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Suffolk University Practitioner in Residence, Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Lab in Boston, Massachusetts

Practitioner in Residence, Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Lab

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts

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Suffolk University is pleased to announce a career opportunity as a Practitioner in Residence! The Practitioner in Residence (PIR) will be appointed as a non-tenure track faculty member. The PIR will work within the Legal Innovation and Technology Lab (LIT Lab), which is a part of Suffolk’s nationally ranked Clinical Programs and the Law School’s nationally leading Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Institute. The Primary responsibility of the PIR will be to engage in project-based legal tech work within the LIT Lab. The PIR will work on existing projects in the LIT Lab and also have the ability to develop new projects. The PIR will be encouraged to handle entrepreneurial projects and identify and apply for grants to support existing and emerging projects. The PIR will have the opportunity to hone teaching and clinical supervision skills and will have access to support in the areas of research, scholarship, clinical supervision, and grant writing/development. The PIR will be encouraged to produce scholarship in the LIT field and given the opportunity to present draft papers at legal conferences and before the Suffolk faculty. Qualifications: Must be a member in good standing of a state bar (preferably MA). Applicants must have at least five years of experience working in legal innovation and technology as a software developer, domain expert, and teaching experience. Candidates must be able to work creatively and collaboratively, including in mentoring relationships with students. Candidates must be willing to work as a full stack developer. Proficiency with Docassemble and Python are required. Experience with grants preferred but not required.

Position Description: The Practitioner in Residence (PIR) will be appointed as a non-tenure track faculty member. The PIR will work within the Legal Innovation and Technology Lab (LIT Lab), which is a part of Suffolk’s nationally ranked Clinical Programs and the Law School’s nationally leading Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Institute. The Primary responsibility of the PIR will be to engage in project-based legal tech work within the LIT Lab. The PIR will work on existing projects in the LIT Lab and also have the ability to develop new projects. The PIR will be encouraged to handle entrepreneurial projects and identify and apply for grants to support existing and emerging projects. The PIR will have the opportunity to hone teaching and clinical supervision skills and will have access to support in the areas of research, scholarship, clinical supervision, and grant writing/development. The PIR will be encouraged to produce scholarship in the LIT field and given the opportunity to present draft papers at legal conferences and before the Suffolk faculty.

Role within LIT Lab: The LIT Lab (https://suffolklitlab.org/) is an experiential learning and in-house legal innovation hub providing legal tech and data science consulting services to organizational clients, while engaging in independent research and product development, including hosting open source legal tech projects (e.g., the Document Assembly Line Project (https://suffolklitlab.org/docassemble-AssemblyLine-documentation/) ). The PIR will serve as technical lead on the Lab’s Document Assembly Line Project. The PIR will also assist the Lab in developing solutions for LIT Lab clients, including legal services organizations, law firms, nonprofits, courts, and clinics. The PIR’s work may include full stack development, interactions with clients, and outreach to communities affected by Lab work. The LIT Lab enrolls and works with a broad range of students each semester, and the PIR will provide supervision to Lab students (individually and/or in teams).

The PIR will also help support innovation and technology projects within Suffolk’s Clinical Programs more broadly. Specifically, the PIR will help oversee the work of a group of Legal Innovation and Tech Fellows (LIT Fellows), who are embedded within several of our in-house Clinics and who focus on projects that directly benefit clients of the various clinics.

The PIR will also support the Law School’s Legal Innovation and Technology Institute (https://sites.suffolk.edu/legaltech/) . The Institute oversees projects and programs at Suffolk designed to leverage technology and other innovations to improve the practice of law and the delivery of legal services. The PIR may work on special projects and events associated with the LIT Lab, such as hackathons, the LIT Certificate program, the LIT Conference (LITCon), panels, and other events.

Reporting: The PIR will report directly to the Director of Clinical Programs, currently Professor Sarah Boonin. For independent projects related to the LIT Institute, the PIR will be supervised by the Assistant Dean of Innovation, Strategic Initiatives, & Distance Education, currently Gabe Teninbaum. The LIT PIR will also work closely with Practitioner in Residence and LIT Lab Director, currently David Colarusso.

Duration: This position will begin as soon as possible. The PIR position is a one-year (12 month) appointment, which is renewable on an annual basis. The PIR will have an annual review, and renewal of the appointment will be subject to curricular needs, financial considerations, performance in carrying out the position responsibilities, and adherence to the relevant terms of employment of the University and Law School.

Required Application Documents: Cover Letter

Resume or CV List of three references

All applications must be submitted online via Suffolk’s career website: http://jobs.jobvite.com/careers/suffolkuniversity/jobs?__jvst=Career+Site .

Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.

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