Justice First Staff Attorney

Justice First Staff Attorney Position

The Justice First Project at the Center for Appellate Litigation is looking to hire a full-time attorney to assist in post-conviction motion practice.  The mission of the Justice First Project is to identify cases involving wrongful conviction and identify investigative avenues to pursue relief in post-conviction collateral motions.   The job involves reviewing lengthy trial records, including exhibits and discovery, identifying potential avenues of investigation and analyzing potential legal claims and the best manner in which to develop them.

The ideal applicant would have experience representing clients in both appellate and trial-level criminal proceedings.  The ability to analyze potential avenues of relief, investigate claims of actual innocence, write persuasively and interact with indigent clients is critical.   The ability to prepare witnesses and represent clients at post-conviction evidentiary hearings is crucial.  Prior experience litigating C.P.L. 440 motions is also a plus.   Applicants must be admitted to the New York State bar.  This position offers successful applicants an opportunity to advance to the position of Assistant Director to the Project. 

Because we believe that a diverse work force is essential to helping our clients through differing perspectives, CAL particularly welcomes applications from people of color; people with disabilities; and gay, lesbian, and transgender people.  CAL is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.

Salary is commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits are provided.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should email the Project’s Director, Claudia Trupp, at ctrupp@cfal.org attaching a cover letter and resume.