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 Building

Des Moines IA 50319

abarkleybrown@spd.state.ia.us