Clinical Professor and Director, Law and Religion Clinic; Director, First Amendment Center

Company
The University of Texas Law School
City
Austin
State
TX
Salary Range
$118,000 to $135,000 for nine months, depending on experience (with an additional pro rata amount for any summer appointments).

 

Posted 9/30/19

The University of Texas at Austin: School of Law

Location:

University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas

Open Date:

Sep 25, 2019

Description:

UT School of Law seeks to hire a full-time clinical professor to direct a new Law and Religion Clinic and First Amendment Center. The Clinic will be the main project of the Center. The Clinic’s principal focus will be free-exercise claims under the state or federal constitutions, claims under state or federal religious-liberty legislation, and free-speech claims involving religious speech.

The Clinic will educate students by involving them in direct client representation or mediation services in law-related disputes and projects arising from a wide range of religious beliefs, practices, and circumstances. The Center will also develop additional programs such as presenting occasional events and providing summer financial support to students working in offices focused on the First Amendment.

The ideal candidate will be available to begin in the summer of 2020. The position is a nine-month full-time clinical faculty appointment, with an option of an additional three months of paid full or part-time work during the summers if demanded by the Clinic’s cases and projects. The position is non-tenure track, with an initial one-year appointment followed by three-year rolling, presumptively renewable appointments. The new Director will join a close community of over 25 faculty members who teach in our clinical program. The Clinic will be a one semester course offered in the fall and spring semesters with at least six students enrolled each semester, as is the case with our other clinics.

The Director will be expected to:

  • Teach a weekly classroom component of the Clinic,
  • Meet regularly with students and supervise their work,
  • Assume responsibility for the selection and conduct of litigation and other advocacy efforts,
  • Travel as necessary for cases and projects,
  • Participate in activities of the clinical program,
  • Plan at least one Center event focused on the First Amendment annually, and
  • Develop other Center programs.

The salary for this position will be $118,000 to $135,000 for nine months, depending on experience (with an additional pro rata amount for any summer appointments).  

Qualifications

  1. Member of Texas Bar or ability to become licensed in Texas quickly,
  2. Five or more years of experience in relevant legal work, preferably including claims involving the free-exercise clause,
  3. Experience supervising law students and/or junior attorneys,
  4. Experience running a law office or practice area, and
  5. Teaching experience (preferred).

Application Instructions

Questions about the position should be directed to Eden Harrington, Associate Dean for Experiential Education (eharrington@law.utexas.edu).  The position will remain open until filled.