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Tenure-track/Open Rank Professor of Indian Law

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School / Campus / College: School of Law

Organization: School of Law

Title: Tenure-track/Open Rank Professor of Indian Law

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Position Description

The University of Washington School of Law is hiring for one entry-level tenure-track assistant professor or tenured Associate Professor or tenured Professor to teach and publish in Indian Law and one or more core instruction areas of curricular need in the JD program while overseeing the Native American Law Center. The anticipated start date is September 16, 2022. This position is full-time and on a 9-month basis and is promotion eligible through the professor rank.

The University of Washington School of Law has a celebrated history in Native American law and policy.  Washington is home to 29 tribes — many located near the city of Seattle, where the law school is located.  The Native American Law Center promotes the development of Indian law and encourages Native Americans and others with an interest in Indian law to attend law school.  The Center also is a resource to Indian tribes, other governments and individuals in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and across the country.  The school is home to the highly regarded Tribal Court Clinic and students may choose to focus on an Indigenous Rights Law concentration. The clinic partners with the Tulalip Tribes to serve as the primary public defender in criminal cases filed in their Tribal Court and is a national model for providing tribal public defense services with law students.

The faculty member hired for this position will participate in organizational leadership and direct the Native American Law Center and oversee the Director of the Tribal Defense Clinic while articulating a vision to build and maintain continuity in tribal community partnerships. Teaching will include Indian Law and other courses in the JD program depending on teaching needs. The successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate consistent scholarly excellence through regular scholarship production, maintaining the law school’s national reputation in Native American law and policy and collaboration to attain external funding for related programs. The candidate will develop curriculum that is consistently improved with new discoveries and learning outcomes.

The successful applicant will be hired into the professorial rank commensurate with their level of experience and qualifications. Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to, national leadership or the potential for national leadership in Indian law scholarship, exceptional teaching and bar passage in any jurisdiction.  

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  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or foreign equivalent
  • Expertise partnering with indigenous communities 
  • Demonstrated record of scholarship


Applications should include:

1. A detailed cover letter describing qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, professional experience, and teaching, research, and leadership expertise.

2. Curriculum vitae

3. The names and contact information of 3 individuals who can provide a reference. (Please do not send letters of recommendation at this time; the School of Law will contact references as needed)

4. Diversity Statement - this should include a statement of past and planned contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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