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

Monday, August 10, 2020

Drake Looking to Hire Clinical & Doctrinal Family Law Faculty

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT - DIRECTOR OF THE MIDDLETON CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S RIGHTS CLINIC AND ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE/PROFESSOR OF LAW

DRAKE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL invites applicants for the position of clinical faculty and Director of the Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children’s Rights. The position may begin as early as July 2021 and will be a twelve-month position. The faculty position will be annual or long-term contract or tenure-track, depending on the candidate’s qualifications and preferences.

The Middleton Center for Children’s Rights works to advance children's rights and improve the child welfare system.  The Center has played an important role in improving the quality of representation of children and parents, which has been made possible through close working relationships with the juvenile courts and community partners. At the core of the Center’s activities is the Children’s Rights Clinic, which provides an opportunity for students interested in juvenile law to engage in direct representation of children under the supervision of the clinical faculty member. In addition, the Center through its faculty and students, engages in children’s rights advocacy projects, including providing trainings to relevant stakeholders, disseminating information on best practices in children’s representation, and identifying, drafting, and advocating for progressive children’s rights legislation.   

The Director’s duties include case selection and clinic design, supervising direct representation and assessing Clinic students, teaching a weekly skills development seminar for Clinic students, engaging in community education, and directing system reform efforts. There may also be opportunities to teach non-clinical courses and engage in scholarship.

Candidates must possess a J.D. or comparable law degree and be admitted, or able to satisfy the requirements for admission, to the Iowa Bar. An exceptional academic record, distinguished record of clinical teaching or extensive practice-related experience, a demonstrated capacity for excellence in teaching, supervision and assessment, and service is preferred. At least three years of teaching and/or practice experience is also preferred.

Drake has long excelled in clinical education and is a pioneer in the area.  Housed in the state-of-the-art Neal and Bea Smith Law Center, the Legal Clinic is an integral part of the Law School program and is supported by a multi-million dollar endowment.

The Law School is located in Des Moines, the capital of Iowa, a thriving metropolitan area of approximately 700,000 people. Des Moines is consistently ranked in national surveys as one of the best places to live in the United States. 

Drake University is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks applicants who reflect the diversity of the nation. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status. Diversity is one of Drake’s core values and applicants need to demonstrate an ability to work with individuals and groups of diverse backgrounds.

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately. Applications (including a letter of interest, a complete CV, teaching evaluations (if available), a diversity statement, and the names and addresses of at least three references) should be sent to Professor Ellen Yee, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, Drake University Law School, 2507 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311 or e-mail: ellen.yee@drake.edu.

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Hiring Announcement: Drake Law School (Entry Level and Lateral)

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE/PROFESSOR OF LAW

Drake University Law School invites applications from entry level and lateral candidates for a tenure-track or tenured Assistant/Associate/Professor of Law position beginning in the 2021-22 academic year.  We are especially interested in candidates with demonstrated interest or experience in Contracts, Sales, Tax, Intellectual Property, and Family Law. Applicants must hold a J.D. degree (or the equivalent) and should have a record of academic excellence, substantial academic or practice experience, and a passion for teaching. Appointment rank will be determined commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Drake University Law School sustains a vibrant intellectual culture, and Des Moines has been recognized as the Best Place to Live (US News), the Best Place for Young Professionals (Forbes), and as the #1 Best U.S. City for Business (MarketWatch). The Law School features innovative and nationally recognized programs in agricultural law, constitutional law, legal research and writing, and practical training.

Drake University is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks applicants who reflect the nation’s diversity.  No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status. Diversity is one of Drake’s core values and applicants need to demonstrate an ability to work with individuals and groups of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, disability, and/or ethnic backgrounds.

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately. Applications (including a letter of interest, a complete CV, teaching evaluations (if available), a diversity statement, and the names and addresses of at least three references) should be sent to Professor Ellen Yee, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, Drake University Law School, 2507 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311 or e-mail: ellen.yee@drake.edu

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