Domestic Violence Clinic Director
Review of Applications Begins: August 18, 2022; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Along with your online application including three references, please upload:* A cover letter* A current resume* A statement addressing your potential contribution(s) to diversity, equity, and inclusion (see below)As part of the application process, applicants are required to submit a statement about promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their professional careers. In evaluating such statements, the law school will consider awareness of inequities and challenges faced by underrepresented minority students and faculty; track record (commensurate to career stage) of activities that reduce barriers in education or research for underrepresented minority students and faculty; vision and plans for how their work will continue to contribute to UO’s mission to serve the needs of our diverse state and student population and create an inclusive campus; and other relevant factors.
The Domestic Violence Clinic provides real-world legal education for law students by training them to provide free, high-quality, trauma-informed legal services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The attorneys of the Clinic specialize in representing survivors of abuse in restraining orders, family law, and other related legal matters. The Clinic is an important educational experience for the law students who participate, as it prepares them to meet the legal needs of clients who have experienced abuse and offers them an opportunity to work on actual cases. It is also a crucial resource in Oregon for survivors seeking safety and access to justice as affordable legal services are very limited.
The Clinic currently consists of three attorneys, one legal assistant, and one advocate. All of the positions are funded through a combination of federal grants and state funding. The Clinic offers clinical classes to law students who want experience in representing low-income survivors of domestic violence in restraining orders and other civil matters (primarily family law). There are two tracks: (1) the Domestic Violence Protective Order Clinic, where students focus on restraining order matters; and (2) the Domestic Violence Civil Clinic, where students focus on civil legal actions, with an emphasis on family law (divorce, child custody and parenting time, support, paternity), and may also work on cases involving public benefits, housing, employment, unemployment compensation, consumer credit, and related criminal matters. The attorneys who supervise the clinics also provide direct services to clients year-round.
In addition to the Protective Order and Civil Clinics, the Clinic houses Student Survivor Legal Services. This program provides legal services to students at the University of Oregon and other higher education institutions in Lane County who are survivors of sexual assault/domestic violence involved in the Title IX disciplinary process against their abusers. All legal services are provided free of charge.
The Clinic Director will be responsible for managing the day-to-day functioning of the Clinic, administering the grants funding the Clinic, and applying for continuing funding for the Clinic to ensure the Clinic’s long-term sustainability. In addition, the Director will work with the law school administration to continue to develop the academic programming and services offered by the Clinic. The Director also will teach the Domestic Violence Civil Clinic and, depending on enrollment numbers, may combine this clinic with the Domestic Violence Protective Order Clinic as one clinical course.This position will supervise the employees of the Clinic and will report to the Director of Experiential Education. The Director position will be a 12-month, funding contingent, career non-tenure-track assistant clinical professor position.
- JD from an ABA-accredited law school and a record of academic excellence.
- Licensed attorney in the State of Oregon or in another jurisdiction with the capacity to become bar licensed in the state of Oregon.
- Three years of relevant professional experience in family law and/or working on civil legal matters for low-income survivors of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
- Experience with, or knowledge of, the legal remedies that survivors may seek in the areas of housing, benefits, employment (including unemployment compensation), consumer credit and/or privacy matters, and crime victim compensation.
- Understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking, having a sensitivity and capacity to work with student and community survivors.
- Demonstrated ability to 1) work effectively with students, staff, and faculty from culturally diverse backgrounds and with multiple intersectional identities; and 2) advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the university community.
- Proven or potential for teaching success.
- Strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
- Strong organizational, administrative, and supervisory skills.
- Budget management and fundraising skills and experience.
- Interest and/or experience in improving the laws for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking through appellate and/or legislative advocacy.