DRAKE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL invites applications for the position of Director of the Entrepreneurial/Transactional Law Clinic. The position may begin in either the Spring 2020 or Fall 2020 semester and will be a twelve-month position. The directorship will be annual or long-term contract depending on the candidate’s qualifications and preferences. Duties will include supervising and assessing Clinic students representing nonprofit organizations and emerging entrepreneurs. The Clinic primarily focuses on assisting startup businesses and nonprofits in underserved communities in Polk County, Iowa that are not able to afford retained counsel. In addition, graduate students and other researchers at Iowa State University provide another source of Clinical transactional cases, many of which include advanced issues involving tech transfers, capital structures, and software licensing. The Director will have the opportunity to build on the success of the existing clinic, which serves a vibrant, diverse community of innovators. In addition, there may be opportunities to teach doctrinal and experiential-learning courses depending on the law school’s curricular needs.
Candidates must possess a J.D. or comparable law degree and be admitted to, or able to satisfy the requirements for admission to the Iowa Bar. A distinguished record of clinical teaching or extensive practice-related experience, a demonstrated capacity for excellence in teaching, supervision and assessment, and service is preferred. At least three years of teaching and/or practice experience is also preferred.
Drake has long excelled in clinical education and is a pioneer in the area. Our six clinics provide students with an outstanding legal experience in Children’s Rights Law, Delinquency Law, Elder Law, General Civil Law, and Criminal Law. Housed in the state-of-the-art Neal and Bea Smith Law Center, the Legal Clinic is an integral part of the Law School program and is supported by a multi-million dollar endowment. The Law School is located in Des Moines, the capital of Iowa, a thriving metropolitan area of more than 600,000 people. Des Moines is consistently ranked in national surveys as one of the best places to live in the United States.
Drake University is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks applicants who reflect the diversity of the nation. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status. Diversity is one of Drake’s core values and applicants need to demonstrate an ability to work with individuals and groups of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, disability, and/or ethnic backgrounds.
Confidential review of applications will begin in Aug 2019. Applications (including a letter of interest, a complete CV, teaching evaluations (if available) and the names and addresses of at least three references) should be sent to Professor Ellen Yee, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, Drake,
About Drake University
More than 900 faculty and staff are part of the Drake University community, a close-knit group enthusiastic about fulfilling our mission to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. Drake Law School prepares outstanding graduates who will promote justice, serve their communities and the legal profession, and uphold the ideals of ethics and professionalism. We cultivate critical thinking and professional skills, produce meaningful scholarship, and engage in public service. Drake University is not only an exceptional institution of higher learning, but also an exceptional place to work, and we are committed to attracting, retaining, and rewarding outstanding people.
Several strengths set Drake apart:
•Strong support for professional growth and development, including life long learning opportunities; internal funding for research, scholarship, and service activities; and extensive support in securing external funding
•Belief in a healthy work/life balance, as evidenced in competitive offerings of vacation, holiday, and personal time
•Dedication to the goa...l of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment
•Exceptional benefits package including health, dental, tuition, and retirement planning
•Substantive involvement of faculty and staff in University governance and strategic planning through Faculty Senate and All Staff Council.
•Located in Des Moines, Iowa, a diverse and vibrant capital city that's attracted national attention