Director, Low-income Tax Clinic, Sturm College of Law

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Legal Professionals, Faculty

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law seeks applications from individuals at the rank of Assistant Professor of the Practice of Taxation to serve as Director of its Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC), which provides legal assistance to low-income individuals involved in proceedings before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Colorado Department of Revenue, and the U.S. Tax Court in matters involving collections, tax-related audits, and appeals. Supported by a grant from the Department of the Treasury and widely viewed as one of the premier such clinics in the nation, the LITC provides outstanding legal representation to clients and trains students in skills relevant to expert and ethical practice in the realm of tax-related controversies and disputes. 

Essential Functions

The successful candidate would undertake the following principal responsibilities: 

  • Provide expert and ethical representation of clients in the realm of tax-related controversies and disputes.
  • Train students, consistent with best practices in the realm of clinical pedagogy.
  • Collaborate with the Dean, the Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and the faculty on strategic planning relating to the LITC, including matters relating to budgeting and staffing.
  • Work with the Assistant Dean of Business & Operations to lead and manage aspects of grant administration.
  • Collaborate with the Director of the Graduate Tax Program to promote the LITC to internal and external stakeholders, including alumni and members of the bench and bar.
  • Develop and maintain policies for the LITC that foster compliance with University and Law School policies, procedures, and practices, and with professional ethics rules.

Required Qualifications

  • J.D. degree
  • An active license to practice law in the state of Colorado (or the ability to waive in)
  • At least five years of experience in representing individual tax clients
  • A commitment to inclusive pedagogy

Preferred Qualifications

  • M. Tax or LL.M. degree (in Tax)
  • Experience in proceedings before the IRS, the Colorado Department of Revenue, and the U.S Tax Court
  • Prior teaching experience

Work Schedule

Normal hours are typically Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Some evening and occasional weekend hours are required.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) December 5, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade 

The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range

This is a 12-month benefited appointment with a salary range of $90,000-$92,500. The position also pays an unbenefited administrative stipend of $10,000 in association with the directorship position.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The compensation offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Contact information for three references

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

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

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