Overview

ABOUT USThe Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) is a 501(c)(3) organization that works to prevent and correct the conviction of innocent people in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. MAIP has one of the highest success rates in the country for exonerating those who have been wrongfully convicted, helping to secure the release or exoneration of 37 men who spent more than 700 years in prison for crimes they didnt commit. MAIP also has helped pass 17 laws that would prevent or make it easier to correct wrongful convictions.ABOUT THE POSITIONThe Legal Director is responsible for the overall management of MAIPs post-conviction innocence litigation in DC, Maryland, and Virginia courts. The Legal Director manages a team of staff and volunteer attorneys who investigate and litigate cases and also maintains an active caseload appropriate for their leadership role. The Legal Director is responsible for case assignments, strategic direction, and ensuring the high quality of MAIPs work product, and they will report directly to the Executive Director. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONSManage MAIPs Legal Team & PracticeHire, train, and support staff attorneys, investigators, and paralegals to provide high-quality legal services.Provide advice on investigation plans, legal strategy, and case handling.Ensure overall quality of legal work by editing and reviewing all filings in MAIP cases.Assign and monitor caseloads and case progress.Determine when to bring in co-counsel and work with the Executive Director to obtain co-counsel as appropriate.Run a weekly case meeting, conduct weekly 1-1 meetings with legal staff, provide feedback to employees on a consistent basis, and course correct when needed.Collaborate with Screening Director, legal team, and Executive Director on case selection.Ensure quality of internship program and supervision, which is led by another lawyer within the legal team.Keep abreast of relevant legal and scientific developments, and ensure that legal staff also is updated on important developments.Direct Representation of MAIP ClientsMaintain a limited docket of cases that are being investigated and/or litigated with co-counsel, as appropriate for the leadership role.In investigation cases, read case files, develop investigative plans, meet with clients in prison, interview witnesses, and determine whether/when cases should be litigated or closed.In litigation cases, manage and maintain client relationships; identify and work with experts; work with co-counsel to draft and file motions and briefs, as well as to prepare for and/or participate in motion hearings, appellate arguments, and evidentiary hearings.Public Education & LeadershipWork with Executive Director to determine overall goals and direction of the Legal Team and to identify issues that may need policy reform.Assist Deputy Director and Executive Director with budgeting and budget monitoring for the Legal Department.Participate in public-education and fundraising events as a spokesperson for MAIP.In conjunction with the Deputy Director and Executive Director, participate in media interviews as appropriate.QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCEAttorney with an active license and a minimum of seven years of felony trial and/or appellate experience in criminal defense, post-conviction litigation, or other criminal litigation.At least two years of experience supervising lawyers in criminal defense, post-conviction, or other form of criminal practice.An interest and familiarity with the use of forensic science in litigation.Admitted to the bars of either District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, or eligible for reciprocity.KEY COMPETENCIESAbility and motivation to create a cooperative and productive work environment.Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a sometimes intense and highly charged setting.Collegial, collaborative management style and a demonstrated commitment to the value and power of teams and staff.Superior judgment about both case/legal issues and management/organizational issues.Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to see the need to course correct.Superior writing and editing skills, including drafting and editing complex briefs, and reviewing/editing the work of attorneys.Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to interact with diverse populations and vulnerable/traumatized individuals.Client-centered approach to legal representation. Enthusiasm for social justice and for MAIPs work, including a demonstrated commitment to public-interest law and criminal-justice reform.Salary Range: $70,000 – $75,000Benefits: Health insurance (we pay 50 percent of premium), Metrocheck participation, generous leave and vacation policies, and family-friendly environment.Please send your resume, cover letter, writing sample, and references to: no later than February 15, 2021. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organizations 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.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.Tracking

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