Thursday, March 7, 2013

2 New ASP Jobs at Western State

Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills and Director of Disability Resources

Western State University College of Law

Western State University College of Law invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills and Director of Disability Resources, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2013.  The professor’s primary responsibility will be to work with J.D. students to reach their full academic potential for succesful performance in law school, on the bar exam, and after graduation. 

The Director will act as the liaison to administrators, faculty, and professional staff regarding disability-related issues, laws and policies in an effort to ensure the Law School is in compliance with all disability-related policies.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing administrative oversight of services for students who have disabilities
  • Analyzing and interpreting documentation to determine eligibility for reasonable accommodations for students of the law school
  • Working collaboratively with faculty, professional staff and others to ensure that students are receiving the reasonable accommodations to which they are entitled
  • Supervising professional staff members and student staff
  • Interpreting and applying federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities and developing procedures and practices to ensure compliance
  • Assisting in the identification of program/curricular accessibility barriers
  • Providing information regarding Disability Resources to inquiring students
  • Overseeing the process of providing testing accommodations, note-taking assistance, and textbooks in alternative formats and determining and coordinating appropriate service provision of transcriptionists, interpreters, and others
  • Assisting with the law school’s academic support programs, including teaching workshops and/or classes related to law school skills and working with students in individual and small group sessions.

The ideal candidate will be an energetic and knowledgeable professional exhibiting a high degree of organizational skills, sensitivity and integrity.  Candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching.  Candidates must be willing to work some evenings, so as to be able to design programs and provide support for students in the school’s part-time evening program. 

Candidates should possess thorough knowledge of Federal statutes including the Rehabilitation Act, 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990. Candidates must have experience in reading disability documentation and determining appropriate accommodations as well as demonstrated knowledge of and use of adaptive technology (hardware and software) and equipment. 

Candidates should have a J.D., a solid academic record, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, the ability to work collaboratively with faculty and senior administration, and excellent writing and speaking skills. Experience in a law school academic support program or other relevant teaching experience is preferred.  Experience with counseling and outcomes assessment is highly valued. Salary will be commensurate with experience. 

This position is a full-time, long term contract-based faculty position. The position offers an initial one-year contract, after which, the faculty member is eligible to apply for a presumptively renewable long-term contract (5 years).  Long Term Contract Faculty are eligible for research grants and have the same voting right on all aspects of faculty governance as tenure-track faculty, except selection and promotion of tenured and tenure-track faculty. 

 Western State is located in Fullerton, California and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. In furtherance of Western State’s institutional commitment to a diverse faculty, we strongly encourage applications from women and minorities. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and list of references to: Paula Manning, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Academic Support, 1111 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831-3014 or pmanning@wsulaw.edu.

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Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills—Academic Support

Western State University College of Law

Western State University College of Law invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2013.  The professor’s primary responsibility will be to work with J.D. students to reach their full academic potential for performance in law school, on the bar exam, and after graduation. 

Responsibilities include:

  • designing and assisting with the law school’s academic support classes, workshops, and events;
  • assisting the Director of Academic Support in designing and implementing innovative academic support programs and evaluating existing programs;
  • teaching workshops and/or classes related to law school and bar exam preparation; and
  • Working with students in individual and small group sessions.

The ideal candidate will be an energetic and knowledgeable professional exhibiting a high degree of organizational skills, sensitivity and integrity.  Candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching.  Candidates must be willing to work some evenings, so as to be able to design programs and provide support for students in the school’s part-time evening program.  Experience with counseling and outcomes assessment is highly valued.

Candidates should have a J.D., a solid academic record, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, the ability to work collaboratively with faculty and senior administration, and excellent writing and speaking skills. Experience in a law school academic support program or other relevant teaching experience is preferred.  Salary will be commensurate with experience. 

This position is a full-time, long term contract-based faculty position. The position offers an initial one-year contract, after which, the faculty member is eligible to apply for a presumptively renewable long-term contract (5 years).  Long Term Contract Faculty are eligible for research grants and have the same voting rights on all aspects of faculty governance as tenure-track faculty, except selection and promotion of tenured and tenure-track faculty. 

 Western State is located in Fullerton, California and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. In furtherance of Western State’s institutional commitment to a diverse faculty, we strongly encourage applications from women and minorities. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and list of references to: Paula Manning, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Academic Support, 1111 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831-3014 or pmanning@wsulaw.edu.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Two Magic Questions

"Thinking like a lawyer" boils down to habitually asking two questions:

1) Why is that true?

2) Why does that matter?

Practically all of law practice and law study can be summarized in those two sentences.  Of course, each carries its implicit opposite:  Is that true? and Does that matter? But the answer to the two basic questions answers the others.

Most lawyers ask those questions so routinely that they become an ingrained part of their thinking, an automatic response to evidence, regardless of its source.

In preparing for trial, for example, a good lawyer examines each piece of evidence presented by any party and asks those two questions.  When interviewing a client, deposing a witness, conducting negotiations, examining a witness on the stand -- a good lawyer asks those two questions, silently perhaps, all along the way.

If you want to understand a case deeply, ask the two questions after each step in the reasoning.  If you want stay effectively engaged during class, ask the two questions after every assertion by a student or the professor.  If you want to write a legal memorandum or brief to the court, ask the two questions after every sentence until the questions are completely answered.

If you want to gather as many points as possible on an essay exam, ask the two questions after every sentence until the questions are completely answered.

If you want to think like a veteran lawyer, ask the two questions all the time, until they become a natural part of how you think.

Students routinely hear that their thinking or their writing is "too conclusory."  The two magic questions make that criticism go away.

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