The Legal Services Center (LSC) of Harvard Law School seeks to hire a Clinic Instructor to play a key role—as litigator, strategic partner, and clinical supervisor—in the operation of a newly expanded medical-legal partnership between LSC and the Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH). The Clinical Instruction (CI) will join LSC’s Housing Clinic, which provides free legal representation to low-income tenants at risk of eviction, with an overarching mission of preventing homelessness and increasing access to safe housing. The new medical-legal partnership builds upon the model of LSC’s existing and highly successful medical-legal partnership with BWH—known as the Passageway Health-Law Collaborative, which focuses on issues of intimate partner abuse and family law. The new medical-legal partnership will extend this collaborative model by focusing on the urgent housing needs of BWH patients through close cooperation of the Housing Clinic with BWH’s Social Care team. The CI will be responsible for working with other teaching staff in the Housing Clinic to operate the medical-legal partnership with BWH, focusing on representing individuals experiencing homelessness, those at risk of eviction, and those living in unsafe housing conditions.
- Serve as lead counsel or co-counsel in Clinic cases, litigating an active docket of eviction defense and related cases on behalf of tenants at risk of homelessness
- Screen cases for merit and help maintain and manage the Clinic’s diverse docket of housing cases that emerge from the partnership with BWH
- Manage a caseload made up of referrals from BWH and its affiliated community health centers; collaborate with hospital staff (including physicians, social workers, and community advocates) to facilitate client referrals and partner with hospital staff on shared cases
- Lead the work of the partnership with BWH through regular engagement, cross- training, program evaluation, and related efforts
- Take a leadership role in project development and management; participate in program evaluation; work with other program leaders to develop short-term and long-term planning for the Clinic and the partnership with BWH and identify strategic opportunities to respond to community need
- Train, supervise, and mentor clinical law students who are serving clients of the partnership and help develop and implement effective clinical pedagogy tailored to the needs of the partnership
- Collaborate with hospital staff through the newly expanded medical-legal partnership
with BWH, litigate housing related cases on behalf of Clinic clients; and supervise law students in their clinical work on behalf of partnership clients
Candidates must have earned a J.D. at least three years ago, have at least three years of relevant experience, and be admitted to the Massachusetts bar or eligible for temporary admission pursuant to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice advocacy; experience in housing advocacy
- Dedication to interdisciplinary work and partnering with providers from other professions Track record of developing and/or contributing to creative advocacy strategies
- Track record of developing and/or contributing to creative advocacy strategies
- Passion for teaching and mentoring; experience with or an interest in clinical education
- Experience in project management and development
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and an inclusive working and learning environment
- Collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit with the proven ability to work in teams and independently
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law. Consistent with our commitment to diversity, we strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups and all qualified persons to apply for this position.
This is a term appointment expected to extend two years from start date, with renewal or extension subject to departmental funding and need. Candidates must be available to start as soon as early as Fall 2021. Read more about the Housing Clinic and the Legal Services Center.
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About the Legal Services Center
Located at the crossroads of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury in the City of Boston, the Legal Services Center is a community-based clinical law program of Harvard Law School. Through an array of unique clinical offerings—Family Law/Domestic Violence Clinic, Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic, LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic, Housing Law Clinic, Veterans Legal Clinic, Federal Tax Clinic, Safety Net Project, and Estate Planning Project—and numerous other projects and pro bono initiatives we provide essential legal services to low-income residents of Greater Boston and in some instances, where cases present important law reform opportunities, to clients outside our service area. Our longstanding mission is to educate law students for practice and professional service while simultaneously meeting the critical needs of the community. Since 1979, we have engaged in cutting-edge litigation and legal strategies to improve the lives of individual clients, to seek systemic change for the communities we serve, and to provide law students with a singular opportunity to develop fundamental lawyering skills within a public interest law setting. To these ends, we actively partner with a diverse array of organizations, including healthcare and social service providers and advocacy groups, and continually adapt our practice areas to meet the changing legal needs of our client communities. We encourage diversity, value unique voices, and pursue with passion our twin goals of teaching law students and advocating for clients.