Mercer Law School in sunny Macon, Georgia is looking for a few visiting faculty for next year. In particular, they may need folks to cover Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Legal Writing, Contracts, and Bankruptcy next Fall and Legal Writng, Statutory Law, Contracts, and Commercial Transactions in the Spring (although Commercial Transactions could be offered in Fall or Spring). Interested parties should contact Associate Dean Steve Johnson.
The University of Kentucky College of Law seeks outstanding applicants for its newly created, full-time position of Director of Legal Research and Writing. The Director will lead and administer the College of Law’s Legal Research and Writing Program and will play an important leadership role in evaluating and improving the content, structure, and staffing of the present program, currently taught by 12 part-time adjunct instructors. In addition, the Director will teach one or more sections of the two-semester legal research and writing course for first year law students and other legal writing courses as assigned.
In administering the program, the Director will participate in the hiring, orientation, training, and evaluation of legal research and writing instructors; participate in the orientation of incoming first-year law students; prepare the syllabi and the common writing problems used by all legal research and writing sections; chair regular meetings of the legal research and writing instructors to discuss course content, teaching methods, and related issues; handle student issues related to the program; oversee the selection of legal research and writing award recipients; coordinate legal research and writing with the broader curriculum in conjunction with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; and perform other related administrative duties as assigned.
Qualified applicants will have a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school, a distinguished academic record, experience in the law school teaching of legal writing, and a serious commitment to students. The successful candidate will report directly to the Dean and, after a three-year probationary period, will be eligible for a renewable, five-year appointment as a clinical faculty member. The salary will be commensurate with experience.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest, C.V., and at least three references to Professor Harold R. Weinberg, Everett H. Metcalf, Jr. Professor of Law, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, KY 40506-0048 by mail or electronically to him by email message and attachments to email@example.com. Applications should be received by January 15, 2011. The University of Kentucky College of Law is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
So many of us have now returned home from the AALS Recruitment Conference hopefully unscathed for the most part. I thought I'd share a few of my general observations on this year's meat market. First, I was wondering was it just me or did the place seem a little more subdued (ie less like a zoo) than usual? I got the distinct impression that less schools participated this year than is typically the case, which, if true, wouldn't be surprising in this economy. I also noted that many of the interview teams seemed to be smaller than usual, with many schools only fronting two or three faculty on their interview teams.
It also seemed to me that despite a somewhat smaller group of CVs than in some previous years (again, this is anecdotal - I may be wrong about this), the quality of the candidates was generally notably high. It's not often that there aren't a number of candidates met in D.C. that a school can easily knock off its list for potential call-back slots. However, I spoke to representatives of a number of schools' hiring teams who felt that just about any of the people they interviewed in D.C. would make good candidates to proceed with. This may again be a testament to a sluggish legal job market or maybe candidates are getting generally better prepped for the AALS interviews.
There also seemed to be a lot of law school deans accompanying their teams to D.C. - which I think is generally a nice thing and good for the candidates to have a chance to meet with the person they will ultimately be negotiating with if they get a job offer.
How did others feel that this year's conference compared with previous years? I'm sure candidates got the typical amount of exercise running from one tower to the other. And I must admit I never got to try the new Illy's (?) coffee place, so would welcome any comments on how it compared with the old Starbucks...
Widener University School of Law seeks a full-time Legal Methods Professor for its Wilmington, Delaware campus. Widener’s program in legal analysis, writing, and research is a collaboratively developed three-semester sequence of required courses. The successful candidate for this position will teach two sections of the first year course, which emphasizes mastery of lawyering skills as the bedrock of professionalism. A new Legal Methods professor at Widener is typically appointed at the rank of Assistant Legal Methods Professor with a two year contract that can be renewed with a three year contract, and ultimately may lead to a five year, presumptively renewable contract.
Candidates for this position should have superior research and written and oral communication abilities. Candidates with relevant teaching experience will be strongly preferred. To apply, send a cover letter, c.v., and writing sample to Associate Professor Mary Ellen Maatman, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 4601 Concord Pike, P.O. Box 7474, Wilmington, DE 19803. Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2011.
Florida Coastal School of Law ("FCSL") seeks applications for Lawyering Process (non-tenure track positions secured by section 405(c) long-term contracts) faculty positions for the academic year beginning in Fall 2011. Lawyering Process faculty members enjoy full voting rights. Entry level and experienced candidates will be considered. Candidates should have distinguished academic qualifications, a record of accomplishment in the legal profession, and a commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, student mentoring and collegiality. FCSL maintains a strong commitment to the following foundational principles that support the innovative educational experience provided to our students, including (1) a focus on students; (2) multicultural competence; (3) infusion of professional skills, ethics and comparative perspective throughout the curriculum; (4) service to the Jacksonville and FCSL communities; and (5) a collegial environment that fosters innovation.
The Faculty Appointments Committee will review candidates until the open positions are filled. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: Professor Cynthia Irvin, Faculty Appointments Committee Chair, Florida Coastal School of Law, 8787 Baypine Road, Suite 255, Jacksonville, FL 32256,or via e-mail to email@example.com.
UNIVERSITY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DAVID A. CLARKE SCHOOL OF LAW (UDC-DCSL) invites applications to fill the tenure-track position of Director of Legal Writing. They will consider exceptionally talented applicants at either the assistant or associate professor level. Candidates must demonstrate a record of strong academic performance and excellent potential for scholarly achievement. The position will begin in July 2011.
Experienced legal writing professionals will be given primary consideration for the position, but the Faculty Appointments Committee will consider other applicants regardless of teaching specialty, provided the applicants can demonstrate exceptional law teaching and administrative experience that would be useful in assuming the role as Director of our expanding, adjunct-based Legal Writing Program.
Although they will accept applications until the position is filled, they will be attending the AALS recruitment conference in October and strongly encourage interested applicants to submit applications by mid-October. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume. Contact: Professor Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Building 38, Room 200, Washington, D.C. 20008.