Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic Clinical Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School

99947 Requisition #

The Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic of Stanford Law School seeks an enthusiastic and dedicated attorney to join its in-person teaching and practice team as a Clinical Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law. The supervising attorney will be an integral part of all aspects of the Clinic’s mission to train outstanding law students and represent clients in a variety of significant matters focusing on technology and intellectual property policy, appellate and agency advocacy, IP strategy, and client advising and counseling.

This is a rare opportunity to 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 supervising attorney will work hand-in-hand with students in the Clinic as they represent real clients in important and challenging cases involving patent, copyright, and trademark as well as racial justice and technology; AI regulation and accountability; antitrust; pharma and FDA regulation; online speech, content moderation, and Section 230; privacy, surveillance, net neutrality, and others. 

Over the last few years, Clinic students have submitted dozens of amicus briefs, including over 25 briefs to the US Supreme Court and many others to the Federal Circuit, other federal courts of appeals, and federal district courts. They prepared and submitted comments and provided live testimony in numerous rulemaking and regulatory proceedings before entities including the Copyright Office, FDA, PTO, FTC, and FCC. They helped litigate a challenge to the 2017 net neutrality rollback in the DC Circuit and various cases against copyright trolls in federal district courts. Students also advised clients on a wide range of tech policy, IP, and other innovation-related questions and occasionally registered copyrights and trademarks. And they drafted policy papers, whitepapers, and other “best practices” documents advocating for balanced approaches to innovation and creativity.

The legal and policy work of the clinic is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. The clients served by our students and supervising attorney include a variety of non-profit organizations and associations of innovators, entrepreneurs, artists and other content creators, technology users, consumers, technologists, legal academics, and others. The Clinic occasionally represents individual innovators, start-ups, journalists, and researchers.  

Reporting to, and working closely with the Clinic’s director, Professor Phil Malone, the supervising attorney will be deeply immersed in all the Clinic’s work, including:

  • providing extensive supervision of Clinic students and their legal work, particularly small-group and one-on-one supervision and review of their case and policy analysis and development, client interactions, written work, oral advocacy, and professionalism;
  • giving regular, detailed oral and written feedback to students on their performance;
  • delivering instruction in and modeling core lawyering and practice skills;
  • ensuring professional, high-quality representation of Clinic clients;
  • engaging in area-of-expertise development, including monitoring of IP, racial justice, and innovation-related legal, business, and technical developments; reaching out to potential collaborators; and maintaining relationships with partners such as community advocates, advocacy organizations, industry groups, and government agencies;
  • pursuing client development, including maintaining relationships with ongoing clients, conducting (often with students) client intake, and identifying and reaching out to potential new clients;
  • partnering with the director to shape the overall vision and operation of the Clinic, design its curriculum, develop teaching materials, co-teach the twice-weekly clinic seminar, and ensure best-practice Clinic administration and operations; and
  • providing direct client representation during student breaks or when otherwise necessary.

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. 

Mills Legal Clinic supervising attorneys are part of the vibrant intellectual community within the Law School and Stanford University at large.  The supervising attorney will be invited to attend periodic faculty 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. The clinic also provides resources for its supervising attorneys to participate in conferences, continuing education, and other professional development activities.

Minimum Requirements

  • J.D. or equivalent legal degree;
  • at least four years experience in technology policy; racial justice and tech/IP; patent, copyright, trademark, and/or other innovation-related policy development and advocacy; appellate or trial-level litigation; and/or client counseling;
  • superior writing, editing and verbal skills;
  • outstanding 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; and
  • admission to practice in California or eligibility and willingness to sit for the next California Bar exam.
  • A background in patent policy, strategy, litigation and/or counseling; appellate advocacy; or open source / open access issues, and a technical or scientific background, is desirable but not required.

The position is for an initial one-year fixed term with the possibility of renewal. The supervising attorney will work in person at Stanford Law School; remote work is not possible.

Applicants should submit resumes through http://jobs.stanford.edu/, referencing job number 99947.  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 late summer, 2023. 

In addition, applicants should send the following materials to Ana Villanueva, the Clinic legal assistant, at anamv@law.stanford.edu

  • a statement no longer than four pages describing the candidate’s interest in the position and: (i) their prior experience in IP or other technology policy, the intersection of racial justice and tech, agency or appellate advocacy, litigation, and/or client advising and counseling; (ii) any relevant technical training or experience; (iii) any other relevant experience; (iv) information relevant to the applicant's experience with, interest in, and potential for clinical supervision and teaching;
  • a current CV or resume;
  • at least three references; and
  • a complete law school transcript.

Questions about the position, the Clinic, or the job requirements can be sent to Professor Phil Malone at pmalone@law.stanford.edu.

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The expected base pay range for this position is $110,000-$163,000. 

Stanford University has provided a pay range representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for the position. The pay offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors including (but not limited to) the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate including years since terminal degree, training, and field or discipline; departmental budget availability; internal equity; and external market pay for comparable jobs.

Note: The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

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.

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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