Staff Attorney, Georgia Innocence Project

Staff Attorney, Georgia Innocence Project

Title:                      STAFF ATTORNEY Position type:    Full time, salaried, exempt Salary:                  $59,000+ (depending on experience) Benefits:              Generous flex spending benefits credits, PTO, and professional development   The Georgia Innocence Project (“GIP”) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing pro bono legal services to people convicted in Georgia of crimes they did not commit.  GIP works to exonerate the imprisoned innocent, prevent future wrongful convictions through education and policy reform, and connect the exonerated with resources to rebuild their lives. We are seeking a full-time Staff Attorney to assist in investigating and litigating Georgia cases as described below. This position is based in our office in Atlanta, and will require travel throughout Georgia. The staff attorney reports directly to the Executive Director or designee.   PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Investigate and oversee investigations into post-conviction innocence claims in Georgia Gather and review entire case records (trial and appellate records, police and lab reports, prosecutor and DOC files) to understand and assess the factual and procedural history, generating extensive work product documents and memos in the process Identify and take steps necessary to uncover and analyze any new evidence of innocence Communicate with clients, defense attorneys, prosecutors, witnesses and others Consult with experts in various fields Draft and litigate motions for access to evidence and DNA testing Litigate post-conviction innocence claims utilizing DNA testing or other newly discovered evidence in state court, federal court and/or relevant administrative bodies Supervise law student interns, as needed Give talks and presentations on case work and law, as appropriate Regularly communicate with GIP staff about the status of cases QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE...
Latino Initiative Attorney – Illinois Innocence Project

Latino Initiative Attorney – Illinois Innocence Project

The University of Illinois at Springfield Illinois Innocence Project (IIP)will be hiring a staff attorney with a specific focus on developing its Latino Innocence Initiative. This individual should be licensed to practice in Illinois, reside in Northern Illinois and be bilingual in Spanish. Duties will include: Working on post-conviction cases, many of which are already identified, of Latino inmates who IIP believes have a meritorious innocence claim and some potential for having their convictions overturned. Networking with law firms, the Mexican Consulate, and other legal organizations to obtain support and/ or collaboration in pursuing such cases. Networking with community organizations that have an interest in furthering the legal rights of Latinos in prison to educate them about the work of IIP and identify individuals in prison who have been convicted of serious felonies and are actually innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted. Helping IIP begin planning for discussions, meetings or a conference-either regional or national in nature-to identify proposed policy to help minimize the wrongful conviction of Latinos in Illinois. Given the receipt of grant funding, IIP is ready to move forward in this work as soon as we can identify and hire a qualified individual. Please call or write Larry Golden, IIP Founding Director, as soon as possible: 217-553- 7171 or...
Georgia Man Freed After Almost 18 Years in Prison For A Rape He Did Not Commit

Georgia Man Freed After Almost 18 Years in Prison For A Rape He Did Not Commit

Georgia Innocence Project  Kerry Robinson, 44, of Moultrie, Georgia, was exonerated and released today from Coffee Correctional Facility, into the arms of family, friends and a team of legal supporters, after being wrongly convicted of rape almost 18 years ago. Southern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brad Shealy joined in Robinson’s motion to vacate his sentence. The move followed litigation initiated by Atlanta-based Georgia Innocence Project and co-counsel Rodney Zell based upon new, exonerating DNA results obtained by DNA scientist Dr. Greg Hampikian.  At Robinson’s 2002 rape trial, the jury heard testimony from a state crime lab analyst that suggested that Robinson’s DNA was likely included in a DNA mixture from the sexual assault kit performed on the victim. But new DNA analysis proves just the opposite: the same evidence the GBI said was inclusionary at trial is now proven to be exclusionary.  “We are thrilled to see this unjust conviction finally corrected,” said Georgia Innocence Project Executive Director Clare Gilbert. “The factors that led to Kerry Robinson’s conviction – flawed forensics and false testimony from an incentivized cooperator – are present in so many wrongful conviction cases. Our fight continues on behalf of the many innocent men and women who remain imprisoned in Georgia.”  “Modern DNA technology has further confirmed what we’ve known for a long time: Kerry Robinson is an innocent man,” said Rodney Zell, co-counsel in Robinson’s case. “I am so grateful that new technology is finally able to meet the incredibly high thresholds for righting wrongful convictions in Georgia. It’s been a long fight and we wish Kerry’s mother were here to see this day. We...
Demetrius Johnson Exonerated, Exoneration Project

Demetrius Johnson Exonerated, Exoneration Project

Exoneration Project  Demetrius Johnson smiled broadly as he walked out of the county’s main criminal courthouse Friday and headed home for a celebratory bubble bath. It was a pivotal day for Johnson. The 44-year-old, who went to prison for 12 years as a teenager for murder, became the 20th person to be exonerated based on allegations he was framed by retired Chicago Police Detective Reynaldo Guevara. Earlier this year, it came to light that an eyewitness account implicating another person in the fatal 1991 Wicker Park shooting had been concealed from prosecutors and defense attorneys. A Cook County judge vacated Johnson’s conviction in November, leaving it up to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office to retry the case — although Johnson had served his sentence and couldn’t be sent back to prison — or drop the case altogether. A prosecutor with the state’s attorney’s office Friday informed Judge Dennis J. Porter that the state’s attorney’s office had decided to drop all charges. “It’s an out-of-body experience,” Johnson said after the hearing. “I felt like I had a gorilla on my back.”  Read More   ...
Strategic Litigation Counsel, Arizona Justice Project

Strategic Litigation Counsel, Arizona Justice Project

The Arizona Justice Project (“AJP”), a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to seeking justice for the innocent and correcting cases of manifest injustice in the Arizona criminal justice system. With a mission to seek justice for the marginalized and forgotten, the AJP provides pro bono legal representation to indigent individuals who have been wrongfully convicted in Arizona.  In Arizona, people in prison seeking help to prove their innocence in the post-conviction setting often turn to the AJP. In the AJP’s eighteen years of operation, the AJP has secured the release of 26 individuals in Arizona. There is an ongoing need for the legal services of the AJP, as well as a need to examine how these wrongful convictions occurred and improve the system to prevent such injustices from continuing to occur.  Title: Strategic Litigation Counsel Position Type: Full-Time, Salaried Employee Contract Length: 24 Months, Renewable depending upon funding Salary: $65,000+ (based on experience) Benefits: Health Insurance, PTO, Holiday Pay, and Paid AZ Annual Bar Dues  Objectives for Strategic Litigation Counsel This position will focus on improving the accuracy of the justice system by employing avenues of strategic litigation and collaborating with lawyers, judges and policy makers on issues highlighted in wrongful conviction cases. The work will include identifying cases that must be re-examined based on flaws in the underlying conviction. Counsel will also be involved in pending cases addressing specific issues critical to the AJP’s mission and providing support in cases involving unreliable forensic evidence. Finally, counsel will collaborate with criminal justice stakeholders, such as law enforcement agencies and policy makers, to strengthen the system by implementing best practices and...