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 criminal case for signs of potential innocence. This will involve conducting both initial and comprehensive screenings of applications to assess whether KWIP should accept a case for investigation and/or litigation. Once the fellow has mastered our process for screening cases, they will train law student volunteers and guide them through our screening protocol.
- Learn how to conduct investigations: All of our cases are team efforts. As part of the team on individual cases, the fellow will learn how to develop an investigation strategy, how to interview witnesses, and how to draft formal witness statements.
- Learn how to challenge a criminal conviction through the post-conviction process in Colorado. The fellow will join the litigation teams, comprised of experienced post-conviction counsel, on individual cases that KWIP is litigating.
- Assist KWIP in expanding its work towards reforming the criminal legal system. Wrongful convictions happen disproportionately to people of color, especially Black men. The fellow will research various factors that lead to these disparities and then identify potential solutions that can be implemented in Colorado.
- Strengthen campus and community relationships. The fellow will assist KWIP with its campus outreach and the effort to build coalitions with undergraduate, graduate and law students interested in issues of racial justice.
- Juris Doctor (JD) degree must be earned on or before the agreed start date.
- Must be within two years of graduation from law school.
- Demonstrated commitment to racial justice issues.
- Demonstrated understanding of systemic racism and its impact on marginalized communities.
- Demonstrated commitment to KWIP’s mission.
- Demonstrated experience conducting research.
- Demonstrated ability to work with individuals from marginalized communities who are presently involved in the criminal justice system.
- Demonstrated proficiency in oral communication skills.
- Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaborative in teams.
ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO POSSIBLE MODIFICATION TO REASONABLY ACCOMMODATE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.
- Demonstrated experience working with marginalized community members involved in the criminal justice system.
- Demonstrated proficiency in a second language such as Spanish.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct investigations.
This is an open until filled search. First consideration will be given to applications received by October 5, 2020.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS
Required Documents: Submit all materials by email to Anne-Marie Moyes at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please attach 3 (PDF) documents to your application:
- Resume should include the names and contact information for three references.
- Cover letter including a description of how you meet the qualifications for the position.
- A writing sample.
To be considered an applicant, you must apply.