Supervising Attorney University of Missouri School of Law Innocence Clinic, Midwest Innocence Project

Supervising Attorney University of Missouri School of Law Innocence Clinic, Midwest Innocence Project

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal defense organization dedicated to representing wrongfully convicted prison inmates in our five- state region (MO, KS, NE, IA, AR) who can prove their innocence through the use of DNA testing and other newly discovered evidence. The MIP seeks a candidate for a full- time Supervising Attorney position in Columbia, St. Louis, or Kansas City, MO. This position reports directly to MIP’s Executive Director and is responsible for effectuating the following job responsibilities. 

The Supervising Attorney position will be responsible for directing the University of Missouri School of Law’s Innocence Clinic and teaching the Wrongful Conviction Course. The clinic is responsible for reviewing applications arising from convictions involving eyewitness identifications and occurring within Missouri for the instances where DNA could prove an applicant’s innocence. The Supervising Attorney will work with MIP staff; supervise law student interns; engage in case investigations; and participate in litigation and case preparation. This is a fulltime grant position with a two- year term beginning January 1, 2020. The position is expected to continue after the termination of grant-funding. 

This position requires excellent research and writing skills; experience in computer- assisted legal research; word processing capability; time management skills; and the ability to understand and manage complex factual and legal issues and supervise intake processes. The Supervising Attorney must maintain an active caseload while working with and providing oversight for law students and partner attorneys in conducting records collection and investigation. The Supervising Attorney must have a strong capacity and experience in direct litigation and providing oversight for litigation processes. 

Responsibilities include 

  • Serve as an adjunct professor directing the University of Missouri School of Law’s Innocence Clinic and teaching the Wrongful Conviction Course 
  • Review incoming files and maintain caseload of prospective innocence cases 
  • Investigate claims of actual innocence in the field and/or supervise the work of an investigator in the field, including in locating potential evidence for DNA testing 
  • Engage in legal writing of DNA motions, habeas petitions, post-convictions motions, and case memoranda. 
  • Supervise law students in case review, investigation, records collection, and case litigation. 
  • As needed, participate in litigation preparation and case preparation on activated cases where MIP has been retained as counsel. 

Position Skills include 

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school 
  • Bar license from Missouri and familiarity with state and federal court systems in Missouri. 
  • At least five years of experience working in criminal defense or post- conviction/habeas corpus litigation. 
  • Experience and knowledge with issues surrounding eyewitness identifications. 
  • Computer Skills including Microsoft Office and other relevant tools and applications. 

The selected candidate must be detail oriented and have superior organizational, oral communication, writing and interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate must be a self- starter, passionate about criminal justice issues, and dedicated to training and educating individuals on issues regarding wrongful convictions. 

Application Instructions: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of references to tbushnell@themip.org. Salary range is $65,000-$85,000 DOE. Medical and dental insurance provided. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. 

The Midwest 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, ethnic, gender and sexual orientation minorities, veterans, people with disabilities, and smart people with non-linear/non- traditional experience and educational backgrounds to apply for this position. Most importantly, no matter their background, the person selected for this position must embrace, advocate for, and deeply value equity, diversity, and inclusivity. 

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