Lawfare: Administrative

Lawfare Needs a New Managing Editor

By Benjamin Wittes
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 4:24 PM

It is with a heavy heart for Lawfare but excitement for Wells that I announce that Wells Bennett is moving on in the next few weeks to bigger and better things. Wells has been a big part of Lawfare's growth and expansion over the past three years. He's written a huge amount. He's been essential to editing the site on a daily basis and managing our growing list of features and writers. And he's been a critical partner in all of the organizational development Lawfare has undertaken.

He's also a super-fun guy. When it was announced around Brookings that he was leaving, I immediately faced lobbying from Brookings staff to "make sure you hire another Wells"—meaning someone who everyone enjoys and who utterly lacks Washington pomposity.

Here's hoping:

Visiting Fellow
National Security Law and Managing Editor of Lawfare
Governance Studies

Basic Function

The Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution is accepting applications for a Visiting Fellow (National Security Law) and Managing Editor for Lawfare. This is a two- to three-year fellowship for a recent law-school graduate or an early-career attorney to serve as Managing Editor of Lawfare, a web site published in cooperation with the Brookings Institution, and to do Brookings scholarship in on national security legal issues. The position offers a unique opportunity to help manage and to contribute to Lawfare--a fast-growing, five-year-old web site with a high-impact readership inside government, the press, and the legal academy. It also offers the opportunity to do independent research in Brookings's Governance Studies Program.

Education/Experience Requirements

The successful candidate will hold a J.D. or similar postgraduate law degree required with a proven interest in national security legal policy. The successful candidate will have a rare combination of superlative writing and editing skills and demonstrated expertise and experience in national security law. He or she will also have a desire to hybridize the highest-standards of legal scholarship with serious journalism in the context of deadline-driven analytic writing and be comfortable with the idea of writing and managing in a fast-paced environment.

Knowledge Requirements

A candidate must have a desire to spend time covering and live blogging court hearings.

Salary will depend on the candidate’s qualifications, and will be commensurate with experience. Starting date is negotiable; however, filling the position by the fall of 2015 is preferred.

Applicants should submit a CV, a cover letter describing research interests, and a list of at least three references. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Brookings welcomes applications from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities.

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law. Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings. No phone calls please.