Position Announcement
Junior Case Investigator
Innocence Project New Orleans

Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) is seeking a dedicated, energetic individual to work as a Junior Case Investigator to assist in investigating claims of factual innocence from prisoners in Louisiana and Mississippi, in order to prepare viable innocence cases for representation and court proceedings.

About Innocence Project New Orleans

Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) is a nonprofit law office that represents innocent prisoners serving life sentences in Louisiana and Mississippi, and assists them with their transition into the free world upon their release. IPNO uses its cases to explain how wrongful convictions happen and what we can all do to prevent them. IPNO works with legislators, judges, lawyers, law enforcement and policymakers to protect the innocent within the criminal justice system.

Since its inception in 2001, IPNO has freed or exonerated 28 wrongly convicted prisoners. IPNO takes the hardest cases-cases that others are not equipped to. We devote the majority of our time and resources to freeing poor people who will otherwise die in prison for crimes they did not commit.

About the Position:

The responsibilities of the Junior Case Investigator include:

  • Assist in the investigation of potential innocence cases under the supervision of  lead attorneys and investigators, with the following duties:
    • Gathering documents and records from courts, government agencies, attorneys, and other sources;
    • Learning and understanding the requirements for proving innocence in court under Louisiana, Mississippi, and federal law;
    • Assisting in investigations according to team case plans, guided by the legal requirements for filing and proving an innocence case in court;
    • Documenting all investigative actions in detailed written memos and reports;
    • Communicating all investigative actions and progress directly to supervising attorneys and lead investigators in regular updates and meetings;
    • Managing a large file of documents in each case, and completing any related administrative tasks;
    • Assisting in preparing legal memos as needed;
    • Establishing and maintaining client relationships;
    • Traveling and conducting investigative tasks with irregular hours under often difficult conditions; and
    • Other duties as determined by supervising attorneys and investigators.
  • Assistance in preparation for court hearings and pleadings, including:
    • Paralegal work;
    • Preparing exhibits and demonstrative evidence;

Additionally, since IPNO is a small nonprofit office, all employees including the Junior Case Investigator will assist, as needed, in all aspects of IPNO’s work, including:

  • Fundraising
  • Communication and media
  • Policy advocacy
  • Office administration
  • Exoneree Assistance

Skills and Qualifications Required

  • The ability to learn, understand, and apply the law related to wrongful convictions, though no legal experience is necessary;
  • The ability to learn, understand, and apply the basics of forensic science and DNA testing, though no science experience is necessary;
  • An understanding of issues bearing on criminal justice, social justice, and wrongful convictions;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • The ability to work independently within teams supervised by a lead attorney and investigator;
  • The ability to communicate and work cooperatively with a wide range of people including government personnel and officials, law enforcement, attorneys, records custodians, students, prisoners and their families, and members of the community;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • The capacity to take initiative and think strategically;
  • When needed, willingness to travel and work irregular hours under difficult conditions;
  • Computer literacy, including proficiency with common office software;
  • Valid driver’s license; and
  • Reliable transportation

Experience and Qualifications Preferred

  • Bachelors degree
  • Prior investigative experience helpful, but not necessary
  • Familiarity with and ties to Louisiana or Mississippi

Compensation and Benefits

This position requires a two year commitment. Salary range is $25,000-$35,000 depending on experience. IPNO offers competitive benefits and generous vacation time.

Application

The position will be open until filled. Please e-mail a cover letter including salary requirements, resume and writing sample (less than five pages) to openings@ip-no.org; please include the job title in the e-mail subject line.

Please do not call or fax.

IPNO considers applicants for positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, creed, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, former imprisonment or any legally protected status. We strongly encourage people from traditionally marginalized groups to apply.

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