Staff Attorney

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Job location
2645 North Decatur Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Georgia Innocence Project
Street address: 
2645 North Decatur Rd
City: 
Decatur
State: 
Georgia
ZIP: 
30033
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Georgia Innocence Project (“GIP”) is a non-profit organization dedicated to exonerating the factually innocent in Georgia and Alabama, remedying the causes of wrongful convictions, and helping the exonerated rebuild their lives. We are seeking a full-time Staff Attorney to assist in case review, investigation and post-conviction litigation proceedings, and to build and coordinate our volunteer attorney program. This position is based in our office in Decatur, Georgia, and will require travel throughout Georgia and Alabama. The staff attorney reports directly to the Executive Director.

Primary Duties:

● Investigate post-conviction innocence claims in Georgia and Alabama
● Gather and review entire case records, generating extensive work product documents and memos in the process
● Identify and take necessary steps to uncover and analyze any new evidence of innocence
● Communicate with inmates, defense attorneys, prosecutors, witnesses and others
● Consult with experts in various fields
● Draft and litigate motions for access to evidence and DNA testing
● Litigate post-conviction innocence claims utilizing DNA testing or other newly discovered evidence
● Manage GIP’s volunteer attorney program
● Supervise law student interns, as needed
● Give talks and presentations on case work and law, as appropriate
● Regularly communicate with GIP staff about the status of cases

Key Competencies:

● An understanding of and dedication to indigent defense and GIP’s mission
● Willingness to give and receive constructive feedback in a respectful manner
● Excellent written and oral communication skills
● Strong organizational and time management skills
● Self-starter, curious and dogged
● Detail and process oriented

The Georgia Innocence Project is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly value a diverse workforce and inclusive culture for all employees.

Requirements: 

● Admission to the Georgia State Bar required
● 2+ years criminal defense experience or 4+ years other legal experience required
● Ability to travel extensively throughout Georgia and Alabama required
● Post-conviction litigation experience preferred
● Criminal defense experience in Alabama preferred
● Forensic science background preferred

To apply: 

Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, three references and a short writing sample (maximum 12 pages) to [email protected]. Include “Staff Attorney Position” in the subject line of your email. We will then email you a short application to complete. Individuals selected for an interview will be contacted no later than one week after the application deadline of March 26, 2018. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

Notes: 
The Georgia Innocence Project is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly value a diverse workforce and inclusive culture for all employees.
Salary range: 
$52,000+ (depending on experience); health & dental insurance, generous PTO, licensing and CLE fees