In connection with our Justice First project, CAL seeks to sponsor fellows whose work begins each fall. As this work is considered "collateral" representation, it is not funded through governmental agencies. The fellow would be responsible for obtaining funding through an appropriate public interest fellowship program.
The fellow will work with a group of attorneys who will be responsible for investigating clients' claims of actual innocence. Responsibilities will include reviewing client correspondence and transcripts, creating and implementing investigation strategies and conducting legal research, and drafting motions to vacate convictions in the state courts and pursuing those motions in federal court where appropriate. Fellows will likely gain trial and appellate experience in the context of working on especially demanding and challenging cases.
The work creates an extraordinary opportunity for a recent law school graduate to develop both investigative trial skills and insights into appellate practice. Additionally, the project will seek to promote opportunities for scholarly investigation of the problem of wrongful convictions.
Above all, the fellow will have the chance to directly impact the lives of the wrongfully convicted.
Interested candidates should send or email cover letters and resumes to:
Project Director, Justice First
Center for Appellate Litigation
120 Wall Street - 28th Floor New York, NY 10005