Attorney - Post Conviction
About the Exoneration Project:
The Exoneration Project (EP) represents individuals who have been convicted of crimes of which they are innocent. We investigate and litigate post-conviction cases with the goal of exonerating the wrongfully convicted. The EP has a unique, collaborative structure: it operates as a clinic at the University of Chicago Law School and is staffed in part with attorneys and legal workers from the national civil rights law firm Loevy & Loevy.
The EP is seeking a full-time attorney to litigate post-conviction claims on our clients’ behalf. This role offers extensive opportunity to act as a lead attorney in cases through all phases of litigation and to work collaboratively with other lawyers in the EP.
We are looking for self-starters, persuasive writers, creative thinkers, effective communicators and collaborators, and people who are passionate about advocating for the rights of people wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Our litigation includes extensive factual investigations and often complex written legal arguments. Courtroom advocacy also is a critical component of our work: EP attorneys routinely litigate complex motions, hearings, and retrials.
The EP is a client-centered, nimble advocacy organization that aspires to produce the best possible legal outcome for our clients. An ideal attorney must be client-focused, motivated, and able to work creatively and independently. Attorneys can expect to be very busy while consistently delivering effective work product.
Note, we are currently working remotely as much as possible, but have a need for an attorney who could lead investigations, prepare for hearings or trial, and litigate cases primarily in the Chicago area. The position is ultimately based in the EP’s West Loop office (Fulton Market area) in Chicago. Some travel is required.