Practitioner in Residence and Director of Trial Advocacy

Stetson University College of Law
Florida, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 02, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

STETSON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW invites applications for the Practitioner in Residence and Director of Trial Advocacy.  This position’s primary responsibility is for Stetson’s Trial Team and basic trial advocacy courses.  Reporting to the Director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy, the Director will hold a non-tenure track faculty appointment.  Responsibilities (in collaboration with the Director of Center for Excellence in Advocacy and Directors of the Moot Court and Dispute Resolution Boards) include but not limited to:

  • Administering Trial Team competition and student team member selections
  • Organizing and executing Trial Team member training including a formalized summer training program
  • Recruiting, training, and supervising Trial Team coaches
  • Creating the Trial Team budget and overseeing financial aspects of Trial Team
  • Maintaining Trial Team achievement information for honors and awards 
  • Supporting the administration of mock trial competitions hosted by Stetson
  • Overseeing the basic Trial Advocacy courses including support for adjunct recruiting, training, and supervising
  • Teaching the Trial Team course each semester and one additional advocacy or other course each year
  • Coaching at least one trial team a year
  • Maintaining the Trial Team's digital presence on LinkedIn, Twitter, alumni listservs, and other appropriate social media platforms


Applicants should have the following experience and knowledge:

Juris Doctor degree with a minimum of four years trial/litigation experience.  Advocacy teaching or coaching experience. Administrative experience.  Proficiency with online teaching technology (or must be promptly acquired).  Engagement with and connection(s) to the Stetson alumni litigation community, preferred. Engagement with and connection(s) to the national academic trial advocacy community preferred. Maintains a collaborative work environment and works well with others.



Founded in 1900 as Florida’s first law school, Stetson University College of Law has educated outstanding lawyers, judges and other leaders for more than 100 years. Stetson is ranked #1 in trial advocacy and #3 in legal writing by U.S. News & World Report. In 1954, the College moved from Stetson’s main campus in DeLand to Gulfport, nestled in the Tampa Bay region, one of the eighteenth largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The College of Law opened a satellite campus in downtown Tampa in 2004. Stetson is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1931. Stetson College of Law is internationally known for its programs in Advocacy, Legal Writing, Elder Law, Environmental Law, and Higher Education Law. We encourage interested applicants to visit our website at to learn more about Stetson, our community, and our programs.  The law school is a part of Stetson University, with a College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, and School of Music in DeLand.


SALARY:  Salary is competitive.


Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for your professional references.  In the cover letter, candidates are encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate a commitment to social justice, diversity, and inclusion. 


All information may be submitted electronically to the Appointment Screening Committee, at facultyappointments@law.stetson. While electronic submissions are preferred, alternatively application materials may be mailed to Kristen Adams, Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, FL 33707.

The Stetson University community is dedicated to being one of inclusive excellence, where people from all backgrounds can live, learn, work and contribute.


Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.