A Non-Profit Law Office
636 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70113-1004
(Ph.) (504) 529-5955 • (504) 558-0378 (Fx.)


The Capital Appeals Project (CAP) is a non-profit law office based in New Orleans, Louisiana that provides capital appellate and post-conviction representation to indigent people on Louisiana’s death row. CAP provides high-quality representation in the state and federal courts throughout Louisiana, and acts as a resource to public defenders and criminal defense lawyers across the state. CAP attorneys have successfully represented clients in state district courts, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court, which in turn has improved the quality and standards of representation for indigent capital defendants in Louisiana.

CAP is seeking applicants for a one-year fellowship. The fellow will help represent defendants from the time they are sentenced to death through their direct appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court and petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court, as well as in state post-conviction and federal habeas. The fellow will be supervised by senior attorneys, and will have a substantial role in informing the litigation strategies, reviewing records, meeting with clients, conducting legal research, drafting appellate briefs, mooting oral arguments, and conducting investigation. The fellowship is potentially renewable for a second year.


  • current 3Ls or recent law school graduates
  • respect for the humanity and dignity of our clients
  • excellent writing and oral advocacy skills
  • demonstrated commitment to indigent criminal defense and the highest quality representation
  • the ability to work well with varying co-counsel and support staff
  • commitment to work long hours and to travel when necessary
  • member of the Louisiana Bar or willing to sit for next Louisiana Bar examination

How to Apply:

Please email or mail cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to: Zain Tewalthomas, Capital Appeals Project, 636 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70113,

CAP values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

CAP does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation

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