Assistant Post-Conviction Defender

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Job location
404 James Robertson Parkway
Suite 1100
Nashville, TN 37219
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender
Street address: 
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1100
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

Assistant Post-Conviction Defenders work as part of a team under the direction of a supervising attorney. Duties of the Assistant Post-Conviction Defenders include:

Developing and maintaining a strong working relationship with the client
Reviewing and analyzing large volumes of documents and records
Identifying potential legal claims and investigative needs
Overseeing paralegals in record collection and investigators in field investigation
Participating in investigation as needed
Identifying experts and working with them in developing claims
Performing legal research and collaborating with others in drafting extensive pleadings in the trial and appellate courts
Working with the team to prepare for and conduct an evidentiary hearing in every post-conviction case
Presenting oral arguments in appellate courts
Staying abreast of developments in relevant case law

Selection Criteria:

Demonstrated commitment to capital defense, indigent criminal defense or public interest advocacy, and to zealous client-centered representation
Highly developed writing and oral communication skills
Ability to work closely with others within a team-based model of representation
Ability to communicate effectively with people who may be mentally ill, intellectually disabled, or traumatized
Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience in capital or other criminal defense, complex civil litigation, judicial clerkship, or a combination thereof


Minimum Requirements:

Tennessee Bar license or obtaining one within a year of accepting the position
Ability to travel extensively
A valid driver’s license

To apply: 

Interested candidates should send: 1) a cover letter discussing their experience, skills, and interest in death penalty work; 2) a resume; 3) three professional references; and 4) a writing sample to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The OPCD is an equal opportunity employer. Salary is statutory and based on experience. Health insurance and other benefits are provided.
Submission deadline: 
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Expiration date: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018