GitHub Developer Rights Fellow, Stanford Law School

90559 Requisition #

The Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic at Stanford Law School is seeking an enthusiastic and passionate attorney to join its teaching and practice team as a full-time resident Clinical Fellow.


The GitHub Developer Rights Fellow will be an integral part of the Clinic’s mission to train law students and represent clients in a variety of significant litigation, client counseling, and policy advocacy matters. The Fellow will focus primarily on the Clinic’s caseload that involves software copyright issues, particularly Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Section 1201 and 512 matters, fair use cases, open-source software development and licensing issues, and other intellectual property matters. The Fellow will work with students to assist developers in knowing their rights under the DMCA and to provide independent legal representation in appropriate cases to assert those rights, including reviewing and handling DMCA 1201 notices for developers from across the development ecosystem. The Fellow also will coordinate research on and advocacy for sound policies for and application of the DMCA, copyright law, and other legal issues important for software developers and innovation.  


This is a rare opportunity to practice and teach in one of the preeminent technology and IP clinics in the nation and at one of the country’s leading institutions for legal scholarship and education. The legal and policy work of the clinic is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. The Fellow will work hand-in-hand with the Clinic director, Professor Phil Malone, the Clinic’s supervising attorney, and students to represent clients in important and challenging real-world cases and matters. The clients served by our students and attorneys include a variety of community and other non-profit organizations, software and technology developers, technologists, researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and others.


The Fellow will also have the opportunity to engage in the vibrant intellectual community within the Law School and Stanford University at large.  Fellows will be invited to attend regular workshops at which scholars from Stanford and throughout the world present research and works in progress and may attend similar talks elsewhere in the university.

Applicants should have:


  • J.D. and at least one to three years of experience in litigation, client counseling, licensing, and/or policy work, ideally in DMCA, copyright, and fair use matters. Additional experience in open-source software advising or licensing, or other intellectual property and technology law and policy, is desirable
  • Experience advising or otherwise working with software developers is desirable but not required, as is experience with or academic training in software development
  • Membership in the California bar is strongly preferred; otherwise eligibility and willingness to sit for the next California Bar exam
  • Outstanding academic credentials, writing and editing ability, and teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Sound judgment and exceptional integrity and ethical standards
  • Strong organizational and management skills, attention to detail, initiative and self-motivation
  • No teaching experience is required, but a strong interest in and demonstrated potential for teaching and working with students on cases is essential.


Applicants should be energetic and passionate about working with students on a variety of important and high visibility cases and projects at the forefront of technology and copyright, the DMCA, and fair use, among others. The position is an excellent opportunity for a recent law school graduate with outstanding academics and work experience who wants to work in a cutting-edge and intellectually invigorating environment, gain valuable practice experience and/or transition to clinical law teaching, and serve the public interest.


The position is for a two-year fixed term with the possibility of renewal for one additional two-year term. The salary is based on a formula that is competitive with similar positions.  We also provide Fellows with work space and a generous benefits package; more information at


* Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


About the Clinic:


The Juelsgaard IP and Innovation Clinic is one of ten clinics comprising the Mills Legal Clinic, one of the nation’s leading law school clinical programs.  The Stanford program is unique in that students participate in a clinic on a full-time basis for an entire academic quarter: they do not take any other courses during that quarter, they work in the clinic space each business day, and they focus exclusively and intensively on their clients and cases. This model allows for highly intentional, reflective, and iterative case work and the ability to provide deep, nuanced supervision and mentoring to students.




Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with a preferred start date of fall 2021.


We invite you to apply by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button found here ( (posting number 90559). To be considered, please submit the following materials with your online application:


  • a statement no longer than four pages describing: (i) prior experience in litigation, counseling, education, or policy advocacy involving the DMCA or other copyright matters and/or open source software issues (ii) other experience involving intellectual property or technology law or policy, (iii) any relevant software or other technical training or experience; and (iv) any other relevant experience
  • a current CV or resume
  • a writing sample
  • a complete law school transcript
  • at least three professional references


Questions about the position, the Clinic, or the job requirements can be sent to Professor Phil Malone at


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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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