly clinical seminar, and Clinic administration and operations; and
  • engaging in independent client representation when necessary.

The Innovation and IP Clinic is one of eleven clinics comprising the Mills Legal Clinic. The Stanford clinical program is unique in that students participate in a clinic on a full-time basis; the clinic is the only course a student takes during the term of enrollment. The Mills Legal Clinic occupies an entire floor in an award-winning central campus building opened in summer 2011.

Mills Legal Clinic attorneys are part of the vibrant intellectual community within the clinical program and the Law School and University at large. For example, the supervising attorney will be invited to attend weekly faculty workshops at which scholars from Stanford and throughout the world present research and works in progress. The clinic also provides resources for its lawyers to participate in continuing education and other professional development activities.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants for the Clinical Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law position must have:

  • At least five to seven years experience in patent, IP or other innovation-related legal policy development and advocacy or litigation in at least one of the following areas: biotechnology; clean technology/clean energy; pharmaceuticals; information technology; or the creation and distribution of information;
  • superior writing, editing and verbal skills;
  • outstanding academic credentials;
  • sound judgment and exceptional ethical standards;
  • excellent teamwork and teambuilding skills;
  • demonstrated potential for successful teaching and student supervision experience; previous experience in a clinical legal setting or the direct supervision and mentoring of young attorneys is highly desirable;
  • strong organizational and management skills and an aptitude for law practice and clinic management; and
  • admission to practice in California or eligibility and willingness to sit for the next California Bar exam.

Applicants should be energetic and passionate about working with students on a variety of important and highly visible cases and projects that go to the heart of the relationship between law and innovation. The position is a great opportunity for experienced patent, IP or technology policy practitioners or litigators who want to serve the public interest, transition to an academic setting, and work in a cutting-edge and intellectually invigorating environment. A strong technical background or prior technical experience is advantageous but not required.

The salary is based on a formula that is competitive with similar positions.

Applicants should submit resumes through http://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/, referencing job number 61120. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with a preferred start date as early as December 2013.

In addition, applicants should send the following materials to the addresses below:

  • a statement no longer than three pages describing: (i) prior experience in IP or other technology policy and/or litigation; (ii) any relevant technical training or experience; (iii) any other relevant experience; (iv) information relevant to the applicant's interest and potential for clinical supervision and teaching;
  • a resume;
  • a list of at least three references; and
  • a complete law school transcript.

    Applicants may send the materials electronically to Judy Gielniak, the Mills Legal Clinic administrative manager, at jgielniak@law.stanford.edu.

    Hard copies may be sent to:

    Phil Malone Professor of Law Director, Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic Stanford Law School Crown Quadrangle 559 Nathan Abbott Way Stanford, CA 94305-8610

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Stanford Law School is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other prohibited category. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.