Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, August 23, 2019

Family Law Clinic Faculty Position Announcement

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Clinical Professor to teach in and direct the School’s Family Law Clinic. This position is part of a system of contracts progressing to presumptively renewable long-term contracts, separate from the University’s tenure stream. The position will begin on July 1, 2020.

The Clinic’s primary mission is to provide an excellent experiential learning opportunity for our students, while also providing legal services to low-income individuals involved in family law disputes. As currently constituted, students enrolled in the Family Law Clinic provide assistance to persons appearing pro se in the Family Division of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, a program sanctioned and valued by the judges sitting in that court. The candidate hired for the position will have the opportunity to shape the future direction of the Clinic.  Therefore, candidates should be prepared to share their thinking about how the Clinic might be adapted or reformed to best advance its dual missions in light of changes in legal education, the legal profession, and society. Duties of the Clinical Professor include classroom teaching, including the possibility of teaching doctrinal courses; supervision of second- and third-year law students as they advise pro se family court litigants and undertake related projects; administrative duties relating to the Family Law Clinic; community outreach and fundraising; and participation in faculty governance of the School of Law. 

Qualifications include admission to practice in Pennsylvania or willingness to seek admission to the Pennsylvania bar; substantial experience in the field of family law and, preferably, clinical pedagogy; excellent supervisory and communication skills; the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of students, clients, and other constituents; and an interest in developing clinical experiences for students in the Family Law Clinic within a community that supports interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative teaching opportunities.

To apply, please provide a letter of interest, resume, and list of three references addressed to Professor Mary Crossley, Chair, Appointments Committee, at Write “Family Law Clinic Application” in the subject line of the email. The deadline for applications is September 3, 2019.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO/M/F/Vets/ Disabled). In furtherance of our strong institutional commitment to a diverse faculty, we particularly welcome applications from minorities, women, and others who would add diversity to our faculty.  Recruitment is subject to approval by the University’s Provost.

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