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.
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.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
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.
Please email a cover letter and resume to Executive Director, Mike Ware at firstname.lastname@example.org.