Tuesday, March 19, 2013

CUNY seeking to hire instructor to teach in its Immigrant & Refugee Rights Clinic

Here's the job posting (it's a long one, folks):

The CUNY School of Law Clinical Program has been nationally recognized as one of the best in legal education. It affords each student the opportunity to engage in the practice of law by learning through service to underserved communities. The Law School currently offers seven live-client clinical programs and three faculty-supervised externship programs. CUNY School of Law faculty members have been recognized as innovative leaders in clinical legal education, through service, publications, and participation at conferences.

CUNY School of Law's Immigrant & Refugee Rights Clinic (IRRC) represents and supports non-citizens in a variety of settings and courts, covering immigration law and issues at the intersection of law and security. The current mission of the IRRC is to provide a platform for the exploration, development and implementation of ideas and strategies to close the growing legal divide between citizens and non-citizens of the United States of America. At the heart of our work is a principled commitment to the rights and dignity of all.

By supporting and representing immigrants and other non-citizens, we aim to train law students to become thoughtful, principled, and creative social justice lawyers, empowered with the skills needed to confront the degradation in the rights of citizens and non-citizens alike that has been wrought under the guise of security and public safety but is driven by oppressive and discriminatory forces.

The IRRC is a two-semester, 16-credit clinic. More detailed information about the full breadth of our work is available at www.law.cuny.edu/academics/clinics/immigration.html.

The Law School will hire an Instructor responsible for live case supervision, project management, co-teaching, and curricular development in the IRRC. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to CUNY School of Law's social justice mission and should wish to contribute to the training and development of lawyers dedicated to social justice and public service.

The tenure-track faculty member directing the IRRC has the ultimate responsibility for the overall operation of the program, including the classroom component, the administration of the clinic, and supervision of students' casework. The IRRC director will meet that responsibility with the support of the Instructor. In the IRRC director's absence, the Instructor will assume the responsibility or share it with other faculty, as determined by the director, in consultation with the Associate Dean for Clinical Programs.

This position is full-time and Instructors must be available for and interested in teaching, participating in clinic faculty meetings during the school year, summer clinic work (including case management), assisting with the design and development of curriculum materials during the summer, and performing other duties for the benefit of the overall program. This position may also involve evening and weekend duties. In accordance with the law school's needs, the Instructor may be required to teach in other or additional clinics, in lawyering seminars, in a doctrinal course, and/or to provide academic skill instruction or other program support.

In the first two years of service, Law Instructors may opt into participating in faculty meetings, pursuant to the CUNY School of Law Governance Plan. They may also assume other faculty governance responsibilities and serve on committees as appointed by the Dean or the Committee on Committees.

Upon reappointment for three or more years of continuous service, they may participate in governance activities without an annual opt in process.

This job may include weekend and evening duties.

QUALIFICATIONS

J.D. or L.L.B; admission to the Bar of the State of New York and to various federal courts required.

Applicants who are not yet admitted but are in a position to secure such admission within six months will be considered with the understanding that continued employment may be contingent on successful admission within that timeframe. Also required are demonstrated legal ability, the ability or potential to teach successfully, interest in productive scholarship, legal work, or law-related work, and the ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

For appointment as Law Instructor, the candidate must have demonstrated commitment to poverty law, public service, or social justice lawyering. S/he must show potential as a teacher in the classroom and in supervising students on cases, and as a leader in the public interest community. S/he should have a minimum of two years practice experience at the start of her/his first contract term at CUNY, with some exposure to or a strong interest in law and security issues and immigration law, and a desire and ability to support IRRC community-based lawyering initiatives, such as the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project, a cross-clinical collaboration with the Criminal Defense Clinic (more details about CLEAR are available at www.cunyclear.org), and other immigration-related projects.

Depending on docket need, coverage responsibilities during the academic year and the summer will encompass cases and projects stemming from extraterritorial imprisonment, extrajudicial killing, domestic detention, surveillance, and policing issues, as well as a full range of immigration matters and projects, including deportation defense, asylum, and gender violence related work.

Candidates with clinical teaching or supervisory experience are encouraged to apply, as are any candidates who already hold or have held an active federal security clearance or who are willing to apply for one and are not clearly ineligible.

COMPENSATION

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

$39,832 - $86,595; commensurate with experience, plus summer case coverage stipend where applicable.

 HOW TO APPLY

From our job posting system, select "Apply Now", create or log in to a user account, and provide the requested information. If you are viewing this posting from outside our system, access the employment page on our web site, www.cuny.edu , and search for this vacancy using the Job ID or Title.

 Candidates should provide a Cover letter and CV/resume. It is recommended you submit these as one PDF document.

For position inquiries contact:

Rosa Navarra

Coordinator of Faculty Recruitment

facultyappointments@law.cuny.edu

CLOSING DATE

Review of applications to begin March 29, 2013.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EO/AA Employer.

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