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Volunteer and Job Openings


February 22, 2016

The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project is seeking a full-time Staff Investigator with experience and skill in criminal investigation, and a demonstrated passion for social justice issues.

Staff Investigator Job description

The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) currently has a staff of seven: an Executive Director, two staff lawyers, a Staff Investigator, a part-time Screening Director, a part-time Development Director, and a part-time Operations Director. We receive about 500 requests per year from prisoners claiming innocence; with our legal staff and the help of pro bono lawyers and law students, we screen those requests, investigate those we believe may involve legitimate claims of innocence, and litigate the most promising of those claims. We also engage in policy advocacy and raise the funds necessary to fulfill our mission. We are working to develop an exoneree support program. We do this work in a collegial and family-friendly environment. We put a premium on having good working relationships with each other, with our colleagues outside the organization, and with those who may be seen as our natural adversaries.

The new Staff Investigator will work on a day-today basis with MAIP’s staff lawyers and other investigator on cases that have been selected for investigation and litigation. The Staff Investigator also will provide guidance to MAIP lawyers and law student externs on investigative techniques and strategies, including advice on the best investigative strategies for individual cases in order to further MAIP’s goal of identifying potentially viable innocence claims. The Staff Investigator will report to the Executive Director, who oversees case assignments and manages case flow.

Specific duties will include:

* Read screening memos, participate in screening calls, and participate actively in discussions about which cases MAIP should investigate.

* Work with attorneys and law students to develop investigative plans in cases that have been selected for investigation and litigation.

* Review case files and interview defendants in an effort to gather more information about their cases.

* Conduct witness interviews in cases we are investigating and litigating.

* Draft memos about witness interviews.

* Regularly update our case management database about investigative activities.

* Accompany and help prepare law students who are conducting witness interviews in cases we are investigating or litigating.

* Attempt to locate witnesses through public records or databases.

* Locate and obtain documents and other evidence from courthouses or other sources.

* Attend weekly case meetings and be prepared to discuss relevant cases.

* Attend biweekly staff meetings.

* Attend and participate in MAIP events.

* Other duties as assigned.

Qualified applicants will possess excellent investigative and interviewing skills; a valid driver’s license; a good driving record; an understanding of criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence; good judgment; and an ability to prepare concise and accurate written and oral reports of investigative findings. Prior experience investigating serious crimes, in either law enforcement or criminal defense, is preferred. Other necessary characteristics include: strong organizational skills; the ability to juggle multiple tasks; the ability to work independently; and the ability to communicate with a diverse group of people, including prisoners, law enforcement officers, law students, and attorneys within the organization and at law firms.

The position will require significant travel throughout Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. It also requires flexibility in work schedule, as occasional evenings and weekends will be required.

How to apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references email to: Shawn Armbrust, Executive Director, at


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