GitHub Developer Rights Fellow, Stanford Law School

Stanford University
May 05, 2023
Jun 02, 2023
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The Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic at Stanford Law School is seeking an energetic and dedicated attorney to join its teaching and practice team as a full–time resident Clinical Fellow. The GitHub Developer Rights Fellow will be an integral part of the Clinic's mission to train law students and represent clients in a variety of significant litigation, client counseling, and policy advocacy matters. The Fellow will work primarily to handle and expand the Clinic's caseload that involves software copyright issues, particularly Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Section 1201 and 512 matters, fair use cases, and open–source software development and licensing, as well as AI development, accountability, and regulation. The Fellow will work with students to counsel developers to understand their rights under the DMCA and to provide independent legal representation in appropriate cases to assert those rights, including reviewing and handling DMCA notices for developers from across the development ecosystem. The Fellow also will coordinate research on and advocacy for sound application of the DMCA, copyright law, and other legal issues important for software developers and innovation. This is a rare opportunity to practice and teach in one of the preeminent technology and IP clinics in the nation and at one of the country's leading institutions for legal scholarship and education. The legal and policy work of the clinic is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. The Fellow will work hand–in–hand with the Clinic director, Professor Phil Malone, the Clinic's supervising attorney, and Clinic students to represent developers and others in challenging real–world cases and matters. The clients served by our students and attorneys include a variety of software and technology developers, technologists, researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, community and other non–profit organizations, and others. Minimum qualifications: J.D. or equivalent legal degree and at least one to three years of experience in litigation, client counseling, licensing, and/or policy work, ideally involving DMCA, copyright, and fair use matters; outstanding academic credentials, writing and editing ability, and teamwork and collaboration skills; sound judgment and exceptional integrity and ethical standards; and strong organizational and management skills, attention to detail, initiative, and self–motivation. Preferred qualifications: Additional experience in open–source software advising or licensing, or other intellectual property and technology law and policy, is desirable; Experience advising or otherwise working with software developers is desirable but not required, as is experience with or academic training in software development; and Membership in the California bar is strongly preferred; otherwise eligibility and willingness to sit for the next California Bar exam. No teaching experience is required, but a strong interest in and demonstrated potential for working with students on a variety of important cases and projects at the forefront of technology and copyright, the DMCA, and fair use, among other issues, is essential. The position is an excellent opportunity for a recent law school graduate or other attorney with outstanding academics and work experience who wants to work in a cutting–edge and intellectually invigorating environment, gain valuable practice experience and/or transition to clinical law teaching, and serve the public interest. The position is for a two–year fixed term with the possibility of renewal for one additional two–year term. The Fellow will work in person at Stanford Law School; remote work is not possible. About the Clinic: The Juelsgaard IP and Innovation Clinic is one of ten clinics comprising the Mills Legal Clinic, one of the nation's leading law school clinical programs. The Stanford program is unique in that students participate in a clinic on a full–time basis for an entire academic quarter: they do not take any other courses during that quarter, they work in the clinic space each business day, and they focus exclusively and intensively on their clients and cases. This model allows for highly intentional, reflective, and iterative case work and the ability to provide deep, nuanced supervision and mentoring to students. How to Apply Applicants should submit resumes through – referencing job number 98938. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with a preferred start date of late spring or early summer, 2023. In addition, applicants should send the following materials to Ana Villanueva, the Clinic legal assistant, at . a statement no longer than four pages describing: (i) prior experience in litigation, counseling, education, or policy advocacy involving the DMCA or other copyright matters and/or open source software issues (ii) other experience involving intellectual property or technology law or policy, (iii) any relevant software or other technical training or experience; and (iv) any other relevant experience; a current CV or resume; a complete law school transcript; and at least three professional references Questions about the position, the job requirements, or the Clinic can be sent to Professor Phil Malone at . The expected pay range for this position is $64,480 –$78,000 per annum. Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, and external market pay for comparable jobs. Note: The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned. Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University. Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires an accommodation to perform essential functions of the job. Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and 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, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Additional Information Schedule: Full–time Job Code: 1384 Employee Status: Fixed–Term Grade: H99 Department URL: Requisition ID: 98938 Work Arrangement : On Site