Deputy Director of the Perlmutter Center

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Department: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Location: Brookdale Center, 55 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY
Categories: Education/Teaching, Academic Administration, Legal

Position Summary:      

The Perlmutter Center for Legal Justice (the “Center”) is a new Center at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law that supports the proper use of scientific evidence in the courtroom. The Center will (i) support research and scholarship advancing the understanding of forensic science developments and advocating for criminal justice reform on issues involving forensic and scientific evidence and (ii) train law students in the use and evaluation of forensic evidence, including pattern evidence, forensic pathology, toxicology, DNA, source code and digital evidence.

Cardozo School of Law seeks a Deputy Director (“DD”) to support the Executive Director (“ED”) in program, project, and daily operations management with the goal of making it the preeminent Center in the country for training in forensic science in the courtroom. The DD will report to and assist the ED in planning and administering programs and projects. These include launching and running an online and in-person continuing legal education program for practicing attorneys, implementing a curriculum for Cardozo Law students that trains them in the proper use of forensic science in the courtroom, and helping to administer a field clinic at Cardozo Law School.

The DD will assist with hiring and managing a Director of Online Programming and Continuing Legal Education who will develop and implement continuing legal education programs and help run the Continuing Education Program for the Center.

The DD will also assist with hiring and managing a Program Administrator to produce events and training sessions, coordinate all aspects of supporting technology for events, and handle all external and internal financial reporting tasks for the Center.

Position Responsibilities:

Law School Courses

The DD will coordinate the logistics for law-school classes in the proper use of scientific evidence, where students will learn the proper use and evaluation of forensic evidence, including pattern evidence, forensic pathology, toxicology, DNA, source code and digital evidence.

Marketing and Publicity

The DD will work closely with the ED and with Cardozo’s Associate Dean for Marketing and Communications to formulate a marketing strategy and issue press releases, announcements, invitations, and other communications. The DD will ensure that all media and press appearances or content related to the Center are coordinated with and approved by the Associate Dean of Communications and Marketing.

Continuing Legal Education

The DD will hire and supervise the Director of Online Programming and Continuing Legal Education who will develop and implement continuing legal education programs to train practicing lawyers in the use and evaluation of forensic evidence, including pattern evidence, forensic pathology, toxicology, DNA, source code, and digital evidence through the Continuing Education Program. The Continuing Education Program will also train lawyers to understand new scientific and forensic developments as they emerge. The Center will also host or co-host the Forensic College, an advanced, week-long forensic science continuing legal education seminar designed for experienced trial and post-conviction defense litigators.

Cardozo Field Clinic and Summer Internships

The DD will help the ED in administering a field clinic for credit during the academic year. A staff attorney, who will report to the ED, will be responsible for supervising students who work on cases over the summer and earn a summer public service stipend. Students will work on pro bono cases involving individuals incarcerated through the improper use of forensic science and other deficiencies in the criminal legal system. Cases will include clemency and exoneration cases, wherein students will (a) identify incarcerated individuals that fit a defined set of criteria for potential clemency and parole, (b) perform legal research, (c) draft correspondence letters and motions to politicians, parole boards, conviction integrity units and prosecutors to advocate for release, and (d) meet and correspond with clients.

The DD will supervise the daily operations of the Center, including:

  • Develop and ensure consistent and smooth implementation of daily operational procedures
  • Disseminate information, communication, and reporting within the Center, with students, and other departments at Cardozo School of Law
  • Financial oversight, including developing budgets and expense monitoring for the Center
  • Establish, assign, and meet all project deliverables within required timeframes
  • Manage support staff and provide leadership on staff development
  • Coordinate logistics for all Center events

Experience & Educational Background:

  • J.D. preferred
  • A minimum of seven years as an assistant director or similar senior management position in an academic field, non-profit organization, foundation, or government agency
  • Applicant should have several years of trial experience, as well as expertise in the proper handling and accurate use of forensic and scientific evidence, preferably including advocacy for clemency in cases where forensic evidence has been misused.

Skills & Competencies:

  • Outstanding communication, interpersonal, and public speaking skills
  • Track record in delivering superior results, commanding respect, and assuming leadership roles
  • Organizational leadership and an aptitude for problem-solving
  • Success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities

Application Instructions:

Resume and cover letter required. 

About Us:       

The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is a leader in legal education, located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The law school is renowned for its program in intellectual property, which includes the FAME Center for Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment Law. Cardozo Law has a long tradition of public advocacy and is the birthplace of the Innocence Project and the home of our Center for Rights and Justice.  Cardozo offers a world-class faculty and encourages creative thinking and innovation in the legal profession. Cardozo provides students with a strong foundation in legal theory combined with practical hands-on experience in a variety of areas including criminal law, civil rights law, and business law. The school prides itself on creating a vibrant and warm community for faculty, staff and students.

A division of Yeshiva University, Cardozo Law School offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans. The law school is a secular institution within a religious university and welcomes people of all religions, ethnic backgrounds, races and sexual identities.

Equal Employment Opportunity:           

Yeshiva University is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

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