Law Fellow – Innocence Project New Orleans

Law Fellow – Innocence Project New Orleans

Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) is hiring a law fellow for a one-year fellowship with the possibility of renewal. We are looking for an energetic individual with relevant experience to help us free people serving long sentences for drug offenses from Louisiana’s prisons. This is a full time position. Staff are currently working remotely. The physical office is located in Mid City, New Orleans. The UPP law fellow will, in coordination with the UPP project team, work to free people serving long sentences for drug offenses in Louisiana’s Department of Corrections through litigation and other advocacy. This requires: Identifying people in DOC custody eligible for relief under the mandate of UPP; Determining avenues for possible sentencing relief and drafting appropriate petitions, motions, briefs and/or mitigation letters; Conducting hearings on legal motions and re-sentencing as needed; Working with investigators and social workers to formulate a sentencing mitigation and re-entry plan; Coordinating records collection from the Department of Corrections and other agencies as appropriate; Corresponding regularly and, when possible, meeting with clients; Providing other program support as identified by the direct of special projects; and Providing assistance as needed to the legal director and/or other IPNO attorneys on post-conviction cases of factually innocent people. IPNO is a small nonprofit so, in addition to performing the programmatic tasks, the fellow will be expected to assist as necessary with other aspects of IPNO’s work such as fundraising, public education and advocacy, special events, policy efforts, office administration, and post-release assistance of clients. IPNO is a client-focused office where teamwork and collaboration to ensure IPNO’s overall effectiveness and success are expected and valued. Requirements...
Staff Attorney – California Innocence Project

Staff Attorney – California Innocence Project

California Western School of Law (CWSL) is looking for a CIP Fellow to work for the California Innocence Project (CIP). This position will be responsible for reviewing claims for innocence arising from convictions occurring within Southern California. The CIP Fellow will train under the CIP Staff; supervise interns, volunteers, volunteer attorneys, and students; supervise intake in the office, including intake management; engage in habeas petitions and legal writing as needed; and participate in litigation and case preparation as needed. The Staff Fellow position is a one-year position with the possibility of a second year depending on experience and performance during the first year. This is a full-time position funded by grants and/or private foundation resources. For more information about the California Innocence Project (CIP), please view CIP’s website at https://californiainnocenceproject.org/ Primary Responsibilities (include but not limited to): Supervise interns, volunteers, volunteer attorneys, and students in case review, case processing, and investigations. Also responsible for supervising volunteers and interns during CIP-sponsored events. Supervise intake of mail and correspondence, including intake management of potentially viable innocence cases. Review the written work of interns, volunteers, and students during the grant period. Review claims of innocence arising from convictions occurring within Southern California. Train under CIP staff in the areas of post-conviction work, avenues for relief, and other related legal issues. Preparing and delivering educational presentations on the criminal justice system and the work of CIP to local groups, classes, and interested individuals and supporters. As needed, engage in legal writing of habeas petitions, post-convictions motions, and case memoranda. As needed, participate in litigation preparation and case preparation on activated cases where CIP has...
Mark Godsey of the Ohio IP Publishes Op-Ed on Cleveland.com

Mark Godsey of the Ohio IP Publishes Op-Ed on Cleveland.com

Ohio Innocence Project CINCINNATI — Today, the only thing that stops Ru-El Sailor from walking free after serving 15 hard years in prison for a murder that he didn’t commit is the fate of a motion to vacate his conviction. That motion was filed by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley.   If a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge approves O’Malley’s motion, Sailor will join his family, friends, and community in a celebration of justice that we don’t often see in today’s news. Read...
Michigan Innocence Clinic Client Richard Phillips Exonerated

Michigan Innocence Clinic Client Richard Phillips Exonerated

Michigan Innocence Clinic Richard Dan Phillips waited anxiously Wednesday in the hallway of Frank Murphy Hall of Justice. It was a day he had hoped would come for more than four decades. Phillips, 71, politely answered numerous reporters’ questions while waiting to be asked into the courtroom of Judge Kevin J. Cox in Wayne County Circuit Court. There, all charges against Phillips stemming from a 1971 homicide were dismissed — after he spent 45 years in prison for a crime he insists he didn’t commit. “Freedom is giving me the hope that no matter what happens in the future, this is a good beginning,” Phillips said. Read...
Illinois IP & Exoneration Project Client William Amor Exonerated

Illinois IP & Exoneration Project Client William Amor Exonerated

Illinois Innocence Project and Exoneration Project A former Naperville man who spent 22 years in prison for the 1995 death of his mother-in-law was found not guilty in a retrial Wednesday. Following a seven-day bench trial, DuPage County Judge Liam C. Brennan found 61-year-old William Amor not guilty of murder and aggravated arson in connection with the death of Marianne Miceli, according to a statement from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. “This is the end of a nightmare for me,” Amor said in a statement released by the Illinois Innocence Project, which represented him. Read...