Staff Attorney: Strategic Litigation Department, Innocence Project

Staff Attorney: Strategic Litigation Department, Innocence Project

JOB SUMMARY: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. The Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation reports to the Director of Strategic Litigation. The department is currently composed of a Director, three staff attorneys and two paralegals. Staff attorneys collaborate with each other as well as staff in the Legal, Policy and Science & Research Departments. The staff attorney hired to fill this position will work primarily on the Innocence Project’s eyewitness identification and interrogation/false confession law reform initiatives. This is a full time position and requires travel. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:The staff attorney engages in all aspects of litigation and advocacy, which include:• Amicus curiae briefs in state and federal court, including the United States Supreme Court.• Consulting work with defense counsel at pre-trial, appellate and post-conviction litigation on strategy in criminal cases, including drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs.• Conducting legal research and analysis.• Evaluating social science research and incorporating scientific research into legal arguments.• Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims.• Assisting with the development of national litigation strategies.• Preparing reports, training and advocacy materials.• Conducting trainings and making presentations.• Providing support and assistance to Innocence Project network affiliates and cooperating attorneys. QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE: • Between 4 -10 years litigation, appellate and/or clerkship experience required. • Criminal justice, indigent defense or related civil rights experience required. Applicants with experience in related impact litigation are also encouraged to apply. • Experience with and the ability to understand,...
IP New Orleans Client Royal Clark Jr. Freed

IP New Orleans Client Royal Clark Jr. Freed

Innocence Project New Orleans Royal Clark, Jr. was exonerated after spending 17 years, four months and 14 days in prison for an armed robbery that evidence has now proven what he’s said all along – that he is innocent. Royal was convicted of a 2001 armed robbery of a Burger King restaurant in Terrytown, Louisiana. Royal’s exoneration was based on new evidence of his innocence –fingerprints left at the crime scene were recently linked to another man, Jessie Perry. Royal’s case, the second exoneration in Louisiana in three months from fingerprint evidence, underscores the importance of prisoners having access to evidence that could prove their innocence, even in cases that don’t involve DNA. Royal was convicted on his 26th birthday on June 26, 2003. He walked out of the jail in June 2019 and into the arms of his loving family, including his 17-year-old son, Royal Clark, III. Currently, there is no clear legal right for prisoners to access non-DNA forensic databases so that truth can prevail. IPNO will continue to advocate for the creation and recognition of this important legal right before the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Louisiana Legislature. Read...
Staff Attorney, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

Staff Attorney, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

Job Summary The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project’s (MAIP) Staff Attorney represents clients in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit and is part of a team that helps evaluate cases. The Staff Attorney works under the direction of the Legal Director and on a team that includes a post-graduate legal fellow, a staff investigator, a paralegal, and two attorneys at a Baltimore affiliate. The Staff Attorney’s docket includes: cases that still are in the investigative stage, requiring extensive factual development to determine whether there is a valid innocence claim; and cases in which an innocence claim already has been developed and are being litigated through a variety of avenues, including freestanding innocence claims, post-conviction DNA testing, federal habeas, state post-conviction, and the pardon process. In addition to their own docket, the Staff Attorney is an active part of the legal team. This involves helping to manage the externship program with law students from George Washington University Law School, actively participating in weekly case meetings to help determine which cases MAIP should investigate, and to brainstorm with colleagues about their cases. Essential job functions Manage investigative and post-conviction docket Craft litigation strategy Develop investigative plans in conjunction with staff investigator Conduct some investigations and manage witness relationshipsWork with experts as appropriate and necessaryWrite extensive motions & briefsNegotiate with prosecutors Conduct hearings Communicate with Clients and family members regarding casesWork collaboratively with co-counsel from large law firmsSupervise investigators and paralegals on your cases MAIP’s legal team Attend and participate in a weekly case meetingCarefully read screening memos and be prepared to offer...
Associate Director, Center for Criminal Justice

Associate Director, Center for Criminal Justice

Job Description This position oversees the day to day operations of the Earl Carl Institute’s Center for Criminal Justice. This position is primarily responsible for the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Innocence Project providing oversight of investigations and representation and/or litigation support in bringing actual innocence claims. Essential Duties Summary Manages day-to-day operations of the ECI-Center for Criminal Justice. Oversight of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Innocence Project including investigations and litigation of actual innocence cases. Develops and implements an organizational plan/plan of action for the ECI Center for Criminal Justice. Develops programs and alliances with various governmental entities at a local, state and federal level to advance the Center’s mission and the development of the students. Assists other ECI staff with research and writing projects related to criminal justice reforms. Serves as the primary source for coordination of community education programs related to indigent defense. Serves as the primary source for the research and development of criminal law and public policy articles, studies, papers, and reports in related areas. Performs other job-related duties as required. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requires excellent legal skills as well as superior organizational, written and oral communications skills. Must have the ability to use personal computers and Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher; as well as other software typically used in the professions such as Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, ProDoc or similar. Experience using CLIO and Google Forms is a plus. Work Experience Requires five (5) to seven (7) years of related experience. The successful candidate should be able and willing to explain all legal issues and options in a...
IP New Orleans Succeeds in Passing Eyewitness Expert Bill

IP New Orleans Succeeds in Passing Eyewitness Expert Bill

Innocence Project New Orleans NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Criminal justice advocates are applauding passage of legislation allowing experts on eyewitness identification to testify in some Louisiana criminal cases. The bill’s supporters include the Innocence Project New Orleans. The organization said in a news release Wednesday that the legislation was needed because eyewitness mistakes are a leading cause of wrongful convictions. Proponents said testimony from experts on memory and eyewitness reliability could prevent such convictions. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the bill Wednesday afternoon, a spokeswoman said in an email. The bill won final passage in the House on Monday by a vote of 103-0. The Senate had approved it earlier by a vote of 37-0. The bill states that experts on memory and eyewitness identification can testify in criminal trials when there is no physical or scientific evidence that corroborates an eyewitness’s identification of a defendant. Among those praising the legislation was Wilbert Jones. He was exonerated last year after 46 years of imprisonment for a rape conviction based on identification from a single eyewitness. Innocence Project New Orleans, or IPNO, which took up Jones’ case in 2001, said the victim had told police she was not 100 percent certain when she picked Jones from a lineup months after the crime. Read...