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Visiting Professor (Open Rank), Student Law Office - Sturm College of Law

at University of Denver

Posted: 11/19/2018
Job Reference #: 3712

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The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is a top 75 law school with nationally ranked programs in legal writing, clinical training, trial advocacy, and tax law. Rooted in innovative experiential learning opportunities, our curriculum is global in its perspective and our faculty includes some of the most accomplished legal scholars in the nation.

Opening first as a “legal aid dispensary” in 1904, the University of Denver was the first in the country to offer law students academic credit for representing poor persons. Today the Student Law Office strives to create an educational atmosphere in which law students can refine their lawyering skills while providing quality representation to indigent clients. The University of Denver’s Student Law Office includes five in house clinics: criminal defense, civil litigation, civil rights, community economic development and environmental law. This range of clinical offerings provides students opportunities to learn many different skills including pretrial and trial and transactional. Students have the opportunity to interview and counsel clients, develop case theory, investigate and engage in discovery, negotiate with adversaries, mediate settlements and engage in the trial of disputed matters and draft contracts and bylaws, article of incorporation, etc. The Student Law Office emphasizes case management skills, enabling students to handle their cases effectively and efficiently. Finally, our students develop sensitivity to and empathy for the plight of underserved clients.

Position Summary

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law seeks to hire a visiting professor to teach in our nationally-ranked Community Economic Development Clinic for Spring 2019 semester. The Community Economic Development Clinic teaches transactional practice skills to students through the representation of nonprofit corporations, community-based associations and enterprises, small businesses, and artists. The clinic provides both challenging client work and a rigorous classroom component to expose students to substantive legal concepts related to community economic development and business law. Students will direct all aspects of the representation under the supervision of the Visiting Professor. Client work may include drafting corporate formation documents; assisting nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt applications and maintenance of tax-exempt status; researching issues related to public policies that affect clinic clients and providing community education workshops on substantive law issues pertinent to the clinic’s practice areas. Students also learn practice skills, including client counseling, drafting, research and planning, project management, advocacy, and understanding group dynamics.

For more information about the Student Law Office, please visit For more information about the Community Economic Development Clinic specifically, please visit

Essential Functions

  • The duties of faculty teaching in our clinics include direct supervision of second and third-year students as they represent clients, and classroom teaching and curriculum development.
  • The clinic visitor will be integrated into the intellectual life of the law school and the larger University. Visitors are invited to attend faculty workshops, at which works in progress will be presented, and to attend mentoring sessions for faculty.
  • We are seeking an individual with a strong background in transactional practice who is a member of the Colorado Bar or able to gain admission by January 1, 2019 (Colorado permits faculty teaching in a clinical program to waive into the bar). This position begins on January 1, 2019 and will be for a four to six month non-renewable appointment Applications received by September 21, 2018 will be given preference.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience supervising law students, law student interns, or lawyers.

Required Qualifications

  • JD degree from an ABA-accredited institution.
  • 5 years of experience in the relevant practice area(s), including transactional practice that encompasses representing non-profits, community-based associations and enterprises, and small businesses.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with a variety of teaching methods.
  • Outstanding teaching skills.
  • Initiative and ability to work independently.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with additional hours outside of standard business hours as necessary.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, November 30, 2018.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Professors Robin Walker-Sterling at or Tamara Kuennen at who co-direct the Student Law Office.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an affirmative action employer and that age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other applicable status protected by state or local law are not taken into account in any employment decision.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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