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Professor of the Practice, and Director of the PELE Spec. Ed. Adv. Clinic

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Position Information

Position Information

Present Position Number F0953W
Role Title Instructor/12-Mth
Position Title Professor of the Practice, and Director of the PELE Spec. Ed. Adv. Clinic
Position Summary

The Professor of the Practice and Director of the PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic provides legal services to school-aged children with disabilities and their parents, supervises law students in providing these services, assists in training students in a clinical legal education environment, and provides education and outreach activities, including an annual Institute in Special Education Advocacy. The PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic delivers client services to children with disabilities and their parents seeking special education eligibility and services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The PELE Clinic also trains law students in a clinical law school setting to be thoroughly familiar with a difficult area of administrative law, to develop basic and advanced law office management skills, to refine research and legal writing abilities, to interview clients and witnesses, to negotiate and mediate with opposing counsel and school district employees, to draft complaints and petitions when appropriate, and to create relationships with clients and investigate and advocate on their behalf both orally and in writing.

The Professor of the Practice and Director will be responsible for:
-Clinical Teaching: Bi-weekly seminar instruction; evaluating student performance and the status of cases through regularly scheduled student meetings; assessing student success with student-directed reviews and evaluations; preparing students for a number of different legal practical experiences through training and planning; evaluating student performance after legal experiences through after action reviews; working with students to understand various levels of legal authority in their cases; guiding and advising students on work with clients; overseeing outreach activities of the clinic with student interaction; advising students on practical legal work; preparing students for the ethical and reflective practice of law.
- Case Work and Client Representation: Responsible for operation of the PELE Clinic office as a small law office with law student associate attorneys. Case management of client files to include interviewing clients and witnesses; monitoring and supervising student work on the cases; keeping up to date on pertinent case law, regulations, decisions, statutes, etc.; tracking student’s time sheets and all work done in a file; making final legal decisions on the method of pursuing cases and the objectives; giving legal advice to clients; working with students and educational or medical professionals to develop evidentiary support for cases; representing clients in school meetings, mediation, administrative hearings and courts, when appropriate. Case supervision is during the academic year as well as in the summer months, the latter with assistance from student research assistants.
- Fundraising, writing grants and proposals as well as serving as principal investigator for awarded grants; preparing required grant reports and financial reporting, as required.
-Organizing conferences, symposia, and educational outreach; collaboration and partnership with other organizations; and supervision of clinical fellows, when necessary. – Responsible for planning, coordination of, and teaching in William & Mary Law School’s annual Institute in Special Education Advocacy for one week each summer.

Required Qualifications

JD (Juris Doctor) and valid state bar license required. Knowledge of and experience with IDEA and Sect. 504, and experience assisting children with disabilities and their families in special education advocacy matters required. Must have client-based experience, advocacy experience, and superior research and legal writing skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior work in special education and/or in clinical teaching, and fundraising experience preferred. Prior experience in K-12 teaching, experience with interpretation of educational evaluations and testing data preferred. Creative program development experience a plus.

Department Law School Operations - 3N1000
Location William & Mary
Job Open Date 10/03/2017
Review Begin Date 11/04/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Job Category Instructional Faculty
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The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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