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Staff Attorney, the Innocence Project at UVA School of Law
University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia
 
 
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Date Posted 05/18/2022
Category
Admin-Legal Affairs
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

The Innocence Project at the University of Virginia School of Law seeks a staff attorney to supervise teams of law students who help screen, investigate, and litigate wrongful convictions in Virginia. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, the Law School is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity, and community service.

 

The Innocence Project at UVA School of Law identifies, investigates, and litigates wrongful conviction cases in Virginia and advocates for policy reform. The Innocence Project Clinic is a for-credit clinic in which approximately 14 enrolled law students engage in investigation and post-conviction litigation of wrongful conviction cases for a full academic year. Other students—approximately 50+ students each year—volunteer their time with the pro bono clinic to work on cases and other matters for the Innocence Project; pro bono clinic students also have the opportunity to develop policy proposals and advocate for legislative reform.

 

The staff attorney manages the volunteer/pro bono clinic students, under the supervision and with the assistance of Innocence Project Clinic director Jennifer L. Givens and associate director Juliet Hatchett. The staff attorney’s primary role is to supervise student teams working on individual cases, and oversee the investigation, litigation, and related advocacy for each case. The staff attorney will also be asked to assist with efforts to increase public awareness of wrongful convictions.

The staff attorney will be expected to:

  • Supervise weekly team meetings; teach students how to collect relevant legal documents and investigate the case in the field; set up and oversee phone calls and meetings with clients and potential witnesses; teach students how to make and possibly litigate FOIA requests; oversee legal research; and draft relevant pleadings such as petitions for writs of habeas corpus, petitions for writs of actual innocence, requests for conditional and absolute pardons, and requests for parole.

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for their cases’ clients, witnesses, and other involved parties.

  • Oversee the intake process and manage students who are evaluating potential cases.

  • Supervise and manage teams of students working on policy/reform issues or communication/outreach/development issues.

  • Work with the clinic directors on other litigation matters as needed, including pending litigation to which no student team is assigned.

  • Assist with efforts to raise public awareness of wrongful convictions.

Requirements:

  • J.D. from an ABA approved law school or foreign equivalent and be an active member of a state bar in good standing (VA bar admission preferred).

  • At least one to three years of relevant practice experience is preferred.

  • Able to travel domestically, mostly in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with evening and weekend work as needed.

  • Have a valid driver's license.

This one-year restricted position is renewable for up to two additional years, subject to performance and continuation of funding.  The position is classified as Professional Research Staff (“Postdoctoral Research Associate”) and offers compensation of $60,000 plus benefits.

The School of Law is located in Charlottesville, VA, a college town setting with natural beauty and significant historical relevance in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Charlottesville is a wonderful place to live with an extraordinary quality of life, often ranked among the best places to live in the United States.

Application review will begin on May 27, 2022. The staff attorney applicant must be able to begin no later than mid-August of 2022.

To Apply:

Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs  search for requisition R0036303.  Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile.  Complete the application, and upload the following required materials:

  • Cover letter

  • CV/resume

  • Names and contact information for three professional references

 

*** Please note that ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the resume submission field, and you can combine documents into one PDF. ***

**Applications that do not have all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

 

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Jennifer Givens, at jenniferlgivens@law.virginia.edu .  Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Marcus Rozier, Academic Recruiter, at hjv5vm@virginia.edu .


COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines  webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.



The Innocence Project at the University of Virginia School of Law seeks a staff attorney to supervise teams of law students who help screen, investigate, and litigate wrongful convictions in Virginia. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, the Law School is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity, and community service.

 

The Innocence Project at UVA School of Law identifies, investigates, and litigates wrongful conviction cases in Virginia and advocates for policy reform. The Innocence Project Clinic is a for-credit clinic in which approximately 14 enrolled law students engage in investigation and post-conviction litigation of wrongful conviction cases for a full academic year. Other students—approximately 50+ students each year—volunteer their time with the pro bono clinic to work on cases and other matters for the Innocence Project; pro bono clinic students also have the opportunity to develop policy proposals and advocate for legislative reform.

 

The staff attorney manages the volunteer/pro bono clinic students, under the supervision and with the assistance of Innocence Project Clinic director Jennifer L. Givens and associate director Juliet Hatchett. The staff attorney’s primary role is to supervise student teams working on individual cases, and oversee the investigation, litigation, and related advocacy for each case. The staff attorney will also be asked to assist with efforts to increase public awareness of wrongful convictions.

The staff attorney will be expected to:

  • Supervise weekly team meetings; teach students how to collect relevant legal documents and investigate the case in the field; set up and oversee phone calls and meetings with clients and potential witnesses; teach students how to make and possibly litigate FOIA requests; oversee legal research; and draft relevant pleadings such as petitions for writs of habeas corpus, petitions for writs of actual innocence, requests for conditional and absolute pardons, and requests for parole.

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for their cases’ clients, witnesses, and other involved parties.

  • Oversee the intake process and manage students who are evaluating potential cases.

  • Supervise and manage teams of students working on policy/reform issues or communication/outreach/development issues.

  • Work with the clinic directors on other litigation matters as needed, including pending litigation to which no student team is assigned.

  • Assist with efforts to raise public awareness of wrongful convictions.

Requirements:

  • J.D. from an ABA approved law school or foreign equivalent and be an active member of a state bar in good standing (VA bar admission preferred).

  • At least one to three years of relevant practice experience is preferred.

  • Able to travel domestically, mostly in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with evening and weekend work as needed.

  • Have a valid driver's license.

This one-year restricted position is renewable for up to two additional years, subject to performance and continuation of funding.  The position is classified as Professional Research Staff (“Postdoctoral Research Associate”) and offers compensation of $60,000 plus benefits.

The School of Law is located in Charlottesville, VA, a college town setting with natural beauty and significant historical relevance in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Charlottesville is a wonderful place to live with an extraordinary quality of life, often ranked among the best places to live in the United States.

Application review will begin on May 27, 2022. The staff attorney applicant must be able to begin no later than mid-August of 2022.

To Apply:

Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs  search for requisition R0036303.  Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile.  Complete the application, and upload the following required materials:

  • Cover letter

  • CV/resume

  • Names and contact information for three professional references

 

*** Please note that ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the resume submission field, and you can combine documents into one PDF. ***

**Applications that do not have all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

 

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Jennifer Givens, at jenniferlgivens@law.virginia.edu .  Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Marcus Rozier, Academic Recruiter, at hjv5vm@virginia.edu .


COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines  webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


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