Clinical Fellow for the UB School of Law Community Development Clinic

The University of Baltimore School of Law invites applications for a fellowship to start in mid-June, 2015 in the Community Development Clinic (CDC). This public interest fellowship program offers practicing attorneys exposure to clinical law teaching. The CDC provides transactional, regulatory, and other non-litigation advice to community-based nonprofit groups, to small businesses headed by low-income entrepreneurs, and to social enterprises, cooperatives, and other clients with challenging and unmet legal needs.

The Fellow’s duties include supervising law students as they engage in client service for the first time, co-teaching the weekly clinical seminar with other CDC faculty, including CDC Director Jaime Lee, and engaging with the local community to learn about its legal needs. The Fellow will also cover emergency client matters during winter and summer breaks in the academic calendar.

The Fellow will have opportunities to engage in academic scholarship and to explore teaching as a long-term profession, and will join UB’s community of other law teachers and Fellows within our larger Clinical Program.

This position is a full-time, year-round contractual appointment for up to two years. The position can be extended for a third year under certain circumstances. Because the CDC serves evening students, the Fellow will work one or more evenings each week during the fall and spring semesters, with daytime hours adjusted accordingly.

Qualifications: Two years or more years of legal practice in transactional, small business, nonprofit, regulatory, employment, legislative, and/or community lawyering; exceptional listening skills; a demonstrated interest in working for low-income clients and communities; and an interest in mentoring and/or teaching. Fellows must be or be willing to become members of the Maryland Bar. If the person hired as the Fellow is not admitted in Maryland when hired, s/he should take the bar exam in July of 2015 if possible, or in February 2016.

Salary: The compensation for the first year of the fellowship is $50,000 and for the second year and (if the term is extended) for the third year is $53,000, with additional support for scholarship, including travel to conferences and assistance with research.

Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for letters of interest and resumes is May 3, 2015.

For more details about the Fellows’ Program, please view our website at http://law.ubalt.edu/template.cfm?page=541.

To apply, submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae by mail or email to:

Melanie Hanson
University of Baltimore School of Law
Clinical Law Offices
1420 N. Charles Street,
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: 410-837-5653; Fax: 410-837-4776

If by email: mhanson@ubalt.edu

The University of Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

UB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Compliant Employer & Title IX Institution

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UB Immigrant Rights Clinic works with the Chesapeake Multicultural Center in Easton, MD

An update from Prof. Elizabeth Keyes, Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic:

A group of  UB Immigrant Rights Clinic students headed out bright and early Saturday morning, April 4, to provide immigration screening to about two dozen immigrants in Easton, Maryland.

Kelvin Lucas, Ifeyinwa Ekpe, Louise Moss, and Brendan Sullivan had worked with the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center (ChesMRC) in Easton to set up the event, and spent 5 hours on the Eastern Shore giving detailed consultations to the diverse clients who showed up, who needed advice on everything from asylum claims (something this group has already had a lot of experience with) to handling snags in the immigration process to information about other avenues for legal status. The students had three volunteer immigration attorneys on hand for supervision, but took the lead on both interviewing and counseling, as well as writing up the intakes.

As Ify Ekpe said, “this is the kind of thing we go to law school for!” The staff at ChesMRC were impressed by the students’ experience, their enthusiasm, and their willingness to dive in, even when the stories they were hearing were extremely difficult ones. By this time in the semester, as their clinic professor, I know their talents and abilities well–and I loved hearing others recognize those same talents and abilities.

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