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First Amendment Clinic Law Fellow

Employer
The University of Georgia
Location
Athens Area

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Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies
Position Type
Postdoc
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Posting Number:

S09424P

Working Title:

First Amendment Clinic Law Fellow

Department:

Law School-General

About the University of Georgia:

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https://www.uga.edu/). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

Posting Type:

External

Retirement Plan:

TRS or ORP

Employment Type:

Employee

Benefits Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time:

Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Occasional evenings required

Advertised Salary:

$50,000

Posting Date:

11/04/2022

Open until filled:

Yes

Proposed Starting Date:

08/01/2023

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications are considered on a rolling basis.Apply by December 15, 2022 to guarantee full consideration.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

Classification Title:

Attorney

FLSA:

Exempt

FTE:

1.00

Minimum Qualifications:

Terminal degree required. Additional professional licensure and/or certification in the field may be required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates must possess a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • 1 year or more of litigation experience and Georgia Bar admission preferred.

Position Summary:

The First Amendment Clinic at the University of Georgia School of Law seeks a 2023-2024 post-graduate fellow for a 1-year position, with the possibility of renewal for a second year depending on performance and funding.

Supported by the Stanton Foundation, the First Amendment Clinic defends and advances the rights of free speech, press, assembly, and petition via regional litigation and advocacy, while providing law students with the practice and real-world experience to become leaders on First Amendment issues. The Clinic also serves as a resource for journalists, students, government employments, local and state officials, and members of the public on issues of government transparency and expressive freedoms in order to promote First Amendment rights and a better-informed citizenry.
In collaboration with the Clinic Director and existing Clinic Fellow, the 2023-2024 post-graduate fellow will: engage in substantial legal work and advocacy including intake/case evaluation, factual investigation, case development, drafting advocacy correspondence and pleadings, client counseling, and discovery and motion practice; develop and deliver external presentations and other programming on First Amendment and government transparency issues; research and author resource materials and policy analysis; help supervise law students who are engaging in similar activities; and assist with building and maintaining relationships with public interest organizations, private attorneys, journalists, other law school clinics, and various stakeholders committed to protecting expressive freedoms and furthering access rights throughout Georgia and the southeast. May involve some travel.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  • Possess a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school. 1 year or more of litigation experience and Georgia Bar admission preferred.
  • Strong academic record.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to conduct thorough and accurate legal research and engage in persuasive legal writing.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills.
  • Ability to successfully build and maintain relationships with students, clients, and community/professional partners.

Physical Demands:

Standard for normal office environment. Traveling for job related duties.

Is driving a responsibility of this position?:

No

Is this a Position of Trust?:

Yes

Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?:

No

Does this position require a P-Card? :

No

Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? :

No

Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:

No

Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):

Yes

Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.

Duties/Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Clinic Director, the Fellow will:

  • Engage in substantial legal work including intake/case evaluation; factual investigation and case development; drafting advocacy correspondence and pleadings; communications with opposing counsel, outside co-counsel, and the court; discovery practice; motion practice; and court appearances.
  • Help supervise law students working on the same.

Percentage of time:

55

Duties/Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Clinic Director, the Fellow will:

  • Plan, create, and conduct external presentations, community education, and trainings.
  • Research and author resource and policy analysis materials.
  • Help supervise law students working on the same.
  • Assist with building and maintaining relationships with public interest organizations, private attorneys, journalists, other law school clinics, and various stakeholders committed to protecting expressive freedoms and furthering access rights throughout Georgia and the southeast.

Percentage of time:

35

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Participate in trainings, conferences, and other professional development activities related to the Clinic’s work.

Percentage of time:

5

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Perform other Clinic-related duties as assigned by the Clinic Director.

Percentage of time:

5

Contact Details:

For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

Recruitment Contact Name:

Law Budget

Recruitment Contact Email:

[email protected]

Organization

The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

Find Us
Telephone
706-542-3000
Location
215 S. Jackson St.
Athens
Georgia
30602
US
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