Careers at NEIP
Position Posting: Forensic Science Justice Fellowship,
Two-Year Grant-Funded Position
The New England Innocence Project (NEIP) is a non-profit dedicated to correcting and preventing wrongful convictions throughout the six New England states. We represent people with claims of actual innocence and use litigation, training, public education, and policy efforts to create systemic changes to the criminal legal system.
NEIP seeks a candidate to fill a two-year fellowship for a full-time Forensic Science Justice Attorney. This position reports directly to NEIP’s Executive Director and will work closely with public defenders, pro bono attorneys, law school clinics, other innocence network organizations, and relevant stakeholders (conviction integrity units, forensic laboratories, legislators, etc.). The Forensic Science Justice Attorney will provide consulting services to Massachusetts attorneys grappling with forensic evidence in criminal cases both before trial and after conviction. They will also be responsible for tracking developments in the forensic sciences, as well as developments in judicial rules governing the admissibility and weight of expert testimony and identifying cases in which defendants were convicted on the basis of forensic expert testimony lacking an adequate scientific foundation.
Duties and Responsibilities:
· Consultation with counsel at pre-trial, appellate, and post-conviction phases of litigation regarding forensic science evidence in the case, the results of any testing conducted, the basis for and limitations of the methodology used, and about potential litigation strategies.
· Litigating forensic science issues in pre-trial, trial, appellate, and post-conviction cases including drafting memoranda, affidavits, and briefs, directing and cross-examining experts and other witnesses, and making oral arguments.
· Conducting legal research and analysis, including keeping apprised of current developments in forensic science and court rules/policies on forensic science and the admissibility thereof.
· Evaluating social science research and incorporating scientific research into legal arguments.
· Identifying post-conviction cases where the prosecution relied on faulty/unreliable forensic science in obtaining a conviction.
· Geographic Area Covered: The litigation duties of this position will be focused on Suffolk & Middlesex Counties in Massachusetts (because of grant requirements).
· Writing grant reports describing progress on the Forensic Science Justice Project
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
· Minimum 5 years litigation experience required.
· MA Bar membership required.
· Demonstrated commitment to social justice required.
· Criminal, indigent defense, or related civil rights experience required.
· Relevant background in/experience with at least one of the following is required:
· Eyewitness memory social science
· Digital forensics
· Pathology/Medicine, especially pediatric
· Pattern-Matching and other forensic disciplines (e.g. shoeprint, tire, fingerprint, bitemarks, ballistics, fiber/hair)
· Cognitive Bias
· Other relevant forensic science area (please describe)
· Experience litigating in Suffolk or Middlesex Counties in Massachusetts strongly preferred.
· Experience with and the ability to understand, summarize, and translate complex research for a lay audience preferred.
· Public speaking experience strongly preferred.
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 forensic science litigation.
Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $68,000 - $78,000.
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.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Line “Forensic Science Justice Fellowship.” Applications will be considered until the position is filled.