Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Faculty opening at Yale for Director of Media Law Clinic

Tenure Track Position: Clinical Professor of Law to direct Media Law Clinic at Yale Law School

Basic Description

Yale Law School invites applications for a clinical professor of law to run a clinic on First Amendment, Media Freedom and Information Access issues at Yale Law School.

The clinical professor will work with Yale's Information Society Project (ISP) on media and information policy issues.

The professorship will be a tenure-track position with the potential of clinical tenure.

Nature of Position

(1) The clinical professor will run the law school's Media Freedom and Information Access clinic.

The clinical professor will manage litigation, teach, and supervise students in the clinic. The clinical professor will also coordinate the clinic's relationships with supervising attorneys with whom students may cooperate. Yale's Media Freedom and Information Access clinic will accept cases on issues related to both old and new media, in areas including freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of information, telecommunications, intellectual property, privacy, and Internet law. The clinical professor will be expected to develop and expand the clinic's work through important litigation that promotes media freedom and information access.  The clinical professor will be expected to establish and maintain the clinic's relationships with other organizations devoted to promoting media freedom and information access. 

(2) The clinical professor will be a faculty fellow of the Yale Information Society Project (ISP).  Founded in 1997, ISP is an interdisciplinary center that studies the implications of new information technologies for law and society, committed to the goals of democracy, development and civil liberties. As part of ISP, the clinical professor will work with ISP fellows on policy issues concerning Internet, telecommunications, and media law.  The clinical professor will publish scholarship and oversee scholarship by ISP fellows and students on these and related issues.  The clinical professor will also work with the fellows and students of the ISP in their amicus practice.

(3) In addition to directing the media freedom clinic, the clinical professor may also teach courses in the law school on media, Internet law, and related issues.

Basic Requirements

Applicants should have at least five years' experience in litigation concerning the First Amendment and media law-including both old and new media-and have broad experience in media and Internet-related issues including freedom of information, intellectual property, telecommunications and privacy.  Applicants should have outstanding legal writing skills, high ethical standards, sound judgment, and the ability to motivate and train law students and promote teamwork.

Additional Requirements

The Law School seeks applications with strong academic ambitions who can help lead a program in media law and information policy at Yale that contains both litigation and policy components.

Highly desirable attributes that the appointments committee will consider include:

(1) Prior law school teaching experience.
(2) A track record of previous publications in media law, information policy, intellectual property, telecommunications, and privacy and related fields, and a demonstrated commitment to scholarship.
(3) A working knowledge of first amendment, media law, journalism, Internet law, and information policy organizations with which the clinic and the ISP might partner.

Interested candidates should sent a cover letter and c.v. to Beth Barnes at beth.barnes@yale.edu.

Michael J. Wishnie
Clinical Professor of Law
Yale Law School
(203) 436-4780
michael.wishnie@yale.edu

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