Duke University, School of Law

Position ID:Duke-Law-CDCDIR [#20790]
Position Title: Criminal Defense Clinic Director
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Law
Appl Deadline:2022/01/31 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/12/14, finished 2022/06/13, listed until 2022/01/31)
Position Description:   URMs  

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Duke University’s Law School seeks a dynamic and proven lawyer-advocate-teacher to design and lead Duke Law’s newest clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic. Our goal is for this clinic to provide direct representation of people facing criminal charges by employing data and science, alongside traditional tools of criminal defense to serve clients and promote systemic reforms, including the goal of ending mass incarceration.


The precise contours of the position will be tailored to the strengths and interests of the successful applicant. In addition to a strong record of, or demonstrated potential for, clinical teaching, intellectual engagement, and leadership in the field, the ideal candidate will offer:


1.      Substantial legal experience in representing low-income clients in criminal court;

2.      A commitment to combatting racial injustice in the criminal law system;

3.      Excellence in teaching students how to use research and data regarding the criminal system to benefit clients;

4.      Student mentoring skills; and

5.      The ability and willingness to build connections locally, and at the state and national levels, to engage in activities and strategies with the goal of ending mass incarceration.


The Criminal Defense Clinic will complement the law school’s groundbreaking Wrongful Convictions Clinic and the Wilson Center for Science and Justice. The Wrongful Convictions Clinic, which recently secured its tenth exoneration and the third in two years, all without DNA, investigates the causes of wrongful convictions, including mistaken eyewitness identification, false confessions, faulty forensic evidence, and jailhouse informants. The Wilson Center for Science and Justice brings together faculty and students in law, medicine, public policy, and arts and sciences to advance criminal justice reform and civil rights through the application of interdisciplinary legal and scientific research. By connecting the research and experience of the Wilson Center and the Wrongful Convictions Clinic to criminal defense at the trial level, the new Criminal Defense Clinic can develop innovative policy and litigation strategies while also training a new generation of leaders and lawyers.


We expect that the Director will be considered for an appointment as a Clinical Professor of Law.  Further, in addition to the Director, we expect that the new Criminal Defense Clinic will also have a Supervising Attorney and a Paralegal.  The Director will lead the recruitment and selection of these two positions. Additionally, clinical faculty teach other courses or seminars in addition to clinics. Clinical faculty also have the opportunity and support to pursue other academic interests, including research and scholarship related to their areas of expertise, which can include collaboration with faculty across the University.


This is an exciting time for clinical and experiential education at Duke Law School. The Clinical Program, which currently consists of 11 other individual clinics, is an integral component of the Law School’s curricular focus on professional development and problem solving. The successful candidate will actively engage with faculty from across the Law School and University to continue to grow and strengthen this key part of the curriculum.

The position of Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at Duke Law is open for the 2022-23 academic year and beyond. Minimum requirements include a J.D. (or foreign equivalent) and membership in the North Carolina Bar or eligibility for admission and a willingness to become a member.  Specific academic title and terms of employment will be determined based upon the successful applicant’s qualifications.


Information about Duke University’s requirements for COVID 19 and flu vaccines for faculty, staff and students are published here: https://covidvaccine.duke.edu/, https://flu.duke.edu/exemptions.


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Interested applicants must apply via Academic Jobs Online. Applicants should also submit a letter of interest; a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement; and résumé via email to Cynthia Cammarn at cynthia.cammarn@law.duke.edu.  Please submit your materials as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a final deadline of January 31, 2022. We anticipate interviewing finalists on campus in February and March 2022.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
email address
210 Science Drive
Suite 1015, Duke Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708-0362