Qualifications: Applicants must have three to five years of experience working in legal innovation and technology as both a software developer and domain expert. Additionally, candidates must be able to work creatively and collaboratively, including in mentoring relationships with students. Candidates must be willing to work as a full stack developer. Proficiency with Docassemble and Python are preferred. Experience with grants and membership in a state bar and three to five years of experience in legal practice are preferred but not required.
Position Description: The LIT Clinical Fellow (Fellow) will be appointed as a non-tenure track staff member. The Fellow will work within both the Legal Innovation and Technology Lab (LIT Lab), which is a part of Suffolk's nationally ranked Clinical Programs, and the Law School's nationally leading Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Institute. The primary responsibility of the Fellow will be to engage in project-based legal tech work within the LIT Lab and LIT Institute. The Fellow will work on existing projects in the LIT Lab and also have the ability to develop new projects. The Fellow will be encouraged to be entrepreneurial and identify and apply for grants to support existing and emerging projects. As with all Clinical Fellows, the person will have the opportunity to hone clinical teaching and supervision skills and will have access to support in the areas of research, scholarship, clinical supervision, and grant writing/development.
Role within LIT Lab and LIT Institute: The LIT Lab is an experiential learning and in-house legal innovation hub providing legal tech and data science consulting services to organizational clients, while engaging in independent research and product development. The Fellow will assist the Lab in developing solutions for LIT Lab clients, including legal services organizations, law firms, nonprofits, courts, and clinics. The Fellow's work may include full stack development, interactions with clients, and outreach to communities affected by Lab work. The LIT Lab enrolls and works with a broad range of students each semester, and the Fellow will provide supervision to Lab students (individually and/or in teams).
The Fellow will also help support innovation and technology projects within Suffolk's Clinical Programs more broadly. Specifically, the Fellow may help oversee the work of a group of Legal Innovation and Tech Fellows (LIT Fellows), who are embedded within several of our in-house Clinics and who focus on projects that directly benefit their Clinics' clients.
The Institute oversees projects and programs at Suffolk designed to leverage technology and other innovations to improve the practice of law and the delivery of legal services. The LIT Fellow may work on special projects and events associated with the LIT Lab and/or LIT Institute, such as hackathons, the LIT Certificate program, the LITCon Conference, panels, and other events.
Reporting: The LIT Fellow will report directly to the Director of Clinical Programs, currently Professor Sarah Boonin. For projects related to the LIT Institute, the Fellow will be supervised by the Director of the LIT Institute, currently Gabe Teninbaum. As a member of the LIT Lab, the LIT Fellow will also work closely with Practitioner in Residence and LIT Lab Director, currently David Colarusso.
Hours and Compensation: This position is a full-time, 12-18 month contract and is donor-funded. The position will begin as soon as possible. Continuation of the position will be contingent on future funding, curricular needs, financial considerations, and the Fellow's performance in carrying out the position's responsibilities, as well as adherence to the relevant terms of employment of the University and Law School.
Equal Opportunity: Suffolk Law is an equal opportunity employer and will give careful consideration to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Suffolk Law is committed to a diverse faculty and strongly encourages applicants from historically under-represented groups. For more information on Suffolk Law's commitment to diversity, please see https://www.suffolk.edu/about/mission-history/diversity-inclusion .
Required Application Documents: Cover Letter
Resume or CV
List of three references
If you need to send additional information to be included with your application, please send it to Maureen Dooley at MDooley2@Suffolk.edu .
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