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Miller-Montgomery Staff Attorney
The Capital Appeals Project (CAP) is a non-profit law office based in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was founded in 2001 to provide capital representation to indigent people on Louisiana’s death row. One of the leading death penalty appeals offices in the South, CAP has provided excellent representation to its clients before the Louisiana Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court and has acted as a resource to public defenders and criminal defense lawyers across the state. CAP’s efforts on its clients’ behalf and in providing training and counsel to other public defenders have improved the quality and standards of representation for indigent defendants and prisoners in Louisiana.
Through a new contract with the Louisiana Public Defender Board, CAP has expanded to include representation of juvenile clients facing life-without-parole (JLWOP). Our Miller-Montgomery Project will directly represent children and adults convicted as children who face JLWOP in their sentencing and re-sentencing litigation. We will work with the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (LCCR) and local public defenders to represent clients who are part of multi-defendant cases who cannot be represented by a single office.
This is an opportunity for a highly motivated individual to play an integral role in the development of best practices for defense attorneys representing children who face LWOP parole sentences in Louisiana. Strong candidates will have significant litigation and courtroom experience; familiarity with capital and/or Miller litigation and mitigation investigation; substantive knowledge of adolescent development and the jurisprudence surrounding children in the adult justice system, including those who face LWOP sentences; strong oral and written advocacy skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a range of people.
In all cases, the Staff Attorney will take responsibility for ensuring that every client receives high quality and zealous defense in accordance with the Louisiana Performance Standards for Attorneys Representing Juveniles in Life Without Parole Cases, the American Bar Association Guidelines, and national best practices.
Position: Miller-Montgomery Staff Attorney
Organization: The Capital Appeals Project
Location: New Orleans,  LA 
United States
Salary: Range: $50,000-$80,000
Posting Start Date: 2/5/2019
Date Posted: 2/5/2019
Requirements Qualifications
  • Membership of the Louisiana Bar or willingness to sit for the next bar examination
  • A minimum of two years of experience in criminal defense practice
  • Understanding and appreciation for the role of race discrimination in the criminal justice system
  • Experience litigating capital cases and/or juvenile cases, including the development and presentation of mitigation evidence is strongly preferred
  • Courtroom experience and strong oral advocacy skills
  • Strong issue spotting and research and writing skills
  • Substantive knowledge of adolescent psychology, adolescent development, mental health and other areas of knowledge important for effective advocacy on behalf of youth in the criminal justice system
  • Commitment to indigent criminal defense and willingness to work late hours and/or weekends
  • The ability to work well in a team-based, client-centered approach, and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations
  • Respect for the humanity and dignity of our clients
Status: This listing expires on: 5/6/2019
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The Capital Appeals Project
1024 Elysian Fields Ave.

New Orleans,  LA 70117
United States
Zain Tewalthomas


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