Visiting Director of Tax Clinic, Professor of Practice
Washington and Lee University
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Higher Education Institution
Washington and Lee University School of Law seeks to hire a Visiting Director of the Tax Clinic, commencing January 1, 2023. The individual will also hold the title of Professor of Practice.
The Tax Clinic at Washington & Lee University (W&L) School of Law brings important services to the Shenandoah Valley region. The W&L Tax Clinic has the dual goal of helping student attorneys develop the skills, values, and knowledge necessary to succeed in the practice of law, and providing free legal representation to low-income taxpayers who have post-filing controversies with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Such controversies might include audit representation, appeals, collection issues, innocent spouse relief, and representation before the U.S. Tax Court. The Tax Clinic does not handle transactional tax matters or routine tax return preparation. In addition to this legal representation, the students also engage in educational outreach to taxpayers about their rights and responsibilities as U.S. taxpayers.
The Clinic serves individuals throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia whose income does not exceed 250% of the annual Federal Poverty Guidelines. The clinic is partially funded through a matching grant provided by the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) program, which is administered by the Internal Revenue Service's Taxpayer Advocate Service. However, the Clinic is completely independent of, and not associated with, the IRS or the federal government. The partial funding does not imply that the Tax Clinic has a preferential relationship with the IRS.
Description of the Position
The Visiting Director will work in collaboration with the Director of the W&L Tax Clinic, as the current Director steps into the role of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at W&L Law. The Visiting Director will be hired at the Professor of Practice level for a two-year term, renewable for an additional two years.
The Visiting Director will lead efforts to develop the clinic docket in consultation with the Director, be the clinical supervisor of up to eight law students, and teach a weekly, two-hour clinic seminar. Specifically, the Visiting Director will:
Directly represent low-income individuals in their controversies with the Internal Revenue Service;
Teach, train, and supervise law student attorneys in casework and clinic projects serving this client population;
Teach a weekly clinic seminar on tax procedure and policy concerning low-income taxpayers, lawyering skills, and the ethical rules specific to tax practice;
Collaborate and partner with local organizations to engage the community and educate taxpayers as to their rights and responsibilities; and
Assist with grant management and reporting requirements related to the clinic’s LITC grant.
This is not a tenure-track position, nor is it designed to lead to permanent employment at W&L Law. 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 if so desired. Additional teaching responsibilities are possible after the first year should the Visiting Director desire.
A central aspect of the Law School’s mission is to promote a diverse, equitable, and collaborative intellectual community. Our mission statement is at https://law.wlu.edu/about-wandl-law. We continually strive to foster an inclusive campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of identity. To further our mission, we are committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and student body. In that regard, we especially welcome candidates from members of communities that are traditionally under-represented in the legal profession and academia.
The expected salary range for this position is $70,000-$90,000, depending on experience, and the salary will be accompanied by the range of employee benefits provided by the University.
The Visiting Director should have:
A J.D. from an ABA-accredited Law School, where the candidate excelled academically;
Two or more years of experience as a practicing lawyer, preferably with experience in tax;
Active Membership in a State/DC Bar -- Virginia bar membership preferred but not required.
The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19, with one booster. New employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.
Please submit a letter of interest, résumé/CV, and a list of three contact references to http://apply.interfolio.com/115188 and apply by Friday, October 28, 2022 to ensure consideration. References will be contacted for the finalist candidate. Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis, and may be called for a preliminary virtual interview, possibly followed by an on-campus, call back interview. The position will be open until filled.
If you have any questions please contact Michelle Drumbl, Director of the W&L Tax Clinic, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 458-8545.
Washington and Lee is a top-ranked, private institution in Lexington, Virginia where we integrate the rigorous inquiry and critical thinking of a liberal arts curriculum with nationally accredited undergraduate programs in business and journalism, and a graduate School of Law. Our graduates, mentored by a faculty of teacher-scholars, are ready to make a meaningful impact wherever they go in the world.The campus is a national historical landmark, the city offers small-town charm, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled surroundings. 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.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.