Stetson Hiring Announcement

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From colleagues at Stetson, these three hiring announcements:

Professor of Legal Skills and Trial Advocacy

Stetson University College of Law seeks an entry level or lateral hire to lead Stetson’s award winning trial advocacy program.  The successful candidate is expected to hold a full-time programmatic tenured/tenure-track faculty position.

The primary duty of this individual is to serve as the coordinator to the trial team competition program, which includes training trial team members, serving as the primary coach for at least one team per semester, recruiting and training a network of advocacy skills trainers to coach additional teams throughout the year, and providing oversight of all trial team competitions.  This oversight includes creating and following a budget for the program, assuring compliance with all applicable rules and regulations in all trial competitions, organizing and supervising trial team tryouts, and selecting students to participate on competition teams. The individual will coordinate trial team activities with the Director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy and the advisors of the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Moot Court Boards.

Additionally, the individual will teach assigned classes, which may include classes in Stetson’s skills curriculum including L.L.M. online classes, trial advocacy, and upper-level skills courses.

The individual will also assist the Director for the Center in Excellence in Advocacy in other projects consistent with the primary duties of coordinating the trial team activities. Such projects may include coordinating or assisting in competitions sponsored by Stetson University College of Law or presentations on Stetson’s programs. The individual may also be asked to assist in recruitment of J.D. students to the law school.

This position requires the individual to hold a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, and to be licensed and in good standing to practice law in at least one state or the District of Columbia. Actual trial experience is necessary for this position. There is an additional preference for applicants having experience in coaching competition teams or teaching in an established trial advocacy program.

Faculty on the Programmatic Tenure track, or with Programmatic Tenure, attend faculty meetings, serve on and/or chair various faculty governance committees, vote on matters of policy with all other tenure-track or tenured faculty, and are expected to produce legal scholarship consistent with programmatic tenure status that recognizes skills course teaching requirements.

Stetson University College of Law, a leader in skills training, strives to help students develop their full potential as lawyers and leaders, both inside and outside the classroom. It has a nationally recognized advocacy program, ranked 1st in the nation 15 times by U.S. News and World Report. The assistant, associate, or professor of legal skills and trial advocacy works to maintain and enhance Stetson’s reputation as the premiere skills teaching institution and leader in advocacy competitions worldwide.

Located in Florida’s Tampa Bay region, the nation’s nineteenth largest metro area, Stetson was established in 1900 and is Florida’s oldest law school.  Our main campus is in Gulfport, just outside St. Petersburg, with a satellite campus in downtown Tampa.  Stetson has earned a national reputation for its advocacy, elder law, legal writing, and higher education programs, and has Centers for Excellence in Advocacy, Elder Law, Higher Education Law and Policy, and International Law.  Stetson nurtures a vibrant intellectual community, situated on a beautiful campus.  We encourage applicants to visit our website at http://www.law.stetson.edu to learn more.

Stetson encourages applications from women, minorities, LGBTQO candidates, and all others who will contribute to our stimulating and diverse cultural and intellectual environment.  All applicants must have a strong academic record and be committed to outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service.

The Appointments Committee expects to conduct interviews in Washington, D.C., as part of the AALS 2013 Faculty Recruitment Conference, but is also willing to make other arrangements for interviews at other times and/or other locations as necessary.  Interested applicants who are not registered with the AALS Faculty Appointments Register should send a letter of interest and current c.v. to:

 Professors Mark Bauer & Ann Piccard

Co-chairs, Faculty Appointments Committee

 Care of:  Jessica Fehr, Faculty Support Services

 Stetson University College of Law

 1401 61st Street South

 Gulfport, FL 33707

The college of Law may also consider alternative arrangements for the structure of the position based on a candidate’s interest and experience.  The Appointments Committee began reviewing applications on August 22, and will continue doing so until the position is filled.

Professor of Legal Skills and Director, Veterans Advocacy Clinic

Stetson University College of Law seeks an entry level or lateral hire to serve as the Director of Stetson’s Veterans Advocacy Clinic.  The candidate must be an attorney licensed in Florida as well as accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs and admitted to the bars of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Such accreditation and admissions may be obtained after a person is hired.  Experience with veterans benefit issues, military service, and clinical or other teaching experience will be highly valued.  As currently contemplated, the position will be on the programmatic tenure track with academic rank commensurate with experience.

