Legal Assistant, PCL
The Innocence Project works to free the innocent, prevent wrongful convictions, and create fair, compassionate, and equitable systems of justice for everyone. Our work is guided by science and grounded in anti-racism. Since our inception, the Innocence Project has used DNA and other scientific advancements to prove wrongful conviction. To date, we have helped to free or exonerate more than 200 people who, collectively, spent more than 3,600 years behind bars. Our efforts have led to the passage of more than 200 transformative state laws and federal reforms. Today, the Innocence Project continues to fight for freedom, drive structural change, and advance the innocence movement. To learn more, please visit www.innocenceproject.org.
The Legal Assistant will be a member of the Post-Conviction Litigation (PCL) team, which is focused on reinvestigating and litigating post-conviction cases of actual innocence. Most often, PCL’s cases involve claims based on newly discovered evidence, including DNA evidence, mistaken identification, false confessions, faulty forensic science, ineffective assistance of counsel, police and prosecutorial misconduct, false evidence, and incentivized testimony.
The Legal Assistant for the Post-Conviction Litigation Department (PCL) is responsible for providing administrative support and logistical assistance to PCL staff and clinic students. The Legal Assistant will provide case file management support; please be aware that case files may contain graphic photos and descriptions of violent acts. In addition to supporting PCL staff, the Legal Assistant will also be responsible for reception coverage in conjunction with the main receptionist. Reception coverage will be provided by the Legal Assistant during lunch breaks and absences taken by the main receptionist.
The Legal Assistant reports to the PCL Director and works closely with the staff attorneys and paralegals.
All Innocence Project employees must embrace, respect and value the rich diversity of perspectives and experience of a diverse and heterogeneous staff. We recognize and appreciate that our work is better for having varied participants and thought partners.
We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.
While the Innocence Project has supported remote work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently committed to a hybrid workplace with mandatory three days per week in-office. The nature of the Legal Assistants duties may require more time in the office. The number of required in-office days is subject to change.
The ideal candidate is an independent and flexible individual with strong interpersonal skills. They are detail oriented and have superb organizational skills.
CASE FILE MANAGEMENT
SUPPORT OF LEGAL DEPARTMENT
The salary for this position is highly competitive and the Innocence Project offers an excellent benefits package, including fully-paid individual health, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Spending Account, 401k plan with 6% company-match, paid disability and family care leave, adoption and fertility expense reimbursements, and company-paid transportation benefits.
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 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 JazzHR. 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 this position will be considered on a rolling basis until the post is filled.**
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Legal Assistant, PCL
The Innocence Project works to free the innocent, prevent wrongful convictions, and create fair, compassionate, and equitable systems of justice for everyone. Our work is guided by science…