UCLA School of Law is seeking a visionary and highly motivated individual with significant Indian country legal practice experience to serve as the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians director of the UCLA Tribal Legal Development Clinic (Clinic). This non-litigation Clinic assists Native Nations, mainly in California but also nationwide, in enhancing their governmental and legal systems through the development of tribal constitutions, codes, regulations, rules, policies, protocols and justice systems. Clinic projects include on-site work with tribal clients in their own communities and may continue during summer months through students hired to work under the Director’s supervision.
The Director will design and develop a curriculum for the Clinic. The Director will teach the Clinic throughout the Fall and Spring semesters and will also supervise students who are working on Clinic projects during the summer months. In addition, and consistent with all obligations of confidentiality to clients, the Director will draw upon the Clinic experience and other research in order to produce models of laws and agreements that can be shared across Indian country. The Director will also manage the Clinic budget, hire and supervise support staff and summer students, produce reports for and maintain relations with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and fundraise for the Clinic. The Clinic is a featured program of UCLA School of Law’s Native Nations Law and Policy Center. UCLA and UCLA Law are home to many leading scholars and other significant projects in tribal law and in federal Indian law and policy. Students in the Clinic will be drawn not only from the School of Law, but also from UCLA’s Interdepartmental M.A. Program in American Indian Studies and other graduate programs on the campus. The Director will also have the opportunity to join other faculty, staff, and administrative leaders working at the intersection of law, public policy, and American Indian Studies, and to meaningfully engage with groups working on the UCLA campus, throughout California Indian country, and nationally.
The ideal candidate will have significant legal experience in Native Nations’ legal systems and in federal Indian law, as well as some familiarity with related fields such as cultural resources law and child welfare law. Previous experience teaching in a law school clinical setting and with curriculum development is preferred. Demonstrated management, administrative, and organizational skills are also important. Candidates must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school. Admission to a state or tribal bar that requires an examination for admission preferred.
This is a full-time, year-round, academic, non-tenure track position. The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This appointment is subject to the rules and regulations of the Regents of the University of California, which are mostly embodied in The UCLA CALL and the University of California Academic Personnel Manual. (See https://www.apo.ucla.edu/policies/the-call; and http://www.ucop.edu/acadpersonnel/apm/welcome.html.) The University of California seeks candidates committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy at https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction.
Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Tuesday, June 21, 2022, but will be considered thereafter through July 19, 2022, or until the position is filled. Please apply online at recruit.apo.ucla.edu/jpf07516 by submitting pdf copies of a cover letter, current resume, and the names and addresses for at least three professional references.
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