The University of Mississippi School of Law invites applicants with a passion for justice and teaching to direct the MacArthur Justice Clinic. The clinic's mission is to engage in impact litigation of national significance in Mississippi in the area of civil rights and criminal justice policy.
The director's status may either be tenure-track or long-term contract based upon the desire of the director, the specific needs of the clinic, as well as the administrative and pedagogical needs of the law school. The position is a twelve-month appointment. The Director's primary responsibilities will management of ongoing cases, case selection, litigation of cases, supervision of students, and clinic-related administrative duties, including budget management and supervision of staff. The Director is expected to achieve excellence some or all of the following, depending on the specific scope of contractual employment: scholarship, teaching, public advocacy, and service to the law school and community consistent with his or her clinical responsibilities.
We seek applicants for this position with demonstrated track records of accomplishment in litigation in the area of criminal and civil rights and criminal justice policy, as well as distinguished academic record and a record of community engagement and public policy advocacy. Applicants should have a minimum of ten years of legal experience, which experience should include litigating within the areas of law referenced above, and specifically within the areas that the MacArthur Justice Centers have become nationally renown: access to courts; juvenile justice; inmate access to mental health treatment; cash bail; jail and prison conditions, especially death row, and; re-sentencing of juvenile life offenders. The director should also possess staff management experience. In addition, a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association is required, and the candidate must obtain admission to the practice of law within Mississippi at the earliest administration of the Mississippi Bar Examination.
The successful candidate will have teaching promise, a commitment to clinical teaching and public interest law practice, service, and a record of scholarship or evidence of the ability to produce scholarship that is consistent with the demands of clinical teaching and litigation.