About – Hiring – Staff Attorney

JOB OPENINGS

Title: Staff Attorney

Position type: Full time, salaried, exempt 

Salary: $59,000+ (depending on experience)

Benefits: Generous paid time off, flexible benefits plan, professional development

The Georgia Innocence Project (“GIP”) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing pro bono legal services to people convicted in Georgia of crimes they did not commit.  GIP works to exonerate the imprisoned innocent, prevent future wrongful convictions through education and policy reform, and connect the exonerated with resources to rebuild their lives. 

We are seeking a full-time Staff Attorney to assist in investigating and litigating Georgia cases as described below. This position is based in our office in Atlanta, and will require travel throughout Georgia. The staff attorney reports directly to the Executive Director or designee. 

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Investigate and oversee investigations into post-conviction innocence claims in Georgia 
  • Gather and review entire case records (trial and appellate records, police and lab reports, prosecutor and DOC files) to understand and assess the factual and procedural history, generating extensive work product documents and memos in the process
  • Identify and take steps necessary to uncover and analyze any new evidence of innocence
  • Communicate with clients, 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 in state court, federal court and/or relevant administrative bodies
  • 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 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Admission to the Georgia State Bar required
  • 6+ years criminal trial, appellate, and / or post-conviction litigation experience required
  • Ability to travel extensively throughout Georgia required
  • Forensic science background preferred

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

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should e-mail the following as PDF attachments: a cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample (maximum 30 pages) to [email protected]. Include “Staff Attorney” 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 directly.  NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

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

Deadline:  Position will be open until filled.