The Capital Appeals Project (CAP) is a non-profit law office based in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was founded in 2001 and provides capital appellate and post-conviction representation to indigent people on Louisiana’s death row. One of the leading death penalty appeals offices in the South, CAP has provided top notch representation to its clients before the Louisiana Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court, and has acted as a resource to public defenders and criminal defense lawyers across the state. CAP has diligently sought to improve the quality and standards of representation for indigent defendants and imprisoned people in Louisiana.
CAP is seeking a Staff Attorney with strong advocacy skills who has at least five years of litigation experience, is highly motivated, hard-working, and who embraces our mission and litigation goals enthusiastically. Strong research and writing skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a steadfast commitment to justice are essential to the position.
This position requires both a deep commitment to the people we serve as well as to improving the criminal justice system as a whole. An ideal candidate must be creative, comfortable in uncomfortable situations, and willing to give their best for the good of the clients.
The core of this position involves representation of death-sentenced people in post-trial proceedings. This includes providing representation, within a team model, at motion for new trial, direct appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court, petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court, and post-conviction review proceedings, from the district courts through the United States Supreme Court. This position may also include pre-trial consultation with trial teams, pre-trial and mid-trial writ practice, and appeals in serious felony cases. An ideal candidate will have substantial and diverse criminal litigation experience, whether at a trial level or post-trial level, capital or non-capital, and be willing to jump in to help wherever needed.
In all cases, the Staff Attorney will take responsibility for ensuring that every person we serve or issue we confront receives high quality, zealous advocacy, beyond the requirements of the Louisiana Performance Standards for Criminal Defense Representation in Indigent Capital Cases, the American Bar Association Guidelines, and national best practices.
• At least five years of experience representing indigent criminal defendants
• Commitment to client-centered representation
• Understanding and appreciation for the role of race discrimination in the criminal justice system
• Excellent written and oral advocacy skills
• Membership of the Louisiana Bar or willingness to sit for the next bar examination
• Good time management and organizational skills
• Proficiency in legal research
• Demonstrated ability to work well with teams
• Willingness to travel and work long hours
• Prior capital defense experience (including work as an intern or law clerk in a capital office)
• Prior appellate and/or post-conviction experience
• Substantive knowledge of trauma, brain dysfunction, and mental illness
• Experience in conducting investigation
Salary commensurate with experience (range: $50,000-$75,000), and includes generous benefits. 401(k) matching contribution available after 6 months’ continuous employment.
How to Apply
Please email or mail cover letter addressing qualifications, resume, writing sample, and three references to: Zain Tewalthomas, Director of Operations, Capital Appeals Project, 1024 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2021.
The Capital Appeals Project (CAP) is a non-profit law office based in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was founded in 2001 and provides capital appellate and post-conviction representation to indigent people on Louisiana’s death row. One of the…