Paralegal/Program Associate, Innocence Project

Paralegal/Program Associate, Innocence Project

The Paralegal/Program Associate works closely with the Director of Post-Conviction Litigation and the rest of the Legal Team to ensure that legal services are provided in an effective and efficient manner, providing case assistance as well as departmental support in managing and liaising inter-and intra departmental projects.  The Paralegal/Program Associate provides administrative assistance on case management and time-sensitive litigation matters, and organizes and maintains our litigation resources to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of both our own exoneration cases and those of outside counsel who seek our assistance. The Paralegal/Program Associate reports to the Director of Post-Conviction Litigation. He or she also works closely with attorneys and coordinates the work of the other paralegals on department wide-matters. Read...
Communications Associate, Innocence Project

Communications Associate, Innocence Project

The Communications Associate is responsible for producing timely and compelling content for a wide range of the communications department’s print and digital platforms, and monitoring the news/media coverage of Innocence Project work and criminal justice issues related to our work. The associate also supports the assistant communications director in building a library of images and photographs to use across our various platforms through researching and purchasing images/info graphics and organizing and maintaining photo libraries and supporting photo shoots as needed. Administratively, the Communications Associate supports the Communications Manager of Engagements and Special Projects with coordinating logistics for the Innocence Project’s Speakers Bureau and provides support to the Communications Department as a whole when needed. The Associate is also responsible for producing reports of the department’s work for the board of directors and helping to maintain the organization’s social media platforms when necessary. Read...
Social Worker, Innocence Project

Social Worker, Innocence Project

JOB SUMMARY: The Social Worker provides support and assistance to Innocence Project and Network clients to assist in their transition to life outside prison after wrongful incarceration. The Social Worker reports to the Director of Operations and Social Work and works closely with the staff in other Network Projects. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Provide social work services and related support in accordance with IP social work plan and guidelines. Provide client case work which includes: conducting needs assessments; developing individualized service plans, and identifying local support networks. Works closely with families, friends, and others in clients support network. Phone counseling. Travel to meet clients, set up services and for exonerations as appropriate. Client advocacy. Support to other “Network” projects for consultation in their social work and social service needs. Assist in designing, implementing and supporting the exoneree’s involvement at the Innocence Network conference. Record keeping. Assist with board reports and other reporting requirements. Collaborate within litigation department and between departments regarding client work and other projects. Read...
Rosenthal Fellowship Attorney, Ohio Innocence Project

Rosenthal Fellowship Attorney, Ohio Innocence Project

Under the guidance and supervision of clinical professors, the Rosenthal Fellowship Attorney will work on cases where individuals are claiming innocence of the crimes for which they were convicted. The attorney will handle a caseload of approximately 50 files and work on all aspects of those files from initial intake, investigation, identifying cases that are appropriate for litigation. The attorney will draft post-conviction documents and appear in court for hearings and arguments. The attorney will also supervise the work of law student fellows. Also, please note that this is a 2.5 year position. 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...
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...