Case Analyst, the Innocence Project

Case Analyst, the Innocence Project

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist the wrongly convicted who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment. To learn more, please visit www.innocenceproject.org. JOB SUMMARY:The Case Analyst is responsible for the evaluation of all potential innocence claims according to the mission and protocols of the Innocence Project. The Case Analyst reports to the Intake Director. The Case Analyst works in close collaboration with the Document Manager, the Case Associate, and the Intake Assistants. The duties of this position require approximately 40 hours of work per week to be performed in-office.**The ideal candidate is a college graduate with 1-2 years of work experience in a criminal justice or social justice organization. This position is perfect for someone looking for 2-4 years of work experience prior to law school or other graduate education.** ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:CASE EVALUATION• Review and analyze correspondence and documents related to criminal cases to determine whether DNA testing could prove the innocence of an individual convicted of a crime.• Produce a written evaluation for each case including analysis...
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...
Innocence Network Coordinator

Innocence Network Coordinator

JOB SUMMARY The Innocence Network Coordinator works to strengthen the 68 organizations that comprise the Innocence Network, oversees operations of the Network, and supports the overall work of the Network Support Unit (NSU), Network Executive Board (the steering committee that guides the Network), and the Network’s five standing committees and ad hoc working groups. They serve as the primary point of contact for applying organizations and facilitates resource sharing and communication among Network member organizations. The Innocence Network Coordinator collaborates with other members of the Network Support Unit to produce organizational development resources and training materials to further the aims of Innocence Network members. This position requires 40 hours of work per week to be performed in-office. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS COORDINATION OF THE INNOCENCE NETWORK: • Oversee application process for organizations applying to the Network and onboarding process for new members • Schedule and oversee the logistics of meetings for the Innocence Network Executive Board, Membership Committee, and visitors from allied organizations; prepare meeting agendas and materials and record minutes • Manage the work of the Membership Committee, including review of membership applications and evaluation of the health of existing members, as well as issues concerning membership compliance and criteria • Oversee submission of annual report surveys and the calculation and collection of membership dues from all Network member organizations • Manage the administration of Salesforce database and the Network’s member directories • Manage administration of the Edmondson Walking Fund grant that supports Network exonerees upon release: determine eligibility of applicants, conduct outreach to Network members with eligible clients, track funding, and compile materials needed for renewal report •...
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...