The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is seeking a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law to direct and teach a new Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic to be created as part of the Memphis Children's Health Law Directive (Memphis CHiLD), an innovative alliance between the School of Law, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, and Memphis Area Legal Services.
The full-time, twelve-month position will begin on July 1, 2015 and will include doctrinal teaching responsibilities of one course per semester in addition to the teaching and supervisory duties related to the Medical-Legal Partnership. Subject to approval, funding is available to allow the position to be renewed on an annual basis for three years. Under the direction of the Visiting Assistant Professor, the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic will supervise students in providing legal services to Le Bonheur patients and their families; develop an interdisciplinary education curriculum focused on the social determinants of health and the legal, policy, and other issues affecting the well-being and healthcare access of low-income children; and engage in systemic advocacy that seeks to improve health outcomes for low-income children. The Visiting Assistant Professor will also partner with and draw on the assessment and research expertise of the Law School's Institute for Health Law and Policy (iHeLP), as well as Memphis community stakeholders, to evaluate the impact of the Medical-Legal Partnership in utilizing law and policy to advance children's health.
Candidates should be prepared to present their comprehensive vision for teaching, administering, growing, and cultivating enduring support for the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic. In addition to directing and teaching the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic, it is anticipated that the Visiting Assistant Professor will teach two additional courses based on the needs of the law school. For duties related to the Medical-Legal Partnership, the Visiting Assistant Professor will report directly to the Director of Experiential Learning, and will work closely with the Dean, Director of iHeLP, and Faculty on the development of the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic.
Candidates must possess a J.D. or equivalent law degree and must be admitted to practice in Tennessee or willing to seek admission to the Tennessee bar as soon as practically possible following appointment. See TN Supreme Court Rule 7, Section 10.02 (Attorneys in Clinical and Related Law School Programs). Among other qualifications, candidates should have a minimum of five (5) years of legal practice experience; a demonstrated interest in serving lower-income
individuals and communities, substantial experience or interest in working with healthcare professionals and students; a strong desire to supervise and work with students; and a commitment to building community relationships and programs.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of three references to Professor Daniel Kiel, Chair, MLP Faculty Recruitment Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Write "Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic Application" in the subject line of the email. Preference will be given to applications received by April 27, 2015, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The University of Memphis School of Law recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in its new building, the newly restored U.S. Customs House in downtown Memphis. A $48 million project, the structure offers a magnificent setting for learning and
teaching and has been recognized as one of the finest law school facilities in the nation and the world. Memphis is a beautiful and diverse city with affordable real
estate and an excellent quality of life. The city is known for its friendly atmosphere, revitalized downtown, and attractions such as Graceland, Beale Street, Opera Memphis, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Zoo, NBA Grizzlies, Memphis Tigers basketball team, National Civil Rights Museum, and nationally recognized theatre companies. While the School of Law does not treat race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation as dispositive in hiring decisions, the School has a strong institutional commitment to hiring persons who will add to its diversity. The University of Memphis is an EEO/AA employer.