Univ. Mich. Law – clinical fellow position

January 15, 2016

The University of Michigan Law Clinical Fellows Program seeks applicants for a fellowship in its Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project, in the Community and Economic Development Clinic (CEDC). This is a two year appointment with the possibility of extension for a third year.

The Clinical Fellows Program is designed to allow attorneys to explore the possibility of a career in clinical teaching and fully support them in that endeavor. Michigan Clinical Fellows gain valuable experience and mentoring in clinical pedagogy and in their substantive area of practice. Their duties include clinical teaching and student supervision in conjunction with a clinic director, and participation in the operation and development of the clinic in which they teach. Support is provided for professional development and scholarship.

 The Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project is a new initiative in the CEDC, supported by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, that works with entrepreneurs and small businesses in the City of Detroit.  The clinic will help to serve the needs of small businesses in Detroit, who often suffer from a well-documented lack of access to capital, to business skills and legal advice, and to networks for mentoring and sales opportunities.

The fellow will partner with faculty at the Ross School of Business, the Stamps School of Art and Design, and the School of Computer Science and Engineering, as well as other schools and departments, in order to bring the resources of Michigan to bear on the needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs in Detroit.

The CEDC currently provides transactional legal services to nonprofits and community organizations, and social and creative enterprises in Detroit and the metro Detroit area. The Clinic works with both start-up and established clients. New organizations seek assistance in formation, governance, tax and regulatory compliance. More established organizations seeks the CEDC’s assistance to accommodate their organizations’ and programs’ growth: draft and negotiate contract and leases; create worker cooperatives and social enterprises; counsel regarding land use, permits and other regulations; provide tax advice on income-generating activities; advise on employment issues; counsel on risk management; and research and advise on intellectual property issues.

The successful applicant will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in at least one of the CEDC’s core areas of practice, a strong interest in clinical teaching, a demonstrated commitment to engage in public interest lawyering through transactional work in under-resourced communities, experience working in diverse settings, and potential for scholarship and success as a clinical teacher. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in small business and entrepreneurial practice areas. Candidates must hold a J.D. degree and be eligible for licensure in Michigan. Michigan’s Clinical Fellows salaries and benefits are very competitive. The fellowship begins during the summer of 2016.

Questions can be directed to Associate Dean David Santacroce at dasanta@umich.edu or 734-763-4319. We will accept applications until February 15, 2016.  Applicants should send a letter ofinterest and résumé to:

John W. Lemmer

Experiential Education Business Administrator

The University of Michigan Law School

701 S. State Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215



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