Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $68,900
Maximum: $76,940

Published

10/09/2018

Start Date

11/01/2018

Application Deadline

10/31/2018

Address

1050 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite 400
washington
DC
20036
United States

Description

The American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney at the Project’s Washington, D.C. office. The ABA is committed to ensuring that those facing the ultimate punishment are provided with competent, adequately compensated counsel at every stage of the proceedings. The Project’s top priorities are:

1) enlisting law firms to represent indigent death-sentenced prisoners in post-conviction proceedings as pro bono counsel; and

2) reform of capital defender systems through systemic litigation and implementation of the ABA Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases.


The Staff Attorney will have a leading role in recruiting volunteer law firms, working with interested associates and partners to encourage them to accept a capital case or handle systemic litigation, and providing support and guidance once they have agreed to do so; conducting extensive legal research about the failures of counsel systems in particular jurisdictions and investigating potential causes of action; gathering evidence, data and case law examples to support potential causes of action; drafting pleadings; working in collaboration with cooperating organizations, capital defenders, consultants and advisory committee members regarding litigation strategy; creating media and public education campaigns; ensuring effective communication with external and internal (ABA) partners; and performing other duties as assigned. The salary range for this position is $68,900-$76,940.


The position requires some travel. Qualified applicants should have a law degree and be admitted in at least one U.S. jurisdiction; at least four years of substantive experience in death penalty litigation or related areas; a commitment to issues regarding indigent criminal defense and the death penalty; excellent legal research and writing skills; and the ability to work with a wide range of people and entities.


It is critical that the Staff Attorney be self-directed, work independently, and be capable of managing numerous projects under sometimes stressful conditions. Previous experience working with civil law firms or pro bono recruitment is highly desirable.


Interested candidates should electronically send a resume, a cover letter highlighting their interest and experience, references, and an unedited writing sample at: https://www5.recruitingcenter.net/Clients/abanet/PublicJobs/Intranet/controller.cfm?jbaction=JobProfile&Job_Id=12266&esid=az


The position will remain open until filled, but applicants are encouraged to submit their materials prior to Monday, October 15th to ensure consideration.


More information about the Project is available at www.americanbar.org/deathpenalty.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

sylvia.krohn@americanbar.org
https://www5.recruitingcenter.net/Clients/abanet/PublicJobs/Intranet/controller.cfm?jbaction=JobProfile&Job_Id=12266&esid=az

Interested candidates should electronically send a resume, a cover letter highlighting their interest and experience, references, and an unedited writing sample at: https://www5.recruitingcenter.net/Clients/abanet/PublicJobs/Intranet/controller.cfm?jbaction=JobProfile&Job_Id=12266&esid=az


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