Careers at NEIP


 

The New England Innocence Project is Hiring for Multiple Positions! 

We are looking for a Staff Investigator

NEIP seeks a candidate for a full-time Staff Investigator.  This position reports directly to NEIP’s Executive Director and will work closely with NEIP Staff Attorneys, Case Director, Interns, Pro Bono Attorneys, and Volunteers.  The Staff Investigator will be based in the Boston office but will support case work throughout the six New England states.  The Staff Investigator is responsible for conducting and overseeing all investigations at various stages throughout the review and litigation processes.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities

●      Work with staff to develop and carry out investigative plans.

●      Review case files and interview applicants, often in prison, in an effort to gather more information about their cases.

●      Create investigative logs that document all investigative actions.

●      Locate and interview witnesses, family members, prior counsel, and others associated with an applicant’s or client’s case.

●      Assist Staff Attorneys and the Executive Director with hearings (review filings, help prepare witnesses, and serve subpoenas).

●      Write affidavits and reports of interviews and testify as necessary.

●      Take part in the collaborative case-acceptance decision-making process as a member of NEIP’s legal team.

 

Qualifications:

●      Minimum 2 years of investigation experience required.

●      Demonstrated commitment to social justice required.

●      Must be willing to travel throughout New England (approximately 5-10 days per month) with occasional overnight trips included.  Travel outside New England may also be required depending on the nature of the investigation.

●      Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable car.

●      Must pass a criminal background check in order to gain access to prisons.

●      Plus factors for applicants

o   Background in forensics

o   Background in social work

o   Spanish proficiency

o   Notary public

The selected candidate must be detail oriented and have superior organizational and oral communication skills.  The ideal candidate must be a self-starter, adept at speaking to a wide range of interviewees, and understand the unique issues involved in innocence litigation.  Salary is $50,000+, depending on experience.

Application Instructions: Please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to jobs@newenglandinnocence.org with the Subject Line “Staff Investigator Position.”  Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

The New England Innocence Project is an equal opportunity employer and strives for diversity among its applicant pool as well as within its staff and board.  We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds, especially racial and ethnic minorities, people within the LGBTQ community, veterans, people with disabilities, and people with non-linear/non-traditional experience and educational backgrounds to apply for this position. Importantly, no matter their background, the person selected for this position must embrace, advocate for, and deeply value equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

We are looking for a Staff Attorney

NEIP seeks a candidate for a full-time Staff Attorney.  This position reports directly to NEIP’s Executive Director and will work closely with pro bono attorneys, law school clinics, other innocence network organizations, and relevant stakeholders (conviction integrity units, forensic laboratories, legislators, etc.). 

Depending on experience and individual circumstances, the Staff Attorney will either be based in NEIP’s Boston Office or may be based in one of the other New England states. 

Duties/Responsibilities

●      Identify, investigate, and litigate post-conviction claims of innocence (screen applications for assistance; make prison visits; interview witnesses; draft and file motions for post-conviction forensic testing and post-conviction relief; conduct evidentiary hearings; present cases to Conviction Integrity Units; handle appeals).

●      Train and supervise volunteers, interns, and law school clinical students.

●      Manage policy initiatives related to wrongful convictions.

●      Plan and present continuing legal education programs on topics related to wrongful convictions.

●      Work with trial counsel pretrial on cases that raise issues related to wrongful convictions.

●      Work with attorneys and firms handling post-conviction cases involving innocence claims.

●      Contribute to screening, researching, and writing amicus briefs in support of issues related to wrongful convictions.

●      Collaborate closely with the NEIP team to correct and prevent wrongful convictions and support our exoneree community.

 

Qualifications:

●      Juris Doctorate degree required.

●      Demonstrated commitment to social justice required.

●      Bar membership in one of the six New England states (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) required.

●      Minimum 5-7 years legal experience preferred, including substantial trial-level criminal practice.

●      Litigation experience in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont strongly preferred. 

●      Ability to travel regularly throughout New England region required. Access to reliable car transportation required.

 

The selected candidate must be detail oriented and have superior organizational, oral communication, and writing skills.  The ideal candidate must be a self-starter, adept at guiding a diverse set of stakeholders towards cooperation, and understand the unique issues involved in innocence litigation.  Salary is $70,000+, depending on experience.

Application Instructions: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and 3 references to jobs@newenglandinnocence.org with the Subject Line “Staff Attorney Position.”  Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

The New England Innocence Project is an equal opportunity employer and strives for diversity among its applicant pool as well as within its staff and board.We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds, especially racial and ethnic minorities, people within the LGBTQ community, veterans, people with disabilities, and people with non-linear/non-traditional experience and educational backgrounds to apply for this position. Importantly, no matter their background, the person selected for this position must embrace, advocate for, and deeply value equity, diversity, and inclusivity

 

The New England Innocence Project is an equal opportunity employer and strives for diversity among its applicant pool as well as within its staff and board.  We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds, especially racial and ethnic minorities, people within the LGBTQ community, veterans, people with disabilities, and people with non-linear/non-traditional experience and educational backgrounds to apply for this position. Importantly, no matter their background, the person selected for this position must embrace, advocate for, and deeply value equity, diversity, and inclusivity.