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Contact's full name:Professor Noah Weisbord
Title:Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee
Organization:Florida International University College of Law
 Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall
 11200 SW 8th Street
 Miami FL 33199
Description:Florida International University College of Law, a public law school located in Miami, Florida, seeks applicants for entry-level or lateral appointments for the position of Lecturer in Legal Skills and Values. The start date for the position is August 2015. The College of Law's Legal Skills and Values program consists of two required courses in the first year of law school, and an additional required course by the end of a student's fourth semester. We are seeking dedicated legal writing and skills teachers to teach legal research, analysis, and written and oral communication skills, all with a heavy emphasis on professionalism, to students in the first-year courses. Lateral candidates should show a demonstrated record of teaching excellence. Entry-level candidates should show commitment to excellence in teaching and significant potential as law teachers. Relevant experience from legal practice is an asset. This is a full-time faculty appointment, with an initial one-year term, with the possibility of a three-year term and then successive five-year terms. Anticipated salary is between $60,000 and $80,000, depending upon experience. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a listing of three references. The Appointments Committee may request additional material such as teaching evaluations and letters of recommendation. Review will begin immediately and continue until the position or positions are filled. Please submit applications electronically to Professor Noah Weisbord - Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee at: Facultycareers.fiu.edu. When applying please reference Job Opening ID 508683. Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie-engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $9.8 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/. FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Position Type:long-term
Faculty Vote:Yes
Per Semester:
Submission Deadline:2015-03-01

Contact's full name:Vicki Lowery
Title:Director of Advocacy
Organization:Mississippi College Law School
 151 E. Griffith St.
 Jackson MS 39201
Description:POSITION SUMMARY: The Director of Legal Writing position is a contract position, as follows: The Director of Legal Writing shall initially be hired on a one-year probationary contract, subject to renewal for an additional probationary year, after which the Director may be hired for a five-year contract period. At the end of the initial five-year contract period, the Director shall be eligible for a presumptively renewable five-year contract. The Director shall attend faculty meetings and vote only on issues that directly affect his/her program.

The Director, with the help of 15-20 adjunct professors, will teach Legal Writing, a year-long, four-credit course, to all first-year students. The Director will also hold at least ten office hours and supervise special projects and writing requirements as needed. In recent years, the incoming class has approximated 150 students, and the Director has taught two large sections by providing general writing instruction. Additionally, the Director oversees small-group instruction provided by 15-20 adjunct professors. The adjunct-led small sections provide for hands-on application of general concepts taught by the Director. Adjunct professors grade all major assignments.

Teaching Responsibilities

- Teach legal writing and other courses as appropriate.
- Supervise Special Projects (Law 790/791) and/or Writing Requirements (Law 795).

Administrative Responsibilities

- Administer the Mississippi College School of Law Legal Writing Program, which includes the first-year Legal Writing course.
o Design and implement the first year legal writing curriculum.
o Develop first year legal writing course materials, including assignments and problems, samples, , etc. as needed.
o Hire part-time legal writing faculty.
o Train, Supervise, and Evaluate part-time legal writing faculty.
o Supervise and evaluate the legal writing faculty assistant
o Provide information and advice to other law school faculty regarding contemporary developments in the teaching of legal writing.
- Liaise with the Director of Advocacy to ensure that the Legal Writing program's content and schedule are complementary to and supportive of the Appellate Advocacy Program.
- Liaise with the Assistant Dean for Information, Technology, and Legal Research to coordinate the Legal Writing class with the Legal Research class to ensure the program's content and schedule are complementary to the Legal Research class.

Faculty Responsibilities

- Serve on law school and university committees and in other assignments as requested. The Director will be allowed to vote on faculty committees, other than the Academic Standards Committee
- Participate in national legal writing and advocacy organizations, as well as other professional organizations as may be relevant to the Director's teaching interests.

Scholarship Requirements:

- Publish and present scholarship regarding legal writing, as well as other areas of scholarly interest to the Director. Scholarship for purposes of this job description is defined as:

1) original writing published in a bar journal, specialized journal, law journal or other periodical covering clinical or legal education;

2) original academic teaching materials for lawyering skills or legal writing programs;

3) original written materials for presentation at regional or national
conferences on issues covering clinical or legal education; or

4) original written materials presented at a faculty forum to MC Law
faculty and Directors covering the Director's
field of teaching.


Service Requirement

- Provide substantial service to the law school, the college, the legal profession, and the community.

- J. D. from an ABA accredited law school and a strong academic record
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Excellent time management skills
- Ability to prioritize multiple projects and meet deadlines
- Minimum of 3 years practice and/or teaching experience

Reports to: Dean of Law School

FSLA Status: (Human Resources will designate)
Position Type:long-term
Faculty Vote:No
Per Semester:
Submission Deadline:2015-01-09