July 9, 2013

Job Posting–Northern Illinois Clinical Professor

By Andrea Schneider

Susan Yates of RSI and Professor Anita Maddali from Northern Illinois University have a three-year grant from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office o do foreclosure mediation work.  (Good work guys!) And, as part of the grant, NIU is looking to hire a visiting assistant clinical professor to start a foreclosure clinic at the law school.  Below is the official posting:

Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor

Northern Illinois University College of Law

 The Office of the Illinois Attorney General has awarded a joint three-year grant to Northern Illinois University College of Law (“NIU Law”) and Resolution Systems Institute (“RSI”) to assist homeowners harmed by fraudulent foreclosure and loan servicing practices.  As part of this grant, NIU anticipates hiring a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor to establish an NIU COL foreclosure clinic.   The expected start date is August 1, 2013.

As the only public law school in Northern Illinois, NIU College of Law has been named a top law school nationally for diversity, value, and careers in public interest/government service. NIU Law provides unique opportunities for its students, beginning with  its highly accomplished faculty who are personally invested in the success of every student throughout their professional lives. Although many alumni serve as public interest attorneys, prosecutors, defenders, elected officials, and judges, they are equally prepared for careers as solo practitioners or lawyers in multinational firms.

The Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor will teach a foreclosure law clinical course during the fall, spring and summer semesters beginning in the fall of 2013, and will supervise approximately five to eight law students each semester.  Students
enrolled in this course will learn about foreclosure law, the foreclosure mediation process, and will develop a wide range of lawyering skills.  Under the supervision of the professor, students will screen and prepare foreclosure cases for ediation, and represent borrowers in mediation as needed.  Clinic students will work closely with Prairie State Legal Services, assisting them with their foreclosure intake line.

Principal duties will include the following:

Creating and teaching a foreclosure law clinical course

Supervising law students enrolled in the clinical course

Assisting with the Prairie State Intake Line

Preparing individual borrowers for successful mediation

Representing individual borrowers in mediation

Working closely with RSI to coordinate obligations and duties under the grant

Submitting required reports to the Illinois Attorney General

The salary is $60,000 annually, plus benefits.

Required: JD from an ABA-accredited law school; 2 years legal experience; and a current license to practice law.

The preferred applicant will have 2-5 years experience representing clients in foreclosure proceedings.  Teaching experience, particularly clinical teaching in a law school setting, is desired. The ideal applicant will have an interest not only in the foreclosure legal process, but also in teaching law students the necessary skills to effectively represent clients.

AA/EEO institution.  Preference will be given to applications received by July 8, 2013, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

To apply, please send by July 8, 2013, a letter of application, resume, and list of names/addresses/email addresses/phone numbers of three current professional references to Dean Jennifer L. Rosato, Office of the Dean, Attention: Tita Kaus, Northern Illinois College of Law, Swen Parson Hall, Room 270, DeKalb, IL  60115-2890, or send materials electronically to tkaus@niu.edu

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