University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law -- Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor -- Veterans' Advocacy Clinic

17 Jun 2013 11:07 AM | Maritza Karmely (Administrator)
Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor, Veteran’s Advocacy Law Clinic
The Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor with be responsible for directing the Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic.   Responsibilities include teaching, curricular development, field supervision of students, administration, budget, volunteer attorney coordination, and strategic planning for the program.   The Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor will directly supervise law students in their clinical work and will coordinate with volunteer lawyers who may supervise students in particular field placement projects.  In addition, the Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor will work with the Courts as well as other University and community organizations on veterans’ legal services issues, policy, and education.
The Law College is committed to the personal and professional development of the Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor.  The VALC will have significant opportunity to be mentored by both experienced clinical and podium faculty in order to enhance his or her skills as a clinical legal educator and legal scholar.    
This is a one year grant funded position beginning in July or August, 2013.  This is a non-tenure eligible position.
Program Description:    The Veteran’s Advocacy Law Clinic is a unique multi-disciplinary clinical legal education program in which law students represent military veterans in the Tucson Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court. The RMVTC is a pre-trial diversion program available to former military personnel who face misdemeanor, traffic and probation violation charges.  Under supervision, our law students represent the majority of veterans who appear before the Regional Court.  The Court itself is a cooperative community effort of Southern Arizona VA Health Services, HOPE, Inc., the City of Tucson and other municipalities and the College of Law.
Law students also provide some limited civil legal services to eligible veterans under the supervision of faculty or volunteer attorneys in the community.
Example of Duties:
  • Supervise the activities of law students, volunteer lawyers and field supervisors.
  • Supervise and asses the legal work of law students in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Teach in the classroom.
  • Develop and independently implement new or revised program goals and objectives.
  • Perform needs assessment and analyses.
  • Develop and schedule student and supervising attorney activities in the Veterans Courts in accordance with program objectives and funding limitations; oversee daily operations and coordinates program activities through assigned staff; prioritize and delegate work activities.
  • Prepare budget proposals and recommendations and establishes budget control system for controlling expenditures; controls expenditures in accordance with budget allocations; recommends equipment and resources for program.
  • Prepare periodic reports, statements and records on program activities, progress, status or other special reports for management or outside agencies.
  • Recruit program participants, members and volunteers.
  • Develop, compile and write communications, promotional literature and web-based presentation.
  • Develop and facilitate workshops, continuing legal education programs, meetings or conferences with high impact on program and/or participants; coordinate logistics, scheduling and participant communications.
  • Interact and maintains liaison with students, faculty, staff and outside community agencies in facilitating program objectives.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of criminal law.
  • Ability to teach, effectively supervise, and provide meaningful feedback to law students.
  • Ability to recruit and effectively work with volunteer lawyers who supervise law students.
  • Knowledge of services available to military veterans, active military and their families.
  • Familiarity with Veteran’s or other Treatment or Community Courts.
  • Knowledge of budgeting and accounting principles.
  • Knowledge of organizational practices.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Ability to implement clinical legal education theory and best practices.
  • Development and/or management experience in grant writing and fundraising.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Juris Doctor degree or equivalent law degree AND
  • Admission to the bar of the State of Arizona OR
  • Admission by examination to the bar of any other state AND eligible for special admission as a Clinical Professor under Arizona Supreme Court Rule 38(d) OR
  • Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience teaching in a clinical legal education setting
  • Experience supervising and or teaching law students or new lawyers
  • Military Veteran or work experience with Military Veterans
Apply at this link: ;  click on Search Postings; put “52750” in the Job Number search box, click Search and the only result that should return will be for Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor.


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