Staff Investigator – Innocence Project of Florida

Staff Investigator – Innocence Project of Florida

The Innocence Project of Florida, Inc. (IPF) is seeking a Staff Investigator with a  demonstrated passion for social justice issues, beginning immediately in its Tallahassee,  Florida office. The Staff Investigator 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 550 years in  prison for crimes they didn’t commit.  ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:  PERFORM RESEARCH AND FIELD INVESTIGATION:  Review case files and interview defendants in an effort to gather more  information about their cases;  Locate witnesses and gather background information on cases using public or  specialized online databases;  Conduct witness interviews in cases at the screening, investigation or litigation  stage of IPF’s case acceptance/litigation process;  Create investigative memoranda that document all investigative actions and  submit those memoranda to IPF attorneys;  Assist the Intake Coordinator to gather or provide onsite review of necessary  public records and other case materials;  Correspond with courthouse or law enforcement personnel in an effort to locate  evidence from cases of interest;  Serve as a member of the legal staff tasked with the ultimate decision to accept  cases for litigation;  At the direction of IPF attorneys, keep clients informed of investigative process  via writing or face-to-face meetings;  Assist IPF attorneys with court hearings (review filings, serve subpoenas, prepare  witnesses for their testimony, provide transportation to witnesses to...
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...
Staff Investigator – Innocence Project of Florida

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...
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...