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Program Director - Korey Wise Innocence Project


CU School of Law

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

The Program Director will direct the Korey Wise Innocence Project at Colorado Law School.  The Colorado Innocence Project at Colorado Law has existed at the law school for approximately eight years. 

The Innocence Project at Colorado Law receives requests for help from inmates in the Colorado Department of Corrections who assert that they are innocent and have been wrongly convicted and evaluates these claims to see if there are factual and legal grounds that support their innocence claims and could be used to reverse their convictions.

The Director will be responsible for recruiting, training and supervising law students, volunteer lawyers, and volunteer investigators in managing and maintaining the work of the project on a daily basis.

Who We Are

We are an engaged, diverse, and inclusive community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who help one another succeed. Our selective admissions process keeps our student body small, enabling our faculty, staff, alumni, and community to invest deeply in each student’s success. Because we take our responsibility to educate and train future lawyers very seriously, our curriculum, research centers, and experiential learning opportunities are designed to prepare students for success in today’s changing legal environment. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Responsible for the administration, fundraising, educational and reporting aspects related to the Korey Wise Innocence Project   
  • Work with the Advisory Board to create goals and metrics as they relate to the objectives of the Project and fundraising for the Project and report of the progress of those goals at each meeting.
  • Assign and direct  students and volunteers on innocence projects.
  • Develop and implement measures to assess the effectiveness and impact of the Project along all metrics.
  • Direct or complete regular reporting related to the Project.
  • Fund raise each year and reach the goals that are determined annually. Although this can be a cooperative process, it will ultimately be the director's responsibility to maintain adequate funding for the project to assure its future viability and success.
    • If grants are obtained the director will be responsible for meeting the University and grantor's reporting requirements
  • Create and teach a course focusing on post-conviction law, wrongful conviction, criminal justice, legal case analysis and investigation and/or other  relevant  legal  issues which must be approved by the law school.
  • Work with the law student volunteers, externs, volunteer attorneys, volunteer investigators and Board to Organize a conference to be held every other year at Colorado  Law, with  the purpose of bringing the issues surrounding wrongful conviction and criminal justice back to the wider Law School and community at large.
  • Organize a bi-annual meeting of the Advisory Board.
  • The Director will be supervised by the Faculty Director who is designated by the Dean.
Organizing, recruiting, training, and overseeing law students who serve as externs and volunteers with the project. Student Involvement 
  • Recruit interested law students to serve as volunteers and externs with the Project
  • Train law students to manage all aspects of the Project including but not limited to: reading and responding to mail from potential clients, reading and responding to applications submitted by potential clients, and determining the initial status of potential client cases.
  • Train students to conduct preliminary investigations to determine whether or not individual cases are appropriate for the Project
  • Oversee students in conducting comprehensive factual and legal investigations for clients and potential clients of the Project. In this role, the Director will help ensure that students develop a depth of awareness and competencies related to ethics, criminal law, criminal investigation, criminal procedure and post-conviction law.
  • Utilize students' time effectively and be available to provide ongoing, in person support for student volunteers and externs.
  • Keep the momentum of the cases going, particularly as student volunteers and externs transition in and out of the Project.
  • Organize summer coverage for the Project to ensure the continuation of the cases throughout the year.

Direct volunteers and pro-bono legal and investigative talent. Community Engagement 
  • Solicit attorneys and investigators to donate their time to the Project as needed.
  • Assign volunteer attorneys and volunteer investigators to work with law students on specific client cases.
  • Meet regularly with and monitor the progress of these teams, so as to keep them engaged with the ongoing work of the Project and their cases and to ensure that the teams are working together in a productive manner.
  • Transfer cases as volunteer attorneys and volunteer investigators transition in and out of the project.
  • Keep the momentum of the cases going, particularly as the volunteer attorneys and volunteer  investigators  transition in and out of the Project.

What We Can Offer

  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A Juris Doctorate degree.  
  • At least three years of relevant legal experience. 

What You Will Need

  • Ability to supervise and work collaboratively with students, volunteer attorneys and volunteer investigators. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A strong interest in wrongful conviction and criminal Justice issues.
  • A strong interest in legal education.
  • Attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to raise funds and manage finances.
  • Excellent judgment and organizational skills.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Prior legal experience in the direct representation of criminal clients either at a trial, appellate or post-conviction level.
  • Experience in legal education or legal education administration.
  • Experience supervising and/or teaching students.
  • Experience supervising and/or working with volunteers.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

This position will close on October 22, 2018. 

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer