Posting Date: September 5, 2018
Closing Date: September 13, 2018
Kentucky is seeking a strong advocate, teacher and leader to be the next Kentucky Innocence Project (KIP) Supervisor.
KIP was founded in 2001 as part of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, the state public defender system. Since its creation, KIP has averaged nearly an exoneration every year. During that time, KIP has developed a partnership with all three Kentucky law schools, where KIP supervises externship programs to assist wrongfully convicted clients. This program is oriented around not only exploring the causes of wrongful convictions, but also learning how to review a case, identify issues, and investigate. It is an excellent training not only for future public defenders, but future judges, prosecutors and others on the limits of the criminal justice process.
The KIP Supervisor is responsible for ensuring excellent, client centered representation of KIP clients, while also administering and supervising the externship programs, and acting as a leader of Kentucky’s innocence movement. The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
- Must be a licensed attorney in good standing in any US jurisdiction, with at least four years of experience as a practicing lawyer, preferably in criminal cases.
- Must have excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing.
- Must have good presentation skills, suitable both for teaching classes and for presenting to the general public.
- Must have demonstrated strong organizational and leadership skills.
For those of you not familiar with Kentucky, it is a wonderful place to live, with a low cost of living, a central location between the south and Midwest, and abundant opportunities for sightseeing and adventure, from the mountains of eastern Kentucky, to Mammoth Cave, to horse country. This position is located in Frankfort, the capital city, which is a relatively quiet town located within easy driving distance of the vibrant, diverse cities of Lexington and Louisville.
If you are interested, please go to our Job Ad to see details of the position and to start the application process. Applications must be submitted through the state Personnel website by 8 p.m. ET on September 13, 2018.