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Open Paid Position: Military Judicial Fellow for the Judicial Outreach Liaison Program

The American Bar Association (ABA) National Impaired Driving Military Judicial Fellow will serve as a subject matter expert in impaired driving cases involving military members, screening and assessments, and evidence-based sentencing practices., The Fellow will provide judicial education on research and best practices to military commanders and judges across the country and within the Judicial Fellows and Judicial Outreach Liaison Program (JOL Program). The Military Judicial Fellow, in addition to sharing their specialized knowledge, serves as a representative of the Judicial Outreach Liaison Program to the ABA, its peer institutions, national traffic safety stakeholders, and national associations of judges and court professionals. The Military Judicial Fellow will promote understanding, communication, cooperation, education, and collegiality between these entities.

PPlease review the description of the National Impaired Driving Military Judicial Fellow provided. To apply for the position, please send the following documents to the Project Manager, Lisa Yoon, at the American Bar Association at [email protected]:

  • A Curriculum Vitae or Resume exhibiting Military Judicial Experience;
  • A letter of interest in the Military Judicial Fellow position, specifically sharing (1) why you are interested in the Military Judicial Fellow position, (2) how you would be best suited to meet the goals of that role, (3) your familiarity with judicial education, DWI Courts, presiding over impaired driving cases and drug-impaired driving, involving military members, (4) the importance of diversity in your experience on the bench and as you imagine what its importance would be to the Military Judicial Fellow role.

Please note that your letter of interest must reflect the needs of the position for which you are applying. If you have any questions, please contact the Project Manager, Lisa Yoon, at the American Bar Association by e-mail [email protected] or at 312-988-6716.

Deadline for Submission of Materials is Friday, May 17, 2024

 

Military Fellow Job Description

Purpose

The 18–30-year-old male is overrepresented in crash fatalities and the American Bar Association has determined the additional focus on military personnel will help reach this target population. A focus on educating both military and civilian judges on impaired driving solutions is crucial to meeting the needs of the judiciary.

The American Bar Association (ABA) National Impaired Driving Military Judicial Fellow will serve as a subject matter expert in impaired driving cases involving military members, screening and assessments, and evidence-based sentencing practices., The Fellow will provide judicial education on research and best practices to military commanders and judges across the country and within the Judicial Fellows and Judicial Outreach Liaison Program (JOL Program). The Military Judicial Fellow, in addition to sharing their specialized knowledge, serves as a representative of the Judicial Outreach Liaison Program to the ABA, its peer institutions, national traffic safety stakeholders, and national associations of judges and court professionals. The Military Judicial Fellow will promote understanding, communication, cooperation, education, and collegiality between these entities.

The National Military Judicial Fellow will serve as a conduit to deliver resources, research, and educational opportunities available through a variety of sources including the National Judicial College, National Center for State Courts, and NHTSA and its cooperative partners to judges and citizens in their jurisdictions. The purpose of the fellowship is not to advance a particular adjudication agenda or enforcement bias and the Military Judicial Fellow shall at all times comply with all relevant provisions of any ethical codes, including the Code of Judicial Conduct and Military Standards. In summary, the purpose of the fellowship is to improve the administration of justice in impaired driving cases and military matters through education, communication, community outreach activities, and collegial and ethical collaboration with other traffic safety entities and stakeholders. 

Duties of the Military Fellow

The duties of the Military Judicial Fellow include serving as an educator, writer, editor, consultant, and liaison, regarding all aspects of the adjudication of DWI cases involving military personnel and other best practices to reduce impaired driving recidivism locally and nationwide. The Military Judicial Fellow will work with the ABA Judicial Fellows, State and Regional JOLs, the National Judicial College, the National Center for State Courts, NHTSA, and NHTSA cooperative partners.

Qualifications

  • Juris doctorate or an equivalent degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association
  • A current or retired Military Judge
  • Extensive experience in handling impaired driving or other traffic-related cases
  • A strong desire to increase public safety using research-based practices to reduce impaired driving 

Specific duties will include:

Serve as representative for ABA Judicial Outreach Liaison and Fellows Program

  • Serve as a liaison and faculty to national organizations related to our work. This may include but is not limited to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Judicial College, and Justice for Vets.

Create programmatic and educational materials for national distribution

  • Develop, write, and solicit articles for the Highway to Justice newsletter.

Promote evidence-based and promising practices

  • Promote judicial education for military and civilian judges hearing impaired driving cases with military offenders at national, regional, state, and local levels.
  • Promote other evidence-based and promising court, sentencing and supervision practices.
  • Promote the work and subject-matter expertise of State JOLs, Regional JOLs, and the National Impaired Driving Judicial Fellows, and their availability to present on a variety of impaired driving topics.

Provide training, education, and technical assistance

  • Provide training, education, and technical assistance to the JOL Program by serving as faculty for educational conferences and programs run by State and Regional JOLs across the country.
  • Develop a national network of contacts with judges, subject-matter experts, judicial educators, and specialty court organizations to support training and judicial education consistent with the objectives of the JOL program.
  • Provide research and analysis on evidentiary and other impaired driving legal issues involving the military.
  • Attend relevant and appropriate meetings, conferences, workshops, media events and other gatherings dealing with specialty courts.
  • Provide orientation, along with the JOL Program Administration, to new ABA Regional and State JOLs to assist in their effective onboarding and mentoring in the JOL Program.
  • Provide technical assistance to JOLs to assist in their effective training, education, or outreach to the courts in their respective states and regions.

Share Information with JOL Program

  • Identify issues of concern to judges and other court officials regarding alcohol and drug- impaired driving or other traffic issues involving military members and bring them to the attention of the JOL Program Administration.
  • Contribute to the agenda, in partnership with JOL Program Administration, for the bi-monthly State JOL Zoom meetings.
  • Upon request, review materials developed by JOLs, the National Impaired Driving Judicial Fellow, and other judges to provide comments and insights.
  • Advise JOL Program Administration on strategic planning for outreach to judges and the courts, and other issues involving the criminal justice system.
  • Identify emerging trends, case law and issues in military courts or involving military members.

Additional Considerations

Expenses for all authorized travel, lodging, food, and incidentals will be reimbursed in accordance with federal rates as recognized by the General Services Administration. Requests for reimbursement will be processed through the American Bar Association. Travel costs are not included in the monthly stipend and will be reimbursed separately.

This is a paid, part-time position with a monthly stipend of $3,000. It is paid in equal monthly installments. The contract is subject to annual renewal. Applicants must have a law degree and should be a sitting or retired judge with experience handling impaired driving cases. The ideal candidate should have direct, first-hand experience working in the military judicial system and have experience working with commanding officers who supervise DWI offenders.

Deadline for Submission of Materials is Friday, May 17, 2024.