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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Training and Assistance Counsel Sought

Saturday, July 30, 2005

  • National Consortium for Capital Defense Training
The National Consortium for Capital Defense Training is seeking applicants for the position of Training and Assistance Counsel. This is a fulltime 7-month consultant position from approximately September 2005 to the end of March 2006. The Consortium has submitted a funding proposal to the Bureau of Justice Assistance to design and implement pilot training programs to facilitate the improvement of death penalty representation to meet nationally recognized standards of competence. It has proposed conducting four (4) training programs (one presented on the national level and three state programs) in which capital defense teams are educated on substantive legal issues, investigation, and advocacy skills utilizing "bring your own case" methodologies. A "train the trainer" component will also be incorporated into these training programs and a national "train the trainer" program will also be conducted. The Training and Assistance Counsel ("TAC") will report to the Project Co-Directors and the Executive Committee. Responsibilities will include the following: coordinating outreach efforts to identify defense team members in underserved areas; working closely with Curriculum Design Committees to plan and design training events; recruitment of, and communication with, faculty for training events; supervising the evaluation process to measure the efficacy of "bring your own case" training; handling administrative and logistical matters; and working with co-directors to draft reports. A copy of the grant proposal that sets out the goals, objectives, and structure of this project is available from Catherine Beane at the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association (NLADA). She can be contacted at The seven-month salary range is $42,000 to $55,000, depending upon finalization of the grant award. Anyone interested in applying for this position should submit a letter of interest and resume to Barbara Bergman at NACDL, 1150 18th Street, N.W., Suite 950, Washington, D.C. 20036 by August 15, 2005. Any applicants should be in, or willing to relocate to, the D.C. area. Although the grant has not yet been awarded by BJA, this announcement is being circulated so that if the grant is approved, we can move quickly to fill the position.
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