Southern Methodist University, Director for The Small Business and Trademark Clinic

The SMU Dedman School of Law is seeking a Director for The Small Business and Trademark Clinic (“SBT Clinic”), which provides free legal services to new and existing small businesses and non-profit organizations that cannot afford to pay legal fees. As it does so, it provides students with opportunities to develop the legal and professional skills necessary to become competent transactional lawyers as they represent real clients in real legal matters.

Clinic Description                

The SBT Clinic includes a classroom component, with students earning academic credit, and an experiential component, with students representing real clients in real matters.  Through these components, students acquire practical skills and training in many areas used by business lawyers in private practice, including:

  • Start-up services for non-profit organizations, including assisting in applying for tax-exempt status
  • Start-up services for small for-profit businesses, including counseling on organizational structure and operations
  • Preparation of various documents used in the formation of new businesses, including certificates of formation, bylaws, company agreements, and corporate resolutions
  • Negotiation and drafting of legal contracts and documents used by small businesses and non-profit organizations
  • Legal advice regarding the implications and use of various contracts, leases and other documents
  • Review of contracts presented to small businesses and non-profit organizations by third parties
  • Research and preparation of Trademark applications with the United States Patent & Trademark Office

Clinic Director Responsibilities and Qualifications                      

The SBT Clinic Director is responsible for the following:  (1) teaching a weekly (or semi-weekly) seminar focusing on core practice issues relevant to a transactional practice, including topics on substantive business law and related procedural and ethical rules, as well as practical lawyering skills needed in the effective representation of clients; (2) establishing policies, protocols, and procedures that govern the operation of the SBT Clinic; and (3) supervising and evaluating approximately 6-8 students per semester. 

The SBT Clinic Director also works closely with the Trademark Director who has primary responsibility for supervising students in connection with their trademark work.  During times when students are not enrolled, the SBT Clinic Director maintains the Clinic’s docket, including handling inquiries and correspondence with clients and others.

Qualifications: J.D. degree required. Candidates must have an excellent academic record, at least five (5) years of relevant legal experience (including direct supervision and training of other attorneys), and must be licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas.  The Director also should have excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks and a diverse caseload, and the desire to build collaborative relationships within legal clinic programs, the law school and the larger community.  Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

The position is part-time.  The Clinic Director is expected to spend approximately 8-10 hours per week on campus (when teaching in-person), which includes time for class and student supervision, and additional time, as needed, for remote supervision of students.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience, paid monthly.

Please send a cover letter and resume by July 13, 2020 to:

SMU Dedman School of Law – Dean’s Office

ATTN: Betty Alexander

P. O. Box 750116

Dallas, Texas 75275-0116

or email bettya@smu.edu

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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