Description:

Position Summary:
The primary mission of the Filmmakers Legal Clinic is to provide pro bono legal services to filmmakers and video journalists who aim to use visual advocacy to move the social justice needle. The Clinic seeks to train the next generation of transactional and intellectual property lawyers working in the public interest and to empower filmmakers and video journalists by increasing access to legal resources.

The Clinic is uniquely situated at an intersection of several different areas of legal education. Through the Clinic’s inter-disciplinary approach, students gain experience in a combination of transactional work, intellectual property issues, first amendment issues, and social justice issues and the arts. Future attorneys leave empowered to practice in these areas, and more broadly, to serve as agents of change in the legal profession.

In addition to individual client representation, the Clinic engages in making access to legal information broadly accessible, including teaching workshops, educational programs and building online resources together with our community partners.

Position Responsibilities:
The Clinical Fellow, reporting to the Director of the Clinic, will provide support for the Filmmakers Legal Clinic’s client work by supervising the work of the clinic students in their client work, helping to manage the Clinic’s caseload over the summer, supervise student work on educational programs and providing training to our community partners. The Clinical Fellow will also assist in helping with various programmatic and administrative related matters, as requested by the Director.

Experience & Educational Background:
  • A J.D. and an active New York bar membership
  • At minimum of three years of legal experience

Skills & Competencies:
  • Knowledge of transactional and intellectual property lawyering;
  • Ability and disposition to supervise law students and/or experience with formal mentoring and supervision of law students, beginning lawyers or other professionals;
  • Excellent research, analytical, communication, case management and writing skills;
  • Strong collaboration, mentoring, and facilitation skills;
  • Sense of humor and positive attitude.

Application Instructions:
To apply, please submit a statement of interest, a C.V., law school transcript and contact information for at least three references.