One. Mentoring fellows throughout the labour market process begins with faculty members who have already collaborated with fellows through their scholarship in general, but we have also put processes in place to support fellows in the six months leading up to the AALS hiring conference. Fellows should review their forms, resumes, and FAR research programs with a few different individuals. A person who knows FAR forms and knows how to get the right information in a small space, how to make strategic decisions about what to highlight, which boxes to check on geographic preferences, all those things. And then someone in the stock market who knows something about the market. We have an academic perspectives committee that can help review these forms. One. Women are still underrepresented in law schools, and I am proud of the role we have played in career advancement. Three of our current fellows are women of color. If you look at the twenty-four former and current fellows together, sixteen are women and eleven are people of color. Two of these fellows or alumni are Latinx and two are of African descent, ethnic groups that are particularly underrepresented in the Academy.
And in addition to ethnic diversity, two of our alumni are gay men. We had a lot of straight white men or of course. I`m Latina, so I have a personal commitment to diversity. But it is also part of my professional commitment, as a lawyer and as a concern for justice. We need to diversify our law schools to reflect the communities we serve. And it requires conscious effort. One. Two members of the faculty`s LRW committee advise fellows on their research and help match fellows with faculty who share interests. Fellows are encouraged to communicate with other faculty members. It is good to have two or three professors who know the beneficiary`s work to provide advice and feedback, and possibly be a recommender in the market. Of course, the production of science is generally not a supercollegiate enterprise.
You have to sit a lot and think about your own ideas, put them on paper, write, revise and reflect. Stanford Law School`s Legal Research and Writing program trains students to meet the highest standards of the legal profession. Our first priority is to teach students the legal analysis and writing they will do as practicing lawyers. Most lawyers are professional writers – writing is the main tool of our craft, and at Stanford Law School, we take our role in teaching legal writing seriously. One. I lead the Legal Research and Writing Program and mentor the Grey Scholars who teach in the LRW program. I recruit fellows to the LRW faculty committee, train them and supervise their teaching. Q. And when it comes to supporting their research, you talked about hiring a mentor. Who sits down and tells them about their papers? These meetings have a twofold purpose. First, we need feedback from academics who can tell us whether the applicant`s scholarship fills a gap in the work, is well researched and considered, and whether there are any chances that there will be vacancies in this area when recipients complete their scholarship.
Second, we want to know if these faculty members are interested in working with the candidate. We need faculties that support the research interests of our fellows. We expect researchers to work in teaching, and the counterpart of this hard work is to give them access to professors who can comment on their scholarship. Q. Is there anything else you would like to add? For example, what do your hiring committees or potential candidates want to know about the scholarship? Or something you just want to convey about the status of law school recruitment? The Legal Research and Writing program regularly collaborates with other academic programs such as the Writing and Rhetoric Program (PWR) and the Center on Teaching and Learning to help us develop and maintain a curriculum that follows best practices in writing pedagogy. The program also partners with the university`s Hume Writing Center to provide a PWR lecturer to teach law students their writing here at law school. One. I want to send a message to law school hiring that our fellows are working very hard. In addition to case law, they have many obligations on their plates, so they are already used to reconciling teaching and science.