Supervising Attorney – New England Innocence Project

Supervising Attorney – New England Innocence Project

The New England Innocence Project (NEIP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to correcting
and preventing wrongful convictions throughout the six New England states. We represent
people with claims of innocence and use litigation, training, public education, and policy efforts
to create systemic change in the criminal legal system. We endeavor to approach our work with
an anti-racist and intersectional lens, and use consensus-based decisionmaking wherever
possible.

NEIP seeks a candidate for the new position of Supervising Attorney. This person will work
closely with incarcerated and exonerated people, staff attorneys and legal fellows, pro bono
partners (including law firms), public defenders, law school clinics and law students, other
innocence network organizations, community organizations, and other stakeholders (conviction
integrity units, forensic laboratories, legislators, etc.).

The Supervising Attorney will maintain a small caseload of clients; supervise the legal team,
including staff attorneys, legal fellows, and legal interns/volunteers; and manage and expand pro
bono partnerships.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  •  Casework: Identify, investigate, and litigate post-conviction claims of innocence in the
    service of primarily incarcerated individuals (screen applications for assistance; make prison
    visits; interview witnesses; litigate motions for post-conviction forensic testing and post-
    conviction relief; conduct evidentiary hearings; present cases to Conviction Integrity Units;
    handle appeals; participate in retrials where necessary).
  • Supervise Staff Attorneys and Legal Fellows on their cases, including participating in
    strategy discussions, collaborating on written work product, and assisting with preparation
    for hearings; in addition, identify educational opportunities to build on the strengths of the
    current staff, individually and collectively
  • Manage pro bono partnerships: Train and collaborate with pro bono partners on screening
    and litigation matters; develop additional pro bono partnerships as needed to increase the
    organization’s capacity to meet requests for assistance
  •  Train and supervise volunteers, interns, and law school clinical students.
  • Collaborate closely with the NEIP team to correct and prevent wrongful convictions and
    support our exoneree community.
  • As needed: Plan and present continuing legal education programs on topics related to
    wrongful convictions. In some cases, work with trial counsel pretrial on cases that raise
    issues related to wrongful convictions.

While we face the risks of a pandemic, this position will be fulfilled remotely.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE: 
Demonstrated commitment to social justice
Minimum 10 years criminal litigation experience, with a preference for trial and post-conviction
litigation experience
Supervisory experience
Bar membership in at least one of the six New England states (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)

Superior organizational, oral communication, and writing skills

SALARY:
Salary is commensurate with experience and the starting annual salary is capped at $88,000.

OUR VALUES AND COMMITMENT:
The New England Innocence Project is an equal opportunity employer and strives for diversity
among its applicant pool as well as within its staff and board. We strongly encourage people
from all backgrounds, especially racial and ethnic minorities, people within the LGBTQ
community, people with disabilities, and people with non-traditional experience and educational
backgrounds to apply for this position. Importantly, no matter their background, the person
selected for this position must embrace, advocate for, and deeply value equity and
diversity.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of 3 references to
jobs@newenglandinnocence.org with the Subject Line “Supervising Attorney”. Applications
will be considered until the position is filled.