Director of the Veterans Legal Services Clinical Program The UCLA School of Law is seeking a highly energetic individual with significant legal practice experience and clinical teaching experience to serve as the inaugural Director of our new Veterans Legal Services Clinical Program, which will begin operations on the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Campus in mid-2017.
The Director will have the opportunity to develop, lead, and teach in what we envision will be the School of Law's signature clinic. The Director will teach the in-house Veterans Benefits Clinic in fall 2017 while developing other clinical courses, experiential learning projects, and student pro bono activities involving the legal representation of veterans in a variety of substantive areas of need.
The Director will supervise a staff attorney and a paralegal on site at the V.A. Campus, coordinate programs with other UCLA clinical faculty and staff, and meaningfully engage with veterans' communities on UCLA campus, in Los Angeles, and nationally.
The Director will develop teaching approaches and materials that ensure students receive high-quality educational experiences when working in for-credit clinics or providing pro bono legal services. The Director will also have responsibility for managing the budget for the Program, hiring and managing support staff, including a staff attorney and a paralegal, and for managing the office. As needed, the Director will act as a case manager for veterans related legal programs, serving as the attorney of record, and managing selected cases, including at those times when the Law School is not in session.
The Director will work under the direction of the Law School's Assistant Dean of Clinical Education, Experiential Learning, and Public Service. In addition to developing and managing the Veterans Legal Services Clinic, the Director might also be asked to assist with other parts of the School of Law's experiential curriculum.
Minimum requirements include an excellent academic record; a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, admission to the California Bar or willingness to sit for the California Bar, significant legal practice experience, and demonstrated management, administrative and organizational skills. Experience teaching in a law school clinical setting is strongly preferred. Practice experience representing veterans is also preferred but not required. The level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, year-round, academic, non-tenure track position. This appointment is subject to the rules and regulations of the Regents of the University of California, which are mostly embodied in The UCLA CALL and the University of California Academic Personnel Manual. (See https://www.apo.ucla.edu/policies/the-call; and http://www.ucop.edu/acadpersonnel/apm/welcome.html.)
Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Friday, December 16, 2016 but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled. Please apply online athttps://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02665 by submitting a cover letter, resume, and the names and addresses of at least three professional references.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).
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