Wisconsin seeks Clinicial Professor to Direct Family Court Clinic

21 May 2019 12:02 PM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LAW SCHOOL seeks a Clinical Assistant Professor or Clinical Associate Professor to direct and teach in the Family Court Clinic (FCC), within the Law School's Economic Justice Institute. In the FCC, law students assist low-income citizens with a variety of family law matters, including divorce, paternity, child support, domestic violence, or post-judgment matters. The FCC director handles cases and teaches students how to represent clients. Students learn to draft documents, counsel clients, engage in strategic planning, negotiate with other parties, and appear in court under faculty supervision as permitted by student practice rules.

Responsibilities of the position include developing and implementing the FCC's curriculum and mission; screening requests for assistance from community partners; substantive teaching in family law and lawyering skills; and regularly meeting with and supervising FCC students as they handle cases. There is an opportunity for research, writing, and advocacy relating to clinical education and the legal concerns of low-income persons.

Specific duties may include:

a. Developing the Family Court Clinic's curriculum, courses, and mission consistent with Law School needs and objectives.

b. Teaching in, and directing, the FCC, e.g.:

·          providing substantive instruction in family law, lawyering skills, and related areas

·          screening and assigning appropriate cases to clinic students

·          holding individual conferences with FCC students as appropriate

·          reviewing, critiquing, and approving documents prepared by FCC students in their cases

·          providing regular written evaluations of students' work.

c. Appearing on behalf of FCC clients in court and administrative proceedings (and managing the resolution of outstanding issues).

d. Attending regular staff meetings and coordinating with other clinical faculty; collaborating and teaching in areas of common interest among the Law School's civil legal clinics.

e. Assisting in legislative and administrative advocacy on issues of interest to the FCC and its students.

f. Participating in Law School service and committee work.

This is a full-time, ongoing/renewable appointment that is expected to begin August 1, 2019, with a minimum annual salary of $65,000 (depending on qualifications). A J.D. is required, and the successful applicant must be admitted to the Wisconsin Bar or eligible for prompt admission to the Wisconsin Bar.  Experience in representing individuals in family law cases and in addressing civil legal needs of low-income citizens is required. Experience in clinical legal education or other teaching experience is preferred (and required for the Associate Professor level).

***Please note: The Law School will comply with the AALS Statement of Good Practices relating to hiring full-time faculty members at other schools. That statement observes that offers for the upcoming academic year made after early spring may disrupt the educational program of the departing faculty member’s law school and provide inadequate notice to that employer. Thus, the University of Wisconsin Law School will not extend such offers. However, we welcome applications from applicants with clinical teaching experience who are in other circumstances or who are not scheduled to teach at their home institution for the coming year.


Applicants must apply through the Jobs at UW website (www.jobs.wisc.edu) by the consideration date (May 27, 2019, at 11:55 p.m. CDT). Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume.  For more information, consult the website posting.


Justin Boehm




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