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...
Director of Development – Tennessee Innocence Project

Director of Development – Tennessee Innocence Project

Position Description – Responsibilities and Requirements:  The Tennessee Innocence Project investigates and litigates claims of actual innocence on behalf  of the incarcerated in Tennessee.   The Tennessee Innocence Project seeks an experienced Director of Development who is creative  and goal oriented, with a background in grants and major gifts. This individual will possess a wide  variety of skills and be comfortable taking a hands-on approach to all areas of development. The  DD is strategic thinker advancing advocacy for the wrongfully convicted by leading the resource  development of this growing non-profit law firm. This professional works closely with the  Executive Director and the Operations Coordinator. The DD will advance the work of the  Tennessee Innocence Project and its goals by creating and executing a comprehensive  development plan. The Tennessee Innocence Project is a relatively young organization, and the  DD will have the opportunity to create and shape its development platform from the ground up.  They will develop an overall strategy in conjunction with leadership, oversee donor stewardship  including outreach and recognition, and execute annual events and campaigns in support of the  mission.  The Director of Development will be knowledgeable of philanthropy, successful in proposal  development and reporting, effective in solicitation at all levels, capable in implementing a systems  approach including moves management, personable in major donor and trustee relations, and  driven to expand the support needed for the mission of the Tennessee Innocence Project.  Responsibilities  Develop and implement an annual fundraising plan  Oversee the development budget and all aspects of fundraising  Implement systems for development data and processes  Maintain a calendar of all solicitations (grant and individual) and reporting deadlines...
Staff Attorney – Georgia Innocence Project

Staff Attorney – Georgia Innocence Project

Title: STAFF ATTORNEY Position type: Full time, salaried, exempt Salary: $55,000+ (depending on experience) Benefits: Generous time off, flex spending benefits credits, 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 free and exonerate people wrongfully convicted of serious crimes in Georgia, to prevent future wrongful convictions through education and policy reform, and to connect freed clients 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. (Due to COVID-19, office staff is currently working remotely from home, though in-office time and/or travel may occasionally be necessary depending on case demands.)  The Staff Attorney reports directly to GIP’s Managing Attorney and will be expected to work both independently and collaboratively with the litigation team.   PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Analyze cases to identify factually innocent clients and potential avenues of legal relief 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 Consult with experts in various fields Develop and implement legal strategies for overturning wrongful convictions of clients in collaboration with litigation team Draft and...
Assistant Attorney General, Conviction Review Unit – Great North Innocence Project

Assistant Attorney General, Conviction Review Unit – Great North Innocence Project

As one of Attorney General Keith Ellison’s criminal justice reform initiatives, the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General is seeking an attorney to implement and direct a statewide Conviction Review Unit (CRU) to conduct extrajudicial review of criminal convictions in cases with plausible allegations of actual innocence.  Throughout the nation, there has been a growing number of exonerations of people convicted of crimes they did not commit.  Acknowledging the potential for mistakes in the criminal justice system, it is incumbent upon prosecutors to develop systems to review cases where mistakes may have affected findings of guilt or innocence of the accused.  A statewide CRU will provide a mechanism to conduct fact-based review of convictions to ensure their integrity and to ensure that justice is done in cases of wrongful conviction.  The Director of the CRU will work independently and with the assistance of an advisory board to develop protocols, standards and policies for the creation of the CRU.  This will include case intake procedures, standards of review for intake and potential vacation of convictions, and developing procedures for investigations and recommendations.  The Director will lead case investigations and ultimately make a recommendation in each case to the Attorney General.  The Director will also work to identify recurring errors and make recommendations for improved policies and procedures within the criminal justice system to help avoid wrongful convictions.  Additional Reason To Work For Us   GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each...
Writer and Editor – The Innocence Project

Writer and Editor – The Innocence Project

ABOUT THE POSITION  The Innocence Project recognizes the immense power of strategic communications to advance legal and  policy reform and, specifically, the importance of exoneration stories to the work of preventing wrongful  convictions and achieving criminal legal reform. The Writer and Editor will contribute to the development  of editorial content with particular emphasis on print publications such as the annual report, facts sheets,  brochures and event materials/invitations, along with content for the website and longform feature pieces  for digital platforms.  The Writer and Editor will work closely with staff across the organization and particularly communications,  policy, legal, and development departments, to promote the Innocence Project’s mission, brand and  advocacy efforts. They will work to support and complement the digital content strategist to tell the stories  of IP clients who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit.  The Writer and Editor will proof and edit all major products including press releases, blogs, web and  multimedia copy. They work closely with colleagues on the digital team to ensure a consistency of tone,  voice and style across all institutional platforms. The Writer and Editor will also assist with internal  communications. They may also assist with the editing of letters and essays from leadership to the IP  community.  They will organize and manage the IP photo library and will work closely with the Deputy Chief  Communications Officer on identifying and building relationships with photographers and overseeing  photoshoots. The Writer and Editor will also have responsibility for keeping a photographic archive and  assisting staff with photo sourcing and use.  The ideal candidate will be a superb writer and storyteller with an...
Innocence Project of Florida – Staff Attorney

Intake Assistant – Innocence Project of Florida

The Innocence Project of Florida, Inc. (IPF) is seeking candidates for a full-time Intake Assistant position beginning in February 2021 or earlier in its Tallahassee, Florida office.  The Innocence Project of Florida is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal defense organization dedicated to representing Florida prison inmates who can prove their innocence using DNA testing and other newly discovered evidence of actual innocence.  IPF is the premier criminal justice organization in Florida and has helped release of numerous individuals who collectively spent hundreds of years in prison for crimes they did not commit. COVID19 Information: As of March 2020, all of Innocence Project of Florida’s operations have moved online. The person who is hired for this position will be expected to visit IPF’s office in Tallahassee, FL at the beginning of training and sporadically thereafter while maintaining appropriate social distance and safety protocols. The Assistant’s day-to-day job will then be carried out remotely until otherwise indicated. Essential Functions of Position: The Intake Assistant will work under the direct supervision of the Intake Analyst as directed by the Intake Coordinator. The Assistant will be responsible for the clerical duties associated with IPF’s case-decision-making process. The Intake Assistant is expected to: Log, open, and review all incoming correspondence from inmates and their advocates seeking assistance;  Prepare responses to incoming correspondence; Pack, post, and mail correspondence; Return phone calls directed to the Intake department Create and maintain digital and paper case files; Maintain and replenish office supplies; Assist the Intake Analyst in facilitating intern orientation, scheduling intern interviews, and prepping case files for students; Perform additional tasks or duties at the direction of the...