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Professor of Practice, Housing Rights Project (Civil Clinic)

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Position Status: Faculty, Full-time temporary
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Faculty, School of Law

Position Title & Department:

 Professor of Practice, Housing Rights Project (Civil Clinic) 
Posting #


Department Description:

The University of San Diego Legal Clinics program provides upper division law students with the opportunity to use learned skills under the supervision of a practicing attorney while representing real clients.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:


The overall purpose of this Professor of Practice position is to provide direct client representation, case management, and legal intern supervision for the Housing Rights Project a Program of the Civil Clinic (“Housing Rights Project”) of the University of San Diego Legal Clinics program (a working law office). The University of San Diego Legal Clinics program provides upper division law students with the opportunity to use learned skills under the supervision of a practicing attorney while representing real clients. The Professor of Practice serves as the supervising attorney for the Housing Rights Project and has shared responsibility with other clinic professors and staff for overall case management and risk management in the Legal Clinics. In addition to client representation and law student supervision, the Professor of Practice is also responsible for determining the course syllabus, assigning course materials, and providing instruction weekly to law students in a seminar style class on relevant substantive law, procedure and policy.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Minimal.  This position requires a team approach to achieving the goals of the Legal Clinics program and both individual and team effort is expected. 

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:  Exercises supervision over paralegals, other support staff and law student clinic interns.  


The responsibilities described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

 I. Client Cases

A.        Maintain an individual caseload of client cases providing direct client contact and support, representing and advocating on behalf of clients, and determining appropriate legal strategy to best assist clients.

B.        Supervising law student interns handling client cases to ensure competent and ethical representation.

II. Instruction

A.         Create the curriculum for the Housing Rights Project to provide instruction on substantive law, legal procedure, and public policy related to the Housing Rights Project’s initial focus of providing full scope legal representation to undocumented indigent clients in eviction/unlawful detainer cases.

B.         Provide instruction to law student interns in fundamental lawyering skills necessary for the successful practice of law including: written and oral advocacy, client management, case management and strategy, and legal ethics.

III. Law Office Management and Operations

A.          Provide supervision for paralegals, support staff, and legal interns.

1. Develop orientation and other training programs for legal interns.

2. Supervise and evaluate substantive casework provided by legal interns.

B.         Administrative/operational supervision of Legal Clinics program.

1. Monitor law office procedures, including opening and closing cases, record-keeping, and file maintenance.

2.  Provide for the continuous representation of clients during non-academic periods when law students are not available.

IV.  Grant Application and Administration

A.        Assist the Administrative Director and Faculty Director complete and submit annual grant applications.

            1.         Organize case data for reporting and publicity.

            2.         Compile and submit reports as required by grantors.

            3.         Analyze and report year-to-year trends in case management.

            4.         Monitor case diversity.

V.  Outreach & Education

A.     Coordinate, develop and provide educational outreach presentations at community partners’ events throughout San Diego County.

B.     Identify and engage new community partners to increase the referral network for eligible program clients.

C.    Create and distribute informational handouts and posters for clients to community partners.

D.    Coordinate continuing education (MCLE) events at the USD Legal Clinics.

VI.  Additional Responsibilities 

A.        Other tasks as required/assigned.

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/ 

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:


J.D. degree

Active membership in the California State Bar (in good standing)

Three years of housing law experience

Familiarity with computerized case management systems for legal practice

Demonstrated skills in customer service, including problem-solving

Ability to communicate effectively both in person and in writing



Experience supervising junior attorneys or law student interns

Familiarity with grant application process and grant administration

Demonstrated analytical skills utilized in budgeting and grant reports

Experience dealing with community-based organizations and volunteer groups

Fluent in Spanish and English (both written and verbal)



Current membership in good standing in the California State Bar



Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed

Must be able to travel as needed



Personal computer, various software applications (Microsoft Office, WordPerfect, Excel, etc.), copier, scanner, fax machine, telephone.



The employee will frequently sit; talk; hear; use hands to operate objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms.  The employee will occasionally walk and must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds.  The employee must be able to see closely and be able to adjust focus for use of computer and distance visibility.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

The work environment is primarily in an office setting; the facility is air-conditioned.  The noise level can vary from quiet to moderate, depending upon circumstances at any given time.

NOTE: The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various aspects of the position and the types of responsibilities that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  The position description does not constitute an employment agreement between employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:
Click 'Apply Now' to complete our online application and, for full consideration, please upload a resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  You are also strongly recommended to upload a cover letter to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.   
CONTACT: Eric Austin, ericaustin-11@sandiego.edu
If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu 
Additional Details:

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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