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Miller-Montgomery Mitigation Specialist
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.
The Mitigation Specialist will be responsible for the investigation and development of competent, thorough and quality mitigation in accordance with statewide performance standards, the American Bar Association Guidelines and national best practices. Strong candidates will have significant investigative and/or mitigation investigation experience; familiarity with comprehensive biopsychosocial histories; substantive knowledge of adolescent development and the jurisprudence surrounding children in the adult justice system; familiarity with mental health issues; a demonstrated commitment to juvenile justice and criminal justice reform; and the ability to communicate effectively with a range of people.
Position: Miller-Montgomery Mitigation Specialist
Organization: The Capital Appeals Project
Location: New Orleans,  LA 
United States
Salary: $35,000-$50,000
Posting Start Date: 2/5/2019
Date Posted: 2/5/2019
  • Prior experience with the investigation and development of mitigation, the development and preparation of biopsychosocial histories, and/or social work or mental health experience is preferred but not required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, the ability to work well in a team-based, client-centered approach, and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations
  • Computer skills, including the use of automated investigative tools and technology
  • Strong work ethic, ability to work independently within a team, and willingness to work late hours and/or weekends
  • Daily use of a car, with a valid driver’s license and insurance, and the ability to travel regularly throughout Louisiana.
  • 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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