Assistant Teaching Professor, Institute to Transform Child Protection

  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • St. Paul, MN
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time

Job Description

Mitchell Hamline's Institute to Transform Child Protection is seeking a full-time Assistant Teaching Professor to provide direct representation to relatives / kin within Minnesota's child protection system; develop training and teaching materials related to kinship advocacy; and engage around policy reform focused on family preservation in the child welfare system. This is a two-year position supported by grant funding.

The Institute to Transform Child Protection works toward a more effective nationwide child protection system to preserve families, prevent trauma, and build resilience through innovate policy, forward-thinking education and ongoing training. The Institute team consists of six individuals who work in three specific areas: teaching; training; and policy reform. The Institute provides direct representation to clients in child welfare cases in Minnesota through a holistic interdisciplinary law clinic where law students and masters' level social work students work together to support clients for their entire child welfare case. The Institute has developed and implemented critical state and national trainings for attorneys and other child welfare system stakeholders in the area of trauma responsive services / advocacy; mandatory training; and parent attorney foundational skills, among others. The Institute also direct advocates for legislative reform in Minnesota and nationally to improve outcomes for children and families.


  • Provide direct representation to clients (relatives and kin) in child welfare cases and other ancillary cases in Minnesota.
  • Work with certified student attorneys in the Clinics.
  • Design and implement training for advocates representing and working with relatives and kin in child welfare system; this includes written published materials for wider use and impact.
  • Engage with stakeholders, communities, and the legislature to advocate for reform
  • Collaborate and participate with other Mitchell Hamline School of Law faculty and staff to support students' educational needs and community engagement.



  • Ability to get licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota
  • A keen interest in representing relatives and kin in child welfare cases


  • Prior experience working in child welfare system
  • Knowledge of appellate and/or legislative process
  • Prior teaching and/or professional training experience
  • Prior experience supervising law students

The committee will consider applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For best consideration, all application materials should be submitted the July 22, 2022. Interviews will be scheduled in August. Please apply online and provide:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement addressing your past efforts and future plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion through your teaching and service (whether in your cover letter or a separate document)

Additional Information: We seek candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our campus community and wish to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and service. We encourage those who attended HBCU law schools or undergraduate institutions, as well as other institutions that have historically graduated substantial diverse student populations to apply.

About Us

Our law school is in an historic area of Saint Paul, on the Indigenous homelands of the Dakota Oyate, home to the Penumbra and Fitzgerald theaters, ethnic restaurants, and one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. Just across the river, Minneapolis is the home to the Walker Art Center, First Avenue, the Guthrie Theater, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and one of the nation's liveliest performing arts scenes. The city was the birthplace of the American Indian Movement and continues to boast one of the largest urban Indian populations in the country. Eleven federally recognized tribes, including four Dakota and seven Ojibwe tribes, remain within the State of Minnesota.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law was formed in 2015 by the combination of William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law. This extraordinary union brought together two law schools that have shaped Minnesota's legal landscape for more than a combined 155 years, creating the top law school in the Midwest for students seeking a rigorous, practical, and problem-solving approach to legal education. Mitchell Hamline School of Law provides a legal education grounded in legal theory and distinguished by exceptional practical legal training. A forward-thinking, independent law school with a history dating back more than 100 years, we have continually shaped legal education to be relevant to our students, their future clients, and the legal profession. We are committed to making legal education accessible and offer an unmatched number of enrollment options. Our students graduate prepared to put their degree into practice or use their legal training in the profession of their choice.

Minneapolis and Saint Paul are among the top cities for arts and entertainment, sports, biking, cross-country skiing, active lifestyles, non-profit organizations, and exceptionally high levels of civic engagement.

Additional information on Mitchell Hamline School of Law can be found here.

Our Commitment

At Mitchell Hamline School of Law, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms, benefits the classroom, the institution, and the legal profession. Mitchell Hamline is a respectful community that embraces differences and an environment that encourages, supports, and welcomes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We embrace diversity. We recognize the importance of creating a culture that supports and welcomes all members who choose our school to work or learn. Each student (past, present, and future) and employee's unique cultural background, life experiences, perspectives, and viewpoints are considered and valued. Mitchell Hamline strives to provide an excellent educational and employment experience by practicing inclusivity as we work, educate, and learn with one another. Mitchell Hamline is committed to these efforts and believe in promoting a philosophy of anti-racism, cultural diversity, multicultural understanding, and cultural respect in our educational curriculum, in our organizational operations, and throughout the communities we impact. Accordingly, we encourage members of diverse and under-represented groups to apply. (AA/EEO)

Additional information about our Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion can be found here.

Employee Benefits

  • Health Insurance, including Dental and Vision
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Dependent Care Account (DCA)
  • Basic Life Insurance (at no cost to employee)
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Training and Professional Development Opportunities
  • 403(b) Retirement Benefits with Employer's Matching Option
  • Tuition Assistance Programs
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Generous Paid Holidays and Winter Break

Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates who can contribute to the diversity of the campus community, as well as candidates who wish to work in a collaborative atmosphere with faculty and staff. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, veteran/military status, disability or handicap, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected status defined by law.

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