About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.
Under the direct supervision of the Director of Student Legal Services of Student Legal Services Office (SLSO), the SLSO Staff Attorney provides legal services and education to students and student groups, assists the Director in providing legal counsel to student governance bodies and student leaders, engages in policy advocacy on issues of concern to the student body, and participates in the development of the SLSO Internship Program, and in supervision of legal interns.
Provides legal assistance to students, including, but not limited to: basic legal advice and counseling, referral to outside legal counsel, simple legal document preparation, representation, mediation, litigation, and policy advocacy and lobbying; Educates students on their legal rights and obligations, and on the legal process.
Assists the Director in providing legal counsel to the Student Government Association, the Graduate Student Senate, their Agencies, and their Registered Student Organizations.
Participates in affirmative legal action and education to obtain "law reform" or other relief on problems common to large numbers of students. Assists in developing the community legal education program, including, but not limited to, an internship program, newsletter, brochures, trainings, lectures, and workshops; Utilizes a preventive-measure approach to promote students' legal rights.
Participates in the hiring, supervision, training, and evaluation of student staff and legal interns; Provides information and perspectives relevant to the development and implementation of SLSO's mission, goals, and objectives.
Maintains current working knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to the practice of law; Participates in continuing legal education; Exercises independent legal judgment in accordance with the Code of Professional Responsibility for the Legal Profession.
Serves on various nation-wide and state-wide policy advocacy committees, boards, and task forces.
Receives and applies multicultural and diversity education and training; participates in Campus Activities, including, but not limited to, University Committee meetings; May serve on various University-wide policy committees, boards, and task forces; Understands and is committed to customer-focused quality services.
Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a multi-cultural environment.
Performs other related duties as required.
Performs related duties, as assigned or required, to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives
Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery, and other compliance requirements
Demonstrates capacity, skill and willingness to engage students, and contribute to student success
Works collaboratively with other campus stakeholders to fulfill the mission of Student Affairs and Campus Life
Understands responsibilities, with respect to conflicts of interest, and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with University policy
Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace, defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration
Understands and contributes to the implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity
Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public University related information only in the performance of responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
Juris Doctor degree, membership in the Massachusetts Bar, plus one-year experience in the practice of law (may include clinical program experience).
Demonstrated ability to carry out educational functions of the position
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
Normal office environment
Position requires some evening/weekend hours, and some travel
Functions under the direct supervision of the Director of Student Legal Services
Average number of student employees supervised: 3
Monday-Friday; 8:30am-5:00pm; some evening and weekend hours as schedule dictates.
Professional Staff Salary Administration Program Position Level: 28
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please click the "Apply Now" button above while online at: https://www.umass.edu/humres/job-openings. Please submit your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Applicants should apply by the deadline of 03/27/2020 in order to ensure consideration.
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.
Advertised: Feb 28 2020 Eastern Standard Time
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