Position Information

Position Information
Staff Attorney

Washington Innocence Project (WashIP) Mission: WashIP fights for innocent people across Washington State who have been wrongly convicted by: representing them in the courts, providing support as they rebuild their lives in freedom, and advocating for policy reform to improve the fairness and truth-seeking mission of Washington State’s criminal legal system.
Position Overview: The Staff Attorney maintains an active caseload litigating post-conviction claims of actual innocence that may be proven through DNA testing or other newly discovered evidence in Washington’s trial and appellate courts and in federal court. The Staff Attorney may serve as lead or co-counsel with pro bono partners, and work with WashIP Staff to support our clients while modeling WashIP’s values of an inclusive and respectful workplace.
The Staff Attorney reports to the Executive Director.
Legal Services
  • Provide high-quality, client-centered legal representation to people in prisons across the state of Washington by researching, writing, investigating, and litigating innocence-based post-conviction briefs/motions
  • Work with WashIP Staff to conduct case evaluation and legal analysis of new applications for assistance
  • Prepare cases to place or co-counsel with community pro bono partners
  • Travel throughout the state as needed to conduct prison visits, court hearings, or to coordinate with pro bono partners

Grant Program Duties
  • Execute federal grant projects in conjunction with the Executive Director by working with grant partners, consultants, and agencies
  • Track and timely report grant-funded activities
This position is based in Seattle, WA and may be up to 50% remote.
The Washington 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, veterans, people with disabilities, and smart people with non-linear/non-traditional experience and educational backgrounds to apply for this position. Most importantly, no matter their background, the person selected for this position must embrace, advocate for, and deeply value equity, diversity, and inclusivity.
Position: Staff Attorney
Organization: Washington Innocence Project
Location: Seattle,  WA 
United States
Salary: $65,000 - $85,000
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 6/23/2021

Qualifications and Experience

  • Juris Doctorate degree
  • Active license to practice and a minimum of three (3) years of trial and/or appellate experience in criminal defense, post-conviction litigation, or other criminal litigation
  • Experience researching, writing, and arguing motions
  • Cultural competence ability to work with diverse communities
  • Admitted to Washington State Bar or currently eligible for reciprocity

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license to practice law.

Key Comptetencies (Skills, Abilities and Traits):

  • Ability to work collaboratively and compassionately with colleagues
  • Excellent writing skills suitable to drafting and editing complex briefs
  • Well-developed interpersonal, conflict resolution, and negotiation skills
  • Strong self-directed work ethic that respects the position of our clients
  • Interest and familiarity with the use of forensic science in criminal law
  • Receptivity to constructive feedback/enthusiasm for professional growth
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and case management software
  • Enthusiasm for social justice and strong curiosity about our work, including a commitment to public interest law and criminal justice reform
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

Please submit a resume and a cover letter or letter of interest to work@wainnocenceproject.org

This position will remain open until filled.  Priority will be given to applications received by Friday, July 2, 2021.

Status: This listing expires on: 8/22/2021
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Organization Information
Washington Innocence Project
PO Box 85869

Seattle,  WA 98145
United States