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Staff Attorney - Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Morgantown, West Virginia
Legal Affairs

West Virginia University Research Corporation Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic ("Land Use Law Clinic") housed in the West Virginia University College of Law is currently accepting applications for a Staff Attorney.
About the Opportunity             
This position is for a real estate specialist within the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic ("Land Use Law Clinic") housed in the West Virginia University College of Law. Please note this position is a West Virginia University Research Corporation hire and not a West Virginia University hire. This position is responsible for assisting the Managing Attorney and others with transactional real estate work, including title examination and a full suite of transactional instrument drafting on behalf of non-profit organizations, government clients and others. This position will be working independently and in team situations to fulfill client needs and job functions.  Those teams could include students enrolled in the Land Use Law Clinic.
Provides program, as well as direct internal and external client support services. Responds to inquiries and independently resolves matters of low to moderate complexity. Responsibilities require some judgment, resourcefulness, and originality, but diverse guides and precedents are usually available to apply or adapt to the circumstances. Work effort has significant impact on personnel, budget and operations, producing major organizational, legal and financial results and/or liability.
Supervisory/Lead Role      
Position reports to the Managing Attorney and the Director. It will be expected to work with other members of the Land Use Law Clinic, including other attorneys, land use planners, students and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers.  Supervision of others is not required; however, sharing of knowledge with others and team participation is expected in the role. 
Work Environment            
This position is expected to work in an office setting at the West Virginia University College of Law.  There may be limited opportunity to telecommute as the work permits. There will be occasional travel which could involve varying weather conditions.  The position is responsible to know and comply with all safety and health policies and procedures of the West Virginia University Research Corporation and the West Virginia University College of Law.
At WVU Research Corporation, we strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU Research Corporation offers a comprehensive benefits package with a variety of options to suit your needs.:
  • 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
  • Paid Time off (PTO)
  • 403(b) retirement savings with a fully vested 3% employee contribution match, (Employees have the option of contributing an additional 1-3% of their earnings to the plan, which is also matched by the WVURC)
  • Dependent Education Scholarship
  • WVU Perks
What you'll do:
Responsibilities are functional in nature and performed under general supervision. Specific tasks include but are not limited to:        
  • Drafting and substantive revision of transactional real estate instruments, including but not limited to option agreements, purchase contracts, deeds, closing statements, right of way agreements, etc.;
  • Preparing Certified Title Opinions;
  • Performing full title abstracting services throughout West Virginia, including but not limited to establishing a chain of title; identifying and understanding various liens and encumbrances; interpreting plats, maps and other legal descriptions of real property and understanding real estate assessments and tax liens; 
  • Advising clients on issues identified through abstracting and consult clients as to potential curative measures;
  • Presiding over real estate closings, likely 1-5 per year;
  • Possessing advanced computer skills with the ability to use  Microsoft Word, Excel, and other common Microsoft business applications;
  • Performing all work with a strong attention to detail;
  • Summarizing legal or insurance documents;
  • Ensuring that the title to a property in question has no restrictions that may prevent or hinder its sale or use;
  • Contributing to the preparation of periodic reports describing the Clinic's activities including the number of clients served and type of work performed;
  • Reviewing substantive and administrative work of staff and students including editing, proofreading, and revision;
  • Representing the Land Use Law Clinic and by extension the West Virginia University College of Law with skill and professionalism in all client based and public interactions;
  • Working from time-to-time on other matters pertaining to Land Use Law Clinic work that is not specific to real estate law.
  •  J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • At least three (3) years of title abstracting experience.
  • At least two (2) years of transactional real estate experience.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong ability to multi-task multiple projects at the same time.
  • Knowledge of West Virginia real property law. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Microsoft Word and Excel).
  • Ability to draft required substantive and administrative documentation related to Land Use Law Clinic work.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Group facilitation, mediation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with a multidisciplinary team of co-investigators from diverse disciplines, orientations, and organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and provide effective communication with the team.
  • Demonstrated ability in problem solving, especially in high stress situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain proper attendance and appropriate punctuality standards in a flexible work environment and dependable work ethic.


  • Resume
  • Member in good standing of the West Virginia State Bar
  • Valid driver's license issued within the United States
  • Activities are predominantly non-manual though some manual work may be included.  The incumbent: must be able to operate standard office equipment including a computer, copy machine, printers, telephones, faxes, and others; must be able to lift up to 30lbs.; may occasionally require reaching to high or low places for lifting of files and other office items and equipment; and must independently travel for work assignments
About Research Corporation 

West Virginia University Research Corporation is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. West Virginia University Research Corporation values diversity among its employees and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Job Posting: Dec 28, 2021
Posting Classification: Research Corporation
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
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