The Capital Area Private Defender Service (“CAPDS”) is a 501(c)(3) organization charged with improving the quality of indigent criminal defense in Travis County through supporting, managing, and training assigned counsel. We are a managed assigned counsel program that handles the majority of indigent defense cases in Travis County; we work closely with attorneys to enhance the quality of indigent defense services and obtain best outcomes for clients. CAPDS uses a holistic defense approach to representation, placing the client at the center of the representation.
We are seeking a full-time Director of Legal Services with a commitment to excellence and indigent defense. The Director of Legal Services will report directly to the Executive Director and lead a team of attorneys responsible for monitoring and mentoring managed assigned counsel program attorneys.
Salary commensurate with experience between $125,000 - $150,000. Compensation includes employer-paid health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurances, as well as an employer-funded retirement plan and generous leave policy. Position may involve temporary telework due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please apply by sending your cover letter, resume, and list of three references in one document, addressed to Executive Director Bradley Hargis, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Place “Director of Legal Services” in the subject line. Priority given to applications received by April 23, 2021. Position is open until filled. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
CAPDS is an equal opportunity employer that values equity and diversity.
The Forensic Project in Austin, Texas, is seeking a full-time staff investigator. The Forensic Project is a unit of the Capital Area Private Defender Service (“CAPDS”) that was created to review felony convictions that rely in part of DNA evidence analyzed by the Austin Police Department DNA Laboratory. The APD DNA Lab was shuttered in July 2016 after the Texas Forensic Science Commission issued a report raising serious concerns. The Forensic Project was created in early 2017 and funded through Inter-Local Agreement between the City of Austin and Travis County to review convictions on behalf of potentially affected defendants to determine whether the DNA was material to conviction, to obtain expert scientific review of the cases in which DNA was material, and to provide post-conviction representation for defendants whose convictions are based on DNA analysis and/or testimony that is no longer scientifically supportable.
The staff investigator plays an integral role in The Forensic Project. Duties include: reviewing and analyzing case files and other documents; facilitating records requests; building relationships with clients and witnesses; developing investigation and mitigation plans; locating and interviewing witnesses; locating and reviewing forensic evidence; and updating client information.
The ideal candidate should possess the following qualifications:
Fluency in Spanish and previous investigative experience and training in capital habeas are preferred.
Salary is commensurate with experience. CAPDS offers a generous benefits package that includes health, dental, retirement, and other benefits. Continued funding is anticipated for the project, but must be renewed annually.
To apply, please email Stacie Lieberman, Director of The Forensic Project, at email@example.com. Please include in one document a cover letter, resume, and professional references. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, however priority will be given to applications submitted prior to May 1, 2021.
CAPDS is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All candidates are encouraged to apply.