Law Fellow – Innocence Project New Orleans

Law Fellow – Innocence Project New Orleans

Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) is hiring a law fellow for a one-year fellowship with the possibility of renewal. We are looking for an energetic individual with relevant experience to help us free people serving long sentences for drug offenses from Louisiana’s prisons. This is a full time position. Staff are currently working remotely. The physical office is located in Mid City, New Orleans. The UPP law fellow will, in coordination with the UPP project team, work to free people serving long sentences for drug offenses in Louisiana’s Department of Corrections through litigation and other advocacy. This requires: Identifying people in DOC custody eligible for relief under the mandate of UPP; Determining avenues for possible sentencing relief and drafting appropriate petitions, motions, briefs and/or mitigation letters; Conducting hearings on legal motions and re-sentencing as needed; Working with investigators and social workers to formulate a sentencing mitigation and re-entry plan; Coordinating records collection from the Department of Corrections and other agencies as appropriate; Corresponding regularly and, when possible, meeting with clients; Providing other program support as identified by the direct of special projects; and Providing assistance as needed to the legal director and/or other IPNO attorneys on post-conviction cases of factually innocent people. IPNO is a small nonprofit so, in addition to performing the programmatic tasks, the fellow will be expected to assist as necessary with other aspects of IPNO’s work such as fundraising, public education and advocacy, special events, policy efforts, office administration, and post-release assistance of clients. IPNO is a client-focused office where teamwork and collaboration to ensure IPNO’s overall effectiveness and success are expected and valued. Requirements...
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...
Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney – Georgia Innocence Project

Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney – Georgia Innocence Project

Position type: Salaried, exempt Salary: $50,000 – $52,000 (depending on experience) Benefits: Generous flexible spending benefits, time off, and professional development Georgia Innocence Project (GIP) is a non-profit legal organization dedicated to preventing and correcting the wrongful conviction of innocent people in Georgia. The Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney position is a two-year Department of Justice grant-funded position. The Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney is responsible for working with pro bono lawyers and legal professionals to assist in the screening stage of GIP cases, in order to evaluate those cases and advance them toward exoneration or other resolution. The Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney would work with the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) at the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office (FCDA). The Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney also will work closely with GIP’s legal team, and will report directly to GIP’s Executive Director or her designee. PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ● Work with GIP’s legal team to design and implement a system and associated trainings for volunteers to assist in case file review, digest, and assessment of GIP’s screening-stage cases ● Work with FCDA CIU to identify cases with highest chances of wrongful conviction ● Work with GIP’s Paralegal to submit and track Open Records Act requests and responses ● Draft co-counsel agreements and memorandums of understanding as appropriate ● Streamline work product templates, documents and file sharing methods for pro bono counsel ● Create check-in and accountability systems and implement the same ● Create written procedures and manuals to standardize trainings and GIP’s pro-bono program ● Train pro bono counsel and provide continuing support as needed ● Interact routinely with pro bono coordinators...
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...
Supervising Attorney – New England Innocence Project

Supervising Attorney – New England Innocence Project

The New England Innocence Project (NEIP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to correcting and preventing wrongful convictions throughout the six New England states. We represent people with claims of innocence and use litigation, training, public education, and policy efforts to create systemic change in the criminal legal system. We endeavor to approach our work with an anti-racist and intersectional lens, and use consensus-based decisionmaking wherever possible. NEIP seeks a candidate for the new position of Supervising Attorney. This person will work closely with incarcerated and exonerated people, staff attorneys and legal fellows, pro bono partners (including law firms), public defenders, law school clinics and law students, other innocence network organizations, community organizations, and other stakeholders (conviction integrity units, forensic laboratories, legislators, etc.). The Supervising Attorney will maintain a small caseload of clients; supervise the legal team, including staff attorneys, legal fellows, and legal interns/volunteers; and manage and expand pro bono partnerships. Duties and Responsibilities:   Casework: Identify, investigate, and litigate post-conviction claims of innocence in the service of primarily incarcerated individuals (screen applications for assistance; make prison visits; interview witnesses; litigate motions for post-conviction forensic testing and post- conviction relief; conduct evidentiary hearings; present cases to Conviction Integrity Units; handle appeals; participate in retrials where necessary). Supervise Staff Attorneys and Legal Fellows on their cases, including participating in strategy discussions, collaborating on written work product, and assisting with preparation for hearings; in addition, identify educational opportunities to build on the strengths of the current staff, individually and collectively Manage pro bono partnerships: Train and collaborate with pro bono partners on screening and litigation matters; develop additional pro bono partnerships as needed...
Assistant Public Defender 2 – Wrongful Conviction Project at the Ohio Public Defenders Office

Assistant Public Defender 2 – Wrongful Conviction Project at the Ohio Public Defenders Office

2/28/2020 Assistant Public Defender 2  Job Description  Primary Location United States of America-OHIO-Franklin County Organization Public Defender Commission Classified Indicator: Unclassified Bargaining Unit / Exempt: Exempt Schedule Full-time Compensation: $17.89 – $50.98 Unposting Date Mar 10, 2020 Job Function Attorney/Legal  Agency Contact Name: Cherish Berry  Agency Contact Information: cherish.berry@opd.ohio.gov  Assistant Public Defender 2(190007WE)  Description  The Office of the Ohio Public Defender seeks a committed, compassionate advocate for an Assistant Public Defender 2 (APD2) position for the Wrongful Conviction Project (WCP). The WCP is dedicated to identifying, investigating and litigating cases of actual innocence for incarcerated people in Ohio. The Project also works to educate others on the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions.  A successful APD2 in the Wrongful Conviction Project must exhibit a strong commitment to indigent defense. They possess excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrate compassion for the WCP’s clients, their families, and all people who ask the WCP for assistance. They must have strong analytical skills, think creatively, be adept at legal research and writing, and have comfort advocating for clients in court. The WCP takes a collaborative approach to the analysis and investigation of innocence claims. The APD will work closely with the Project’s supervising attorney, as well as our investigator and law students as cases are reviewed and investigated.  Essential job duties include but are not limited to:  Screen and evaluate claims of wrongful conviction  Research, analyze, and interpret complex issues of law. Prepare briefs, memoranda, motions, and other pleadings subject to review (e .g., work as co-counsel or lead-counsel on criminal cases at the trial, appellate, and post-conviction level)  Participate with other attorneys in...