Practitioner in Residence, Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Lab
Qualifications: Must be a member in good standing of a state bar (preferably MA) and qualified to represent clients. Five to seven years of experience with legal technology and innovation is required, including but not limited to legal process mapping, document automation, law practice management technology, and working with document automation to deliver legal services. Data science background is preferred. Teaching experience is required. The ideal candidate will be able to work creatively and collaboratively.
Position Description: The Practitioner in Residence (PIR) will be appointed as a non-tenure track member of the faculty. The PIR will work within Clinical Programs, in which the Legal Innovation and Technology Lab (LIT Lab) is located. The PIR may also teach courses within, and be a part of, the Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Concentration. As with all teaching faculty, the PIR will have the opportunity to hone their teaching skills and will be afforded opportunities to work with colleagues and the Suffolk University Center for Teaching and Scholarship Excellence to enhance teaching, course design skills, and scholarship. The PIR will also have access to support in the areas of research, scholarship, clinical supervision, and grant writing/development. The PIR will be encouraged to produce scholarship in the LIT field, and given the opportunity to present draft papers at one or more legal conferences and before the Suffolk faculty.
Position Summary: The primary responsibility of the LIT PIR during the academic year will be to direct and grow Suffolk Law’s recently developed LIT Lab, which is an experiential learning and in-house legal innovation hub. The LIT Lab will enroll and/or work with approximately 8 LIT Lab students per semester for experiential and seminar course credit, although this number may expand as demand grows. The LIT Lab may also employ students on grant or work-study funding. LIT Lab students will work under the close supervision of the PIR in pairs, individually, and/or teams to provide consultation, research and development, and legal technology/process mapping services to organizational clients who seek to be more efficient and effective in delivering legal services. Students will investigate, report, and build solutions on behalf of their clients, which may include legal services organizations, law firms, nonprofits, courts, and clinics. The PIR will oversee and teach all aspects of the Lab, including the experiential “Lab” work (generating, managing, and supervising student technology and innovation projects) and the academic/course component (Lab seminar and other courses described below). The PIR will develop and enhance the experiential and classroom curricula for LIT Lab and any other courses taught.
The LIT PIR will also co-chair the planning committee for the annual “LITCon” Conference to be held at Suffolk during the spring semester, which will include panels, keynotes, and feature student legal tech and innovation projects.
Importantly, the PIR will initiate partnerships with internal clients (including other clinics) and external clients (legal aid providers, courts, government agencies and, as appropriate, other external organizations seeking consultation services). Relatedly, the LIT PIR will be responsible for developing, and working with the development team to build relationships with current and potential funders of the LIT Lab, including in the private and public sector, and will be expected to pursue grant and donor-funded, as well as client-paid opportunities to support and grow the work of the LIT Lab.
Under the umbrella of the LIT Lab, the PIR will also help to oversee innovation and technology projects within Suffolk’s Clinical Programs more broadly. Specifically, the PIR will help to oversee the work of a group of Legal Innovation and Tech Fellows (LIT Fellows), who are embedded within several of our in-house Clinics and will focus on projects that directly benefit those clinics and/or their client populations. The PIR may also be involved in other legal tech projects at the Law School and University. The PIR’s availability to work on these projects may depend on grant, donor, or client-funded obligations.
Courses that may be taught by the LIT PIR include one or more of the following: LIT Lab Seminar, Lawyering in the Age of Smart Machines, and Coding for Lawyers (along with any other courses involving innovation and/or technology in keeping with broader curricular needs). The PIR may also support the Law School’s Online Legal Tech Certificate Program by assisting in the research and development of content, as well as helping with the administration of the project. The PIR’s availability to teach courses and work on the Online Legal Tech Certificate Program may depend on grant, donor, or client-funded obligations.
The PIR will report directly to Professor Sarah Boonin, Associate Director of Clinical Programs, and Professor Kim McLaurin, Associate Dean of Experiential Education. Because the courses taught by the LIT PIR also fall within the LIT Law Concentration and the Institute for Legal Innovation & Technology, the PIR will also work under the supervision of Professor Gabe Teninbaum or any other(s) designated as the Director(s) of the LIT Institute and Concentration. The LIT Institute Director will also provide guidance on research and development themes for the PIR to pursue.
Duration: This position will begin as soon as possible. The PIR position is a one-year (12 month) appointment, which is renewable on an annual basis. The PIR will have an annual review, and renewal of the appointment will be subject to curricular needs, financial considerations, performance in carrying out the position responsibilities, and adherence to the relevant terms of employment of the University and Law School.
Hours and Compensation: Full-time, 12 month contract with summers reserved for externally funded initiatives and research, when available. Per the summary above, the PIR will be expected to pursue grant, donor, and client-funded opportunities to expand and support work in the legal innovation and technology space. External funding secured by the PIR, if available, may be used to offset or, when permissible and appropriate, supplement the PIR’s base salary during the academic year and/or summer months.
Equal Opportunity: We compete for the best talent. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse community. We are actively seeking applicants from groups that might be under-represented because of race/color, gender, religion, real or perceived disability, national origin, and LGBTQ status. As part of our commitment we encourage you to complete the demographic portion of the application in addition to submitting your cover letter and resume/CV as it will assist us in targeting our recruitment efforts.
Required Application Documents: Cover Letter
Resume or CV
List of three references