Part of the mission of the Capital Area Private Defender Service (CAPDS) is to enhance the resources available to defense counsel to help them provide a quality defense. We are seeking an attorney with experience utilizing investigators, social workers, and immigration attorneys to assist in the implementation of the holistic defense grant. The attorney will assist in the training and supervision of our holistic and mentoring programs and assist panel attorneys in the use of a team defense.
The attorney’s primary responsibility will be assisting in elevating the quality of representation through holistic defense. The attorney will be responsible for ensuring that investigative services are used appropriately and that the investigators are kept to the highest legal and ethical standards. The forensic social work program will include training attorneys on the effective use of pre-pleading reports, mitigation, and jail diversion as a way of positively affecting the outcome of a criminal case. The attorney will also work in partnership with the immigration attorney to ensure assigned counsel utilize this resource effectively, including prompt referrals, gathering of client information for the immigration attorney, and ensuring that Padilla assistance is delivered effectively.
To apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and writing sample (sentencing letter preferably) to firstname.lastname@example.org as one document with Holistic Defense Supervisor in the subject line. Please demonstrate in your cover letter that you meet the minimum qualifications. Only applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be considered. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
Applications will be taken until position is filled.
The Capital Area Private Defender Service (CAPDS) seeks a Project Director to manage the Forensic Project, a non-profit post-conviction law office charged primarily with reviewing convictions stemming from 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. Following the award of a grant in September of 2016 from the Texas Indigent Defense Commission to review Travis County felony convictions involving DNA mixtures, 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 reviewing approximately 1800 cases that may have involved DNA evidence and is expected to be funded for 3 to 5 years.
The Project Director would supervise a small team of attorneys and investigators engaged in non-capital post-conviction case review to determine whether DNA evidence was material to a person’s conviction and providing post-conviction representation to clients who were affected by issues in the APD DNA lab or whose DNA mixture statistical calculations have changed significantly since the time of conviction. The Project Director must be an experienced criminal defense or post-conviction attorney with a demonstrated commitment to excellent, client-centered representation.
Salary commensurate with experience. To apply, please email Ira Davis at email@example.com. Please include a cover letter, resume, professional references and two writing samples. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. We will be accepting applications until the position is filled but priority will be given to those applicants whose applications are received by Friday, July 20, 2018.