Position: Associate Professor of Law and Staff Attorney, start July 1, 2019 (Golden Gate University Law School, San Francisco, open until filled)

Here’s a posting for a clinical professor position at the environmental law clinic at Golden Gate Law School, with message by the director of the clinic, Helen Kang:

“Please help circulate our clinic’s job ad for the staff attorney/associate professor of law position (long-term contract) in San Francisco downtown. Our environmental clinic has an exciting docket and a proven record of achieving successes in difficult cases against well-resourced polluters and the government. We are currently in the midst of a cleanup battle against the U.S. Navy, where one of its contractors committed wide-ranging fraud, resulting in a site that is still extensively contaminated with numerous radioactive substances. Two of the contractor’s supervisors have already been sentenced to prison terms. There’s been significant media attention on this case, which our students helped uncover through interviews of whistleblowers who were former employees of the contractor. We are also engaged in litigation in multiple fronts to clean up agricultural pollution with our co-counsel, the Stanford environmental clinic. We just won a California appellate court case two weeks ago that for the first time required agricultural pollution permits to demonstrate that they have a high likelihood of achieving the state’s water quality objectives.”



EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Golden Gate University School of Law

536 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94105

P: 415-442-6600

JOB POSTED: 9-4-18


POSITION: Associate Professor of Law and Staff Attorney,

Long-Term Contract Position, two-year contract term, renewable based on performance and funding

DEPARTMENT: School of Law – Environmental Law and Justice Clinic

REPORTS TO: Director, Environmental Law and Justice Clinic


SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with Experience

BENEFITS: The University’s comprehensive benefits program

WORK SCHEDULE: This is a full-time position that requires being in the Clinic Monday through Friday during normal business hours and additional hours as needed, as well as in the summer.

START DATE: July 1, 2019


The Environmental Law and Justice Clinic at Golden Gate University School of Law (GGULaw) in San Francisco, California, invites applications, with significant litigation and environmental law experience, to fill a full-time long-term contract faculty position to commence July 1, 2019, as an Associate Professor of Law and Clinical Staff Attorney of GGULaw’s Environmental Law and Justice Clinic.


Established in 1994, the clinic is part of the law school and its nationally-ranked Environmental Law Program. The clinic is staffed by students, typically one or two graduate fellows, a Director who is a tenured professor, and an associate professor on a long-term contract. Widely recognized for its accomplishments and vibrant docket, the clinic’s dual mission is to train students to become effective, ethical lawyers and to provide excellent legal services to low-income communities and communities of color suffering the most from pollution. The clinic has successfully worked with communities to reduce air, water, and soil pollution from numerous industrial facilities and improved public accountability of government agencies. Students, staff, and faculty have contributed to landmark decisions in developments in the law, including in the areas of air pollution, renewable energy, information disclosure, and water quality. The clinic’s current work focuses on clean drinking water, air pollution reduction, and Superfund cleanup.


The staff attorney will work closely with the Director to ensure fulfilling the teaching and service missions of the clinic. The attorney will be responsible for developing and overseeing a litigation docket, co-teaching a seminar focused on environmental justice

law and policy and skills instruction, contributing to curricular development, closely supervising law students in all aspects of casework, and effectively handling cases during periods when students are not enrolled. The staff attorney will also assist the Director to ensure that the clinic is well-managed, as well as serve the needs of the law school, including through participation in committee work and other activities that support law students.


  • A J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and California State Bar membership in good standing
  • Superb analytical, research (factual and legal), writing, and oral communication skills
  • Must have extensive litigation experience, with aptitude and ability to take primary responsibility in clinic cases, including those involving trials; at least 5 years of relevant experience preferred; strong preference for candidates with expertise in federal and California environmental laws
  • Strong interest in working with culturally and economically diverse groups
  • Strong interpersonal skills to be able to effectively supervise students and collaborate with colleagues
  • Strong organizational skills and work ethic
  • High degree of professionalism in all aspects of lawyering, including in dealings with staff, colleagues, and opponents, and managing a demanding and high- intensity schedule
  • Ability to adhere to the school’s policies, including the ability to handle confidential and sensitive information, and to deal with a wide variety of student concerns

Interested persons should apply online at http://www.ggu.edu/jobs, and include a cover letter highlighting the applicant’s qualifications and teaching interests, resume, a writing sample, and a list of references. Questions about this position may be directed to Professor Durmay, Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee at bfdurmay@ggu.edu. Additional information about Golden Gate University School of Law is available at http://law.ggu.edu/ and the clinic, at http://law.ggu.edu/clinics-and- centers/clinics/environmental-law-and-justice/.

Golden Gate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and to maintaining working and learning environments that reinforces these practices. The university welcomes and encourages applications from women, military veterans, minorities, people of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQI community.

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