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Visiting Lecturer - Immigration Clinic

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School / Campus / College: School of Law

Organization: School of Law

Title: Visiting Lecturer - Immigration Clinic

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Position Description

The University of Washington School of Law seeks applications for a non-tenured Visiting Clinician to oversee and teach the Immigration Clinic during the 2022-23 academic year.  This is a full-time 9 month position with 2-3 months of summer work. The Immigration Clinic provides legal representation to indigent immigrants and refugees, while also providing students with invaluable hands-on lawyering experience.  In addition to direct representation, students engage in policy advocacy, community outreach, and community education.  Faculty and students in the clinic have represented immigrants in removal proceedings, detained immigrants with final orders of removal who are being held indefinitely in government custody, and assisted minors in removal proceedings seeking to adjust to lawful permanent resident status through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), including related representation before family courts. The clinic has also worked with people on complicated affirmative petitions for naturalization, including disability waivers and appeals of naturalization denials.  Faculty and students represent immigrants before USCIS, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Federal District Courts and the 9th Cir. Court of Appeals.  The immigration clinic has a great collaborative working relationship with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), the state’s primary provider of immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees and has largely taken its case load from NWIRP referrals.

The Immigration Clinic is one of UW Law’s nine (9) in house clinics.  The clinical team includes 9 full-time faculty, 4 staff attorneys, 1 fellows, and 3 administrators.  The immigration clinic visitor will teach the seminar component of the clinic, supervise clinical students and together with students and community stakeholders, shape the docket.  The anticipated start date for this position is summer/fall quarter of 2022.

Candidates should have extensive experience advocating on behalf of immigrants and asylum seekers. The Clinical Instructor will be responsible for:

  • Forming relationships and pursuing collaborative projects with community organizations, service providers, and advocacy groups, among others.
  • Supervising and mentoring law students and expanding the clinic's strategic litigation and advocacy docket.
  • Manage the operational and administrative tasks involved in case and community project work.
  • Supervising clinical students on cases and projects and teaching students a broad range of lawyering skills including research and writing, legal and policy analysis, problem-solving, and oral advocacy.
  • Working in conjunction with the Associate Dean for Experiential Education to ensure the quality of student work product.

The University of Washington School of Law holds to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Multi-culturalism and Anti-racism as fundamental values. This work is an ongoing effort engaging the entire UW Law community. Candidates are encouraged to examine our Diversity web page and review the Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Multi-culturalism and Anti-Racism see

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  • JD and 3 or more years of related legal practice. Admission to a state bar and experience in Immigration Courtt
  • Experience advancing immigrants' rights and a strong understanding of its intersectionality with other areas of law, including criminal law, constitutional law, and administrative law.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, and organizational skills are required.
  1. Experience in removal defense and asylum practice is strongly preferred.
  • Clinical teaching experience is preferred.


Applications should include:

1.A detailed cover letter describing qualifications for the position, including academic preparation and experience

2. Curriculum vitae or resume

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)

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