Texas Law has an opening for a clinical professor to direct our Actual Innocence Clinic (AIC). We will consider applicants for a full-time or a three-quarter time appointment. The ideal candidate will be available to begin in January 2017, but we will also consider applicants who cannot begin until the summer of 2017. The position is a 9-month clinical faculty appointment. The position is non-tenure track, with an initial one-year appointment followed by three-year rolling, presumptively renewable appointments. The new director will join a close community of over 25 faculty in our clinical program.
The AIC has been offered at Texas Law since 2004. It operates independently but shares information and coordinates activities with other innocence projects in Texas. The AIC is partially funded by the Texas Legislature, but Texas Law has made a long-term commitment to the AIC and it is supported by a new endowment.
The AIC is a six-credit, one semester, pass/fail course with approximately 10 students enrolled each semester. We expect the AIC director to:
· Teach a weekly classroom component,
· Meet regularly with students and supervise their work,
· Assume primary responsibility for any litigation,
· Fulfill reporting requirements and communication needs associated with funding sources,
· Plan an annual event to highlight an issue/person related to the work of the AIC, and
· Participate in meetings and activities of the clinical program.
AIC students screen and investigate claims from Texas inmates who are not on death row and assert that they are actually innocent of the offenses for which they are incarcerated. While investigating cases, students typically interview witnesses, research cases, review transcripts, and visit inmates in prison. The director works closely with the students on all aspects of the work, including litigation activities. This position requires occasional case-related travel. More information about the AIC can be found at: https://law.utexas.edu/clinics/actual-innocence/
1. Member of Texas Bar or ability to become licensed in Texas quickly;
2. Eight or more years of experience in criminal defense, preferably including innocence claims;
3. Experience supervising law students and/or junior attorneys;
4. Experience running a law office or practice area; and
5. Teaching experience (preferred).
The salary for this position is $98,000 to $117,000 for nine months, depending on experience. Questions about the AIC should be directed to: Tiffany Dowling, 512/471-1317, firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply: send a cover letter and resume by email before October 21, 2016, to Eden Harrington, Associate Dean for Experiential Education, 512/232-7068, email@example.com
Questions about the hiring process should also be directed to Harrington.