Monday, August 9, 2021

JOBS: Maryland Carey Law's Director for the new Federal Appellate Immigration Clinic

Via Prof. Leigh Goodmark

[T]he Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice at Maryland Carey Law is hiring an inaugural Director for our new Federal Appellate Immigration Clinic for Fall 2022.  The Director will . . . pursue the Chacón Center’s goals of human rights, racial equity and social justice for immigrants.  The new Director will be charged specifically with designing and teaching a clinic to engage in federal appellate litigation that will work in collaboration with our existing Immigration Clinic and will be focused on the immigration consequences of convictions, humanitarian protection, and other impact issues that affect immigrants.  We especially welcome applicants with strong backgrounds in legal practice, applicants of color, applicants with disabilities, veterans, women, and other members of historically disadvantaged groups.

The official job posting is here.  This position is a full-time, tenure-track faculty appointment and sits on the Faculty Council, with voting rights on all matters. We will consider both entry level and junior lateral candidates with potential for outstanding legal practice, clinical education, and scholarly achievement.

The position will begin July 1, 2022.

The Federal Appellate Immigration Clinic will be part of the Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice at Maryland Carey Law, which also includes the Immigration Clinic and student support and activity programs to provide pro bono representation to people facing deportation at the trial court level and in the federal appellate courts, to educate and mentor students interested in practicing immigration law, and to advance the law to benefit immigrants in Maryland and nationally, with particular emphasis on eliminating racial inequities in immigration law.  The Federal Appellate Immigration Clinic will represent low- and moderate-income individuals and amicus curiae parties in federal appellate matters relating to immigration and criminal law, with particular focus on the overlap of these two fields of law and on asylum law, using litigation to pursue goals of racial equity, human rights and social justice.  Maryland Carey Law has a long and robust tradition of experiential learning reflected in its Cardin Requirement that every full-time day student enroll in a clinic in order to graduate.


The responsibilities of the Director of the Federal Appellate Immigration Clinic include: designing and implementing a new appellate immigration clinic in coordination with other Chacón Center faculty and staff; designing and teaching a weekly seminar component to the appellate clinic; engaging in strategic case selection and development in light of immigration case law, legislation and public policy in Maryland and nationally; teaching, through case supervision and mentoring, students engaged in all aspects of appellate litigation, with emphasis on written and oral advocacy and professional responsibility; exercising ultimate professional responsibility for the appellate clinic’s caseload; pursuing independent scholarly and professional research and writing; and participating in the governance of the law school through committee and faculty council work.  The position may also include non-clinical teaching responsibilities in the law school as appropriate and feasible.

Minimum Qualifications:

Admission to practice law and good standing in a U.S. jurisdiction is required, as is a demonstrated record of excellence in legal practice, including appellate, immigration and/or criminal litigation; experience teaching or supervising law students in legal practice; and interest in scholarly and practice-oriented research and writing. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred.


Salary will be commensurate with experience. Maryland Carey Law offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Maryland has a strong commitment to diversity. We welcome applications from persons of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and other members of historically disadvantaged groups.

I am more than happy to talk about this opportunity, but I’m going to be offline for a bit soon.  If you want to reach out to me, please do so by Aug 10 or after Aug 23.  Thanks for your help in finding a terrific new clinician!

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