Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Northern Illinois L.S. seeking visiting prof to run foreclosure clinic

Here are the job details:

Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor

Northern Illinois University College of Law

The Office of the Illinois Attorney General has awarded a joint three-year grant to Northern Illinois University College of Law (“NIU Law”) and Resolution Systems Institute (“RSI”) to assist homeowners harmed by fraudulent foreclosure and loan servicing practices.  As part of this grant, NIU anticipates hiring a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor to establish an NIU COL foreclosure clinic.   The expected start date is August 1, 2013.

As the only public law school in Northern Illinois, NIU College of Law has been named a top law school nationally for diversity, value, and careers in public interest/government service. NIU Law provides unique opportunities for its students, beginning with its highly accomplished faculty who are personally invested in the success of every student throughout their professional lives. Although many alumni serve as public interest attorneys, prosecutors, defenders, elected officials, and judges, they are equally prepared for careers as solo practitioners or lawyers in multinational firms. 

The Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor will teach a foreclosure law clinical course during the fall, spring and summer semesters beginning in the fall of 2013, and will supervise approximately five to eight law students each semester.  Students enrolled in this course will learn about foreclosure law, the foreclosure mediation process, and will develop a wide range of lawyering skills.  Under the supervision of the professor, students will screen and prepare foreclosure cases for mediation, and represent borrowers in mediation as needed.  Clinic students will work closely with Prairie State Legal Services, assisting them with their foreclosure intake line.

 Principal duties will include the following:

  • Creating and teaching a foreclosure law clinical course
  • Supervising law students enrolled in the clinical course
  • Assisting with the Prairie State Intake Line
  • Preparing individual borrowers for successful mediation
  •  Representing individual borrowers in mediation
  • Working closely with RSI to coordinate obligations and duties under the grant
  • Submitting required reports to the Illinois Attorney General

The salary is $60,000 annually, plus benefits.

Required: JD from an ABA-accredited law school; 2 years legal experience; and a current            license to practice law.

The preferred applicant will have 2-5 years experience representing clients in foreclosure           proceedings.  Teaching experience, particularly clinical teaching in a law school setting, is            desired.  The ideal applicant will have an interest not only in the foreclosure legal process,             but also in teaching law students the necessary skills to effectively represent clients.

AA/EEO institution.  Preference will be given to applications received by June 24, 2013,            although applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  In compliance with the            Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will            conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal            background check. In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal            opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin,            ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status,            sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other            factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal            and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal            opportunity and affirmative action.



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