R0023072 Staff Attorney, School of Law

Virginia, United States
$60,000.00 - $60,000.00
Apr 12, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

R0023072 Staff Attorney, School of Law

The Innocence Project at the University of Virginia School of Law seeks a staff attorney to supervise teams of law students who are helping screen, investigate, and litigate wrongful convictions in Virginia. The staff attorney works under the direction of Innocence Project clinic directors, Deirdre M. Enright and Jennifer L. Givens. This is a two-year, grant-funded position based on continuation of funding. [The position is classified as Professional Research Staff (“Postdoctoral Research Associate”) and offers compensation of $60,000 plus benefits.

The Innocence Project Clinic is a for-credit clinic in which approximately 12 enrolled law students engage in investigation and post-conviction litigation of wrongful conviction cases for a full academic year. The Innocence Project at UVA also has approximately 50 volunteer law students who work on cases and other matters for pro bono hours each year.

The Staff Attorney manages the volunteer students, under the supervision and with the assistance of both directors. In this role, the Staff Attorney’s primary role is to supervise student teams working on individual cases, and oversee the investigation, litigation, and related advocacy for each case.

The Staff Attorney will be expected to:

  • Supervise weekly team meetings; teach students how to collect relevant legal documents and investigate the case in the field; set up and oversee phone calls and meetings with clients and potential witnesses; teach students how to make and possibly litigate FOIA requests; oversee legal research; and draft relevant pleadings such as writs of habeas corpus, writs of actual innocence, requests for conditional and absolute pardons, or requests for parole.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for their cases’ clients, witnesses, and other involved parties.
  • Oversee the intake process and manage students who are evaluating potential cases.
  • Supervise and manage teams of students working on policy/reform issues or communication/outreach/development issues.
  • Work with the clinic directors on other litigation matters as needed, including pending litigation to which no student team is assigned.


  • J.D. and be an active member of a state bar in good standing.
  • At least two years of practice experience as a licensed attorney. Relevant experience is preferred. Applicants need not have criminal law or post-conviction experience, but must demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, public interest work and criminal justice reform.
  • Able to travel domestically, mostly in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with occasional evening and weekend work.
  • Have a valid driver's license.

Application review will begin on April 26, 2021.

The Staff Attorney will begin in summer of 2021. The applicant must be able to begin in July/August of 2021

To apply, visit https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs search for R0023072. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching “Find Jobs” in the top search bar. Applications that do not include both a resume and cover letter will not be considered for review.

For questions about the application process, please contact Nicole Robinson at nr7f@virginia.edu. For substantive questions about the position, please contact Nicholas Cummins at ncummins@law.virginia.edu.