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

80187 Requisition #
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The Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic of Stanford Law School seeks an enthusiastic and passionate attorney to join its 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 rich and exciting 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 real-world cases and matters across fields that include internet and information technology, media and content creation, telecom, AI and machine learning, biotech, pharmaceuticals, and many more. Our students handle cases involving significant patent, copyright, and trademark issues as well as areas such as net neutrality, antitrust, FDA regulation, online speech and Section 230, CFAA, privacy, surveillance, and others.

In the last several years, Clinic students have:

• drafted and submitted almost a dozen amicus briefs to the US Supreme Court; numerous amicus briefs to the Federal Circuit and other federal courts of appeals, federal district courts, and state supreme courts; and even an amicus-like third-party intervention submission to the European Court of Human Rights;

• drafted and submitted comments and provided live testimony in several rulemaking and regulatory proceedings before entities including the Copyright Office, FDA, PTO, and FTC;

• engaged in pre-litigation counseling and occasional limited litigation, including a net neutrality challenge in the DC Circuit, a trademark opposition before the TTAB, and a motion to quash in CA state court;

• prepared and submitted comments on proposed legislation;

• drafted policy papers, whitepapers, and other “best practices” documents advocating for balanced approaches to innovation and creativity; and

• advised clients on a wide range of tech policy, IP, and other innovation-related issues and occasionally registered copyrights and trademarks.

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, economists, 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 an integral part of 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- and innovation-related legal, business, and technical developments; reaching out to potential collaborators; and maintaining relationships with partners such as advocacy organizations, industry groups, and government agencies;

• pursuing (often with students) client development, including maintaining relationships with ongoing clients, conducting 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.

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.

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 weekly 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. The supervising attorney will have considerable time during summers and one “quiet” quarter per year, subject to ongoing case needs, to pursue their own academic research and writing projects if they choose.


Applicants for the Clinical Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law position must have:

• At least three to five years experience in patent, copyright, trademark, and/or other innovation-related legal 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.

Applicants should be energetic and passionate about working with students on a variety of important and highly visible cases and projects that go to the heart of the relationship between law and innovation. The position is a great opportunity for current or former law school clinic fellows or instructors, or for experienced patent, IP, or technology policy practitioners or litigators who want to work in a cutting-edge and intellectually invigorating environment, transition to an academic setting, and serve the public interest.

The salary is based on a formula that is competitive with similar positions. We provide retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources, which can be read about in detail here https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/benefits-rewards.

The position is for an initial one-year fixed term with the possibility of renewal.

Applicants should submit resumes through http://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/, referencing job number 80187. 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 September or October, 2019.

Please submit the following:

• a statement no longer than four pages describing: (i) prior experience in IP or other technology policy, 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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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.

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