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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Clinical Professor Employment Opprotunity

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law seeks applications for a clinical professor who will serve as legal director for the new University of Missouri Innocence Clinic. The Clinic, which will work in conjunction with the Midwestern Innocence Project, will be housed at the Stinson Morrison Hecker Law Firm in downtown Kansas City and is a joint effort with the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

The Clinical Professor/Clinic Director will take over the existing caseload at the Midwestern Innocence Project and will work to develop a clinical program involving law and journalism students on the Kansas City and Columbia campuses.  Planning will begin in summer 2007 and it is expected that students will begin enrolling in clinical courses in January 2008.  The Clinical Professor/Clinic Director will supervise students and volunteers in screening inmate requests for assistance, investigating claims of actual innocence and representing inmates in Missouri and the Midwest who have provable claims of factual innocence that may or may not involve DNA evidence. Most of the Clinic's litigation will be performed in post conviction proceedings. The candidate must have the education, professional commitment, and experience to establish an Innocence Clinic involving the three schools; engage in effective clinical teaching both in the classroom and in direct supervision, maintain an active caseload of innocence cases, assist with operation of the organization and engage in policy reform work related to the goals of the Innocence Project.

This is a non-tenure track faculty position at the assistant or associate level. The anticipated start date will be summer 2007. The position will be on a renewable 12-month contract. Funding is in place for three years, and the successful applicant will be responsible for helping to develop permanent sources of funding. Once permanent funding is obtained, the position will likely qualify for long-term contract. This position will require frequent travel between Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri as well as case-related travel within the region.  The Director should expect to spend at least one day a week in Columbia.

The ideal candidate would have:

  • A JD degree and a strong educational and professional background. 
  • Membership in the Missouri Bar. If the successful candidate is not a member of the Missouri Bar, it is expected that he or she will seek admission through reciprocity or taking the Bar Exam at the earliest possible time.
  • Either a minimum of five years full time experience litigating post conviction or innocence cases and extensive experience supervising other lawyers or student law clerks; or five years clinical teaching experience in criminal law with some post conviction experience, or a combination of the above.
  • Experience managing the caseload of a law office.Experience in policy advocacy.
  • A commitment to the goals and mission of the Midwestern Innocence Project, to organizational development of the Clinic and to raising awareness of the Clinic and its work throughout the state and the region.  
  • A willingness and ability to assist in identifying and obtaining permanent sources of funding for the Clinic, including experience with grant-writing. 

Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established. The University of Missouri is an equal opportunity employer. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply

Contact: Ellen Y. Suni, Marvin Lewis Rich Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law Dean, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law, Co-founder, Midwestern Innocence Project [Mark Godsey]

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