3L Weekly Docket

This edition of the 3L Weekly Docket contains three job opportunities, one at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a research position at Harvard Medical School, and a federal job with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The CDO is eager to help you prepare application materials for any of these positions. 

Animal Legal Defense Fund Litigation Fellow, December 3 Deadline

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is pleased to announce a fellowship position with the Animal Legal Defense Fund Animal Law Institute, a first-of-its-kind program that, by training classes of promising litigators in strategic impact litigation, will further Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.Term of Employment: Full-time – Beginning in the fall of 2019 and will last for approximately two years. Position will be based in Cotati, California.R

Position Objectives:

Litigation Fellows in Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Litigation Program are responsible for the day-to-day management of their assigned cases and projects, including ensuring the completion of all necessary research, filings, and other aspects of litigation. Litigation Fellows are also responsible for assisting the Director of Litigation in developing new cases.

Salary and benefits:

  • The positions offer a salary of $55,000 annually, and full benefits including medical, dental, 401k, holiday and generous Paid Time Off.
  • Casual office environment, including bringing in your companion animals.
  • Some remote work-from-home days allowed.

Application Instructions:
The application deadline for this position is December 3, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage applicants to apply early. Applicants should email an application form, cover letter, résumé (including 2-3 professional references), original writing sample, and transcript (unofficial is okay) to Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Legal Program Administrator, Gail Evans (gevans@aldf.org).

Read more and apply here

Fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, January 25 Deadline

The Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Medicine and Harvard Medical School invites its 2019 round of applications for postdoctoral fellows in pharmaceutical law and health services research. Current and past fellows have studied FDA regulation, patents, prescription drug prices, and competition in the therapeutic marketplace. Other areas of focus include intellectual property, ethics, and comparative effectiveness, as well as the development, approval, and evidence-based use of drugs, devices, vaccines, procedures, and diagnostics.

Applications are invited from researchers with doctoral degrees (J.D., M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., or equivalent) or who will complete such training by July 2019. Fellows will have an appointment at Harvard Medical School, receive close mentorship from faculty members in the Division, and engage in one or more projects intended to start their careers in law and public health research. Salary level and fellowship length will vary depending on the candidate (minimum: 1 year).

The deadline is January 25, 2019. To apply, please send to asarpatwari@bwh.harvard.edu: (1) a CV, (2) a writing sample, and (3) a cover letter describing your past work, ideas for the kinds of research you’d like to do in the fellowship, and career goals. The Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics is a 60-member interdisciplinary research center. Our work focuses on the evaluation, regulation, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of prescription drugs and medical devices, as well as the development and evaluation of policies to improve use of therapeutics.

E-mail Ameet Sarpatwari, J.D., Ph.D. at asarpatwari@bwh.harvard.edu with any questions.

Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Full-time Law Clerk position, January 18 Deadline but rolling

The Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board/BVA) is the component of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that is responsible for entering the final decision on behalf of the Secretary in each of the many thousands of claims for entitlement to veterans’ benefits that are presented annually for appellate review. The incumbent functions as a team player for implementing the VA strategic goal of providing One VA world class service to veterans and their families through the effective management of people, technology, and processes. The incumbent Is a member of an organization that strives for quality, timeliness, and consistency.

The work is very similar to a judicial clerkship, in that the principal duty of the attorney is to work directly with a Veterans Law Judge to draft tentative decisions in Veterans’ appeals. The primary purpose of this position will be to handle all types of appeals, including those of exceptional difficulty, complexity or controversy. This position requires knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to Veterans’ benefits. The incumbent will utilize initiative and judgment in evaluating the evidence and making findings of fact and conclusions of law in tentative decisions.


$56,233 to $73,105 per year

Read more and apply here

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