507 W 11th St
Austin, Texas 78701
USA

ADMINISTRATIVE /INVESTIGATIVE ASSISTANT

The Forensic Project (Austin, Texas) is post-conviction law office that reviews convictions that rely in part on DNA evidence tested by the Austin Police Department (APD) DNA Lab. The Forensic Project is a division of the Capital Area Private Defender Service (CAPDS), a joint venture non-profit corporation.  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) conducting DNA materiality reviews in cases where the person convicted has requested such a review following receipt of a Brady notice; 2) submitting cases for expert 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 the position of Administrative/Investigative Assistant. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, highly organized and self-directed, and have an interest in criminal justice issues. Previous experience as an administrative assistant in a law office and/or investigative experience is preferred. Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable.


Responsibilities:


*Organize and maintain electronic and physical case files;

*Act as point of contact for office communications;

*Maintain office databases;

*Assist with investigation for post-conviction writs; and

*Support Project attorneys and investigators in maintaining the highest standards of advocacy, professional responsibility, client-centered representation and best practices in all areas of post-conviction review and representation.


Salary is commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package includes health, dental, retirement and other benefits. Continued funding is anticipated for the term of the Project, but must be renewed annually.


To apply, please email Stacie Lieberman, Director of The Forensic Project, at jobs@capds.org. Please include a cover letter, resume and three 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 September 1, 2019.


CAPDS is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All candidates are encouraged to apply. All candidates are encouraged to apply. To learn more about CAPDS and The Forensic Project, please visit www.capds.org and www.forensicproject.org.

 

PARALEGAL

The Forensic Project (Austin, Texas) is post-conviction law office that reviews convictions that rely in part on DNA evidence tested by the Austin Police Department (APD) DNA Lab. The Forensic Project is a division of the Capital Area Private Defender Service (CAPDS), a joint venture non-profit corporation.  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) conducting DNA materiality reviews in cases where the person convicted has requested such a review following receipt of a Brady notice; 2) submitting cases for expert 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 a paralegal position. 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. Previous experience with cases in Travis County district court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is highly desirable. Fluency in Spanish is preferred.

Responsibilities:

*    Organize and maintain electronic and physical case files;
*    Assist with the preparation and filing of motions and post-conviction writs;
*    Assist with client communication and intake;
*    Maintain highest standards of advocacy, professional responsibility, client-centered representation and best practices in all areas of post-conviction review and representation;
*    Keep abreast of court rules; and
*    Document and track time spent on casework and other duties.

For full-time candidates, the salary range is $50,000 to $65,000, commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package includes health, dental, retirement and other benefits. 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 jobs@capds.org. Please include in one document a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. We will be accepting applications until the open position is filled, however priority will be given to applicants who submit applications before September 1, 2019.


CAPDS is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All candidates are encouraged to apply. To learn more about CAPDS and The Forensic Project, please visit www.capds.org and www.forensicproject.org.