Anti-Bullying Fellowship in ChildLaw, School of Law

  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Feb 04, 2020
Full time Education Legal

Job Description

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is seeking applications for a fellow to lead a legal and advocacy project to address school bullying. Loyola’s ChildLaw program is offering this two-year fellowship to commence in July of 2020. The Fellowship will provide a unique opportunity for an attorney to lead a comprehensive statewide initiative seeking to reduce and ultimately eliminate bullying at public and private schools. The Fellow will work closely with the ChildLaw Center faculty on the design and implementation of a program designed to expand and enhance the implementation and enforcement of bullying laws and protections.

The goals of the fellowship will be to:
• Develop an advocacy program that will train and mobilize law students and pro bono attorneys to advocate on behalf of K-12 students in bullying proceedings and empower parents and guardians to enforce rights and protections for targets of bullying;
• Collaborate and liaise with States’ Attorneys, Public Guardians, educational officials and other stakeholders to actively implement and enforce anti-bullying laws, rules, regulations and policies;
• Develop and enforce shield protections, so that targets of bullying and their advocates, parents, and guardians can pursue enforcement of anti-bullying laws and strategies and seek available remedies;
• Develop and advocate for educational and training programs designed to increase awareness of the impact of bullying, existing protections related to school bullying, and best practices in redressing bullying, developing a positive school climate, and supporting students’ social and emotional learning needs; and
• Advocate for new laws and policies to address the reduction and elimination of school bullying and improve school climate.

The Fellow will also support reporting on the processes and outcomes related to the goals of the Fellowship.

Qualifications

Candidates with at least two years of practice experience are strongly preferred. Admission or eligibility for admission to the Illinois bar by July 1, 2020 is required. (Out-of-state applicants should review Illinois Supreme Court Rule 717 for special admission criteria applicable to legal service program lawyers.) Priority will be given to applicants with experience in education law and/or complex litigation and demonstrated leadership abilities. Some local and suburban travel is required.

Minimum Education and/or Work Experience

Candidates with at least two years of practice experience are strongly preferred. Admission or eligibility for admission to the Illinois bar by July 1, 2020 is required. (Out-of-state applicants should review Illinois Supreme Court Rule 717 for special admission criteria applicable to legal service program lawyers.) Priority will be given to applicants with experience in education law and/or complex litigation and demonstrated leadership abilities. Some local and suburban travel is required.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin February 3, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. The position will begin on July 1, 2020. Applicants are asked to submit (1) a letter of interest describing the candidate’s reasons for applying for the fellowship, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a sample of scholarly or other written work, (4) a law school transcript, (5) two letters of recommendation, and (6) the names and contact information of individuals prepared to provide professional references. Applications should be submitted through Loyola’s Careers website at www.careers.luc.edu.

Inquiries should be directed to Miranda Johnson, Director of the Education Law and Policy Institute, Loyola University Chicago, 25 E. Pearson St., 11th Floor, Chicago, IL, 60611, mjohnson11@luc.edu.

Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. The University seeks to increase the diversity of its faculty, staff and student populations because broad diversity contributes to a robust academic environment and is critical to meeting the University’s commitment to excellence in education, research, educational access and services in an increasingly diverse society.

As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a transformative education in the Jesuit tradition. Candidates should consult our website at https://www.luc.edu/mission/index.shtml to gain a clearer understanding of LUC’s mission. For information about the university’s focus on transformative education, please consult our website at http://www.luc.edu/transformativeed. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.