The UNC School of Government seeks a tenure-track assistant professor who will specialize in the field of criminal law. Public officials, rather than degree-seeking students, are the principal audience for the School's work. This position will be responsible for educating judicial officials (including judges, magistrates; and clerks of court), other court system actors; and state public officials on North Carolina criminal law, criminal procedure, and related legal topics. This position will require development of expertise in various aspects of criminal law, including pretrial procedure, guilty pleas, felony jury trial procedure, the law of evidence, and post-conviction relief.
The duties of the position include
Participating in the planning of, and teaching in, programs and conferences for judicial officials
Advising judicial officials by telephone and email about legal issues presented in pending cases
Writing practical scholarship that helps judicial officials do their jobs more accurately, fairly, and efficiently. Such scholarship may include case and legislative summaries, books, articles, and blog posts, and may build on existing resources or may represent entirely new resources.
In addition to working with judicial officials, this position is likely to interact with the media, law enforcement, legislators, advocates, and other stakeholders. Work at the School is collaborative in nature, and this position will have frequent contact with other criminal law faculty and staff and with court officials.
Work is centered in Chapel Hill but requires occasional travel and consultation around the state. Faculty appointments are year-round (rather than the nine-month academic year).
The School of Government recognizes the importance of an educational and work environment in which all individuals are respected and valued. To that end, we are strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. For more information about the School's commitment to diversity, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page: sog.unc.edu/resources/microsites/diversity-and-inclusion.
As the largest university-based local government training, advisory, and research organization in the United States, the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government offers up to 200 courses, webinars, and specialized conferences for more than 12,000 public officials each year. Established as the Institute of Government in 1931, the School of Government UNC-Chapel Hill has 46 faculty members and its mission is to improve the lives of North Carolinians through engaged scholarship that helps public officials understand and improve state and local government. For more information about the School's mission and history, visit sog.unc.edu/about/mission-and-history.
Education and Experience:
Excellent writing skills, strong academic background, and a demonstrated commitment to public service required. Experience in criminal law is desirable, but not required.
Because this position is at the rank of assistant professor, a junior faculty position, third year law school students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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