Director of Academic & Clinical Programs; Separation of Powers Clinic Director

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Sep 17, 2021
Oct 25, 2021
Full Time
Director of Academic & Clinical Programs; Separation of Powers Clinic Director

The George Mason University C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, within the Antonin Scalia Law School, invites applications for the Director of Academic & Clinical Programs; Separation of Powers Clinic Director position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and it strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Center:

The C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State is one of the nation's leading law school programs for academic research and debate on contemporary issues of administrative law and regulatory policy. Each year the Center organizes numerous research roundtables, public policy conferences, and other events and webinars. The Gray Center also sponsors research and hosts events devoted to study of the constitutional separation of powers with particular focus on the situation of the administration state within that federal system.

About the Position:

This position is part-time, requiring the most hours per week during the spring semester when the clinic course is in session, but requiring fewer hours per week throughout the summer and fall.


The Director will operate a separation of powers clinic under the general supervision of the Gray Center Co-Executive Director. The clinic will be organized around a two-credit course taught in the spring semester of each academic year with enrollment of up to 12 students.

The Clinic Director will teach the two-credit course and supervise the students' completion of draft amicus briefs, complaints, and other litigation motions. The Director will also have responsibility for managing the process of litigation filings and securing clinic clients for students to acquire training in tangible legal practice skills. The Director will manage and grade student work product, providing significant feedback and instruction relevant to legal practice. In addition to the spring coursework, during the fall semester the director will manage an independent study program for up to three students who will continue to help the director with ongoing efforts to draft amicus briefs and other litigation filings. Over the summer, the Director will continue to manage litigation projects as needed, with the capacity to hire research assistants on an as-needed basis. The Director will coordinate with the Center's co-executive director/assistant professor on clinic priorities and will develop the clinic course curriculum.

In the more general role of Director of Academic & Clinical Programs, the Director will host six annual lunches with guest speakers for Scalia Law students, sponsored by the Center; guest speakers will discuss issues relevant to Center-sponsored scholarship or the separation of powers clinic. On an as-needed basis, the Director will also contribute up to several hours a month on general Center responsibilities, such as drafting components of the Center's monthly newsletter.

Required Qualifications:

  • Multiple years of litigation practice experience and a background of managing significant litigation matters from start to finish;
  • Team management experience and the capacity to work well with students;
  • Must be able to communicate litigation concepts to students and evaluate and edit written student work product;
  • Must be able to develop litigation strategy, acquire clinic clients, and convey complex constitutional, administrative, and separation of powers legal concepts, connecting the practical implications of Gray Center scholarship with the training and education of Scalia Law School students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Federal clerkship experience.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA75Hz at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

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