A Exciting Opportunity for a Young Lawyer to Work with Hoover and Lawfare

By Jack Goldsmith, Benjamin Wittes
Thursday, June 2, 2016, 12:25 PM

Please circulate this exciting job announcement to anyone you think might be interested in it. If you just graduated from law school, have a demonstrated track record of interest in Lawfare type issues, and want to spend the next year doing high-impact work with the Hoover Working Group on National Security, Technology and Law and Lawfare, we want to hear from you:

National Security and Law Associate - Wash., DC

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time position of National Security and Law Associate. The position is for a one-year fixed term and is located in Hoover's Washington, DC Office.


The National Security and Law Associate is a one-year term position for an aspiring lawyer seeking to jumpstart a career in the national security field. This position will serve as the Washington DC coordinator for the activities of the Hoover Institution's Working Group on National Security, Technology, and Law and its portal on the Lawfare website, Aegis. The position will be responsible for three major activities, but will include other duties as assigned. (1) Writing original national security law and policy content, and related editorial work, for Aegis, (2) research, writing, and editorial work in support of projects undertaken by Working Group co-chairs, and (3) helping to plan and coordinate Working Group events at the Hoover in Washington office.

  • Assist principal investigators/co-chairs with designing work product constituting a phase of a research project for which precedents are few.
  • Independently identify/modify standard procedures based on judgment concerning the general goals of a project; select approaches in developing, testing, and evaluating new approaches.
  • Lead or participate in multidisciplinary teams (in academia, across different faculties or schools, and in industry, across different functions of the business).
  • Co-author all or sections of a report for publication or professional presentation with the work being reviewed by the principal investigator or faculty.
  • Collaborate with the principal investigator/co-chair to design a research approach of a project and/or integrate results of the entire project.
  • Complete project-related administrative and budgetary responsibilities of a limited scope as needed.
  • Formally supervise and train new staff or students, including hiring, performance management, and related duties, in addition to instruction on techniques and consultation on project work.



Education & Experience:

Juris Doctor Degree required and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Expert level knowledge and skills in field of science related to research project.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with human study participants.
  • Supervisory skills.


  • Demonstrated interest in, and some experience or expertise in, national security law.
  • Superior writing skills.


  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, writing by hand, and sort/file paperwork or parts.
  • Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl, rarely reach/work above shoulders, operate foot and/or hand controls.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,