The George Washington University Law School
2000 H St., NW
The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) is a nonprofit organization located in the District of Columbia that works to prevent and correct the conviction of innocent people in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. We are seeking a recent law school graduate or individual who recently has completed a judicial clerkship for a three-year fellowship that will be integral to fulfilling our mission.
MAIP has two in-house lawyers with heavy caseloads, resulting in a backlog of cases that need some level of investigation. The Fellow will work to address this backlog, representing clients in investigations and ultimately litigating (under the supervision of our Legal Director and Counsel) compelling innocence claims that arise from those investigations.
Essential Job Functions
- Work with the Executive Director, Screening Director, and Legal Director to develop a plan for effectively reducing the backlog of MAIP cases requiring some level of investigation.
- Maintain primary responsibility for executing that plan, which will include developing investigative plans in your own cases, litigating those cases (under supervision), supervising student investigations, and/or supervising pro bono attorneys on discrete projects related to backlog reduction.
- Evaluate cases for closing, additional investigation, or litigation, writing memos about cases and presenting them to the legal staff at weekly case meetings.
- Read screening memos, attend screening calls, and participate actively in discussions about which cases MAIP should investigate and/or litigate.
- Conduct and/or supervise legal research.
- Edit pleadings that have been drafted by law students or co-counsel in cases that MAIP is litigating. Write the first draft of pleadings as needed.
- Track deadlines related to filings, public-information act requests, etc.
- Manage relationships and communication with co-counsel, working to ensure the collegiality of those relationships when possible.
- Maintain relationships with clients by signing appropriate engagement letters, explaining our work, managing expectations, interviewing them for information, meeting with them, scheduling legal calls, and drafting letters to update them promptly on their cases.
- Some travel within our region to locate witnesses and documents, as well as to interview clients.
- Keep abreast of relevant legal and scientific developments.
- Attend and participate in MAIP events
Qualifications and Experience
- J.D. from an accredited law school.
- Must have passed the D.C. bar exam or be eligible to waive into the D.C. Bar.
- Must have a demonstrated interest in wrongful convictions, post-conviction work, criminal law, and/or the representation of indigent clients.
- Some investigative experience preferred.
- Energetic self-starter who is highly organized, persistent, detail-oriented, and works well under pressure.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritize and effectively manage workload, and regularly meet deadlines.
- Superior skills with computers and software (particularly Excel and similar databases), and a keen ability to quickly learn and navigate various databases and reporting programs.
- Strong interpersonal, diplomatic, and communication (verbal and written) skills: ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of people of diverse professional and cultural backgrounds.
- The ability to work flexibly and collaboratively with a variety of personality types.
- The willingness to work as part of a close-knit team.
Health insurance, Metrochek participation, generous leave policy, and family-friendly environment.
Minimum Education Required