Duties and Responsibilities:
Loyola University Chicago School of Law seeks applicants for the position of Clinical Professor of Law and Director of its Health Justice Project. The Health Justice Project is a medical-legal partnership (“MLP”) of Loyola’s School of Law, the Erie Family Health Center (a Federally Qualified Health Center), and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. The Health Justice project includes a legal clinic which involves law students in direct client representation and policy advocacy to address the social determinants of health affecting low-income patients of Erie Family Health Center. Founded in 2010, the Health Justice Project is part of the School of Law’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy.
Students in the schools of public health and medicine at Loyola also may enroll in the clinic. The Clinical Professor of Law is responsible for designing and teaching clinic classes; creating opportunities for interprofessional learning and teamwork; directing the medical-legal partnership and law school clinic; supervising students in the representation of clients; supervising research assistants, teaching fellows, and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers; overseeing the case management system and any data collection; and other matters.
The position is for a renewable 5 year contract term. Clinical faculty have voting privileges and are eligible to apply for summer research stipends.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
1. Plans and directs implementation and administration of the Health Justice Project MLP and law school clinic;
2. Supervises clinical fellows, law students and volunteers in skill development and client representation; specifically, training intake specialists, client advocates, healthcare and social work partners, and pro bono attorneys; planning, assigning and directing work; evaluating performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems;
3. Prepares and communicates information to partners, doctors, students, and volunteers regarding legal and social resources;
4. Maintains frequent and professional communication with contacts at community health centers and other collaborating entities;
5. Develops and maintains case management and data collection systems.
Engaging in scholarly research is preferred but not required.
The candidate must have the ability to successfully interact with a variety of people of various socio-economic backgrounds and education level. Excellent judgment, including sensitivity to client needs, cultural nuances and confidential information. Interest in serving low-income people and addressing health disparities. Experience as a clinician or former clinical teaching fellow, as a medical-legal partnership attorney or as a lawyer with litigation and/or policy experience. The ideal applicant has experience in an MLP or other law school clinic setting, is barred in Illinois by the start date (or is bar eligible), and has experience in one or more of the typical MLP case subject matters, including public benefits, disability, housing, advance care planning, immigration, and guardianship, among others. Demonstrated interest in public interest law or policy strongly preferred.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as part of an interprofessional team. Detail oriented. Flexible work attitude, ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with a small staff and frequent student turnover (due to semester long courses and graduation).
Bachelor’s and J.D. degree required.
Adept user of Internet, case management systems, e-mail and other office automation systems.
Will be expected to oversee case management and data collection system.
Certificates and Licenses:
Juris Doctor; Admission/eligibility for admission to the Illinois Bar
Review of applications will begin October 1, 2016, with the goal of selecting a candidate by the end of the year. Position to begin July 1, 2017. Applicants are asked to submit (1) a letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) the names and contact information of three individuals prepared to provide professional references.
Direct applications to: www.careers.luc.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=59238. Make inquiries to: Professor Anita Weinberg, Chair, HJP Hiring Committee, School of Law, Loyola University Chicago, 25 E. Pearson Street, Suite 720, Chicago, IL, 60611, email@example.com.
Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a Transformative Education in the Jesuit tradition. To learn more about LUC's mission, candidates should consult our website at www.luc.edu/mission/.
For information about the university's focus on transformative education, they should consult our website at www.luc.edu/transformativeed. Applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged.