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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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.
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.