Clinical Instructors, Tulane Law School Women’s Prison Project

Clinical Instructors, Tulane Law School Women’s Prison Project

New Orleans, LA
Open Date:
Oct 24, 2019

Tulane Law School is seeking two full-time Clinic Instructors for its Women’s Prison Project (WPP). WPP is a collaboration between two of the law school’s nationally recognized clinics, the Domestic Violence Clinic and the Criminal Justice Clinic. The Project represents Louisiana women who are unjustly incarcerated for killing an abusive partner or for participating in crimes under the duress of an abusive partner. It focuses on domestic violence and trauma as a pathway to prison for women, reaching a marginalized population mostly ignored by the mainstream criminal justice reform movement. The Project’s work also focuses on developing a statewide plan for the comprehensive decarceration of domestic violence survivors, and challenging laws that continue to result in the unjust convictions of abuse survivors in Louisiana.

Core Clinic Instructor responsibilities include:

◾Directly represent incarcerated survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking in post-conviction, clemency, and parole hearings;

◾Directly represent survivors wrongfully charged with crimes related to their abuse in trial and appellate courts;

◾Supervise student attorneys engaged in direct representation of clients;

◾Provide regular oversight, feedback, and instruction to student attorneys working on WPP cases;

◾Participate in weekly staff meetings with WPP faculty and staff to develop and manage the docket;

◾Coordinate and conduct training activities as needed.

The position has year-round case management responsibilities, with no teaching obligations in the summer.



Job qualifications:

· J.D. from an ABA-accredited Law School, where s/he excelled academically;

· Three years or more of courtroom litigation experience (criminal litigation strongly preferred);

· Demonstrable training and/or experience working with trauma survivors

· Strong interpersonal skills;

· Excellent legal research and writing skills;

· License to practice law in Louisiana, or the ability to take the Louisiana bar exam in February 2020;

· An ability to work with and take direction from the WPP Co- Directors;

· Ability to serve as a role model for law students in terms of ethics, writing, oral advocacy, and commitment to excellence.

Application Instructions:

All applications must include a cover letter, résumé/CV, a list of at least three references (letters are preferred, but names and current e-mail and/or telephone contact information are acceptable), a law school transcript (unofficial copy is fine), a brief explanation of the applicant’s interest in clinical teaching, and a legal writing sample. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, and applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should apply through Interfolio at the following link:

If you have any questions please contact Becki Kondkar, Director of the Tulane Law School Domestic Violence Clinic, at [email protected], or Katherine Mattes, Director of the Tulane Law School Criminal Justice Clinic, at [email protected].

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Please Note: Tulane University has officially adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. All employees and visiting faculty must be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccination or obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption prior to beginning employment.

Tulane University is located in New Orleans - a city with tremendous history of diverse cultures, community, and languages. Tulane is actively building a campus culture grounded in our values of EDI and anti-racism. We seek and welcome candidate applications from historically underrepresented groups, such as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), women, LGBTQ+, and those living with disabilities as well as veterans. 

Tulane University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane University will not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

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