University of Baltimore School of Law - Fellowship - Low Income Tax Clinic

16 Sep 2022 9:14 PM | Lauren Godshall (Administrator)

THE UNIVERSITY OF BALTIMORE SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for a fellowship to start on or about December 2, 2022, in the University of Baltimore Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. 

Vacancy number 301291

Position Type: Faculty position with full, competitive benefits package
Opens: 09/13/22     Closes: Open Until Filled

Salary: $67,000

Position is open until filled but priority is given to applications submitted by October 1, 2022.

This full-time, year-round, 3-year public interest fellowship program, offers superb mentorship and training as Fellows transition from law practice to law faculty, providing intensive support in areas of pedagogy, academic writing, and more.  Many former Fellows are now in long-term teaching positions at other institutions. (https://law.ubalt.edu/clinics/docs/080421%20Fellow%20alumni%20for%20webpage.pdf).  
Because we value the diversity of our faculty and student body, we welcome all qualified candidates including members of communities that are traditionally under-represented in the legal profession and academia.
 
This posting is specifically for the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC), although, Fellowship positions for other areas of practice are available as well (Immigrant Rights and Justice Clinics as well as the Criminal Defense an Advocacy Clinic).  The Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic provides education, advocacy, and representation to low-income taxpayers.  It educates taxpayers as to their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers, identifies and advocates issues that disparately effect low-income taxpayers, and represents them in federal tax disputes and related state tax matters.  Its cases involve administrative controversies before the Internal Revenue Service and litigation in federal courts.  Students serve as first-chair attorneys under the guidance and support of law school faculty, including the Fellow.  Typical student work includes arguing innocent spouse applications, preparing audit reconsiderations, briefing, and appearing in collection matters (including Collection Due Process hearings and offers in compromise), and handling cases in Tax Court, including appearing at U.S. Tax Court calendar calls and volunteering for settlement days.  Additional student work may include occasional outreach, such as educational presentations, to low-income taxpayers and community partners.       
 
The Fellow’s duties include direct supervision of clinic students’ client, case, and community education work; co-teaching a weekly clinic seminar; engaging in course planning and preparation with the other faculty members in the Clinic, including LITC Director, Janice Shih; and facilitating and participating in community outreach and education.  During the winter and summer breaks in the academic year, the Fellow will cover client matters, continue with outreach and education as scheduled, handle additional clinical program duties as assigned, and develop their academic writing.  

This position is a full-time, year-round, contractual appointment for three and a half years.  Because the LITC serves evening students, the Fellow will teach at least one evening each week during the fall and spring semesters, with daytime hours adjusted accordingly.   

The Fellowship focuses its first year and a half on the skills of teaching, from crafting and leading seminars, to facilitating supervision meetings with student-attorneys. The second year of the fellowship focuses on developing legal scholarship. The third year, we support the Fellow to go on the clinical teaching job market if they so choose. For more details about the Fellows’ Program, please view our website at http://law.ubalt.edu/clinics/fellows/
 
Qualifications:  Two or more years of experience as a practicing lawyer, primarily in the field of tax controversy; exceptional oral and written communication skills; a demonstrated interest in working for low-income clients; and an interest in mentoring and teaching. Fellows must be members of the Maryland Bar, willing to become members of the Bar, or qualified to obtain a certification of authorization to practice for out-of-state supervising attorneys under Maryland Rules 19-218 and 19-220.  The Fellow must also be a member of the bar of the U.S. Tax Court or able to seek admission to the bar of the U.S. Tax Court and willing to complete the necessary documentation to be permitted by the Internal Revenue Service to supervise law practice by students.
 
Salary:  The current salary is $67,000/year.  The position includes full benefits, including retirement plan. Benefits are listed here (see under “Faculty and Regular Employees”):
https://www.ubalt.edu/about-ub/offices-and-services/human-resources/benefits/index.cfm.  The position also includes research support, and a travel allowance to attend relevant conferences and workshops.  Candidates in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program are encouraged to investigate whether employment at the University of Baltimore, a state educational institution, may qualify.   
 
We look forward to receiving your required electronic application, including a letter of interest, resume, and brief statement about how your candidacy would support traditionally underrepresented communities in the legal profession and academia.   
 
The position is open until filled.  For more details about the Fellows’ Program, please view our website at
https://law.ubalt.edu/clinics/fellows/

Before you apply, save your required materials as one PDF (preferred format) or Word document, and then attach it to your application in the resume location.  Short file names without spaces or special characters are helpful.

Before you apply, save your required materials as one PDF (preferred format) or Word document, and then attach it to your application in the resume location.  Short file names without spaces or special characters are helpful.

The University of Baltimore ("UBalt" or "University") does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, race, religion, age, disability, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other legally protected characteristics in its programs, activities or employment practices. UBalt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Compliant Employer & Title IX Institution.

We appreciate your interest in our recruitment. Please review the information below before you visit http://www.ubalt.edu/candidate_gateway/erecruit.html to apply.

Information follows about submitting the electronic application and attaching your letter of interest and resume. 

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Please read the following information before you apply, and refer to it as you enter your application.

NAVIGATION

COVER LETTER AND RESUME ATTACHMENT AND UPLOAD

Before you apply:

• Save one PDF or Word document with your cover letter, resume, and any additional information you would like to have considered.  Short file names without spaces or special characters are helpful.

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TO APPLY:

External applicants: Review the vacancy announcement at http://www.ubalt.edu/candidate_gateway/erecruit.html and click the external applicant link to apply.

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The University of Baltimore ("UBalt" or "University") does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, race, religion, age, disability, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other legally protected characteristics in its programs, activities or employment practices. UBalt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Compliant Employer & Title IX Institution.


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