Georgia Resource Center Experienced Staff Attorney Position

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Job location
303 Elizabeth St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Georgia Resource Center
Street address: 
303 Elizabeth St NE
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Georgia Appellate Practice and Educational Resource Center (Georgia Resource Center) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit law office established in 1988 to provide free, high quality representation to indigent death-sentenced Georgia prisoners in state and federal habeas corpus proceedings challenging their capital convictions and death sentences.

As part of the defense team, the attorney will undertake all aspects of state and federal habeas corpus litigation and clemency proceedings, including: identifying habeas issues and related investigative and expert needs, conducting legal research, drafting pleadings and briefs; working with investigators and experts; conducting investigations and depositions; preparing expert and lay witnesses for and presenting evidence at state evidentiary hearings; appearing in court for other hearings and oral argument; and providing legal and investigative assistance to pro bono attorneys.


• Excellent legal research and writing skills.
• A minimum of three years of litigation experience and an ability to immediately assume an active caseload.
• Post-conviction, appellate, and/or capital legal experience is preferred. The ideal candidate would have experience litigating both guilt and penalty phase issues and would be able to hit the ground running.
• Knowledge of legal issues involving mitigation topics such as mental illness, intellectual disability, and trauma.
• Ability to work independently as well as within a team.
• Demonstrated commitment to indigent defense and sensitivity to the influence of class and race factors on the criminal justice system.
• Ability to develop and maintain relationships with death-sentenced clients and their families.
• Self-motivated and able to manage a variety of tasks.
• Member of the Georgia Bar or willing to seek admission at the earliest opportunity.
• Limited travel is required.

To apply: 

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, professional references and brief writing sample to Mary Shellman at [email protected]. Application deadline: June 30, 2017.

The Georgia Resource Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Salary range: 
Salary commensurate with experience, within the scope of Georgia Resource Center’s public interest salary capacity. Benefits include but are not limited to 100% premium paid health, dental, vision insurance.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, June 30, 2017