Staff Attorney/Lecturer - Center for Reproductive Law
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for a full-time staff attorney/lecturer position beginning in November 2022. This is a 12-month grant funded position, potentially renewable based on Center needs and funding.
As the only legal hub in Ohio focused on reproductive rights and the only reproductive-rights center based at a law school outside the East and West Coasts, the CWRU Center for Reproductive Law works to preserve and advance the legal right of all Ohioans to make their own reproductive decisions. The Center for Reproductive Law advances its mission through litigating in partnership with other reproductive rights and justice groups; educating members of the reproductive rights community and the public; and offering legal support to reproductive health care providers and advocacy organizations. The Center for Reproductive Law also aims to build an intellectual infrastructure for creating enduring protections for reproductive autonomy in the future, and to train and inspire the next generation of reproductive rights lawyers and advocates.
We seek candidates with distinguished academic records, significant practice experience, and excellent written and oral communication skills to work on cutting-edge litigation and compliance counseling in the area of reproductive rights. Experience teaching or supervising students in a legal setting is a plus. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to reproductive rights and justice and a deep familiarity with constitutional or civil rights litigation. The Staff Attorney/Lecturer will be expected to handle cases in a variety of legal settings, including state and federal court and administrative agencies, and may participate in policy advocacy.
The primary role of the Staff Attorney/Lecturer is to engage in direct client representation and to provide supervision and training for law students who will perform legal research and writing to support the Center’s legal work. The successful candidate will engage in activities that include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Provide direct representation to clients in constitutional challenges to legal restrictions on reproductive rights and in defending against legal attacks.
- Provide supervision and training for law students performing legal research and writing to support the Center’s work, including through the Reproductive Rights Lab.
- Conduct legal research, writing, and analysis to advance the Center’s legal, policy, and advocacy work.
- Attend regular meetings with the Center Director, Reproductive Rights Fellow, students, and/or external partners.
- Represent the Center in public-facing meetings, lectures, and other events as requested.
The Staff Attorney/Lecturer will join the CWRU Law School faculty and will work closely with the Director of the Center for Reproductive Law and the Reproductive Rights Fellow. Significant remote work is possible, but must be able to be present, in person, in Cleveland and throughout Ohio. Some weekend and evening work will be required.
- A J.D. degree from an approved, ABA-accredited school, with a record of high academic achievement;
- Admission to the Ohio bar or ability to waive into the jurisdiction;
- Five years of practice experience in a relevant legal area;
- Strong commitment to reproductive rights and justice
- Excellent written and oral communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills;
- Aptitude with Google applications, Microsoft Office, and Zoom; willingness to learn new applications to improve communications and efficiency.
- Law school teaching experience;
- A creative, intersectional approach to reproductive rights and justice advocacy and litigation;
- Familiarity with, and commitment to, Ohio and the Midwest region.
Applications should be sent to the attention of Jessie Hill, Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 11075 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, at LawStaffAtty@case.edu. Please provide a cover letter, resume, and legal writing sample (such as a memo, brief, motion, or other legal document that you primarily authored). Please include “Staff Attorney - Center for Reproductive Law” in the subject line of the email. For questions, email LawStaffAtty@case.edu. No phone calls or mailed applications, please.
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis. Further information about the law school is available at http://law.case.edu.