Policy Counsel, Access to Justice Initiatives

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



700 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
District of Columbia
United States


The Due Process Institute, a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, is looking for a highly qualified, independent self-starter to serve as their Policy Counsel, Access to Justice Initiatives in Washington, DC. The Due Process Institute looks past ideological divides to find common ground to restore principles of fairness in the criminal justice system. As a newly formed organization, the Due Process Institute is looking for a goal-oriented individual who can help the organization deliver measurable results to make criminal legal reform efforts a reality. The Policy Counsel will specifically focus on those efforts that remove or ameliorate obstacles that prevent people from accessing their procedural due process rights and will work on creating a fairer, more accountable, and more efficient justice system. For more information about our organization, please visit www.iDueProcess.org and follow us on Twitter: @iDueProcess.

Specific duties for the Policy Counsel will include:

·      Engage in extensive and sophisticated research and writing on complex issues relating to criminal law and criminal legal reform

·      Track and analyze federal and state legislation

·      Write regular blogs and opinion articles on a wide variety of issue areas, including digital privacy, 4th Amendment issues, search and seizure topics, grand juries, sentencing, the right to counsel, criminal intent, criminal discovery rules, prosecutor accountability, and many others

·      Create action alerts for federal legislators and their staff, as well as grassroots activists

·      Conceive and execute substantive legal and policy related programs and events

·      Represent the Institute’s policy positions and principles at coalition meetings and in meetings with lawmakers and other stakeholders, particularly those in progressive communities

·      Assist in developing model legislation and legislative strategies that will advance our reform positions

·      Assist with management of the organization’s website, social media, and communications platforms


·      JD plus either a judicial clerkship or 2 years of legal/policy experience required at a minimum (those with significantly more experience are also encouraged to apply)

·      Participation in Law Review or other legal journal strongly encouraged

·      Demonstrated interest in criminal law and criminal legal reform

·      Exceptional and proven research and writing skills

·      Ability to meet deadlines and effectively manage time; a self-starter attitude

·      Evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment

·      Demonstrated pattern of ability to prioritize, work collaboratively, and problem solve with creative resourcefulness

·      Some work travel might be required, but anticipated less than 10 days annually

Applicants from outside of the DC area are welcome to apply but must be able to relocate this fall if selected for the position.


This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing organization. The Due Process Institute is prepared to offer a competitive nonprofit base salary as well as a 401(k) contribution, generous tele-commute and “flex time” policies; metro commuter benefits; technology support and benefits; and on-site free gym access.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply


Submit a resume detailing your experience and a cover letter explaining why you would be a great fit for our organization. Please include your salary requirements in your cover letter. Please also submit a writing sample that represents your best work and that is substantially authored/edited by you alone (10 page maximum--excised portions of longer works are acceptable).

Deadline to submit applications is August 31, 2018 but applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.