Director, Taxpayer Clinic, Tenure Stream
The College of Law is looking to hire a director of its Alvin L. Storrs Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. The director will be a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track/tenured assistant/associate/full professor and will manage the Clinic’s operations and funding, perform and supervise casework and outreach, and teach the Clinic seminar. Candidates’ experience should demonstrate a strong interest in actively pursuing service and/or scholarly opportunities, to enrich the intellectual life and governance of the law school, relevant professional associations, and beyond.
The Alvin L. Storrs Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic at Michigan State University College of Law was initially funded by the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grant program administered by the IRS in 2000. The Clinic is currently entering year two of a three-year grant from the IRS and it represents low-income and English-as-second-language taxpayers who live throughout Michigan. The Clinic is one of eight in-house clinics at the Law School. Like all LITCs, the Clinic handles tax controversies with the IRS and generally does not provide tax return preparation services. The Clinic also handles tax controversies with the Michigan Department of Treasury and various cities’ income tax departments. It also manages a toll-free hotline for homeowners who need assistance in requesting the poverty or disabled veteran’s exemption from property tax. Law students take the lead on most Clinic cases, provide community and educational outreach, and participate in Tax Court and the Michigan Tax Tribunal.
Key responsibilities include:
- Teach, train, development, and supervision of law student attorneys.
- Supervise the client screening process including students and staff that are assisting in screening cases for tax controversy issues appropriate for representation by the student attorneys in the Clinic.
- Supervise cases and student attorneys, meeting with students, reviewing and providing comments on student work, accompanying them to court, and working on other activities, including education and outreach initiatives.
- Teaching weekly seminar to help students synthesize their clinical casework and develop their lawyering skills, ethical awareness, and professionalism.
- Apply for and manage the LITC grant that includes work in collaboration with the Michigan State University Contract and Grant Administration Office.
- Develop and maintain partnerships and community engagement to provide education on tax law, issues, and policy,
- Participate and collaborate with other clinical faculty members at regular meetings.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
- have an excellent academic record.
- be a member in good standing of the bar of any U.S. jurisdiction.
- be members in good standing of the Michigan State Bar or be able to gain admission upon hire.
- have sufficient tax law expertise to be considered a “Qualifying Tax Expert” under the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic program’s grant.
- have expertise to perform and oversee the substantive and procedural aspects of client representation in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service.
- be admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court or eligible for such admission.
- Preference will be given to candidates who also have a history of commitment in working with low-income clients.
- Candidates should have knowledge of the best practices in clinical pedagogy and the ability to supervise student attorneys (as well as other Clinic staff, such as any legal counselors or fellows) to ensure that clients receive high-quality representation and that students learn about the effective, ethical, and reflective practice of law.
Required Application Materials
The search committee is committed to respecting and maintaining confidentiality.
Application materials must include:
- Cover Letter
- Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- At least three professional references (not to be contacted without the permission of the applicant)
Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis so applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Initial interviews, which will be conducted online could begin as early as March 20, 2023.
Applicants may be asked to submit a professional writing sample when invited for an interview.
If you require reasonable accommodation in completing the application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to Teresa Eldred, College of Law Human Resources Manager at 517.432.6819 or email@example.com.
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Remote Work Statement
MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.
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