Director, initio Technology and Innovation Law Clinic
The key responsibilities of the position will include:
• Providing legal advice and services for early-stage start-ups in areas related to business, technology and intellectual property law;
• Arranging the clinical fieldwork component of the Clinic and supervising law students as they participate in experiential learning, working directly with clients;
• Building and maintaining relationships between the Clinic and university innovation initiatives and programs, the local Halifax innovation and start-up communities, and law firms and lawyers who work with and support the Clinic; and
• Participating in the intellectual life of the Schulich School of Law and Dalhousie University, including interaction with colleagues and with Centres, Institutes and Research Clusters whose work is related to the work of the Clinic.
A strong candidate will have corporate and intellectual property legal practice experience; excellent business development, relationship-building, communication and presentation skills; the ability to work effectively with students, clients, lawyers and professors; creative problem-solving skills and business judgment that enable the candidate to assess the practical requirements necessary to take a start-up to the next stages of development; a strong interest in developing clinical experiences for students within a community that supports interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative teaching; previous experience in the start-up/new business venture community; a passion for the synergies between law, technology and innovation; and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
Candidates must possess a J.D. or LL.B. and be admitted, or able to satisfy the requirements for admission, to the practice of law in Nova Scotia. They will have at least five years of practice experience in one or more of Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, and/or Information Technology Law. An LL.M. in these or related areas is preferred.