Paralegal, Strategic Litigation Department, Innocence Project

Paralegal, Strategic Litigation Department, Innocence Project

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION AND STRATEGIC LITIGATION DEPARTMENT: 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. JOB SUMMARY: The Paralegal provides support to Strategic Litigation (SL) attorneys at the Innocence Project and is a vital part of the Strategic Litigation team. The person that fills this role must be actively engaged in department happenings, eager to learn all facets of the department and is expected to assist with case research, development and management, time-sensitive litigation matters, and should be detail oriented enough to organize and maintain litigation resources to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of both the Strategic Litigation department’s cases and those of outside counsel who seek our assistance.  This position is ideal for someone with a strong interest in law and a desire to attend law school or pursue other postgraduate education in a related field.   The Paralegal reports to the Director of Strategic Litigation and works closely with the Department’s Staff Attorneys and the other paralegal. Read...
Forensic Science Review Attorney, Ohio Innocence Project

Forensic Science Review Attorney, Ohio Innocence Project

Under the supervision of an assistant professor of clinical law, the Forensic Science Review Attorney will review decades of case work of a retired forensic analyst.  Working from a list of cases, the attorney will review the methods and conclusions of the analyst in a diverse array of forensic disciplines. The selected candidate will gather public records and transcripts and review them to determine the significance of the analyst’s testimony in the case.  As appropriate, the attorney will consult with appropriate independent experts regarding the analyst’s methodologies and conclusions. Working with an assistant professor, the attorney will identify cases that are appropriate for litigation. In those cases, the attorney will work with the assistant professor and, in some instances, second-year law students, to draft post-conviction documents and litigate the cases to their conclusion. The attorney will keep detailed records of the status of the cases under review.  This person will also coordinate the Ohio Innocence Project’s efforts with various partners in this venture, the Office of the Ohio Public Defender. 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. We are seeking a seasoned, sophisticated and accomplished generalist Development professional to join us as Deputy Director of Development. This is a new position being created to help manage a growing and dynamic department and will have significant responsibility for overseeing the annual campaign, including stewardship of major and mid-level donors, working with other senior team members on the end of year appeal, and primary 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...
Forensic Science Fellow, Pennsylvania Innocence Project

Forensic Science Fellow, Pennsylvania Innocence Project

Pa IP Mission: The Pennsylvania Innocence Project is non-profit law firm dedicated to exonerating those who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit and preventing innocent people from being convicted. Position Overview: The Forensic Science Fellow is a new 2-year non-renewing position with the Project. The Fellow will be responsible for following developing issues in forensic sciences, coordinating Project efforts to locate and submit physical evidence for modern scientific testing, identifying cases where applied forensic science may have been unreliable, and developing protocols for the Project to quickly identify, screen, and litigate cases involving forensic science. Read...
Exoneration Project Client John Horton Exonerated

Exoneration Project Client John Horton Exonerated

Exoneration Project Charges were dropped today against a Rockford man who was freed from prison after more than two decades behind bars for a killing he didn’t commit. Outside of a Winnebago County courtroom, John W. Horton Jr., 41, hugged family members and a cadre of supporters who spent years trying to clear his name. “I’m blessed. I’m truly blessed. I’m grateful,” said Horton, the father of two daughters. He said he feels “a lot of hurt starting to go away.” Horton was convicted of the Sept. 19, 1993, murder and armed robbery of Arthur Castaneda in Rockford. Horton was 17 years old at the time Castaneda was fatally shot during a robbery at a McDonald’s restaurant, located at that time at 2715 Charles St. He was sentenced in 1995 to natural life in prison without parole. Read...