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Innocence Project Seeks Managing Attorney

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

  • Innocence Project
The organization: Founded by civil rights lawyers Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld at the Cardozo School of Law, the Innocence Project (IP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that represents prisoners nationwide for whom post-conviction DNA testing can prove innocence. IP's mission includes public education about the causes of wrongful convictions and judicial, legislative, and policy reforms. See for more information. The IP seeks Managing Attorney to coordinate the work of its in-house Litigation Department and its joint initiatives with attorneys outside the organization. The Litigation Department is staffed by three full-time attorneys, who work under the supervision of the IP's two co-founders, along with two dozen Cardozo law students who participate in the Innocence Project clinic each year. This new position will report to the Executive Director and the two co-founders. Specific duties and responsibilities: Coordinate and draft amicus projects of importance/interest to the Innocence Project, including work with many pro-bono partners Provide day-to-day supervision of staff attorneys and manage administrative aspects of the litigation department Coordinate/respond to requests for legal assistance from other attorneys on post conviction innocence claims and DNA technology generally Carry a small caseload of post conviction DNA cases Qualifications: Law Degree and at least ten years of experience Excellent verbal and written communications skills Extensive experience drafting briefs on complex issues required Experience in post conviction appellate practice and criminal trials Enthusiasm for the work of the organization and its potential, including a demonstrated commitment to public interest legal advocacy and criminal justice reform Fluency in Spanish preferred, but not required Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include health, dental, and life insurance, and retirement plan. To Apply: Application Deadline: Applications will be considered immediately. Applications Content: Applications should include a resume, a cover letter, salary requirements and 3 professional references. Documents in MS Word, Word Perfect, or Adobe Acrobat should be sent via email to: Human Resources Department; Subject: Managing Attorney Search; the Innocence Project; Email: All zipped files will be deleted and unread. The Innocence Project is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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