INNOCENCE PROJECTHuman Rights & Legal Services
The Innocence Project's mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.
New York, NY
Job Title: Post-Conviction Litigation Paralegal
Supervisor: Director, Post-Conviction Litigation
The Innocence Project Post-Conviction Litigation Department represents individuals who claim they are innocent of a crime for which they were convicted. Most are incarcerated and are seeking release from prison. The Innocence Project represents individuals throughout the United States and on average litigate for roughly six years to prove their client’s innocence. The team is comprised of seven lawyers, four paralegals, one assistant, and fifteen law students. The Weil Legal Innovator would join this team as a paralegal supporting an attorney.
Paralegal responsibilities include, among other things, drafting orders for discovery and DNA testing, writing memos organizing factual issues, conducting evidence searches, liaising with forensic laboratories and prisons, communicating with clients and their family members, and preparing litigation documents for filing. Paralegals occasionally travel to prisons and court hearings.
- Strong writing and communication skills required
- Proven ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritize and effectively manage workload, and regularly meet deadlines
- Competency with Windows, Microsoft Office Suite and basic internet research is required
- Familiarity with Case Management software and legal search engines such as Westlaw and LexisNexis preferred
- Previous experience preparing documents for filing in court preferred
- Energetic self-starter who is highly organized, persistent and detail-oriented
- Commitment to social justice; particularly the mission of the Innocence Project