Lecturer in Law
University of California Davis
United States

Lecturer in Law 


Job #JPF06088

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $119,672-$147,181

Application Window

Open date: October 20, 2023

Next review date: Wednesday, Nov 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Apr 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Davis, School of Law seeks a Director for its Aoki Water Justice Clinic: Small Farmer Assistance Project. Pursuant to a grant from the Water Foundation and funding from the Department of Water Resources, the Clinic will provide technical legal assistance to underrepresented communities related to the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (“SGMA”). In addition to meeting the pressing needs of these communities, the Clinic will provide valuable training and experience for King Hall law students and help create a pipeline of trained and experienced California water attorneys.
Specific activities and functions the Director will undertake in collaboration with the Community Alliance with Family Farmers on behalf of the Clinic include, but are not limited to:

(1) assess the risks, barriers, and opportunities for small farmers with respect to SGMA’s implementation;

(2) develop outreach and engagement materials;

(3) identify technical assistance approaches to assist small farmers in participating in planning processes in Groundwater Sustainability Agencies and in the adjudication of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (“GSPs”);

(4) supervise and direct law students to provide high-quality legal services (including advising and counseling clients, conducting legal research, and drafting guidance memoranda and court pleadings).

(5) provide legal assistance to small farmers in the implementation of GSPs and associated groundwater adjudications in prioritized basins.

(6) supervise a paralegal hired by the Clinic;

(7) teach and assist in the development of the curriculum as part of the classroom component of the Clinic;

(8) supervise and collaborate with administrative staff to effectively manage grant reporting requirements related to the project; and

(9) serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Clinic and its mission;

This is a full-time year-to-year non-tenure-track lecturer appointment with a possibility of a continuing appointment after the sixth year of appointment.

Candidates must also include a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Information about the Statement can be found at http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/diversity/equity_inclusion/diversity_statements_writing.html

Potential candidate should submit an application and supporting materials via our online recruitment system only at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF06088

Unit 18 Lecturers are governed under a collective bargaining agreement (American Federation of Teachers (AFT) - Non-Senate Instructional Unit). Under this contract, once a lecturer accumulates enough quarters of service, the lecturer can be reviewed for a Continuing Lecturer position. For more information about this contract, visit http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/ix/contract.html.

The School of Law is interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of teaching excellence and professional activities, and to the development of a campus that supports equality and diversity. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

More Info: https://law.ucdavis.edu/clinics/water-justice-clinic.html


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Juris Doctor from an A.B.A. approved law school and bar admission.
  • Excellent litigation, analytical, legal writing, negotiation, and advocacy skills.
  • Experience teaching clinical law or supervising law students.
  • Interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Management and leadership skills.
  • Must be a member of a state bar for at least five years. Must be a current California Bar member.
Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)
  • Administrative experience managing a Center and/or Clinic at a law school.
  • Familiarity with the law school's students, faculty and alumni.
  • Litigation experience including factual investigation, legal research and analysis, discovery, negotiation, briefing, and oral advocacy.
  • Administrative law practice experience (specifically participating in hearings and notice & comment).
  • Experience working with government agencies.
  • Familiarity with environmental law or water law.
  • Experience with community lawyering and the grassroots movement for environmental justice.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF06088

Help contact: lmscheiber@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Davis, CA

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