Practitioner in Residence, Accelerator Practice
Qualifications: Must be a member in good standing of a state bar (preferably MA) and qualified to represent clients in Massachusetts courts. Five to seven years of civil litigation experience and/or legal services work is required, including experience in housing discrimination and landlord/tenant law. Experience with legal technology and law practice management is strongly preferred. Clinical teaching experience is required. The ideal candidate will be able to work creatively and collaboratively in an interdisciplinary setting.
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 Accelerator Practice is located. 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, and given the opportunity to present draft papers at one or more legal conferences and before the Suffolk faculty.
Position Summary: The Accelerator-to-Practice program is the first of its kind comprehensive three-year course of study and practice designed to prepare graduates to join or start sustainable law practices serving average-income individuals and families. To create practice-ready graduates, the program includes the creation of a law practice within the Law School (the Accelerator Practice) to train students to be competent lawyers within three years. The program consists of a specialized track of instruction that includes an expanded professional development and skills curriculum, career development and practice supports, technological training, supervised internships, and during the third year, participation in the capstone, full year in-house clinic, the Accelerator Practice. The primary responsibility of the Accelerator Practice PIR during the academic year will be to serve as the lead clinical supervisor for the student attorneys working in the Accelerator Practice.
The PIR will provide direct case supervision to student attorneys working on a range of fee shifting matters, with a focus on housing and landlord/tenant practice. The PIR will be expected to embrace best practices in clinical education in supervising the student attorneys, including working to ensure the students are successful in their roles as lead attorneys on their cases. Supervision of student attorneys will include managing and overseeing the caseload of the practice, attending all court and major case-related events, providing detailed and regular feedback to the students, and performing formal and informal assessments. The PIR will also team-teach a two-credit year-long seminar to accompany the Accelerator Practice. Additional courses may be taught by the Accelerator PIR, depending on curricular needs and teaching expertise.
In addition to supervising student attorneys in the Accelerator Practice, the PIR will administer the three-year Accelerator-to-Practice Program, with assistance from the Office of Professional and Career Development (PCD) and others. In particular, the PIR will manage the overall program and student experience, including through co-curricular programming, academic advising, orientation, supervision of summer placements, and planning events that foster a sense of community. PCD will assist the PIR with program marketing, recruitment and selection of Accelerator students, and will provide Accelerator students with specialized career advising and summer small firm placements. The PIR will also work with the development team on fundraising and development efforts.
The PIR will be a part of the clinical faculty, and will report directly to Professor Sarah Boonin, Director of Clinical Programs and Kim McLaurin, Associate Dean of Experiential Education. The PIR will also work closely with the Associate Dean for Professional and Career Development, Gerald Slater, Director of Private Practice Initiatives, Brian Vaughn Martel, as well as others within PCD.
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: Full-time, 12 month contract.
Equal Opportunity: Suffolk Law is an equal opportunity employer and will give careful consideration to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Suffolk Law is committed to a diverse faculty and strongly encourages applicants from historically under-represented groups. For more information on Suffolk Law’s commitment to diversity, please see https://www.suffolk.edu/about/mission-history/diversity-inclusion.
Required Application Documents: Cover Letter
Resume or CV
List of three references