8 Nov 2011

Full-Time Staff Attorney/Habeas Project Coordinator

Ian ThomasSan Francisco, California, United States

Job Description

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children is seeking a full-time staff attorney to, among other duties, coordinate our Habeas Project.  The Habeas Project organizes lawyers statewide to provide post-conviction legal services to secure the release of domestic violence survivors who are incarcerated for crimes directly related to their experiences of being abused and who were unable to introduce expert testimony on abuse during their trial proceedings. Project collaborators include: the California Women’s Law Center, the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, and the University of Southern California’s Post-Conviction Justice Project.

Major Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the statewide collaboration of the Habeas Project
    • Provide leadership for advancing the Project’s efforts to secure freedom for incarcerated survivors of domestic violence
    • Ensure that the Project’s vision is being upheld through the daily activities of the Project, as well as regular evaluation of the previous term
    • Train and support pro bono legal teams to represent survivors on habeas petitions and parole matters, including creating and facilitating trainings; creating memos and manuals; maintaining communication with legal teams; monitoring relevant case law; providing resources and references for teams; and providing consultation by phone, email and in-person visits
    • Facilitate information sharing among collaborating organizations of the Project through regular communication with the member organizations; monthly meetings of the Project’s Advisory Committee; and an annual in-person meeting
    • Coordinate external communications about the Project by responding to media, student, and attorney requests for information and working with LSPC staff around grant proposals, website materials, and newsletters
    • Manage policy work relating to the implementation of Cal. Penal Code section 1473.5
    • Maintain the client database for the Project
    • Screen domestic violence survivors to determine whether they are eligible for relief under Cal. Penal Code section 1473.5
    • Recruit pro bono legal teams to represent survivors who are eligible for the Project’s assistance
    • Maintain correspondence with Habeas Project clients and potential clients incarcerated in California prison
  • Staff Attorney Duties
    • Provide legal support trainings on issues related to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people.
    • Monitor relevant pending legislation, particularly regarding domestic violence and term-to-life prisoners.
    • As necessary, draft letters of support or opposition for pending legislation and/or be available to testify at the legislature or at other administrative hearings.
    • Respond to prisoner and family member letters, emails, and phone calls with legal advice and referrals.
    • Be available to consult with staff on legal questions, especially regarding domestic violence and term-to-life prisoners.
    • Supervise law students and other interns.


Job Qualifications

  • Must be admitted to practice law in California (recent law school graduates waiting for Bar results are welcome to apply)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate with various internal and external groups
  • Good organizational skills and ability to multitask and manage several projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal daily supervision
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial, gender and social justice
  • Background in domestic violence law and/or post-conviction litigation, as well as experience with and/or knowledge of the California Board of Parole Hearings process for life-term prisoners, preferred

To apply: Please visit http://www.prisonerswithchildren.org/


Job Categories: Administrative. Job Types: Full-Time. Salary: Based on Experience.

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