Director of the Veterans Legal Clinic
The University of South Carolina School of Law seeks to hire one full-time non-tenure track faculty member to fill the position of Director of the Veterans Legal Clinic. The clinic was established four years ago and has provided thousands of hours of legal assistance to low income veterans throughout the state in the areas of housing, debt, domestic issues, and government benefits. The Veterans Legal Clinic’s mission is to provide full time legal services to indigent veterans and their families, allowing them to continue making a positive impact in their communities.
The director will be responsible for continuing to grow the clinic and for the supervision of 10 students a semester, classroom instruction and the supervision of one paralegal and approximately five adjunct instructors. The Veterans Legal Clinic has collaborated with Lawyers4Vets from the Appleseed Legal Justice Center, the Attorney General’s V.A.L.O.R. program, the VA’s Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV)/Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) programs, and the VA’s justice outreach program. It recently expanded its outreach by coordinating with the Upstate Warrior Solution and hosts a bi-monthly Veteran Education Class for homeless with Transitions Homeless Shelter in Columbia, South Carolina.
The clinic, along with the Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough Center on Professionalism, has developed a needs assessment that involves the administration of two short surveys. Quantitative and qualitative data analysis over the past several years has provided a comprehensive report of the needs in the state.
Interested candidates must possess a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school, six years of practical experience and either admission to the South Carolina Bar or the ability to gain admission to the South Carolina Bar within four months of starting the position. Preference will be given to attorneys who are currently accredited as a veterans advocate with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Preference will also be given to individuals with experience serving in the military, advocating on behalf of veterans, representing clients in litigation and administrative proceedings, supervising students in a clinical setting, or engaging in outreach to low-income and vulnerable populations. Applicants should possess strong organizational ability.
This is a grant funded time-limited faculty position. The candidate should be willing to assist the dean and the law school’s development office in securing funding to sustain the program for the long term.
Although a formal application is required in order to be considered, candidates are welcome to contact Professor Jaclyn Cherry with any questions regarding the application process at Cherryja@law.sc.edu.