Managing Attorney – Nebraska, Midwest Innocence Project

Managing Attorney – Nebraska, Midwest Innocence Project

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal defense organization dedicated to representing wrongfully convicted prison inmates in our five-state region (MO, KS, NE, IA, AR) who can prove their innocence through the use of DNA testing and other newly discovered evidence. The MIP seeks a candidate for a full-time Managing Attorney position beginning immediately in its Omaha, Nebraska office. This position reports directly to MIP’s Executive Director and is responsible for effectuating the following job responsibilities relevant to MIP’s legal and administrative work in Nebraska. The Managing Attorney will have day-to-day responsibility for investigating and litigating cases in Nebraska, as well as management and administration for the Omaha office, including community and donor engagement and such other matters as may be assigned by the Executive Director for the administration of the Project. Read...
Director of Development & Operations, Midwest Innocence Project

Director of Development & Operations, Midwest Innocence Project

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal defense organizationdedicated to representing wrongfully convicted prison inmates in our five-state region (MO, KS,NE, IA, AR) who can prove their innocence through the use of DNA testing and other newlydiscovered evidence. The MIP seeks a candidate for a full-time Director of Development &Operations position beginning immediately in its Kansas City, Missouri office. This positionreports directly to MIP’s Executive Director and is responsible for effectuating the following jobresponsibilities relevant to MIP’s external/outreach and administrative work. The Director will have day-to-day responsibility for management and administration for theProject including budgeting and financial reporting, taxes, procurement, human resources,payroll, property and risk management, office technology, and such other matters as may beassigned by the Executive Director for the administration of the Project. In the development role, the Director will have day-to-day responsibility for marketing anddevelopment including donor solicitation and donor relations, donor database management, grantapplications and grant management, and special events. In addition, the Director will maintainand update the Project website, oversee social media, and coordinate communications withprospective and existing donors with oversight from the Executive Director. Read...
IP of Florida Client Dwight DuBose Freed

IP of Florida Client Dwight DuBose Freed

Innocence Project of Florida Dwight DuBose walked out of the Orient Road Jail on Tuesday night after trading an orange jumpsuit for a brand new polo shirt and slacks. It was about 9 p.m. He flashed a broad smile and hugged staff members of the Innocence Project of Florida who helped secure his release. Then, the 45-year-old former prison inmate headed over to his mom’s house for his first home-cooked meal in 17 years. “It’s been a long time,” he said. “I’m kind of nervous about going out there. We live in a fast society.” DuBose was released after DNA testing cast doubt on his guilt in a 2001 Tampa murder. Although he still maintains his innocence, he agreed Tuesday to plead guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree murder in exchange for a declaration of time served. Read...
Montana IP Client Freddie Joe Lawrence and Co-Defendant Paul Jenkins Freed

Montana IP Client Freddie Joe Lawrence and Co-Defendant Paul Jenkins Freed

Montana Innocence Project At the foot of Mount Powell, the clean smell of snow and the more evocative smell of manure commingled as wind swept into the parking lot in front of the Montana State Prison’s administration building Tuesday afternoon.  Then, for the first time in 23 years, 56-year-old Freddie Joe Lawrence emerged from the razor wire and chain link fences as a free man. Triumphantly holding his fists in the air, Lawrence was flanked by Toby Cook and Larry Mansch, two of the Montana Innocence Project lawyers who helped him regain his freedom. On Friday, Helena District Judge Kathy Seeley vacated the convictions of Lawrence and 64-year-old Paul Jenkins in the 1994 murder of Donna Meagher. Meagher was kidnapped from a family-owned casino in Montana City and killed west of Helena, leading to the convictions of Jenkins and Lawrence in 1995. Read...
DNA Project Attorney, Michigan State Appellate Defender Office

DNA Project Attorney, Michigan State Appellate Defender Office

The Michigan State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) received a two-year grant from the Department of Justice’s Post Conviction DNA Testing Assistance Program to continue its DNA Project. SADO’s project began in 2012 focusing on evaluating, from a defense perspective, 11,000 untested sexual assault kits discovered in the Detroit Police Department’s (DPD) storage in 2009. Recently, additional untested DPD sexual assault kits have been discovered, as well as a few thousand more kits from counties throughout the state. With this continuation grant, the DNA Project Attorney will finish the DPD work and will work with individual prosecutors statewide to identify postconviction felony cases involving untested sexual assault evidence, obtain reliable testing, analyze results, and advocate for potentially innocent individuals. Specifically, the Project will determine whether any of the untested sexual assault kits could exonerate an actually innocent individual previously convicted of an offense without DNA analysis, or where the results of prior DNA analysis are called into question by new techniques. SADO is seeking an attorney to manage and implement the project from January 3, 2017 to September 30, 2019. Read...