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Practitioner in Residence, Juvenile Defender Clinic

Company: Suffolk University
Location: Boston
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Suffolk University is pleased to announce a career opportunity as a Practitioner in Residence! The Juvenile Defender Practitioner in Residence (PIR) will be a non-tenure track member of the faculty. The PIR will independently supervise students practicing in the Juvenile Defender Clinic and must employ best practices of clinical pedagogy. The PIR will be supported in the areas of clinical teaching, course design, and scholarship, including opportunities to present draft papers at one or more legal conferences and before the Suffolk faculty. The PIR will be responsible for teaching the clinical seminar associated with the Juvenile Defender Clinic, which covers relevant practice skills, substantive law, and ethical issues. The PIR will also be responsible for managing and overseeing the caseload of the Clinic, including intake, case opening and closing procedures, case assignment and appearing in Court and at case-related events with students. The PIR will be expected to leverage partnerships throughout the juvenile and criminal justice systems, including with education officials, government officials and/or advocates in the non-profit sector to advance the work of the JDC and benefit its students. The PIR will also be responsible for providing feedback to students on their performance, conducting student evaluations, and grading. Finally, the PIR will be expected to contribute to Clinical Programs through service to its students, assistance with events and initiatives, participation in clinical governance, and other matters.Qualifications: Must be a member in good standing of the Massachusetts bar and qualified to represent clients in Massachusetts State Courts. At least five years of experience representing clients in juvenile delinquency matters is required. At least three years teaching experience is required, including teaching in a clinical setting.Hours: Full Time; 12 monthsPosition Description: The Juvenile Defender Practitioner in Residence (PIR) will be a non-tenure track member of the faculty. The PIR will independently supervise students practicing in the Juvenile Defender Clinic and must employ best practices of clinical pedagogy. The PIR will be supported in the areas of clinical teaching, course design, and scholarship, including opportunities to present draft papers at one or more legal conferences and before the Suffolk faculty. The PIR will be responsible for teaching the clinical seminar associated with the Juvenile Defender Clinic, which covers relevant practice skills, substantive law, and ethical issues.The PIR will also be responsible for managing and overseeing the caseload of the Clinic, including intake, case opening and closing procedures, case assignment and appearing in Court and at case-related events with students. The PIR will be expected to leverage partnerships throughout the juvenile and criminal justice systems, including with education officials, government officials and/or advocates in the non-profit sector to advance the work of the JDC and benefit its students. The PIR will also be responsible for providing feedback to students on their performance, conducting student evaluations, and grading.Finally, the PIR will be expected to contribute to Clinical Programs through service to its students, assistance with events and initiatives, participation in clinical governance, and other matters.Juvenile Defender Clinic Summary: Suffolks Clinical Programs are nationally ranked leaders in clinical education. The Juvenile Defender Clinic is assigned to represent children, ages seven to eighteen who are involved in the juvenile justice system. While Boston Juvenile Court is where most JDC cases are heard, student attorneys and supervising faculty have appeared on behalf of clients in juvenile courts and in administrative proceedings throughout Massachusetts. Under the supervision of the PIR, student attorneys will be assigned duty days in Boston Juvenile Court and assigned to represent clients from arraignment through final disposition and beyond if client needs dictate. This practice includes administrative proceedings within the educational, mental health, and juvenile detention systems. Through student supervision and using the tools of clinical pedagogy, the PIR will help students develop essential lawyering skills, such as client interviewing and counseling, case theory development, fact investigation, drafting, advocacy, and resolving ethical dilemmas in practice.Timing: This is a one-year appointment available to begin July 1, 2022 with the opportunity to renew annually by agreement of the PIR and Suffolk. The PIR will be directly supervised by the Director of Clinical Programs.Required Application Documents: Cover letter Resume or CV Writing Sample (scholarly or practice-oriented) List of three references (preferably one clinician)Please see job descriptionPI177438820

Keywords: Suffolk University, Boston , Practitioner in Residence, Juvenile Defender Clinic, Healthcare , Boston, Massachusetts

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