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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Law School’s Law and Mobility Program (https://futurist.law.umich.edu) is preparing for the future of mobility. Launched in 2018 with a focus on automated and connected vehicles, this interdisciplinary program has grown to encompass a peer-reviewed legal journal, a robust blog, a graduate problem-solving course, an international conference, and a vibrant community of subject-matter experts.  

The Fellow in Law and Mobility leads the Law and Mobility Program under the supervision of Professors Daniel Crane and Bryant Walker Smith. The Fellow serves as the managing editor of the Journal of Law and Mobility and as the administrative director of the broader program. In these roles, the Fellow solicits, evaluates, and edits scholarship; hires and supervises research assistants from two universities; engages faculty, staff, students, and partners from government, industry, and civil society; organizes and moderates conferences and other events; and proposes and executes a variety of new initiatives.

This limited-term position offers immersive opportunities in the worlds of academia, policy, transportation, and technology. The Fellow can develop subject-matter knowledge, cultivate professional relationships, strengthen managerial skills, and author legal scholarship. Depending on qualification and need, the Fellow may also be able to teach or co-teach a course at the Law School.

This Fellowship accordingly involves significant responsibility, independence, and flexibility. A successful Fellow will articulate a vision of academic and practical consequence, will implement much of this vision within the term of the Fellowship, and will comprehensively document the associated inputs, outputs, outcomes, and impacts.

Who We Are

Founded in 1859, Michigan Law School is one of the world’s leading institutions of legal education and enjoys a reputation for academic excellence characterized by a powerful commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Michigan is consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, and enjoys international renown for its intellectual rigor, stunning physical surroundings, preeminent faculty scholarship, and a community noted for collegiality and warmth. Michigan Law has an exceptional and cooperative community of talented and interesting students, with 1000 in the J.D. and 40 in the LL.M. program. Our commitments to collegiality, to constructive and challenging debate, and to enabling our students to pursue a wide range of options explain why the Law School has long been committed to diversity along many dimensions. Our graduates serve with distinction in the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors, in large numbers in every major market in the nation, as well as internationally. The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is considered among the best places in the United States to live and work.

Responsibilities*

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Managing the Journal of Law and Mobility
  • Hiring and supervising student research assistants
  • Maintaining the Law and Mobility Program’s online presence
  • Coordinating the program’s editorial and advisory boards
  • Organizing an annual conference at the Law School
  • Assisting faculty in a course on connected and automated vehicles
  • Supporting other Law School initiatives related to law and technology
  • Building and maintaining relationships with MCity and other partners
  • Representing and highlighting the program at professional events
  • Documenting the work of the program

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must have a J.D. or LL.M. degree. Spring 2021 graduates from any law school will also be considered, especially those with significant journal experience.

Applicants must possess strong communication and administration skills, an interest in entrepreneurism, and the capacity for self-direction.

Desired Qualifications*

Applicants should have training or experience in transportation or technology, including but not limited to the automotive industry.

Applicants should have experience as a journal editor and an interest in legal scholarship.

Additional Information

The fellowship begins as soon as is feasible and requires a one-year commitment with the possibility of a second year dependent upon performance and availability of funding.

Questions can be directed to: Professor Daniel Crane at dancrane@umich.edu, Professor Bryant Walker Smith at bryantws@newlypossible.org, and current Fellow Ian Williams at ianwill@umich.edu.

At the University of Michigan, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. U-M is committed to recruiting, selecting, and retaining a diverse and highly engaged staff community.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.