SCHR is working for equality, dignity, and justice for people impacted by the criminal legal system in the Deep South. SCHR fights for a world free from mass incarceration, the death penalty, the criminalization of poverty, and racial injustice.
Over our forty-six-year history, SCHR has litigated precedent-setting cases in the South, in hostile climates, against all odds. SCHR has forced county and state governments to make significant improvements in prisons and jails to reduce overcrowding, provide adequate medical and mental health care, and abate violence and abuse. We have argued and won five death penalty cases at the US Supreme Court, four of which challenged profound race discrimination in capital trials. Our combined litigation and policy advocacy helped bring about the creation of a statewide public defender system in Georgia. For more information about SCHR, see our website at www.schr.org.
About the Position
SCHR’s Capital Litigation Unit provides direct representation to people facing the death penalty in Georgia and Alabama. This work includes advocating for people who were wrongfully convicted, people whose trials were undermined by race discrimination, people who have suffered extensive trauma and abuse, and people who received inadequate legal representation at trial. The job of the Death Penalty Investigator is to work with clients, attorneys, and other team members to discover relevant evidence and support the representation of clients.
We seek someone with a deep and authentic commitment to the inherent dignity of our clients and our mission to create a world free from mass incarceration, the death penalty, the criminalization of poverty, and racial injustice. This is an opportunity to create systemic change working in an organization where we all give 100% in an environment that tends to be high stakes, high energy, and does not conform to traditional 9 to 5 schedules. Achieving our bold mission often requires weeknight or weekend hours and a can-do attitude. At the same time, we strive to support our staff in maintaining their resiliency through our benefits package and positive, passionate work environment.
Responsibilities of a Death Penalty Investigator include:
Building relationships with SCHR clients facing the death penalty and their families;
Investigating the facts and circumstances of the offenses for which clients are charged;
Uncovering, understanding, and documenting the social history of clients, including, but not limited to, instances of mental illness, intellectual disability, poverty, substance abuse, and childhood abuse and neglect;
Requesting and obtaining records and other documentary evidence;
Organizing information for use by attorneys, mental health professionals, and other experts;
Coordinating the appearances of witnesses at hearings and trials;
Assisting attorneys at all stages of litigation; and
Any other work necessary for SCHR to provide effective representation to its clients.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Those who are interested are encouraged to apply immediately. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Please e-mail email@example.com with the following:
Statement in the subject line of the e-mail that you are applying for the Death Penalty Investigator position; Letter of interest; Resume; and
Writing sample (an article for a blog, an academic paper, a policy brief, or anything else that shows your style and voice)
The Southern Center for Human Rights is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that welcomes qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, nationalities, and military status, as well as those who have personal experience with the criminal legal system.