Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) – Re-Entry Coach

Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) – Re-Entry Coach

About IPNO: Founded in 2001, IPNO is a nonprofit legal office that frees innocent people who are serving life sentences, supports them living well and fully in the world after their release, and advocates for sensible criminal justice policies that reduce wrongful convictions. IPNO has freed or exonerated 36 innocent people who have spent more than 873 years in prison between them. IPNO uses its cases to expose the causes of wrongful convictions and advocates for policies and practices that will prevent or reduce the number of wrongful convictions. IPNO works with legislators, judges, lawyers, law enforcement, policymakers, and community advocates to transform the criminal legal system. Position Summary: The Re-Entry Coach provides support to clients transitioning out of prison. This person will be working with both exonerated and freed individuals in our Innocence Program, as well as clients sentenced to excessive sentences for drug crimes who are freed through our Unjust Punishment Program. The Coach is a person who was formerly incarcerated and now uses their knowledge of the criminal legal system to inform this work, while centering the differing needs of individual clients. The Coach helps clients recognize both barriers and opportunities in their lives, and works to collaboratively develop plans to achieve the client’s goals. The Coach will also be the lead mentor for IPNO’s Transitional House, where up to two recently returned clients are supported. This role will include organizing and leading group meetings, developing peer mentors, and working closely with the Client Services Specialist to coordinate needs such as long term housing, employment, medical care, mental health, and family relationships. The Coach reports to...
Innocence Project of Florida – Staff Attorney

Innocence Project of Florida – Staff Attorney

The Innocence Project of Florida, Inc. (IPF) is seeking a Staff Attorney with a demonstrated passion for social justice issues, beginning as early as April 2021 in its Tallahassee, Florida office. The Staff Attorney 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 530 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: DIRECT REPRESENTATION OF IPF’S CLIENTS: As co-counsel with IPF’s Executive Director, represent IPF’s clients claiming actual innocence in postconviction matters in state and federal court to achieve the (1) vacation of conviction and sentence, (2) dismissal of all charges, and (3) release from prison.  In doing so, the Staff Attorney is expected to: Collaborate with IPF’s staff investigator and/or contract investigators to develop and execute fact investigation to support the development of postconviction claims; Collaborate with conviction integrity units to investigate and resolve cases of common interest; Retain expert services—including but not limited to DNA testing, expert case review, forensic analysis or reanalysis of evidence—necessary to develop viable postconviction claims; Draft and file all necessary pleadings in accepted cases; Prepare for and litigate all hearings and oral arguments in assigned cases; Manage litigation tasks and workflow in IPF’s case management system, Clio, to ensure compliance with all case-based  deadlines;   Maintain organized physical and...
Managing Attorney – Georgia Innocence Project

Managing Attorney – Georgia Innocence Project

Title: MANAGING ATTORNEY  Position type: Full time, salaried, exempt Salary Range: $72,000+ (depending on experience) Benefits: Generous time off, flexible benefits (cafeteria plan), and professional development  Georgia Innocence Project (GIP) is an independent, non-profit legal organization dedicated to correcting and preventing the wrongful conviction of innocent people in Georgia.  We represent people with claims of innocence and use litigation, education, and policy efforts to create systemic change in the criminal legal system. We endeavor to approach our work through an anti-racist lens, and use consensus-based decision making wherever possible.  The Managing Attorney will maintain a limited caseload of clients, while supervising the Georgia litigation team (2 – 3 GIP attorneys working primarily on representation-stage cases, investigator/s, case analyst/s, and legal interns), manage case assignments, and oversee Georgia representation-stage cases. The Managing Attorney reports to GIP’s Executive Director and is responsible for the following:      CASEWORK:  Investigate and litigate post-conviction claims of innocence in the service of primarily incarcerated individuals as described in GIP’s Staff Attorney job description.      MANAGEMENT: Supervise the employees on the Georgia litigation team. Provide guidance and support to empower legal staff to excel at their jobs, in conjunction with Executive Director and Operations Director as appropriate.  Conduct routine subject matter check ins and performance evaluations.   The Executive Director will make employment decisions about legal staff based upon consideration of the Managing Attorney’s input and advice. Manage the overall representation-stage case assignment list, ensuring that the list is balanced and current.  Collaborate with the legal team to  make final determinations regarding which screening-stage cases proceed to the representation stage. Oversee, direct, and evaluate the direction and strategy of...
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...
Korey Wise Innocence Project: Post-Graduate Fellowship Program

Korey Wise Innocence Project: Post-Graduate Fellowship Program

THE KOREY WISE INNOCENCE PROJECT The Korey Wise Innocence Project (KWIP) at Colorado Law is dedicated to correcting and preventing wrongful convictions in Colorado. We represent people with claims of actual innocence by reinvestigating their cases and then bringing new evidence of innocence to court. In addition to litigating individual cases, we also use public education and legislative reform to push for systemic change in the criminal legal system.   KWIP receives requests for help from inmates in the Colorado Department of Corrections who assert that they are innocent and have been wrongly convicted. KWIP screens these applications to assess whether (1) the applicant has a credible claim of factual innocence, and (2) there is a reasonable possibility of uncovering new evidence and overturning the conviction. In promising cases, KWIP conducts factual investigation, consults with experts, and pursues litigation. As a project of the law school, KWIP incorporates volunteers from the law school, undergraduate programs, and the general community in the screening, investigation, and litigation of cases.  KWIP is also involved in legislative and community reforms based on the lessons learned from the cases we investigate and litigate.  FELLOWSHIP BRIEF DESCRIPTION KWIP’s post-graduate fellowship is a two-year position. Through the fellowship, a recent law graduate committed to serving the public good will have the opportunity to work with wrongfully convicted individuals and their families.  KWIP seeks applicants for its inaugural fellowship beginning Fall 2020 or early 2021.   DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The Post-Graduate Fellow will have a host of responsibilities and opportunities for growth, including the following: Assist in screening applications. The fellow will learn how to critically review a...