Duke University, School of Law

Position ID:Duke-Law-BJIFEL2021 [#17916, 1420]
Position Title: McGovern Fellow, Lecturing/Sr. Lecturing Fellow
Position Type:Non-regular rank faculty
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Law
Appl Deadline:2021/02/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/01/07, listed until 2021/02/15)
Position Description:    

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Bolch Judicial Institute-McGovern Fellow

The Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law School is accepting applications for the inaugural McGovern Fellow to assist in development and implementing programs, publications, courses and other initiatives focusing on civil litigation, mass-tort and multidistrict litigation, and other topics of mutual importance to the bench and bar.

The McGovern Fellow will be responsible for developing and managing an annual McGovern Symposium to bring together judges, practitioners, and academics to discuss and advance topics in civil litigation, including multidistrict litigation, mass harms, mediation, discovery, e-discovery, legal strategy, settlement, special masters, and class actions. In addition, the fellow will manage the Institute’s Mass-Tort and MDL Certificate Program, a multiday course designed to equip lawyers with the unique skills and knowledge needed to participate in and lead MDLs. The fellow also will initiate scholarship, events, and other educational programs designed to advance leadership and build knowledge in civil litigation and participate in other programs and events as assigned.

Under the direction of former Dean David F. Levi, the Bolch Judicial Institute works to study and promote rule-of-law principles, judicial independence, and law reform through technology and innovation. The Institute provides unique educational opportunities for sitting judges in the United States and around the globe; conducts research and supports teaching and scholarship; and develops civic education initiatives to advance its mission. The McGovern Fellow and Symposium are named for the late Duke Law Professor Francis McGovern, a pioneer in the fields of alternative dispute resolution, class actions, and multidistrict litigation.

McGovern Fellow responsibilities:
  • Under the direction of the Institute’s director and in consultation with staff and faculty, develop and manage all aspects of programs, workshops, seminars, conferences and symposia focusing on a broad range of civil litigation topics.
    • Research and create content, program agendas, course materials.
    • Engage, organize, and support faculty from Duke Law, other institutions, the judiciary, and the legal profession in creating courses and content for educational programs.
    • Collaborate with Institute staff to manage logistics, marketing, and all aspects of production and implementation for assigned programs.
  • Work with faculty, lawyers, judges, and other affiliates of the Institute and partner programs to develop and execute research initiatives, reports, publications, and other projects relating to civil litigation and the judiciary.
  • Collaborate with staff of the Institute, Law School, and partner organizations to develop and implement events, programs, fund-raising efforts, and other projects and initiatives as needed.

Candidate qualifications

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated interest and experience in civil litigation. Candidates must have a J.D., and a judicial clerkship is strongly preferred. Strong academic credentials, superior writing and verbal communication skills, and sound judgment are required. The ideal candidate also will exhibit:
  • An ability to think creatively about how to maximize the impacts of scholarly work and programmatic efforts.
  • A capacity to collaborate effectively and professionally with others, including judges, lawyers, scholars, staff, administrators, and others.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, including the ability to organize and plan events without the need for daily supervision.
  • A clear and articulated vision for how this Fellowship will advance his or her future professional goals.

The start date is spring 2021 (with flexibility as to precise date). The salary for the position will be commensurate with fellowships of this type and include Duke University benefits. The initial appointment is for two years and is renewable for up to one additional year upon mutual agreement of the fellow and the director of the Bolch Judicial Institute.

Interested applicants must apply through AcademicJobsOnline.org and should submit a letter of interest and résumé/CV via email to Kristin Triebel at kristin.triebel@law.duke.edu. Applications must be received no later than midnight on Feb. 15, 2021.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Bolch Judicial Institute
Duke Law School
210 Science Drive; Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708-0362

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