Clinical Supervising Attorney, Racial Justice Project, and Lecturer in Law

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The Mills Legal Clinic of the Stanford Law School invites applicants for a Racial Justice Project Clinical Supervising Attorney (CSA) position. The Racial Justice CSA will be responsible for developing a new racial justice clinical offering for law students within the Clinic. The CSA will serve as a Lecturer in Law, joining the thriving clinical community at Stanford Law School. The position is a two-year fixed-term position, with a potential for extension to a third year. We seek candidates with deep experience in racial justice advocacy and policy making.


The Racial Justice Project in the Mills Legal Clinic


The Racial Justice Project is a new initiative of the Mills Legal Clinic, comprised of ten distinct clinics, many of which engage deeply in racial justice work. The Racial Justice CSA will build on the dockets and advocacy priorities of these clinics, including the Youth and Education Law Project, Community Law Clinic, Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, and Criminal Defense Clinic. The Racial Justice CSA’s focus will be on developing, managing, and executing a campaign-based advocacy strategy centering racial justice, engaging with the Clinic’s existing community partners, and drawing on a range of advocacy modalities. While the Racial Justice CSA’s project will spring from the ongoing work of our clinics, the CSA will have the flexibility and responsibility to build on that work and find synergies among our clinics to focus on a specific racial justice initiative that binds and transcends the work of the clinics. The Racial Justice CSA will identify how the work of two or preferably more of our clinics can be tied together to advance a specific substantive racial justice strategy.


The Racial Justice Project within the Mills Legal Clinic will be open to advanced clinical students (students who have already completed a full-time clinical quarter). Stanford Law’s clinical program is unique in that students first participate in a clinic on a full-time basis; the clinic is the only course a student takes during the term of enrollment. After this full-time quarter, students may enroll in the clinic as advanced students.


The Mills Legal Clinic is committed to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its office and practice management, advocacy, and teaching and learning efforts. The Mills Legal Clinic occupies an entire floor in an award-winning, central-campus building opened in summer 2011.

Candidate Qualifications


The Racial Justice CSA will supervise law students, lead student group (rounds) discussions, and participate in various community collaborations. The Racial Justice CSA will have primary responsibility for the development and management of a campaign-based strategy centering racial justice. The CSA will supervise SLS students in all aspects of their clinic work, including coaching and mentoring students who have primary responsibility over their matters. Mills Legal Clinic attorneys are part of the intellectual community within the clinical program and the Law School and university at large. The clinic provides resources for its lawyers to participate in continuing education and other professional development activities. Finally, the Racial Justice CSA will be a part of the Mills Legal Clinic’s efforts to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in our teaching, practice management, and advocacy work. The Racial Justice CSA will report to Associate Dean Jayashri Srikantiah and the clinic director whose subject matter focus is closest to the campaign-based strategy developed by the CSA.


Qualified applicants for the Racial Justice CSA position should have:


• Significant experience in multi-modal advocacy work to advance racial justice, including policy analysis and advocacy; collaboration with community partners; and litigation.


• Superior writing, editing, and verbal skills.


• Strong academic credentials.


• Sound judgment and exceptional ethical standards.


• Excellent teamwork, collaboration, and teambuilding skills.


• Strong interest in and demonstrated potential for successful teaching and student supervision, including previous experience in a clinical legal setting, the direct supervision and mentoring of junior attorneys, or similar experience.


• Strong organizational / management skills, attention to detail and self-motivation, and an aptitude for law practice and clinic management.


• Admission to practice in California or eligibility and willingness to sit for the next California Bar exam


The salary is based on a formula that is competitive with similar positions.


The Application Process


Applicants should submit resumes and other materials through ( Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by October 22, 2021.  The Racial Justice CSA will ideally begin work with the Mills Legal Clinic on or before January 3, 2022, although that date is flexible.


The following materials should be submitted


  • a cover letter no longer than three pages describing: (i) prior experience in racial justice advocacy; (ii) other relevant experience;  and (iii) information relevant to the applicant’s potential for clinical supervision and teaching;


  • a resume;


  • a list of at least three references; and


  • a complete law school transcript.


  • The candidate may also submit a writing sample of no longer than 15 pages.


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Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.


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