The Forensic Project in Austin, Texas, is a non-profit post-conviction law office that reviews felony convictions that rely in part on DNA evidence tested by the Austin Police Department (APD) DNA Lab. The APD DNA lab was shut down in July of 2016 after the Texas Forensic Science Commission issued a report raising serious quality concerns with the lab's work. The Forensic Project was funded by Inter-Local Agreement between the City of Austin and Travis County in March of 2017. The Forensic Project is charged with: 1) reviewing cases to assess the materiality of DNA evidence to convictions; 2) submitting cases with material DNA evidence to an expert for scientific review of DNA test results; and 3) providing post-conviction representation to clients who have been impacted by issues at the APD DNA lab and/or by problematic DNA mixture calculations. It is expected that the project will be funded for a total of 3 to 5 years.
The Forensic Project is seeking candidates for two Post-Conviction Staff Attorney positions. A Post-Conviction Staff Attorney reviews case records and works with investigators to assess the materiality of DNA evidence to felony convictions. Post-Conviction Staff Attorneys also provide post-conviction representation to clients who were affected by issues in the APD DNA lab or whose APD DNA mixture statistical calculations have changed significantly since the time of conviction. The ideal candidate would be a highly organized and self-directed individual with criminal defense/innocence project/post-conviction experience and a demonstrated commitment to excellent, client-centered representation.
The Forensic Project is willing to accept applications for full-time and part-time Post-Conviction Staff Attorney positions. The ideal candidate would possess many of the following qualifications:
For full-time candidates, the salary range is $60,000 to $85,000, commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package includes health, dental, retirement and other benefits. Salary for part-time candidates is dependent on experience and availability. Continued funding is anticipated for the term of the project but must be renewed annually.
To apply, please email Stacie Lieberman, the Director of The Forensic Project, at email@example.com. Please include in one document a cover letter, resume, writing sample and professional references. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. We will be accepting applications until the open positions are filled, however priority will be given to applicants who submit applications before March 5, 2019. Past applicants are encouraged to re-apply if interested.
CAPDS is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All candidates are encouraged to apply.