Litigation Director – Washington Innocence Project

Litigation Director – Washington Innocence Project

The Washington Innocence Project (WashIP) Mission: WashIP fights for innocent people across the state who have been wrongfully convicted by representing them in the courts, providing support as they rebuild their lives in freedom, and advocating for policy reform to identify, rectify, and prevent such injustices in the future. Position Overview: The Litigation Director is responsible for the overall management of WashIP’s litigation of post-conviction claims in Washington’s trial and appellate courts and in federal court. The Litigation Director manages a team of staff and volunteer attorneys investigating cases and representing individuals whose innocence can be proven through post-conviction DNA testing or other new evidence. The Litigation Director maintains an active caseload appropriate for their leadership role. The Litigation Director plays a substantial role in effectively managing the team to keep them focused, motivated and high performing, while modeling WashIP’s values of an inclusive and respectful workplace. The Litigation Director reports to the Executive Director. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: MANAGE THE LITIGATION PRACTICE • Hires, trains, and supports Staff Attorneys to provide high-quality legal services, and provides advice on legal strategy and case handling; • Assigns and monitors caseloads; • Reviews and tracks requests for assistance that have passed initial review as they proceed through the assessment process; • Hires, trains, and supports paralegal and litigation support staff; • Administers state and federal grant initiatives; • Maintains an active client-based litigation caseload appropriate for the leadership role – investigates cases; interviews witnesses; meets with applicants and clients in prison; identifies and works with expert witnesses; drafts and files motions and briefs; serves as counsel or co-counsel in litigation of motion...
Korey Wise Innocence Project – Legal Fellow

Korey Wise Innocence Project – Legal Fellow

Requisition Number: 25386 Location: Boulder, Colorado Employment Type: Faculty Schedule: Full-Time Posting Close Date: 03-Jun-2020 Date published: 01-May-2020   Colorado Law encourages applications for a Legal Fellow to join our team. The Legal Fellow will screen, investigate, and litigate cases for the Korey Wise Innocence Project (KWIP) at Colorado Law. 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 a factual investigation, consults with specialists, and pursues litigation. As a project of the law school, KWIP incorporates student volunteers both from the law school and the undergraduate program in the screening, investigation, and litigation of cases. The Legal Fellow will be required to train these volunteers and supervise their work. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.   The American criminal justice system contains many features designed to guard against convicting an innocent person. But we are humans and, due to honest mistake and otherwise, there are innocent people in prison. We’ll never have a perfect system, but the Korey Wise Innocence Project (KWIP) is dedicated to doing what it can to fix as many mistakes as possible.   The KWIP receives requests for help from people who believe they have been...
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...
Communications Manager – Georgia Innocence Project

Communications Manager – Georgia Innocence Project

JOB DESCRIPTION  Title: COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER Position type: Full me (part-time is an option) Salary: $42,000+ (depending on experience and hours) Benefits: Generous paid me off, potential flexible benefits plan, professional development  SUMMARY: The Georgia Innocence Project (GIP) is a non-profit legal organizaon dedicated to preventing and correcting the wrongful conviction of innocent people in Georgia, and to helping the exonerated rebuild their lives. The Communications Manager reports to GIP’s Executive Director.  PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  ○ Oversee cultivationon and management of media relationships to help shape news coverage  ○ Research and secure strategic speaking opportunities  and media placements  ○ Create press kits, draft and issue press advisories and releases, and respond to press inquiries  ○ Help create newsletters, e-blasts, blog posts and other updates  ○ Develop fact sheets, case highlights, op eds, and other informational materials  ○ Manage and create content for social media accounts  ○ Assist with communications aspects of development, such as Giving Tuesday and annual reports  ○ Manage communications aspects of Wrongful Conviction Day, Hawks partnership, and events  ○ Work with ED to develop and implement strategic communications plan  ○ Manage website content and design  QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE  ○ Excellent written and verbal communication skills required  ○ Bachelor’s degree required, and 3+ years similar experience preferred  ○ Legal communication experience strongly preferred  ○ Nonprofit fundraising experience desired  ○ Passion for and understanding of GIP’s mission and work  ○ Self-starter that also asks questions and seeks clarification when needed  ○ Humility and confidence – no job is too small or too big  ○ Values giving and receiving feedback and constructive criticism  HOW TO APPLY  Interested applicants should email the...
Finance and Human Resources Manager – Innocence Project of Florida

Finance and Human Resources Manager – Innocence Project of Florida

The Innocence Project of Florida, Inc. (IPF) is seeking a Finance and Human Resources Manager with a demonstrated passion for social justice issues, beginning as early as March 2020 in its Tallahassee, Florida office. The Finance and Human Resources Manager 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 Florida prison inmates who can prove their innocence through the use of DNA testing and 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 460 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: MANAGING ORGANIZATIONAL BUDGETING, ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE ACTIVITIES: • Work with IPF’s Executive Director to develop IPF’s annual budget; • Manage IPF’s budget, using an approved electronic software, by timely reconciling all accounts each month, timely depositing received checks into appropriate bank accounts, and providing quarterly budget reports and projections to the Executive Director; • Develop monthly and quarterly bill-paying calendar, to ensure timely payment of all vendor bills; • Generate checks for payment to litigation-related and other vendors, upon approved requests from employees; • Maintain IPF’s payroll system, including management of the employee leave program, the timely payment of bi-weekly paychecks, timely distribution of employee W-2s and vendor 1099s, and timely payment of all payroll taxes; • Facilitate the quarterly and annual closing of IPFs books with an approved accountant, and ensure that the timely completion and filing of IPF’s taxes and any other government-required submissions; • Oversee,...
Staff Attorney – Innocence Project

Staff Attorney – Innocence Project

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist the wrongly convicted who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment. To learn more, please visit www.innocenceproject.org.  JOB SUMMARY: The Staff Attorneys in the Post-Conviction Litigation Department represent convicted individuals around the nation seeking to overturn their convictions based on evidence of innocence, including through post- conviction DNA testing. Staff attorneys work with a wide-range of forensic and other experts and investigators to re-investigate and litigate post-conviction innocence claims, with a heavy motion practice involving a variety of avenues for relief (including ineffective assistance of counsel, prosecutorial misconduct, false evidence, newly discovered evidence). In addition, the Staff Attorneys are clinical law teachers who select, instruct and supervise students participating in a year-long clinic associated with Cardozo School of Law. The Staff Attorneys work under the supervision of the Director of Post-Conviction Litigation, and work closely with a Paralegal, two to three clinic students, and with other members of the Legal and Intake departments. Staff attorneys collaborate across the project. They provide legal support...