About the Innocence Project of Texas (IPTX) 

IPTX is a nonprofit human service organization that provides legal and investigation  assistance to low-income Texas citizens who were convicted of crimes they did not  commit. We work to gain their freedom and exonerate them. We also advocate for the  adoption of laws to improve (reform) the criminal justice system and prevent wrongful  convictions.  

By doing this work, we serve our mission to: 

  • Restore citizen liberty that was unjustly taken 
  • Reconnect families torn apart by injustice 
  • Defend freedom in our democracy 
  • Promote accuracy and integrity in our criminal justice process 
  • Prevent wrongful convictions from happening

We envision a world where no citizen shall have their liberty wrongly taken from them. 

Job Summary 

IPTX’s new Staff Attorney will report directly to the organization’s Executive Director  and will be responsible for reviewing claims of actual innocence made by individuals  convicted of serious criminal offenses in the state of Texas. The staff attorney will train  under the IPTX legal team and supervise interns, volunteers, and volunteer attorneys.  The staff attorney will also be charged with investigating and litigating cases assigned  by the Executive Director and litigation committee. The essential functions of this  position include:

  • Reviewing claims of innocence arising from convictions occurring in the state of  Texas; 
  • Meeting with potential IPTX clients and case witnesses and conducting  necessary case investigations; 
  • Litigation and case preparation activities where IPTX has been retained as  counsel, including the drafting of habeas petitions, post-conviction motions, and  case memoranda; 
  • Coordinating the work of interns, volunteers, and volunteer attorneys as they  assist IPTX in our case investigation and litigation efforts; 
  • Reviewing the work of interns, volunteers, and volunteer attorneys; Preparing and delivering educational presentations on the Texas criminal justice  system and the work of IPTX to local groups, classes, legislators, and other  individuals and supporters; 
  • Other responsibilities as necessary. 

Expertise & Qualifications 

  • Law degree from an ABA-accredited law school; 
  • Active membership in the State Bar of Texas; 
  • Interest in criminal law and / or experience in post-conviction litigation; English and Spanish written and spoken fluency preferred; 
  • Ability to work on weekends and some evenings required. 

Compensation 

Salary is commensurate with experience. 

Workforce Diversity 

IPTX strongly encourages applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds,  life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientation, age, gender and physical  abilities to apply. IPTX is an Equal Opportunity Employer that prohibits discrimination  against its employees and applicants for employment based on race, color, national  origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, sero-status, and where  applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation,  or income. 

Application Instructions 

Please email a cover letter and resume to Executive Director, Mike Ware at mike@ipoftexas.org.