Thursday, November 13, 2008

2009 Albert M. Sacks Fellowship at HLS

The Harvard Law School Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs is now accepting applications for the 2009 Albert M. Sacks Fellowship in clinical teaching and advocacy. The 2009 Fellowship will provide an opportunity for an early to mid-career attorney or graduating law student to work at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program on a variety of projects, starting in the summer of 2009. The 2009 Sacks Fellowship provides an outstanding opportunity for attorneys to initiate a career in clinical legal education, legal services, and public interest immigration law. The 2009 Fellow will work closely with experienced attorneys, clinicians, and academics at Harvard Law School and Greater Boston Legal Services. Fellows will also enjoy opportunities for training and professional development in the areas of both immigration law and clinical legal education.

About the Program: The Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program supervises law students in the direct representation of noncitizens applying for U.S. asylum and related protections. The Program also provides representation in cases involving family reunification, protection of domestic violence and crime survivors, and avoidance of forced removal in immigration proceedings. In addition, the Program is active in appellate and policy advocacy on local, national and international levels. Fellow's

Responsibilities: The Fellow's responsibilities will include supervising student casework, developing teaching and training materials, and conducting exploratory research into new case types and clinical methods. The Fellow will also help develop links with external immigration legal services and policy organizations with an eye toward establishing joint projects in which students can take part. The Fellow may set aside time to research and write articles for scholarly and clinical journals and/or immigration-related publications. The HIRC Fellow will be based on the Harvard Law School campus and will collaborate with other programs in Harvard's vibrant clinical community. The Fellowship is a one-year placement renewable for a second year.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in immigration and asylum law, strong academic credentials, superior research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest lawyering. Outstanding interpersonal and team-building skills are required. Ability to work sensitively with a diverse population of clients, students, and staff is essential, and multi-lingual and/or multi-cultural candidates are encouraged to apply. The Fellow's position includes Harvard benefits and a salary commensurate with other major public interest fellowship programs.

To Apply: Applications for the 2009 Fellowship will be accepted through February 1, 2009. To apply, please send the following to hirc@law.harvard.edu. * Resume * A statement of interest (approx. 750 words) that addresses your potential for clinical teaching and advocacy, your relevant prior experience, and any other information you believe will help the hiring committee evaluate your candidacy. * A writing sample (approx. 10 pages, preferably in a subject area relevant to the position) * A least three references (please include email and phone contact information) * Law school transcript (an informal copy or list of all grades and coursework is acceptable; applicants accepted for final round interviews will be asked to have a sealed transcript sent from their registrar's office).

KJ

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