Monday, August 26, 2013

Job opportunity: Stetson seeks Professor of Legal Skills and Director, Veterans Advocacy Clinic

Stetson University College of Law seeks an entry level or lateral hire to serve as the Director of Stetson’s Veterans Advocacy Clinic.  The candidate must be an attorney licensed in Florida as well as accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs and admitted to the bars of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Such accreditation and admissions may be obtained after a person is hired.  Experience with veterans benefit issues, military service, and clinical or other teaching experience will be highly valued.  As currently contemplated, the position will be on the programmatic tenure track with academic rank commensurate with experience.
 
The Veterans Advocacy Clinic provides representation to veterans appealing decisions of the Department of Veterans Affairs concerning benefits, including but not limited to disability compensation.  As part of Stetson’s Veterans Law Institute, the clinic provides outreach to the bar and the veteran community in addition to direct legal representation.  Stetson’s Veterans Law Institute also conducts a pro bono initiative, promotes policy and scholarship advances on military and veterans issues, and provides services to student veterans.
 
The Director of the Veterans Advocacy Clinic will be responsible for directing all aspects of the legal work of the clinic, including the assumption of professional responsibility for all cases.  He or she will also be responsible for the field supervision of students, teaching the classroom seminar, and promoting the clinic so as to maintain a flow of cases appropriate for student representation.  As a key member of the Institute’s leadership, the Professor of Legal Skills will work with the Director of the Institute and the Director of Clinical Education to develop new initiatives, establish policies and procedures for the clinic, and participate in other work of the Institute.
 
After the first year, the professor will be expected to teach one course per year, open to any student enrolled in Stetson University College of Law.  Faculty on the Programmatic Tenure track, or with Programmatic Tenure, attend faculty meetings, serve on and/or chair various faculty governance committees, vote on matters of policy with all other tenure-track or tenured faculty, and are expected to produce legal scholarship consistent with programmatic faculty status that recognizes skills-course teaching requirements.  The College of Law may also consider alternative arrangements for the structure of the position based on a candidate’s interest and experience.
 
Located in Florida’s Tampa Bay region, the nation’s nineteenth largest metro area, Stetson was established in 1900 and is Florida’s oldest law school.  Our main campus is in Gulfport, just outside St. Petersburg, with a satellite campus in downtown Tampa.  Stetson has earned a national reputation for its advocacy, elder law, legal writing, and higher education programs, and has Centers for Excellence in Advocacy, Elder Law, Higher Education Law and Policy, and International Law.  Stetson nurtures a vibrant intellectual community, situated on a beautiful campus.  We encourage applicants to visit our website at http://www.law.stetson.edu to learn more.
 
Stetson encourages applications from women, minorities, LGBTQO candidates, and all others who will contribute to our stimulating and diverse cultural and intellectual environment.  All applicants must have a strong academic record and be committed to outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service.  The Appointments Committee expects to conduct interviews in Washington, D.C., as part of the AALS 2013 Faculty Recruitment Conference but it also willing to make other arrangements in time and location of interviews as necessary.  Interested applicants who are not registered with the AALS Faculty Appointments Register should send a letter of interest and current c.v. to:
 
 Professors Mark Bauer & Ann Piccard
 Co-chairs, Faculty Appointments Committee
 Care of:  Jessica Fehr, Faculty Support Services
 Stetson University College of Law
 1401 61st Street South
 Gulfport, FL 33707
 
The Faculty Appointments Committee began reviewing applications on August 22, 2013, and will continue to do so until the position is filled.

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