Job ID: 182340

Associate Director - Environmental Law Clinic - School of Law

University of California Berkeley

  • Mar. 24, 2022
  • Associate Director - Environmental Law Clinic - School of Law
  • University of California Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • 05/31/2022
  • Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Law - General

Associate Director - Environmental Law Clinic - School of Law

Position overview Position title: Associate Director, Environmental Law Clinic Anticipated start: July 1, 2022 Application Window
Open February 18th, 2022 through Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description
The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law seeks applicants for a full-time position to serve as the Associate Director of Berkeley Law's Environmental Law Clinic (ELC).

This is an open rank search and the finalist may be appointed as Assistant Clinical Professor of Law (Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment) or Clinical Professor of Law (Lecturer with Security of Employment). This faculty position entails membership in the Academic Senate with rights and responsibilities that are comparable to the standard professorial track, but with an emphasis on legal clinic teaching, professional competence and activity, research and creative work, and University and public service.

ELC is a multi-tool advocacy clinic that focuses on environmental health and environmental justice. In our clinic, we train students to be creative problem-solvers by engaging them in a combination of investigation, litigation, legislative drafting, regulatory advocacy, and strategy advising to further our clients' goals. In our companion seminar, we probe the systemic forces (including racial, economic, and gendered injustices) that shape current environmental laws, and strategize about high-leverage avenues for reform. Additionally, in both clinic projects and seminar, we probe the role of media in framing/reframing narratives to effectuate client goals. This includes training students in writing op eds, and working with clients on media campaigns.

Our current docket addresses air pollution from a local factory; California's siting of locally unwanted land uses in disadvantaged communities; the need to include Native voices and priorities in plans for a decarbonized energy future; addressing toxic pollution in drinking water; and expanding rooftop solar energy in low-income communities.

The Associate Director will work with the Director to plan, develop, and manage the clinic's docket and operations; to develop and supervise legal and policy projects for the clinic, and complementary media strategy; and to fulfill service as a member of the full-time faculty, such as by participating in law school committees.

As a clinical faculty member, the Associate Director will co-teach the clinical companion seminar, and will be responsible for co-supervising other clinic staff who teach ELC students. The Associate Director will teach students substantive law and policy skills, including how to interview clients and experts (including academics), craft effective public records requests, conduct legal analysis, consult stakeholders (such as community members, advocacy organizations, and public officials) and Native Tribes, and support our clients in broader coalitions and reform campaigns.

The Associate Director will closely supervise students as they complete written assignments on behalf of clients, whether confidential (e.g., legal, policy, and strategy memos) or public-facing (e.g., litigation briefs and reports).

Candidates must have strong academic credentials, substantial practice experience, administrative ability, and a background in advocacy with a racial or economic dimension. Teaching or legal-supervisory experience is desired but not required. The candidate should also have demonstrated potential for research and writing on law, policy, or the profession, and for teaching, supervising, and mentoring law students. Additional materials may be requested from finalists.

Berkeley Law encourages applications from candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service. We recognize that a diverse workforce is essential for maintaining legitimacy as a public university dedicated to serving the needs of our increasingly diverse state. Berkeley Law is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit

Berkeley Law seeks candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in all facets of higher education. ELC is committed to building an equitable and inclusive staff to teach and work in a multicultural and antiracist learning environment. Qualified members of historically marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants need not have attended an elite institution; need not have published academic scholarship to date; and need not have a formal academic research agenda. Preferred candidates must have the skills and interest to produce original creative work (such as law review articles, peer-reviewed articles, or advocacy reports) in addition to clinic work product.



Additional Information:
Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Applicants must hold a J.D. degree or international equivalent; be admitted to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction.
Preferred qualifications
Membership in California bar, or be willing to sit for the California bar within one year of appointment. Preferred candidates would have at least 5 years of legal practice experience. Judicial clerkships count towards this requirement.
Application Requirements Document requirements

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Cover Letter - A cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position, and what you have to offer.

Legal Writing Sample

Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

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The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/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, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)
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