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Associate Director of Trial Advocacy, Professor of Law, Legal Practice

University of the Pacific
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 22, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Director of Trial Advocacy, Professor of Law, Legal Practice

Primary Purpose and Essential Functions:
The University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law (McGeorge), invites applications for a faculty position in our Trial Advocacy program, ranked nineth (9th) in the country by US News, as the Associate Director of Trial Advocacy. The position will be on an indefinite term contract-track. (When the successful candidate is hired on an indefinite contract-track, s/he/they will hold the title of Professor of Law, Legal Practice. Professors of Law, Legal Practice of all ranks have voting rights, faculty governance responsibilities, and sabbatical opportunities. Although not a tenure-track position, the post is intended to lead to a long-term contract that, if successfully completed, culminates in an indefinite contract with no term limits and with job security similar to a tenured position).

The Associate Director of Trial Advocacy is primarily responsible for teaching courses in our trial advocacy program and coaching mock trial students. Courses currently offered as part of the program include Trial Advocacy, Mock Trial Evidence, The Art of Plea Bargaining, Expert Witness Testimony, Jury Selection and Taking and Defending Depositions. As part of her/his/their teaching package, the Associate Director of Trial Advocacy may also to teach one or more doctrinal courses, such as Criminal Law, Evidence, or Torts.

Other responsibilities include:
  • Collaborating with the Director of Trial Advocacy in the development of new and innovative courses for the Trial Advocacy program.
  • Collaborating with the Director of Trial Advocacy in development of online and live programs for the trial advocacy community.
  • Assisting the Director of Trial Advocacy with the administration and development of the Mock Trial Program.
  • Participating in running the school's National Ethics Trial Competition (NETC).
  • Doing scholarly research and writing in relevant fields and participating in the intellectual life of the law school.
  • Committee work as assigned by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

University of the Pacific recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion is foundational to the success of our valued students and employees. We prioritize policy and decision-making that demonstrates awareness of, and responsiveness to, the ways socio-cultural forces related to race, gender, ability, sexuality, socio-economic status, etc. impede or propel students, faculty, and staff.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Holds a Juris-Doctor (J.D.) degree.
  • Has at least three (3) years post-J.D. legal experience, including significant experience as a trial lawyer, criminal or civil.
  • Has experience working with law students or recent law school graduates as a supervisor, mentor, teacher, or instructor.
  • Holds membership in a state bar association.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Has at least three (3) years of experience teaching in a trial advocacy program at a U.S. law school.
  • Has a record of involvement in national and state advocacy organizations such as the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Legal Aid Services of California (LAAC), and the National Association of Legal Advocacy Educators (NALAE).
  • Is admitted to the California Bar.
  • Communicates effectively.
  • Possesses outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and core values of McGeorge School of Law.
  • Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Demonstrated experience in advancing social justice, equity, and inclusion in a university setting.
  • Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices and knowledge in their work.

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment/Work Week/Travel:
Schedule is dependent on the course and department needs.

Special Instructions:
Applicants must complete all applicable sections of the online application to be considered for a position. Candidates who are called for an interview must notify the Department of Human Resources in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed before the date of the interview.Note: if a job-specific posting is created and you are interested in that specific position, please apply to that job posting. Submission of materials does not guarantee consideration for future employment in openings of this type since availability can be unpredictable and consideration competitive.

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University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.

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