Chicago-Kent College of Law - Director of Appellate Advocacy

28 Dec 2019 10:34 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

CHICAGO-KENT COLLEGE OF LAW, ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY is now accepting applications for the position of Director of Appellate Advocacy for the 2020-2021 academic year.  The Director’s primary function will be to run Chicago-Kent’s Moot Court Honor Society. Since the founding of the Moot Court Honor Society in 1978, its members have won dozens of national and regional championships and over 100 awards for brief-writing and oral advocacy. Chicago-Kent College of Law's program in appellate advocacy builds on the first-year legal research and writing program, providing students with advanced training and the opportunity to compete in internal and external moot court competitions.  Students are invited to join the Moot Court Honor Society based on their performance in a selection process at the end of their first year of school.

The Director teaches an Appellate Advocacy class in the fall semester for the new Moot Court Honor Society students.  This class focuses on upper-level training in appellate advocacy, both written and oral, and culminates in an in-house competition, the Ilana Diamond Rovner Competition. Students are selected to represent Chicago-Kent in interscholastic competitions based on their performance in the course. With the student Executive Board of the Moot Court Honor Society, the Director selects outside competitions and student team members, functions as a general adviser for the teams, and aids in administering the program. 

In addition to administering the Moot Court Honor Society and teaching the Appellate Advocacy course, the Director of Appellate Advocacy will also be expected to teach at least one other upper-division course each academic year. The selection of this course will depend upon academic needs and the Director’s own interests.

Applicants must have a degree from an accredited law school and a strong academic record.  Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential, and prior practice, clerkship, and appellate experience are highly desirable.  Applicants must possess outstanding interpersonal skills as well.

Chicago-Kent College of Law is an equal opportunity employer.

Please submit a cover letter, a resume, three references, and a writing sample via email to Ms. Patricia O’Neal at poneal@kentlaw.iit.edu. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2020.

Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews. 


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