Criminal Law Faculty Position Now Available

Have you ever thought that it would be interesting to be a member of the School’s faculty? To write, teach, and consult about criminal law and procedure? And to do so with a focus on applied scholarship that makes a real difference? Then you might be interested in the job described later in this post. Or maybe you know someone for whom the position might be perfect. Read on to learn more, and as a bonus, I’ll mention a second job opening at the end of the post – one that has nothing to do with criminal law at all.

Working at the School of Government is fantastic. The work is meaningful, there are no billable hours, and the people are wonderful. We recently put together a short video that reveals what it’s like to work at the School, which you can check out here.

We have an opening in criminal law. The full posting, including the salary range, is here. The heart of the position description is below:

The School is seeking a tenure-track professor to specialize in criminal law and procedure. The faculty member will be expected to be the School’s point person in the high-profile and high-impact areas of impaired driving and motor vehicle law. He or she will also be expected to work, together with other faculty members, in other areas of criminal law and procedure, including the Fourth Amendment, the law of pretrial release, the issuance of criminal process, substantive criminal law, and sentencing.

The selected candidate will work primarily with magistrates, district court judges, and superior court judges as part of the Judicial College, though there will be opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and work with prosecutors, defenders, and other court officials as well. School faculty members frequently consult with legislators, General Assembly staff, and interest groups about potential changes to the law.

The successful candidate will be expected to publish scholarship in multiple formats, including blog posts, articles, and books. Two exemplary publications within this position’s area of expertise are The Law of Impaired Driving and Related Implied Consent Offenses in North Carolina and Criminal Proceedings Before North Carolina Magistrates. 
The person will be responsible for working with the NC Magistrates’ Association and the Administrative Office of the Courts to plan educational programs for magistrates, including biannual orientation programs and conferences.

If you’re interested in the position, we invite you to apply. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me or to Sara DePasquale, who is a co-chair of the School’s recruiting committee. Please pass this opportunity along to anyone who might be a good candidate. We’re looking for a smart, hard-working attorney who is a good writer and will be a good colleague.

We also have an opening for a faculty member to work with clerks of court on estate administration. If you have a friend or family member who would love to work at the School but isn’t interested in criminal law, hope is not lost! Here’s a brief summary of another opportunity to consider:

We are looking for an attorney to join our courts group as a faculty member who will advise, teach, and provide written scholarship for elected and assistant clerks of superior court carrying out their judicial role. The person will work in the substantive areas of decedents’ estate administration, estate proceedings, trusts, and special proceedings. This posting will likely close soon; interested applicants should not delay submitting an application. You can read more about this position and apply here.

Don’t worry, be happy. The Washington Post recently crunched some numbers and determined that lawyers are the “unhappiest people on the planet.” I hope that’s not true. But even if the profession overall isn’t a bowl of cherries, working at the School of Government is pretty great. If you think it might be the change you’re looking for, consider joining our team.