Washington and Lee University School of Law seeks to hire a Visiting Assistant Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic, commencing July 1, 2019. The individual will also hold the title of Professor of Practice.
The Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC) at Washington & Lee University (W&L) Law School enlists student attorneys as the primary legal representatives for non-citizen clients in immigration matters. The W&L IRC has the dual goal of helping student attorneys develop the skills, values, and knowledge necessary to succeed in the practice of law, and to provide much needed legal services to the underserved immigrant population in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The W&L IRC currently provides legal services to persons in removal proceedings, both detained and non-detained, and with a particular focus on vulnerable populations such as refugees, unaccompanied minors, and survivors of gender violence.
The W&L IRC receives referrals from local partners in the Shenandoah Valley, and from partner organizations in the DC Metro area. As the only provider of pro bono representation for immigrants in removal proceedings in the Shenandoah Valley, which is the home to substantial immigrant communities in and around Harrisonburg and Roanoke, Virginia, there is tremendous demand for the clinic’s services. The W&L IRC endeavors to meet this need by prioritizing those cases where the clinic’s intervention will have the biggest impact, while balancing this goal with the need to provide students with high quality learning experiences as lawyers for their clients. The IRC has developed some project-based work at the request of its local partners, and aspires to continue to develop this aspect of the clinic docket.
Description of the Position
The Assistant Director will work in collaboration with the Director of the W&L IRC, as the Director steps into the role of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at W&L Law. The Assistant Director will be hired at the Professor of Practice level for a two-year term, renewable for an additional 2 years.
The Assistant Director will lead efforts to develop the clinic docket in consultation with the Director, s/he will be the principal supervisor of eight students, working in four teams of two, and s/he will be the primary teacher in a weekly, two-hour clinic seminar on lawyering skills, values and knowledge, in collaboration with the Director. Specifically, the Assistant Director will:
Directly represent detained and non-detained non-citizen clients in removal proceedings;
Supervise student attorneys in casework and clinic projects serving this client population;
Design and teach the clinic seminar in collaboration with the Director;
Manage the clinic docket in consultation with the Director;
Collaborate with local organizations to design projects to advance immigrant rights; and
Assist in the design and promotion of immigration-related events at the Law School.
This is not a tenure-track position, nor is it designed to lead to permanent employment at W&L Law School. Rather, this is an opportunity for an experienced practitioner who is interested in exploring a career in clinical teaching, or a new clinical teacher who hopes to enter the market for a clinic director position in the future. This position has year-round case management responsibilities, with no teaching obligations in the summer, leaving some time to pursue a scholarly agenda. Additional teaching responsibilities are possible after the first year should the Assistant Director desire.
The expected salary range for this position is $70,000-$80,000, depending on experience, and the salary will be accompanied by the range of employee benefits provided by the University.
The Assistant Director should have:
A J.D. from an ABA-accredited Law School, where s/he excelled academically;
Three years or more of relevant practice experience representing noncitizens in immigration matters, with specific experience in removal proceedings;
Membership in a State Bar -- Virginia bar membership preferred;
Ability to speak Spanish -- complete fluency strongly preferred;
Experience with non-profit, immigrant services organizations strongly preferred; and
Demonstrated commitment to immigrant justice and immigrant rights.
Please submit a letter of interest, résumé/CV, a list of at least three references, and a legal writing sample to http://apply.interfolio.com/59813, by Friday, March 1, 2019. Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis, and may be called for a preliminary round of Skype interviews, possibly followed by an on-campus, call back interview. If you have any questions please contact David Baluarte, Director of the W&L Immigrant Rights Clinic, at email@example.com.
Washington and Lee University is an Equal Opportunity employer that makes special efforts to employ faculty with diverse experiences and backgrounds.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all?inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
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Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.
Additional Salary Information: The salary will be accompanied by the range of employee benefits provided by the University.
About Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee University is an independent liberal arts university founded in 1749, named for an early benefactor (George Washington) and an innovative president (Robert E. Lee). The campus is a national historical landmark, the city offers small-town charm, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled surroundings. Students govern themselves in a community based on trust and honor. The faculty of teacher-scholars pursues a student-oriented approach to scholarship and nurtures lifelong relationships with the pupils. The curriculum blends traditional liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional programs in business, journalism and law. W&L prepares graduates for a life of learning, achievement, leadership, service and engaged citizenship in a global society.