The Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic through the Innocence and Justice Project at the University at Buffalo School of Law seeks a consultant to assist the clinic in its representation of incarcerated clients before the parole board and on parole appeals. We are specifically seeking someone for this position who is formerly incarcerated or with other comparable experience with the criminal justice system.
The University at Buffalo School of Law – the only law school in the State University of New York system – is situated on the flagship campus of a world-class research intensive public university. University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Within the law school, the Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic (CJAC) serves to expand the criminal defense and reform capacity in Western New York. Student interns-both law student and social work student- work directly on client cases under the supervision of the clinical professor. Current case work mainly involves representing clients at resentencing hearings under the 2019 Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act. In the year and a half since the clinic was founded, the clinic has successfully gotten a client resentenced to eliminate post-release supervision and has helped another client to be released on parole at her first discretionary parole hearing.
Starting in January 2022, the clinic’s work will expand to include representing clients as they prepare for parole hearings and on appeals from parole denials. This work will involve regular meetings with clients, interviews with client family and friends and other witnesses, and other investigation.
Key accountabilities and responsibilities will include:
Working with the supervising attorney and student attorneys to advise on individual cases
Providing support to clients and client family members as needed
Helping to advise on and coordinate advocacy efforts regarding parole reform
If the consultant’s work requires visits with clients or other travel, mileage will be reimbursed.
The position is anticipated to require roughly 10 hours per week. The schedule may fluctuate based on client/case needs. Hours are flexible and can be arranged to accommodate the consultant’s schedule. However, the clinic reserves Fridays for client visits. Outside of scheduled visits or meetings the consultant will work from their own home/office. The position will pay $20/ hour.
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Bachelor’s degree OR an equivalent level of experience.
Formerly incarcerated persons/individuals or other comparable experience with the criminal justice system.
Experience with community organizing or advocacy for criminal system reforms is preferred but not required.