Innocence Network Summer 2017 Intern, Innocence Project

Innocence Network Summer 2017 Intern, Innocence Project

The Innocence Network is an affiliation of 69 organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted, working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions, and supporting the exonerated after they are freed in the United States and abroad. The Innocence Project, a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate the innocent through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system, is one of the founding members of the Innocence Network and provides support for the Innocence Network Support Unit, a team of four employees who help facilitate the work of the Network. The Innocence Network Support Unit is seeking an intern to support the operational activities of the Innocence Network. The Network Intern will report to the Network Operations Associate and will work with other members of the Network Support Unit. The intern can expect to gain direct exposure to various areas of non-profit management as well as exposure to a national coalition of criminal justice reform organizations. This is an unpaid internship, but letters of recommendation and documentation of the internship for course credit can be provided upon completion. The internship is based in the Innocence Project office in lower Manhattan and requires a minimum commitment of at least two full days a week; however, the time frame and schedule are flexible. Please note that this is not a legal internship and is better suited for individuals looking to pursue careers in the non-profit management sector. Read...
Case Analyst, Innocence Project

Case Analyst, Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system. There are five Case Analysts responsible for the evaluation of all potential innocence claims according to the mission and protocols of the Innocence Project. Case Analysts review claims of innocence that have passed through a pre-screening process. These cases are presorted and require varying levels of review. Analysts may specialize in a particular type of review and therefore the detail below is over-inclusive to the particular job functions of an individual analyst. The Case Analysts report to the Case Director and work in close collaboration with all staff in the department, in particular the Document Manager and the Investigations Attorney. The duties of this position require approximately 40 hours of work per week to be performed in-office. Read...
Deputy Director of Development, Innocence Project

Deputy Director of Development, Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and reform the criminal justice system. The Deputy Director of Development is a new position being created to help manage a growing and dynamic department. Reporting to the Director of Development and External Affairs, the Deputy Director will supervise the Managers for Individual Giving and Special Events and have significant responsibility for expanding support for the annual campaign including a significant role in managing the annual benefit. In addition the Deputy Director will provide the Director of Development with support in overall decision making related to the strategic direction of the department. Read...
Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation, Innocence Project

Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation, Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system. The Strategic Litigation Department’s goal is to reduce courts reliance on faulty and unreliable evidence. Focusing on the leading causes of wrongful convictions, the team litigates in the areas of forensic science, eyewitness identification, and unreliable confessions. The Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation reports to the Director of Strategic Litigation and works closely with the Innocence Project’s Co-Directors, and other members of the department, including a paralegal.  Staff attorneys also collaborate with staff in the Legal, Policy and Science/ Research Departments. The staff attorney hired to fill this position will work primarily on the Innocence Project’s eyewitness identification law reform initiatives. This is a full time position and requires some travel. Read...

Contract Attorney, Wrongful Conviction Division, Iowa State Public Defender

The State Public Defender’s Office is seeking to contract with up to two attorneys to be part of the Wrongful Conviction Division as an independent contractor.  The opportunity is based in Des Moines and work can be done remotely.  The contract would begin June 1, 2017 and end December 31, 2017, with the possibility of renewal terms dependent on additional grant funding.  The Wrongful Conviction Division (WCD) is partnered with the Midwest Innocence Project to review cases in which a particular type of forensic analysis was conducted. Based on new information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, lab analysts may have been trained to over-state the significance of their findings. A thorough review of all of the cases affected is needed. In consultation with the WCD Director, contract attorneys will review documents, determine the location and existence of evidence, and draft motions for post-conviction testing.  Candidates should have substantial experience in criminal law, superior appellate and postconviction litigation skills, and the ability to work independently, as well as in close coordination with WCD staff. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with DNA and forensic evidence. Applicant must have a strong commitment to representing indigent clients and excellent legal research, writing, and presentation skills. Candidates must be admitted to practice in Iowa. Experience with an innocence organization/clinic preferred. Rate of pay is $5,000 per month with a minimum requirement of 84 hours of work invoiced per month.  If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter (e-mailed PDF as one document is strongly preferred) by May 1, 2017, to: April Barkley Brown Office of the State Public Defender Lucas State Office...