Visiting Faculty – Civil Rights Clinic

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

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is a national leader in experiential learning, whose innovative and highly respected clinical program ranks in the Top 10 in the nation. Located in a beautiful and dynamic urban setting, the law school features an outstanding and diverse student body, a nationally respected faculty, a motivated and highly professional staff, and roughly 17,000 alumni who have achieved careers of distinction in law, business, government, public interest, and other professional domains.

The Sturm College of Law was the first law school in the nation to offer academic credit to students for representing indigent clients. Today, its nationally ranked Student Law Office provides second- and third-year law students the opportunity to refine their lawyering skills while providing outstanding representation to clients. The clinical program at the Sturm College of Law offers clinics in a variety of areas, including civil litigation, civil rights, community economic development, criminal defense, environmental law, immigration law and policy, and advancing social change.

Position Summary

The Sturm College of Law seeks to hire a visiting faculty member, at the level of Assistant, Associate, or full Professor, to teach in its Civil Rights Clinic for the 2023-24 academic year, with the possibility of renewal as a visitor for up to two years. The Civil Rights Clinic is an intensive, year-long litigation program in which students represent clients in civil rights cases in federal court under the supervision of clinical faculty. Currently, the Clinic focuses on the constitutionality of conditions in federal and state prisons, including indefinite solitary confinement, inadequate medical and mental health care, disability discrimination, and the free exercise of religion. In addition to undertaking actual client work, students participate in a seminar designed to develop their litigation skills, gain a deeper understanding of federal civil rights law, and understand the broader political and social contexts of civil rights litigation.

Essential Functions

  • Supervision of second- and third-year students, with the goals of training students to become ethical, effective, and compassionate advocates and of delivering outstanding client representation
  • Classroom teaching and curriculum development, in collaboration with the Director of the Civil Rights Clinic

Required Qualifications

  • JD or equivalent degree  
  • 3-5 years of litigation experience in federal court, including practice experience with civil rights and/or constitutional law
  • Demonstrated experience interacting with diverse communities and a commitment to incorporating inclusive teaching methods designed to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations
  • Membership in the Colorado bar or the ability to gain admission by June 1, 2023 (Note:  The state of Colorado permits faculty members teaching in a law school clinical program to waive into the bar.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Teaching, training or supervision of law students or early-career lawyers
  • Experience with prisoners’ rights litigation and/or working with incarcerated clients

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) February 15, 2023. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

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

Salary Grade:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
$105,000-$150,000 (dependent on rank)

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 salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

1. Cover Letter
2. Resume/CV
3. Names and contact information for three (3) professional 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 based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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