The University of Washington School of Law invites applications for the position of Clinical Fellow in its Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic (CAYAC). This fellowship is designed to attract recent law school graduates with at least two years of practice experience who are interested in pursuing a career in public interest law or clinical teaching. The fellowship is a full-time, one-year contract for the 2017-2018 academic year with a renewable second year (2018-2019 academic year) contingent upon the available funding. This position will be at the rank of Acting Instructor (9-month service period).
The University of Washington School of Law's Clinical Law Program offers extensive and rigorous practical training for student-lawyers through twelve in-house clinics. The Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic (CAYAC) was established in 1996 to serve the civil legal needs of youth in the greater Seattle area. CAYAC is focused on providing legal services to homeless youth and/or youth who are in the child welfare system. CAYAC ascribes to a stated-interest, youth empowered model of representation and its law students have engaged in individual representation, community lawyering and legislative advocacy in service of their clients' goals.
The CAYAC Clinical Fellowship provides an opportunity for a recent law school graduate to engage in direct client work with homeless youth, craft and draft policy recommendations based on youth voice, supervise law students in the Clinical Program, teach law students in a small seminar, and engage in the development of a scholarly project. The position will involve intensive interviewing and interaction with homeless youth in the University District of Seattle, Washington through a multidisciplinary participatory research project at the University of Washington. The CAYAC Fellow, with the support and under the supervision of the Bobbe and Jon Bridge Professor of Child Advocacy, Lisa Kelly, will coordinate the law school's involvement in this multidisciplinary effort. The CAYAC Fellow will also spearhead the drafting of a policy report to include legal reform recommendations that incorporate the homeless youth voice and perspective.
The CAYAC Fellow will have an opportunity to participate in CAYAC courses and will progressively take on teaching and supervision duties as well as leadership in the research project throughout the course of the fellowship. The CAYAC Fellow will also have the opportunity to frame and develop a scholarly project under the guidance of experienced clinical faculty.
Candidates must have earned a JD at an accredited law school. An ideal candidate has experience working with vulnerable populations, specifically homeless youth, and has demonstrated a commitment to public interest lawyering. An ideal candidate will be prepared to start the position on at the beginning of Autumn Quarter 2017.
Recent law school graduates may apply, but preference will be given to candidates with 1-5 years of experience and candidates who have passed the Washington State Bar Exam and/or are members of, or eligible for membership in, of the Washington State Bar Association, or are eligible for membership within the first contract year.
Pay and Benefits:
The CAYAC Clinical Fellow will receive an annual salary and health and other benefits commensurate with other similarly situated Faculty at the University of Washington School of Law.
All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.
Applications should be sent in electronic form to email@example.com and should include:
A statement describing applicant's interest in the position, relevant practical experience and career goals (may be included in a cover letter)
A copy of the Applicant's Resume
A law school transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
Contact information for three references
A writing sample (15 pages or less)
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received by or before September 15, 2017.
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
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