About the Exoneration Project:

The Exoneration Project (EP) represents individuals who have been
convicted of crimes of which they are innocent. We investigate and litigate post-conviction cases with
the goal of exonerating the wrongfully convicted. The EP has a unique, collaborative structure: it
operates as a clinic at the University of Chicago Law School and is staffed in part with attorneys and legal
workers from the national civil rights law firm Loevy & Loevy.

Position:

The EP is seeking a full-time attorney to litigate post-conviction claims on our clients’ behalf.
This role offers extensive opportunity to act as a lead attorney in cases through all phases of litigation
and to work collaboratively with other lawyers in the EP.

We are looking for self-starters, persuasive writers, creative thinkers, effective communicators and
collaborators, and people who are passionate about advocating for the rights of people wrongfully
convicted and imprisoned. Our litigation includes extensive factual investigations and often complex
written legal arguments. Courtroom advocacy also is a critical component of our work: EP attorneys
routinely litigate complex motions, hearings, and retrials.

The EP is a client-centered, nimble advocacy organization that aspires to produce the best possible legal
outcome for our clients. An ideal attorney must be client-focused, motivated, and able to work
creatively and independently. Attorneys can expect to be very busy while consistently delivering
effective work product.

Note, we are currently working remotely as much as possible, but have a need for an attorney who
could lead investigations, prepare for hearings or trial, and litigate cases primarily in the Chicago area.
The position is ultimately based in the EP’s West Loop office (Fulton Market area) in Chicago. Some
travel is required.

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience.

Qualifications Required:

Candidates must hold a J.D. and be a member in good standing of the Illinois
State Bar by the time of their hire, or eligible for prompt admission. We are seeking an attorney with at
least 7 years of relevant litigation experience, criminal and/or post-conviction experience strongly
preferred. Spanish-speaking ability is an asset but not required.

Application Process:

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, a minimum of two references, and a
sample of your writing to apply@exonerationproject.org with the subject line “EP Staff Attorney
Position” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting immediately. The position is available
until filled.

 

Exoneration Project Hiring Policies:
The Exoneration Project has a strong commitment to providing exemplary representation to our diverse
client community and creating an inclusive workplace environment welcoming to people of all
backgrounds. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, people of all genders and sexual
orientations, people with disabilities, and people historically underrepresented in the practice of law.