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Director, Legal Access Clinic and Assistant Professor of Clinical Law

Date: Jul 29, 2021

Location: Cincinnati, OH, US

Company: University of Cincinnati

Current UC employees must apply internally via SuccessFactors > http://bit.ly/UCEMPL


Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.


Job Overview

The University of Cincinnati College of Law invites applications for a Visiting Professor of Clinical Law to serve as the founding Director of a newly created Legal Access Clinic (LAC).  The position is a two-year contract position, with renewals for additional terms possible depending upon future funding and performance. The Legal Access Clinic will seek to narrow the access-to-justice gap in Cincinnati and surrounding communities by providing legal representation to people of modest means.  The Director of LAC will be responsible for launching the Clinic, including such tasks as promoting the Clinic with potential clients, raising funds for LAC, building partnerships with community organizations, and supervising students participating in the Clinic.


The Legal Access Clinic represents the College of Law’s response to two critical problems confronting the legal profession: the crisis of unmet legal needs among lower-to-middle income people and the shortage of practical experience among new law school graduates. In LAC, students will gain practical skills while serving historically underserved populations. Its primary mission will be to provide real-client experiences to upper-level J.D. and LL.M. students while offering affordable legal services to people of modest means in southwestern Ohio. Undergraduate students participating in UC’s paralegal training program, and students at other colleges of UC who might gain an educational benefit from working at LAC, may also be invited to participate.


Although the decision regarding which matters to pursue will rest with the Clinic’s Director, it is anticipated that LAC’s scope of services may include landlord/tenant disputes; estate planning; debtor/creditor disputes; criminal defense work related to protection orders, expungements, and traffic/probation violations; serving as guardians ad litem for child victims of abuse, neglect, and dependency; and handling some civil cases in municipal and small-claims courts.


Clients of LAC will consist of persons with incomes of 2 to 3 times U.S. poverty guidelines. It is anticipated that clients will pay substantially discounted fees for services provided by the Clinic. Some services may be offered on a flat fee basis while others may be better suited to hourly billing. On a case-by-case basis, the Clinic may deviate from its eligibility guidelines, scope of services, and customary fee structure to serve people who cannot afford legal representation and have been unable to obtain pro bono representation from Legal Aid or other organizations.


To launch this path-breaking project, the College of Law seeks a Director, whose responsibilities will include: (1) building the project from the ground up, and in particular, establishing the practices and procedures of the Clinic; (2) operating LAC, including managing day-to-day administrative matters and finances; (3) building and maintaining relationships with LAC staff, clients, the community, law school representatives, Clinic donors, and other stakeholders; and (4) implementing LAC strategies and achieving its vision, including identifying and securing long-term sources of funding.


Under the Director’s supervision, Clinic students will conduct client screening and intake; represent clients in agreed-upon substantive areas; communicate with and work under the supervision of attorney volunteers; assist with outcome tracking; and assist with the promotion of LAC through community outreach activities.

Essential Functions

  • Developing clients and client referral sources, including determination of primary practice areas, fee structure and collection, and community outreach activities
  • Developing and maintaining client intake procedures, while managing client caseloads
  • Budgeting and business planning, including periodic reporting to College of Law representatives
  • Hiring, developing, coordinating, and managing attorneys, paralegals, and student externs, including recruiting volunteer mentors and supervisors
  • Developing appropriate systems, policies, and procedures for the efficient operation of the Clinic
  • Managing donor and grantor relations/reporting and assisting with future fundraising, as needed
  • Collaborating with bar associations, law firms, courts, community organizations, media, and legal community to further the mission of the Clinic
  • Designing and teaching a course related to LAC operations to current students of the UC College of Law, LAC staff, and others, as appropriate
  • Identifying and developing opportunities for revenue enhancement, including the organization of continuing legal education seminars and other types of community training and events

Minimum Requirements

  • JD degree from an ABA-accredited United States law school
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Active license to practice law in the State of Ohio or have the ability to become promptly licensed
  • No unresolved bar license suspension or disciplinary issues.  Applicants who are currently admitted to practice in Ohio will be requested to provide a Certificate of Good Standing with Disciplinary Information from the Supreme Court of Ohio during the interview process. Applicants who are not presently admitted to the Ohio bar will be required to provide comparable evidence of good standing in the bar(s) to which they are admitted.
  • Excellent communication, analytical, and interpersonal skills including the ability to work with opposing personalities and clients from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Commitment to diversity and service to historically underserved groups

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Current admission to practice law in the State of Ohio
  • 8–10 years of litigation experience, with some experience in transactional work
  • Experience managing lawyers, including training, mentoring, and supervising lawyers with minimal or no experience
  • Experience managing a law practice, including responsibility for its operations, community engagement, and overall finances
  • Commitment to, and passion for, access to justice initiatives
  • Strong connections within the greater Cincinnati legal community
  • Ability to work well with others and adapt to an evolving work environment
  • Familiarity with use of technology in efficient delivery of legal services
  • Prior teaching, mentoring, and fundraising experience
  • Experience practicing in Municipal Court
  • A strong commitment to serving underserved and vulnerable people
  • Spanish language abilities

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.




The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


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