Resource Counsel, Return to Freedom Project National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Job details Job Type Full-time Number of hires for this role 1 Qualifications Bar (Preferred) US work authorization (Preferred) Full Job Description The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) has long advocated for the relief for individuals serving over harsh sentences and those suffering life-altering consequences from contact with the criminal legal system. The Return to Freedom Project (R2F) helps impacted individuals by recruiting, training, and supporting volunteer attorneys to assist those individuals seeking clemency, compassionate release, and expungement. The R2F unites projects such as the Cannabis Release Project, the Trial Penalty Clemency Project, and other clemency and compassionate release efforts under a single banner at NACDL. Learn more about the Return to Freedom Project at The Resource Counsel will provide support for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL’s) Return to Freedom Project, including the Cannabis Justice Initiative and the District of Columbia Compassionate Release Project. This position serves as the first line legal resource for the Project’s pro bono volunteers. Since the launch of the NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project in 2017, the Return to Freedom Initiatives have: Recruited 2,050 volunteers from 500 firms and other organizations, Received 9,500 applications for assistance, Placed 1,250 cases with firms, Filed 1,295 petitions and motions for relief with our Federal/state/local public defender partners, Regained freedom for 248 individuals, Reduced sentences by 1,425 years, and Freed 32 Lifers (or life equivalent). ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Respond to volunteer questions on compassionate release under D.C. law. Maintain updated resource materials for the online reference libraries. Craft, and advise on, regular communication to volunteer regarding policy, resources, and legal updates. Develop and execute webinars and Q&A sessions relating to the projects. Assist with applicant intake. Filing federal clemency and/or compassionate release motions as needed. Work with partner organizations to best utilize subject…

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