Post Conviction Litigation Fellow
ABOUT THE INNOCENCE PROJECT
The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist the wrongly convicted who could be proven innocent
through DNA testing. The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent
people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead
arise from systemic defects. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo
School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering numbers of
innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for
their unjust imprisonment. To learn more, please visit www.innocenceproject.org.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Innocence Project (“IP”) is pleased to announce the availability of three fully funded (inclusive of benefits) two year fellowships starting in September of 2021 for recent law school graduates interested in a post-conviction litigation career, or for lawyers seeking to pivot into the post-conviction litigation space who are prepared to come in at a junior level. People who have completed or will have completed judicial clerkships are encouraged to apply.
The Post-Conviction Litigation Fellow will work directly with attorneys in the Post-Conviction Litigation
Department to reinvestigate and litigate actual innocence claims. Most often, our cases involve claims
based on ineffective assistance of counsel, prosecutorial misconduct, false evidence, incentivized testimony,
and newly discovered evidence. Fellows will be involved in all aspects of the post-conviction innocence
litigation, including fact-finding, working with a range of experts and investigators, and litigating in trial and
The duties of this position require approximately 40 hours of work per week to be performed in-office
(remote working is currently supported, consistent with pandemic-related social distancing precautions, but
we expect to return to the office before fall of 2021), plus evening and weekend work as needed. Routine
travel to visit clients, investigate cases, and appear in court as expected is also required.
Fellows should be lawyers with top-notch advocacy skills, who are hard-working and who enthusiastically
embrace the IP’s mission and program objectives.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Support post-conviction docket
- Craft litigation strategy
- Assist in post-conviction factual re-investigations
- Write motions & briefs in connection with client representation, including motions for DNA testing
- Negotiate with prosecutors
- Communicate with Clients and family members regarding cases
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
- Graduation from an accredited law school prior to start date
- Either: (i) admitted to a state bar; (ii) awaiting bar exam results or admission to a state bar; or (iii) prepared to sit for next scheduled state bar examination
- Demonstrated interest in indigent defense, racial justice, and innocence work
- Strong legal research and persuasive writing skills
- Strong oral advocacy skills
- Client-centered approach to legal representation
- Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment at the same time as being collaborative
- Excellent analytic and writing skills, and ability to construct cogent arguments
- Great interpersonal and verbal communication skills
- Commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
- Enthusiasm for social justice and the work of the Innocence Project, including a demonstrated commitment to public interest
- Commitment to values of equity, excellence, collaboration, humanity, integrity, respect, and accountability
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The salary for this position is highly competitive and the Innocence Project offers an excellent benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Spending Account, 401k plan with company-match. While the office is currently remote in consideration of the ongoing pandemic, once commuting into the office (located in downtown Manhattan, New York) becomes again viable we will also offer company-paid transportation benefits.
WORKFORCE DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
The Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in
meeting its mission. We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds,
life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply.
Individuals with personal connections to the criminal legal system or other institutions of systemic
oppression are strongly encouraged to apply.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for
employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial
status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim
status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.
To apply, please visit Paycom. Upload a cover letter expressing your interest in the role and the
organization’s work, and a resume titled with your name (last name. first name. cover letter/resume). Only applications with cover letters will be considered complete applications. Information submitted through this secure site is kept confidential. Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to give applicant updates by phone or direct email.
**Applications for the position will be considered on a rolling basis until the post is filled.**
$74,000 - $103,000 commensurate with experience