Clinical Fellow, Family Law Clinic – Part-Time

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts


Description

Suffolk University is pleased to announce a career opportunity as a Clinical Fellow, Family Law Clinic!

This is an entry-level clinical teaching position within Suffolk’s nationally ranked Clinical Programs. This position is designed for someone who has the qualifications described above and wishes to launch a career in clinical education under the mentorship of a talented and experienced team of clinicians. The Fellow will be among a group of several clinical fellows developing their clinical skills through teaching, supervision, and grant-funded activities in Clinical Programs. During this Fellowship, the Fellow may have the opportunity to co-teach clinical seminar modules alongside full-time faculty. The Fellow will gain experience with clinical supervision and familiarization with clinical pedagogy. The Fellow will work with one or more members of the clinical faculty to develop clinical teaching skills. The Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and programs on teaching, scholarship and publication, and other topics.

The Fellow will co-supervise approximately 10, full-year clinical students attorneys in the Family Law Clinic (FAC) with the FAC director, Professor Maritza Karmely. The FAC is dedicated to serving low-income clients and represents individuals in family law and domestic violence litigation, legal reform and community education. The FAC handles a wide variety of cases, which include divorce, custody, support, paternity, and restraining order cases. Through supervision and mentorship, the Fellow will help student attorneys develop professional habits and essential lawyering skills, such as client interviewing and counseling, case theory development, fact investigation, drafting, advocacy, and resolving ethical dilemmas in practice.

The Fellow will be responsible for working with Professor Karmely to manage and oversee the caseload of the FAC, including case opening and closing procedures, case

assignment, appearing in case-related events with student attorneys, and case coverage during the summers. The Fellow also co-teaching some modules of the weekly clinic seminar, and assist with course planning. This position is partially funded through a collaboration between the FAC and HarborCOV, a community-based DV program serving Chelsea, East Boston, Revere and Winthrop. The Fellow will provide legal representation and consultations to clients referred by HarborCOV and be available for staff trainings, upon request. Additionally, the Fellow will be required to keep time records on a monthly or quarterly basis for funding purposes. The Fellow will have the opportunity to foster partnerships with other legal services providers and advocates in the non-profit sector to advance the work of the FAC and benefit its students.

Qualifications: 

  • Must be a member in good standing of the Massachusetts bar and qualified to represent clients in Massachusetts State Courts, or able to waive into the Massachusetts Bar under SJC Rule 3:04, prior to the commencement of the Fellowship;
  • At least three years of civil litigation/legal services experience in family law (broadly defined) is required; strong preference for experience working with domestic violence (DV) survivors. This may include work done in a law school clinical program;
  • Experience working directly with clients with racially, ethnically, and/or socioeconomically diverse backgrounds is strongly preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and
  • Teaching experience is preferred but not required, as is experience participating in a law school clinic.
  • Fluency in Spanish would be a benefit in this role.

Position Description:  This is an entry-level clinical teaching position within Suffolk’s nationally ranked Clinical Programs. This position is designed for someone who has the qualifications described above and wishes to launch a career in clinical education under the mentorship of a talented and experienced team of clinicians. The Fellow will be among a group of several clinical fellows developing their clinical skills through teaching, supervision, and grant-funded activities in Clinical Programs.  During this Fellowship, the Fellow may have the opportunity to co-teach clinical seminar modules alongside full-time faculty. The Fellow will gain experience with clinical supervision and familiarization with clinical pedagogy.  The Fellow will work with one or more members of the clinical faculty to develop clinical teaching skills.  The Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and programs on teaching, scholarship and publication, and other topics. 

The Fellow will co-supervise approximately 10, full-year clinical students attorneys in the Family Law Clinic (FAC) with the FAC director, Professor Maritza Karmely. The FAC is dedicated to serving low-income clients and represents individuals in family law and domestic violence litigation, legal reform and community education. The FAC handles a wide variety of cases, which include divorce, custody, support, paternity, and restraining order cases. Through supervision and mentorship, the Fellow will help student attorneys develop professional habits and essential lawyering skills, such as client interviewing and counseling, case theory development, fact investigation, drafting, advocacy, and resolving ethical dilemmas in practice. 

The Fellow will be responsible for working with Professor Karmely to manage and oversee the caseload of the FAC, including case opening and closing procedures, case

assignment, appearing in case-related events with student attorneys, and case coverage during the summers. The Fellow also co-teaching some modules of the weekly clinic seminar, and assist with course planning. This position is partially funded through a collaboration between the FAC and HarborCOV, a community-based DV program serving Chelsea, East Boston, Revere and Winthrop. The Fellow will provide legal representation and consultations to clients referred by HarborCOV and be available for staff trainings, upon request.  Additionally, the Fellow will be required to keep time records on a monthly or quarterly basis for funding purposes.  The Fellow will have the opportunity to foster partnerships with other legal services providers and advocates in the non-profit sector to advance the work of the FAC and benefit its students.

Hours and Duration: This position will begin on or about July 1, 2022. The position is a part-time (approx. 21-25 hours per week), 12-month contract. It is anticipated that the position will be renewed after one year depending on programmatic funding.

Required Application Documents:              Cover Letter

                                                                        Resume or CV

                                                                        List of three references

                                                                        Teaching Evaluations (if applicable)

                                                                       

Applicants should submit their materials via Suffolk’s job posting website.

 

 

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