The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for a two year fellowship position designed for junior attorneys with less than three years’ experience in criminal work. The intent of the fellowship is to provide less experienced attorneys with an intense and in-depth introduction into all aspects of a capital defense practice. Fellows will participate in researching and drafting legal filings, factual and mitigation investigation, record gathering, client visitation, case team meetings, case management, court preparation and office-wide strategic discussions. Fellows should expect to work long hours and face high expectations.

The LCAC is a non-profit public interest law firm founded in New Orleans in 1993.  The LCAC represents indigent defendants in capital cases – primarily at trial, but also on direct appeal, in state post-conviction and in federal habeas proceedings. We represent clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas and in federal cases.

In recent years, the LCAC has been at the cutting edge of capital defense litigation, particularly in areas such as prosecutorial misconduct, racial and religious discrimination, adequate indigent defense funding and the capital prosecution of those with serious mental impairments. In the context of its casework, the LCAC pursues impact litigation in critical areas so as to advance the position of indigent capital defendants more generally. The LCAC emphasizes excellence and creativity in capital practice as well as making the client the center of all efforts in the case.

The intended start date for the position is September 2018, though there is some flexibility.  Interested applicants should provide the following by email to Linda Cortez at lcortez@thejusticecenter.org: CV, writing sample, law school transcript, and contact information for three references. Applicants must be barred in Louisiana or willing to take the next Louisiana bar exam. The position is open until filled but motivated applicants should aim to submit materials as soon as possible. More information about LCAC can be found at http://www.thejusticecenter.org/lcac. The LCAC is an equal opportunity employer.

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