Mysun Foundation Fellow
University of Miami
Founded in 1996, the Center for Ethics and Public Service is a law school-housed experiential education, skills training, and community engagement program devoted to the values of ethical judgment, professional responsibility, and public service in law and society. The Center’s mission is to educate law students to serve their communities as citizen lawyers.
The Environmental Justice Clinic ("EJC") provides rights education, interdisciplinary research, policy resources, and advocacy and transactional assistance to underserved low- and moderate-income communities in the contexts of the built and natural environment across the fields of civil rights, environmental protection, poverty law, and public health. Adding to this purview, the EJC plans to increasingly integrate issues and perspectives relating to climate change and climate justice into its projects and cases. EJC faculty and students collaborate with the University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and School of Medicine’s Graduate Program in Public Health, as well as local, regional, and national civil rights and environmental organizations, faith-based groups, and Florida nonprofit corporations and neighborhood associations.
The Mysun Foundation Fellow (“Mysun Fellow” ) will join the EJC team and the vibrant and supportive clinical community at the School of Law. The role of the Mysun Fellow includes the teaching of clinic classes, managing and supervising all aspects of student work on EJC cases/projects, coordinating with community, attorney, and university partners, assisting with administration and operations, and representing individual and group clients. This position will report to the EJC Associate Director, and work in collaboration with CEPS staff and the EJC team. The Mysun Fellow will participate in all activities of the EJC, including:
- train students to improve their lawyering skills (especially legal research, writing, analysis, and oral advocacy)
- supervise students by, among other things, meeting with students on a weekly basis at supervision meetings, and reviewing and providing feedback to student drafts and legal research
- draft motions, pleadings, briefs, policy memoranda, legislatives proposals, and other legal documentation as needed
- manage cases, projects, and EJC docket
- assist in the teaching of classes
- assist in developing and maintaining relationships with clients and the communities EJC serves by, among other things, attending relevant community meetings and supervising/conducting rights education workshops, as necessary
- participate in curriculum development
- collaborate with university faculty and community partners on community education, research, and advocacy projects
- represent and, as necessary, present on behalf of the EJC within the University of Miami and externally as required at conferences and workshops
- design and implement litigation and other legal strategies
J.D., admission to Florida Bar (strong candidates without Florida Bar qualifications and a willingness to take the Florida bar during the summer of 2019 will be considered), 2-5 years of litigation, clinical- or other relevant work-experience, a demonstrated commitment to public interest law, strong academic credentials, and superior writing, editing and verbal skills. The candidate is expected to be able to work independently as well as with a team and to have a passion to solve some of South Florida’s most pressing environmental justice issues.
Information and Application Process Instructions
Applicants should submit:
- Cover letter that includes a statement of interest including career goals and prior experience providing legal services, teaching, and other relevant experience.
- Law school transcript.
- List of at least three references and their contact information.
- Three writing samples (writing samples should not be collaborative work or pieces that have been significantly edited by others).
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