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Deputy Director - Death Penalty Clinic - School of Law
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted May 2, 2024
Title Deputy Director - Death Penalty Clinic - School of Law
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 08/31/2024
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Criminal Law

Deputy Director - Death Penalty Clinic - School of Law

Position overview Position title: Clinic Deputy Director
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: The starting full-time salary for this position is salary point 27, projected to $170,730 at the time of hire.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: July 1, 2024

Position duration: Initial one-year term with eligibility for renewal

Application Window
Open date: May 1, 2024

Next review date: Sunday, Jun 16, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Aug 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic seeks applications for a Clinic Deputy Director. This is a non-tenure track position with the possibility of renewal. This is an in-person position.

This position requires a minimum of six (6) years of post-graduate experience in the Clinic's substantive practice area. Under the supervision of the Clinic Co-Directors, the Deputy Director's general responsibilities include training and supervising students in client representation, assisting in teaching the Clinic's companion seminar, and playing a substantial role in administering the Clinic, including development and management of the Clinic docket.

The Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic is one of the few clinics nationwide engaged in the defense of indigent clients facing the death penalty. Under the direct supervision of clinical faculty, clinic students learn first-hand the responsibility and skills required to defend individuals in capital cases. Students gather life history documents, conduct fact investigation, interview witnesses, and collaborate with experienced capital investigators and a variety of forensic experts. They research and draft legal pleadings, and assist in hearings and trials in courts ranging from state trial courts to the United States Supreme Court and in jurisdictions as diverse as Alabama, California, Georgia, Texas, and Virginia.

Students are enrolled in the Death Penalty Clinic for the entire academic year. They also take a required companion seminar taught by the Clinic faculty.

The Death Penalty Clinic is committed to building an equitable and inclusive faculty and staff to teach and work in a multicultural learning environment. The law school provides support for Deputy Directors to attend conferences to advance their professional development goals and interests.


Under the supervision of the Clinic Co-Directors, the Deputy Director will be responsible for:

Clinic Supervision and Advocacy (60%)

  • Develop and manage Clinic docket projects/cases
  • Co-design and co-teach the Clinic companion seminar
  • Train and supervise 6-8 Clinic students per semester
  • Develop and maintain Clinic relationships with clients, partners, co-counsel, funders, alumni, and other stakeholders
  • Travel and offsite meetings as needed with Clinic students to work with clients/partners

Clinic Administration (30%)

  • General Clinic administration, including interfacing with law school and campus staff
  • Program planning and accountability to clients and partners
  • Plan, implement, and maintain procedures, systems, and policies, including but not limited to email, calendaring, and record-keeping
  • Assist with budget planning and compliance, including fundraising and grant reporting
  • Conceptualize and organize internal and external Clinic events and outreach to prospective students, alumnx, and other constituencies
  • Develop, maintain, and promote Clinic media relations (including social media)

Other Duties as Assigned (10%)

  • Perform other duties as needed

UC Field Work Supervisors are academic appointees in an organized bargaining unit and are exclusively represented by the American Federation of Teachers - Unit 18.

More Information on the clinic:

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • J.D. or equivalent international degree.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

  • A minimum of six (6) years of post-graduate experience
  • Admission to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction

Preferred qualifications

  • Ability to appear pro hac vice in jurisdictions in which the Clinic practices
  • Post-graduate experience in the field of capital defense and/or law school clinical teaching
  • At least three years of experience in clinical teaching or other law student supervision
  • At least three years of experience in program administration
  • Excellent research, writing, and oral advocacy skills
  • Demonstrated analytical, organizational, and planning skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience working with diverse communities, clients and other stakeholders

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Additional materials may be required of applicants.

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing Sample - A sample of advocacy writing that demonstrates persuasive legal writing skills under 10 pages.
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley. More Information and guidelines.

Reference requirements

  • 2-3 required (contact information only)

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About UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

Please refer to the University of California's Affirmative Action Policy and the University of California's Anti-Discrimination Policy.

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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