Staff Attorney, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

Staff Attorney, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

Job Summary

The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project’s (MAIP) Staff Attorney represents clients in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit and is part of a team that helps evaluate cases. The Staff Attorney works under the direction of the Legal Director and on a team that includes a post-graduate legal fellow, a staff investigator, a paralegal, and two attorneys at a Baltimore affiliate. The Staff Attorney’s docket includes: cases that still are in the investigative stage, requiring extensive factual development to determine whether there is a valid innocence claim; and cases in which an innocence claim already has been developed and are being litigated through a variety of avenues, including freestanding innocence claims, post-conviction DNA testing, federal habeas, state post-conviction, and the pardon process. In addition to their own docket, the Staff Attorney is an active part of the legal team. This involves helping to manage the externship program with law students from George Washington University Law School, actively participating in weekly case meetings to help determine which cases MAIP should investigate, and to brainstorm with colleagues about their cases.

Essential job functions

Manage investigative and post-conviction docket

  • Craft litigation strategy
  • Develop investigative plans in conjunction with staff investigator
  • Conduct some investigations and manage witness relationships
  • Work with experts as appropriate and necessary
  • Write extensive motions & briefs
  • Negotiate with prosecutors
  • Conduct hearings
  • Communicate with Clients and family members regarding cases
  • Work collaboratively with co-counsel from large law firms
  • Supervise investigators and paralegals on your cases

MAIP’s legal team

  • Attend and participate in a weekly case meeting
  • Carefully read screening memos and be prepared to offer input about which cases we should accept for investigation at weekly case meetings
  • Carefully read memos about other cases slated for discussion at weekly case meetings, offering thoughts and ideas about how and/or whether those cases should proceed

Externship Program

  • Train and supervise students from George Washington University Law School who assist in representation of clients as part of the externship program with MAIP
  • Help interview and select students three times a year
  • Assess performance and provide meaningful feedback throughout the year

Qualifications & Experience

  • J.D. from an accredited law school
  • At least four years of litigation experience, with a strong preference for criminal law with post-conviction litigation and/or trial practice
  • Admission to one of more state bars, with Virginia membership or eligibility to waive in a plus
  • Demonstrated experience working as part of a team
  • Investigative experience and/or understanding of forensic science preferred
  • Experience working with or representing vulnerable populations preferred

Key Competencies

  • Client-centered approach to legal representation
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment at the same time as being collaborative
  • Excellent analytic and writing skills, and ability to construct cogent arguments
  • Great interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Honed organizational skills and the ability to prioritize cases
  • Interest in working with diverse range of people
  • Ability to assess work of students and paralegals/investigators, and constructively supervise their work
  • Enthusiasm for social justice and the work of MAIP, including a demonstrated commitment to public interest

Compensation & Benefits
$60,000 – $65,000, health insurance, MetroChek, family-friendly office environment, some ability to work remotely.

How to Apply

No later than July 1, 2019, please send a cover letter, resume, three references, and writing sample:

Shawn Armbrust
Executive Director

The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission. We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.