Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice, Forge Innovation

USA, Colorado, Denver
May 02, 2017
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The University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Denver Law) is a national leader in experiential learning and a pioneer in interdisciplinary teaching and research. The first law school in the nation to offer academic credit to students for representing clients, Denver Law now operates clinics in a variety of areas, including community economic development, civil litigation, civil rights, criminal law, and environmental law. Located in one of the nation's most beautiful and economically dynamic cities, the law school features a distinguished and internationally recognized faculty, an outstanding and diverse student body, a motivated and highly professional staff, and an alumni base that has achieved careers of distinction in law, business, government, public interest, and other professional domains.

Denver Sturm College of Law invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice of Law within the Forge Innovation Project, a cross-disciplinary initiative at the University of Denver (DU) that provides legal, business, and technical counseling to Colorado-based start-ups and small businesses. The Forge forms the experiential component of Project X-ITE (, a novel cross-disciplinary initiative at DU focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. As a teaching fellow Denver Laws Community Economic Development (CED) Clinic, the successful applicant will work closely with the Director of the CED Clinic to provide legal representation to clients and to supervise interdisciplinary teams of graduate and professional students providing such representation. The initial appointment is for one year, with a desired start date of June 1, and the possibility of renewal for a second year based on funding availability and performance in the position. In addition to a competitive salary, the University of Denver offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and other benefits (

Essential Functions

  • Recruit clients and manage client relationships.
  • Supervise students and provide direct legal representation to clients.
  • Co-teach Forge seminar, with particular emphasis on representing start-up enterprises.
  • Form and maintain strategic partnerships with faculty and students in other academic departments, particularly in Business and Engineering/Computer Science.

Required Qualifications

  • JD or equivalent from an accredited law school.
  • A minimum of three years of legal experience in relevant practice areas, including business and/or intellectual property law.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Membership in the Colorado Bar or ability to gain admission by August 1, 2017 (Note: Colorado permits faculty members teaching in a clinical program to waive into the bar.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience teaching, training, or supervising law students and/or early-career lawyers.
  • Experience representing entrepreneurs and start-up enterprises.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on a variety of projects and with a variety of constituents.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to begin application. If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Professor Patience Crowder, Director of the Community Economic Development Clinic, at .

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

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