Staff Investigator – Innocence Project of Florida

Staff Investigator – Innocence Project of Florida

The Innocence Project of Florida, Inc. (IPF) is seeking a Staff Investigator with a  demonstrated passion for social justice issues, beginning immediately in its Tallahassee,  Florida office. The Staff Investigator will be a full-time position and will report directly  to the Executive Director. The Innocence Project of Florida is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal  defense organization dedicated to representing individuals in Florida prisons who can prove their innocence through the use of DNA testing or other newly discovered  evidence. IPF is the premier criminal justice organization in Florida and has helped  secure the release of numerous individuals who collectively spent over 550 years in  prison for crimes they didn’t commit.  ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:  PERFORM RESEARCH AND FIELD INVESTIGATION:  Review case files and interview defendants in an effort to gather more  information about their cases;  Locate witnesses and gather background information on cases using public or  specialized online databases;  Conduct witness interviews in cases at the screening, investigation or litigation  stage of IPF’s case acceptance/litigation process;  Create investigative memoranda that document all investigative actions and  submit those memoranda to IPF attorneys;  Assist the Intake Coordinator to gather or provide onsite review of necessary  public records and other case materials;  Correspond with courthouse or law enforcement personnel in an effort to locate  evidence from cases of interest;  Serve as a member of the legal staff tasked with the ultimate decision to accept  cases for litigation;  At the direction of IPF attorneys, keep clients informed of investigative process  via writing or face-to-face meetings;  Assist IPF attorneys with court hearings (review filings, serve subpoenas, prepare  witnesses for their testimony, provide transportation to witnesses to...
Assistant Attorney General, Conviction Review Unit – Great North Innocence Project

Assistant Attorney General, Conviction Review Unit – Great North Innocence Project

As one of Attorney General Keith Ellison’s criminal justice reform initiatives, the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General is seeking an attorney to implement and direct a statewide Conviction Review Unit (CRU) to conduct extrajudicial review of criminal convictions in cases with plausible allegations of actual innocence.  Throughout the nation, there has been a growing number of exonerations of people convicted of crimes they did not commit.  Acknowledging the potential for mistakes in the criminal justice system, it is incumbent upon prosecutors to develop systems to review cases where mistakes may have affected findings of guilt or innocence of the accused.  A statewide CRU will provide a mechanism to conduct fact-based review of convictions to ensure their integrity and to ensure that justice is done in cases of wrongful conviction.  The Director of the CRU will work independently and with the assistance of an advisory board to develop protocols, standards and policies for the creation of the CRU.  This will include case intake procedures, standards of review for intake and potential vacation of convictions, and developing procedures for investigations and recommendations.  The Director will lead case investigations and ultimately make a recommendation in each case to the Attorney General.  The Director will also work to identify recurring errors and make recommendations for improved policies and procedures within the criminal justice system to help avoid wrongful convictions.  Additional Reason To Work For Us   GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each...
Writer and Editor – The Innocence Project

Writer and Editor – The Innocence Project

ABOUT THE POSITION  The Innocence Project recognizes the immense power of strategic communications to advance legal and  policy reform and, specifically, the importance of exoneration stories to the work of preventing wrongful  convictions and achieving criminal legal reform. The Writer and Editor will contribute to the development  of editorial content with particular emphasis on print publications such as the annual report, facts sheets,  brochures and event materials/invitations, along with content for the website and longform feature pieces  for digital platforms.  The Writer and Editor will work closely with staff across the organization and particularly communications,  policy, legal, and development departments, to promote the Innocence Project’s mission, brand and  advocacy efforts. They will work to support and complement the digital content strategist to tell the stories  of IP clients who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit.  The Writer and Editor will proof and edit all major products including press releases, blogs, web and  multimedia copy. They work closely with colleagues on the digital team to ensure a consistency of tone,  voice and style across all institutional platforms. The Writer and Editor will also assist with internal  communications. They may also assist with the editing of letters and essays from leadership to the IP  community.  They will organize and manage the IP photo library and will work closely with the Deputy Chief  Communications Officer on identifying and building relationships with photographers and overseeing  photoshoots. The Writer and Editor will also have responsibility for keeping a photographic archive and  assisting staff with photo sourcing and use.  The ideal candidate will be a superb writer and storyteller with an...
Project Director for the Prosecutor Accountability Project (PAP) – Wake Forest University Law School

Project Director for the Prosecutor Accountability Project (PAP) – Wake Forest University Law School

Job Description Summary The Project Director for the Prosecutor Accountability Project (PAP) at Wake Forest University Law School will manage and supervise research on behalf of the PAP, a newly established research and public information project whose mission is to identify and develop ideas for workable, transparent reforms to enhance prosecutorial accountability, including but not limited to education and training, climate and culture, prosecutorial immunity, self-policing activities, and bar disciplinary actions Project Management Works with Faculty Sponsors to draft strategic plans for project initiatives.  Creates opportunities for project enhancement and collaboration.  Develops, drafts, and edits proposals that maximize the possibility of impact and influence. Monitors and tracks project goals and objectives. Evaluates project goal effectiveness. Collaborates with project partners in other non-profit areas across the country. Identity and prepare grant proposals to seek additional funding both internally and externally. Supervises a team of student researchers and any volunteer attorneys associated with the project. Will set performance expectations and ensure work quality meets project standards. Research Conduct independent research to further the mission of the projects. Create new learning opportunities for the community to engage with research and findings.   Develops ideas and options for faculty review that expand program initiatives. Create reports that summarize research and findings and publish results. Publicize work through various means. Events Will lead coordination of events to promote project initiatives and outreach. Works with the marketing department to develop project material for marketing. Other May perform additional duties or other work as assigned. Accountabilities Will manage and supervise a team of student researchers. Approves time and sets expectations for work quality. Will be responsible...

State Policy Legal Fellow – The Innocence Project

This position provides a law school graduate who is passionate about public policy and committed to social  justice with a two-year Innocence Project fellowship as the State Policy Legal Fellow (hereinafter, “the  Fellow”). The Fellow’s work will focus solely on state-level wrongful conviction reform. You must have some experience in policy advocacy and legislative analysis as well as a Juris Doctorate Law Degree (J.D.) to be considered.  The Fellow is responsible for conducting in-depth legal research, including 50-state comparisons of key  provisions in criminal justice statutes and case law. In addition, the Fellow assists with the development of  advocacy materials and must be able to translate complicated legal issues so that the relevant policy  messages are comprehensive across multiple audiences. The goal of this position is to ensure Policy Program materials are accurate, updated, and effective in policy campaigns.  The Fellow must be skilled at legal and policy research, an excellent writer, detail-oriented, and highly  organized. The Fellow reports to the State Campaigns Director and works closely with the entire Policy Program.  ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS  LAW AND POLICY RESEARCH  Execute comprehensive policy and legal research projects, including tracking and analyzing criminal  justice legislation introduced during the legislative session and assessing key elements of current  statutes and case law on priority issues.  Maintain Policy Program’s library of materials and consistently update with new content. Synthesize and clearly organize complex information into clear and well-written briefing materials  for members of the Policy Program.  Support state-based policy campaigns with research and analysis, including:  State-by-state comparisons of specific criminal justice laws and policies; Analysis of legislation relating to IP’s policy reforms, including legislative...