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The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law and its JusticeTech Capstone Program is accepting applications for a Staff Attorney (Fellow) appointment commencing in January of 2024 (or earlier on a negotiated date).
The Staff Attorney (Fellow), working under the supervision of the JusticeTech Director (Professor Amy Schmitz) will have three primary responsibilities: 1) supporting JusticeTech work on a collaborative grant at the intersection of dispute systems design, law, and technology (Good to Great Grant), which is designed to bridge education at the intersections of law and technology; 2) co-teaching a 4-5 credit Capstone Course that will include law and computer sciences students engaged in project-based interdisciplinary learning; and 3) other work and research connected to JusticeTech as assigned.
This will be the inaugural JusticeTech Staff Attorney (Fellow), creating an exciting opportunity for applicants eager to work at the crossroads of law and technology, especially as it relates to expanding access to justice and supporting ethical and responsible use of technology in the law. Creating excellence in teaching and learning, this new program will bring students from Law and Computer Sciences and Engineering (CSE) together in a new JusticeTech Capstone course and inspire cross-cutting and interdisciplinary projects as well as innovative research and practice opportunities for graduate and post-graduate students eager to excel in law and technology.
Moreover, this type of project-based learning is the gold standard in the law and technology area. All too often, legal technologies are built without the necessary input from legal professionals focused on ethical and enforceable digital system design. Furthermore, lawyers draft AI regulations and propose laws without hands-on understanding of the relevant technologies, including their promise and limitations. This JusticeTech Program will address this need for collaborative learning in this vital space. Furthermore, by tapping into local, university, national, and industry resources, the Program will forge new partnerships with industry, nonprofit organizations, and the courts, creating a robust network of collaborators and partners that will spark additional funding to grow the Program into the future.
The JusticeTech Staff Attorney (Fellow) will work under the direction of Professor Schmitz, along with student JusticeTech Research Associates, who will be law students working with the program. This Law team will work with a team in CSE with the support and consultation of other units on campus and the Program on Data Governance (PDG) and Program on Dispute Resolution at Moritz. The JusticeTech Program also will benefit from faculty mentors in Law, CSE, Institute for Cybersecurity and Digital Trust, and Translational Data Analytics Institute, as well as mentors from community groups and industry.
This Capstone will allow the teams to work with partners and mentors in crafting projects, and the Staff Attorney (Fellow) will have a large role in this development. This flexibility will allow the Program to remain nimble and innovative. For example, teams may develop and build open-source software solutions engaging ethical AI and other technologies to address identified legal or societal problems. Teams also may identify acute technology risks based on research with partner institutions and engage in team-based interdisciplinary research to provide necessary data and develop new strategies to address the defined problem.
Under the supervision of Professor Schmitz, the Staff Attorney (Fellow) will work intimately with a grant team from several OSU units and institutes, as well as community partners. They will engage in legal, policy, dispute systems design, and other research connected to this project; will support coordination of intellectual property and contracting issues in developing and executing projects with students in the Capstone; will support the collaborative design, facilitation and development of events connected to this project; and will engage in other work as assigned connected to this grant project.
The Staff Attorney (Fellow) will spend significant time supporting student work as a co-teacher in the new Capstone. Further, they will supervise students in research and development related to this work. During their appointment, they will take on increasing responsibilities and will have the opportunity to develop course curriculum, research projects, and supervision strategies. In addition, they may have publication opportunities and will benefit from working with faculty mentors engaged with the JusticeTech Capstone.
Additional responsibilities may include providing logistical support for JusticeTech events, working with project research assistants, running simulations, and collaborating with community partners and others across campus.
Minimum Education Required: J.D., Bar Admission
Candidates will have two to five years of experience in law, dispute resolution, legal technology, or a related field.
Candidates will demonstrate a commitment to ethical and responsible uses of technology, and interest in public projects and expanding access to justice.
Previous clinical/teaching experience and previous work in technology is preferred but not required.
An ideal candidate will be a self-starter who possesses strong writing, communication, facilitation, and analytical skills and thrives in a collaborative work environment.
An entrepreneurial spirit is a plus for anyone who will be the first-ever JusticeTech Fellow in this Ohio State Good to Great Program.
(10%) Supervise law students hired at JusticeTech Research Associates;
(45%) Works in research and development related to JusticeTech Projects;
(40%) Responsible for preparation and co-teaching the Capstone Course;
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