Stanford Law School’s Mills Legal Clinic
Director of Criminal Defense Clinic
Stanford Law School’s Mills Legal Clinic invites applications for the position of Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic (CDC). The appointment will begin for the 2009-2010 academic year.
The CDC is one of ten clinical programs making up the Mills Legal Clinic. The CDC provides students opportunities to work as lawyers on behalf of criminal defendants under the close supervision of the CDC director and an additional supervising attorney.
At this time the CDC focuses on representing inmates serving life sentences for minor third offenses under California’s “Three Strikes” sentencing regime. This work includes direct appeals in state courts, state habeas corpus proceedings, and federal habeas litigation. The CDC also represents some clients during the sentencing proceedings themselves, usually when the CDC has previously succeeded in securing a new sentencing hearing for the client.
As we approach hiring a new director we are committed to maintaining this Three Strikes project, but we are also open to considering new additional directions for the CDC’s work.
Duties of the CDC Director include: direct supervision of Stanford law students, management of projects and clients; supervision and collaboration with the clinical fellow (or attorney-supervisor) and staff; teaching the clinical seminar; collaborating with clinical and other faculty at the Law School; assisting in the development of additional resources; participating in faculty governance at the Law School; and acting as liaison with the public and the Law School community. The CDC Director will also be expected to produce published work in a relevant subject area or areas.
We expect that the appointment as Director of the CDC will be accompanied, depending on experience, by either an appointment as a Professor of Law within the Law School’s clinical-tenure structure or by an appointment as an Associate Professor of Law on track to clinical tenure.
We seek candidates with distinguished practice experience and strong commitment to clinical education. Applicants must have at least five years experience in criminal-defense work and should have an academic record that demonstrates the capacity to be an active participant in the Law School’s academic community and the national criminal-defense and clinical-education communities. Applicants must also have either demonstrated excellence in clinical teaching (or the supervision of law students) or must demonstrate the potential for such excellence in teaching or supervision.
The applicant must either be a member of the California State Bar, or be willing to take the examination necessary for admission within one year of the commencement of employment. Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume (with at least three references) by mail or e-mail to: Professor Lawrence Marshall, Associate Dean for Clinical Education, Stanford Law School, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials by December 31, 2009.