Clinical Instructor, Food Law and Policy Clinic
Harvard Law School
Deadline: Open until filled
Duties & Responsibilities
Reporting to the Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), the Clinical Instructor will work independently and with the Director, staff, and students on a broad range of international, federal, state, and local policy projects addressing the health, environmental, and economic impacts of our food system. Founded in 2010, FLPC is the oldest law school clinic of its kind and, since then, has been at the forefront of tackling a range of issues in the field of food law and policy while creating opportunities for interested law students to engage in action-based learning to gain a deeper understanding of the complex challenges facing our current food system. FLPC projects make cutting-edge policy recommendations to increase access to nutritious food for individuals and families, assist small-scale and sustainable food producers in participating in markets, and reduce the waste of healthy, wholesome food.
FLPC’s projects fall into four main categories: Community Food Systems Planning; Food Access and Nutrition; Reducing Food Waste; and, Sustainable Food Production. Some current and past Clinic projects include:
- Identifying and promoting creative policies and assisting state and federal government in efforts to reduce the 40% of food that goes to waste in the United States;
- Conducting individual and group trainings for food policy councils to better understand the food system legal and policy context and achieve their food system goals;
- Commenting on major federal regulations, such as the Food and Drug Administration rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act and U.S. Department of Agriculture rules regarding the National Organic Program;
- Working with a coalition of other law school programs and law students from around the country to develop policy recommendations for the next U.S. farm bill; and,
- Researching and recommending policies that all levels of government can use to improve the foods served in schools.
The Instructor’s work will entail, but is not limited to:
- Developing and leading the work on one or several FLPC projects, which includes managing and directing the day-to-day project work, managing relationships with clients and partners, and developing and implementing long-term strategic goals for the project;
- Supervising clinical students on projects and training these students on a broad range of lawyering skills including problem-solving, law and policy analysis, research and writing, oral communication, and leadership;
- Assisting with development and teaching of classroom courses offered in conjunction with the Clinic;
- Delivering talks and trainings to food policy groups and government officials, and presenting on FLPC’s work at national conferences and events;
- Leading and supporting the administrative tasks of the Clinic, including conference and event planning, student outreach, communications, development, and other tasks that arise; and,
- Helping to set and implement the vision for the ongoing development and success of the innovative food law and policy work conducted by FLPC.
- Performing other duties as assigned.
JD Degree required, earned at least three years ago and a minimum of three years relevant experience.
Successful candidates should possess the following skills and attributes: strong writing, research, and communication skills; keen motivation to learn and achieve superior professional practice and teaching and mentoring of students; creative problem-solving skills and demonstrated ability to work innovatively within broad program goals; strong sense of self-motivation and entrepreneurial mindset; strong organizational, time management, and project management skills; demonstrated leadership experience; ability to work independently, as well as in teams, and in demanding and periodically high stress circumstances; and relevant academic or professional experience.
The Food Law and Policy Clinic is currently based in Jamaica Plain, MA, but will be relocated to Harvard Law School campus in Cambridge, MA in late 2018/early 2019.
This is a term appointment currently expected to extend to 5 years from the date of hire, subject to funding and departmental need.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.