UIC JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL seeks a faculty member to serve as Director of the Law School’s Intellectual Property Clinic. UIC John Marshall Law School will become Chicago’s only public law school in August 2019. The clinic provides pro bono services to individuals or qualified groups in the areas of Patents and Trademarks and is part of the law school’s Community Legal Clinics. The candidate will also teach related courses as arranged with the academic deans. This is a tenure-line position, at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher.
The Law School, which is located in Chicago’s downtown Loop, was created by merging a 120-year-old independent law school with a strong history of access, opportunity, and innovation into the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Carnegie Research 1 University that is part of the University of Illinois system.
We seek an individual who is, or demonstrates the potential to be, an exceptional teacher, clinician, and scholar, and to work with entrepreneurs and emerging technologies. Required qualifications include a J.D. from an ABA-approved law school or foreign equivalent; evidence that the candidate is a member in good standing of the bar of a court of the United States, or of the highest court of a state of the United States; and registration to practice in patent (and preferably also trademark) matters before the USPTO. Illinois bar membership (or eligibility for it) is preferred but not required.
The Law School’s current intellectual property clinics in Patents and Trademarks are certified law school clinics under the rules of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. To meet certification requirements, the candidate must:
For patents, be a registered patent attorney or patent agent in good standing with the OED of the USPTO and have three years of experience in prosecuting patent applications before the USPTO within the last five years;
For trademarks, be a licensed attorney with at least three years of experience in prosecuting trademark applications before the USPTO within the last five years.
It is anticipated that the successful candidate will teach at least one course per academic year outside the clinic, based on background and interest. The candidate is expected to possess excellent research, writing, and communication skills.To apply, please forward a current CV and cover letter to Professor Paul Lewis, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee, IPClinicsDirector@jmls.edu.
Individuals invited to interview for the position should be prepared to submit teaching evaluations for past law-school teaching (whether as an adjunct, VAP, or full-time professor), professional references, copies of or links to published scholarship, and, where applicable, copies of promotion reports from current or past law schools. The Committee will begin reviewing applications in August. We will conduct screening interviews at the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference. For individuals who do not plan to attend the conference, we intend to conduct Skype or in-person interviews before or shortly after the Conference.