Legal Research Associate, Policy Surveillance Program
Deadline: June 19, 2016
The Policy Surveillance Program (PSP) is a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to promote effective regulatory, legal and policy solutions to improve public health. The program is housed at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.
PSP seeks applications from lawyers and recent law-school graduates to fill several full-time Legal Research Associate positions. The Associate will form part of the dynamic and expanding PSP legal team, which consists of lawyers and other public policy professionals dedicated to using policy surveillance as a tool to support better-informed public health laws and policies.
The Associate will conduct legal research using LexisNexis, Westlaw, HeinOnline, and state legislative websites; conceptualize the scope of legal research projects for emerging public health law topics; and collaborate with other staff members to perform other policy surveillance and research tasks as assigned. The Associate’s primary task will be to collect and analyze statutory and regulatory law for the creation of quantitative legal datasets at LawAtlas.org, a policy surveillance tool that maps and compares public health laws across states/jurisdictions over time. The Associate will also write reports, research protocols, and other materials for LawAtlas.org that accompany and synthesize the information presented in datasets. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree and at least three years of directly related experience and a JD An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Required Skills and Abilities:
Outstanding legal research and writing skills, including statutory and regulatory research experience.
Analytic or scientific process skills, including the ability to observe, infer, measure, communicate and classify features in the law.
Demonstrated organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to work collegially with others as part of a team.
Strong computer skills, including experience with: Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Excel), collaborative document-sharing tools like Google Docs, Adobe Acrobat, and web-interfaces.
Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.
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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Main Campus-Barrack Hall
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regularhealth law policy job opportunity public health