Christopher M. Patti Legal Fellow - Counsel 1 (5948)
University of California Office of the President
Requisition Number: 20180544
Appointment Type: Staff - Contract
Personnel Program: MSP
Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Percentage of Time: 100
Organizational Area: Office of General Counsel
Location: Oakland, CA
Posting Salary: $85,000
Position Summary: The University of California Office of General Counsel (OGC), in partnership with Berkeley Law, will offer a one-year full-time fellowship, commencing about September 2019, to a recent Berkeley Law graduate interested in exploring a career in public service. OGC is located in Oakland, California, and is staffed with system-wide legal experts who provide an extraordinary range of legal services to the University of California (UC) and its Office of the President, 10 campuses and 5 medical centers, as well as its reserves and field stations. For more information, visit http://www.ucop.edu/general-counsel/about-the-office-of-general-counsel.html.
The Christopher M. Patti Legal Fellowship is named for Berkeley's esteemed former Chief Campus Counsel, Christopher M. Patti. Chris was a member of OGC for more than 27 years, and served as Berkeley's Chief Campus Counsel for the last 7 years of his life. He was a constitutional law expert, known for his integrity and keen insights in the face of complex legal challenges. Chris was deeply committed to issues of equity and diversity, including access to higher education for all underrepresented minorities and the advancement of LGBTQ rights. He was a problem-solver and exceptional counselor - his colleagues and people across the University prized Chris's perceptive and pragmatic advice. In August 2017, Chris tragically passed away in an accident during one of his beloved biking excursions.
Special Conditions of Employment: Travel Travel outside of normal business hours
Other Special Conditions of Employment: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position.
**This position is only available to candidates with a J.D. from Berkeley Law in the graduating classes of 2017 to 2019.
Job Close Date: 2/19/2019
Duty 1: The Christopher M. Patti Legal Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity for a new lawyer to gain experience in the broad spectrum of issues facing public and non-profit entities. UC, as a constitutionally created public institution, employs over 100 attorneys system-wide who provide services from compliance counseling to litigation. Specific areas of practice include affirmative action, constitutional law, contracts, employment, free speech, governance, intellectual property, international research affiliations, public-private partnerships, public and private research collaborations, real estate developments, sexual violence and sexual harassment, student/faculty/staff affairs, and UC's unique status as a constitutionally protected public corporation. Under the supervision of OGC attorneys, the Fellow will conduct legal research; draft documents; attend client meetings, hearings, and negotiations, as appropriate and possible; and participate in other activities intended to expose the Fellow to the practice of law and substance of OGC's specialties. The Fellow would have the opportunity to work both at OGC and at the UC Berkeley Office of Legal Affairs. Function:Client Service Percent: 90
Duty 2: Practices OGC's established Values for Principles of Community: collaborative, supportive, respectful of differences, and committed to fairness and diversity in all interactions, both within and outside the team.
Learns to provide clear expectations and mentors legal support staff to meet expected levels of productivity and accuracy.
Supports OGC's commitment to diversity efforts - participates in OGC's Diversity Committee events, and complies with University efforts such as diversity awareness training. Function:Leadership Percent: 10
Job Requirements Must have received a J.D. from Berkeley Law in the graduating classes of 2017 to 2019.
Interest in pursuing a career with public or non-profit entities, possibly in the field of higher education.
Interest in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion, and California public policy.
Excellent academic credentials
Membership in the California Bar. An applicant may also sit for the July 2019 California Bar Exam. If the candidate takes the July 2019 Bar Exam, the successful candidate must be eligible for admission to the California Bar by a later date provided by OGC.
Keen analytical skills
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
Aptitude for communicating persuasively verbally and in writing.
Ability to work collegially and cooperatively with others in a team-oriented, fast-paced work environment.
With mentoring in this Fellowship, the capacity to develop into the kind of exceptional counselor and lawyer that Chris Patti exemplified. Required
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
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