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The Forensic Project in Austin, Texas, is seeking a full-time administrative clerk. 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 on 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.

Duties include providing administrative support to attorneys and other support staff.

The ideal candidate should possess the following qualifications:

  • Experience working as a discovery clerk, paralegal or administrative assistant;

  • Demonstrated commitment to client-centered indigent defense;

  • Demonstrated high quality communication skills;

  • Ability to work collaboratively;

  • Demonstrated diligence and initiative to set and accomplish goals and meet deadlines;

  • Ability to function in a team-based setting;

  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite and other web-based programs; and

  • Experience working with diverse populations.

Fluency in Spanish is required.

Salary is $40,000-48,000 per year with medical, dental, retirement, and other benefits.

To apply, please email Stacie Lieberman, Director of The Forensic Project, at Please include in one document a cover letter, resume, and professional references. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until October 7, 2022.

CAPDS is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All candidates are encouraged to apply.