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The Associate Director for Training & Competitions will serve
as the architect of student competitions for the Stephen S.
Weinstein Advocacy Program. This position will: (1) collaborate
with the student honor societies to manage and oversee the annual
competitions hosted by WCL; (2) provide training, coaching and
support to student competition teams to ensure that students
representing WCL in trial, appellate, ADR, or transactional law
competitions are prepared for competition success; and (3) develop
new initiatives to expose all WCL students to all forms of
excellence in advocacy.
- Hosting WCL Competitions: This position is responsible for the
overall quality and management of all competitions hosted by WCL.
This requires collaboration with student honor societies to ensure
that all competitions are professionally managed and executed.
- Coordination and Support of Student Competition Teams: in
collaboration with the Assistant Director for Student Competition
Teams, this position will oversee the quality of the training for
all student competition teams and establish standards and practices
to improve their competitiveness. This position will routinely
participate in team practice sessions and/or review video
recordings of practice sessions for quality control; manage the
recruiting, training, and selection of coaches for student
competition teams; and attend and support our students in trial,
appellate, ADR and transactional law competitions, whenever
- Institute and maintain an Advocacy Council comprised of local
judges, experienced practitioners, alumni, and stalwart supporters
of the WCL Advocacy Program to assist with pre-competition practice
sessions and serve as judges for the competitions hosted by
- Non-Competition Training Programs: plan and host the annual
Skippy Weinstein Lecture.
- Maintain and enhance the reputation of the Advocacy Program
among our law school peers engaged in student advocacy training and
student competitions; actively engage with trainers & student
advocacy competition coaches at conferences and other professional
- Academic Requirements: coach one trial team, or one appellate
or other WCL student competition team each year; teach four credits
of advocacy courses each calendar year.
- Institutional Service Requirements: this position serves as the
liaison to the Office of Public Relations & Marketing; and will
be a standing member of the Faculty Moot Court and Mock Trial
Committee. Oversee the administration of all Advocacy Program
student awards, including the Eugene Hamilton Award, the Newman
Prize, the Mooers Trophy, and the Civil Trial Advocacy Award.
- This position supervises the Assistant Director of Student
Competition Teams, the Program Coordinators and any other support
staff in the Advocacy Program.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
- Occasional travel required.
Required Education and Experience
- Full Time—35 hours per week.
- Project Leader/Advisor B.
Preferred Education and Experience
- Juris Doctor or equivalent.
- 3-5 years of relevant experience.
- Litigation experience and law school teaching, trial advocacy
coaching experience preferred.
AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching
retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their
families, several leadership development certificates, and has been
recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly
worksite.Click here to learn about American University's unique
benefit options .
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