The Veterans Advocacy Clinic provides representation to veterans appealing decisions of the Department of Veterans Affairs concerning benefits, including but not limited to disability compensation.  As part of Stetson’s Veterans Law Institute, the clinic provides outreach to the bar and the veteran community in addition to direct legal representation.  Stetson’s Veterans Law Institute also conducts a pro bono initiative, promotes policy and scholarship advances on military and veterans issues, and provides services to student veterans.

The Director of the Veterans Advocacy Clinic will be responsible for directing all aspects of the legal work of the clinic, including the assumption of professional responsibility for all cases.  He or she will also be responsible for the field supervision of students, teaching the classroom seminar, and promoting the clinic so as to maintain a flow of cases appropriate for student representation.  As a key member of the Institute’s leadership, the Professor of Legal Skills will work with the Director of the Institute and the Director of Clinical Education to develop new initiatives, establish policies and procedures for the clinic, and participate in other work of the Institute.

After the first year, the professor will be expected to teach one course per year, open to any student enrolled in Stetson University College of Law.  Faculty on the Programmatic Tenure track, or with Programmatic Tenure, attend faculty meetings, serve on and/or chair various faculty governance committees, vote on matters of policy with all other tenure-track or tenured faculty, and are expected to produce legal scholarship consistent with programmatic faculty status that recognizes skills-course teaching requirements.  The College of Law may also consider alternative arrangements for the structure of the position based on a candidate’s interest and experience.

Located in Florida’s Tampa Bay region, the nation’s nineteenth largest metro area, Stetson was established in 1900 and is Florida’s oldest law school.  Our main campus is in Gulfport, just outside St. Petersburg, with a satellite campus in downtown Tampa.  Stetson has earned a national reputation for its advocacy, elder law, legal writing, and higher education programs, and has Centers for Excellence in Advocacy, Elder Law, Higher Education Law and Policy, and International Law.  Stetson nurtures a vibrant intellectual community, situated on a beautiful campus.  We encourage applicants to visit our website at http://www.law.stetson.edu to learn more.

Stetson encourages applications from women, minorities, LGBTQO candidates, and all others who will contribute to our stimulating and diverse cultural and intellectual environment.  All applicants must have a strong academic record and be committed to outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service.  The Appointments Committee expects to conduct interviews in Washington, D.C., as part of the AALS 2013 Faculty Recruitment Conference but it also willing to make other arrangements in time and location of interviews as necessary.  Interested applicants who are not registered with the AALS Faculty Appointments Register should send a letter of interest and current c.v. to:

 Professors Mark Bauer & Ann Piccard

 Co-chairs, Faculty Appointments Committee

 Care of:  Jessica Fehr, Faculty Support Services

 Stetson University College of Law

 1401 61st Street South

 Gulfport, FL 33707

The Faculty Appointments Committee began reviewing applications on August 22, 2013, and will continue to do so until the position is filled.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Stetson University College of Law in Tampa Bay, Florida seeks a Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) for Fall 2014 through Spring 2016.  The VAP program is designed for individuals who seek the opportunity to enter academia by gaining full-time teaching experience and developing their scholarly agendas.  Jacob VAPs normally serve two years, but may, in exceptional circumstances, be extended for a third.  In the first year the VAP will teach one course per semester and in the second year the VAP will have a regular teaching load.  She or he will be eligible to apply for a research grant and will be expected to produce at least one significant piece of scholarship.  We provide our VAPs with considerable assistance in developing their academic careers, including mentoring, research assistants, and a professional travel budget.  Compensation is competitive with similar VAP positions and may include health, housing, and other benefits, as well.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in any curricular area; institutional needs will be considered, but we are able to be quite flexible.  Stetson encourages applications from women, minorities, LGBTQ candidates, and all others who will contribute to our stimulating and diverse cultural and intellectual environment.  All applicants must have a strong academic record and be committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship.

The Faculty Appointments Committee will begin reviewing applications on or around August 15, 2013.  Most candidates will be interviewed during the AALS 2013 Faculty Recruitment Conference in Washington, D.C., although some interviews may take place at other times and locations.

Contact:  Applicants should send a cover letter indicating teaching and scholarly interests, a current CV, and at least three professional references to Professor Candace M. Zierdt at czierdt@law.stetson.edu or by standard mail to Professor Zierdt at Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, FL  33707.

 -Bridget Crawford


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