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Staff Attorney

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Post-conviction Litigation, Criminal Litigation Exp.: 3+ Years Salary: $60,000 - $70,000 Yearly
About the Position
MAIP Staff Attorneys are part of a legal team that has an extraordinary record of success. Staff Attorneys report to the Legal Director and manage dockets of cases in which we are engaging in document acquisition and review; field investigation; fact and expert witness development; and post-conviction innocence litigation in both state and federal courts. Staff Attorneys also manage the work of investigators and pro bono attorneys in those cases, as appropriate and in coordination with the Legal Director.

Essential Job Functions
Case Evaluation and Investigation
  • Read case files and prioritize cases and case tasks.
  • Obtain and thoroughly evaluate case documents through public-information act requests, court files, defense counsel, and other sources.
  • Develop investigation plans, which may include consulting experts, interviewing fact witnesses, visiting crime scenes, and other appropriate tasks.
  • Manage relationships with clients. This includes signing appropriate engagement letters, explaining what we do, managing expectations, interviewing them for information and also meeting with them, scheduling legal calls, and drafting letters to update them promptly on their cases.
  • As appropriate, assign tasks to investigators and/or pro bono attorneys, and supervise their work.
  • Make recommendations to the Legal and Executive Directors about when a case is ready to close and/or litigate.

  • Conduct legal research and/or supervise law students or co-counsel as they conduct legal research.
  • Edit pleadings that have been drafted by law students or co-counsel in cases that MAIP is litigating.
  • Draft pleadings as needed.
  • Periodically appear in trial and appellate courts to conduct hearings and/or oral arguments.
  • Manage relationships and communication with co-counsel and opposing counsel, working to ensure the collegiality of those relationships when possible.
  • Maintain relationships with clients.

Organizational & Team Responsibilities
  • Attend and be prepared for weekly case meetings, monthly Legal Team meetings, and weekly staff meetings.
  • Promptly acknowledge and respond to requests from team members.
  • Diligently maintain both paper files (as appropriate) and records in our case-management database.
  • Keep abreast of relevant legal and scientific developments.
  • Attend and participate in MAIP events and fundraising/development activities.
  • Other MAIP duties, as appropriate.

Qualifications and Experience
  • Attorney with an active license and at least three years of felony trial and/or appellate experience in criminal defense, post-conviction litigation, or other criminal litigation.
  • Eligible to be admitted to the bar of District of Columbia.

Key Competencies
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a sometimes intense and highly charged setting.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the value and power of teams.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to interact with diverse populations and vulnerable/traumatized individuals.
  • Superior writing and editing skills.
  • Client-centered approach to legal representation.
  • Enthusiasm for social justice and for MAIP’s work, including a demonstrated commitment to public-interest law and criminal-justice reform.
  • Ability to develop creative solutions to surmount apparent roadblocks.
  • Resilience and ability to maintain a positive attitude in the face of adversity.
  • Openness to feedback and enthusiasm for learning new skills.
  • Consummate workplace professionalism.

Salary Range: $60,000 - $70,000, depending on experience

Benefits: Health insurance (we pay 50 percent of premium on a platinum plan); Metrochek participation; generous leave and vacation policies; and a flexible, family-friendly environment.

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