The University of Minnesota Law School is seeking applicants for a clinic faculty position beginning Summer 2019 in the area of tax.
The Mankoff Tax Clinic is a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grant-funded clinic housed within the Law Clinic office. The Law School currently offers 20+ clinical courses with a broad diversity of subject matters. Eight in-house clinical faculty members and twenty part-time adjunct instructors teach in the program. The Mankoff Tax Clinic is an integral part of the Law School’s clinical programs where students are prepared for the increasing complexities of legal practice in a diverse community. The Law School serves a diverse and varied group of internal and external constituents, and Associate Professors will need to work effectively across these communities.
This is a 100% full-time, 12 month academic professional (P&A) appointment. Upon successful completion of probation, the position is eligible for a continuous appointment, i.e., clinical tenure.
Duties and Responsibilities
The primary responsibilities consistent with internal policies on teaching loads will include:
Teach and further develop the Tax Clinic which has enrollment of 15 students (ten student attorneys and five student directors) by providing law students enrolled in the clinic and student directors with practical instruction on effective representation of clients in tax cases, substantive tax law and procedure, tax court procedure, occasional brief writing, occasional policy advocacy on behalf of clients, and community outreach consistent with the clinic grant priorities.
Provide law students with closely supervised case supervision as they work in case teams conducting client contact and communication, case management, legal writing and drafting, oral advocacy, courtroom skills, legal ethics, communications and negotiations with adverse counsel, and case strategy.
Provide low-income Minnesota residents with direct case representation before the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court, the Internal Revenue Service, and state tax authorities.
Work with the Law School Finance Department and the LITC Administrative Coordinator to prepare and submit the Mid-Year (July) and Annual (April) LITC required grant reports and funding requests. Continuation of the Tax Clinic is based on LITC grant funding.
Teach a course on Tax Procedure during fall semester.
Develop and/or support community education outreach programs for low-income immigrants and limited proficiency in English.
Coordinate with LITC institutional partners.
Participate in faculty governance.
Participate in clinic faculty meetings and play a role in the clinic’s overall operation.
Serve as faculty advisor for a group of 4-6 1L students each year.
Supervise 1-4 student notes on tax law each academic year.
Participate in the U.S. Tax Court Student Practice and Calendar Call program.
J.D. degree from an A.B.A. accredited law school.
Licensed to practice law in at least one state and be eligible for admission in both state and federal court in Minnesota, if not already admitted to practice in Minnesota.
At least three years’ clinical teaching experience.
At least three years’ supervisory experience with certified student attorneys doing tax cases.
Experience in LITC grant administration and reporting.
Experience in low income tax preparation.
Publication in tax practice journals.
Regulatory notice and comment drafting experience.
Knowledge and experience in LITC litigation in U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court.
Involvement in the ABA Tax Section, and presentation experience to ABA Tax Section.
Experience developing practical materials and practice guides for LITC tax lawyers and for community outreach and education.
Internal Number: 328323
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