CONVICTION REVIEW ATTORNEY

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Salary
$91,478.40 - $139,672.00 Annually
Posted
Sep 24, 2021
Closes
Oct 29, 2021
Ref
9602-22A-CWA-HQ
Industry
Law
Hours
Full Time
Position Information
Arlington County's Commonwealth's (CWA) Office is seeking to fill a full-time limited duration Conviction Review Attorney to dedicate a year to investigating convictions obtained by the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney that may have been based on questionable testimony and/or evidence.

The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church is dedicated to pursuing justice and protecting the rights and safety of citizens of the County and its visitors. As part of that mission, we work to enhance public safety and welfare through the vigorous enforcement of criminal laws in a fair, compassionate, ethical and just manner. We maintain a pro-active role in our community by working to prevent crime in addition to its mandate to prosecute with integrity, equality and excellence.

The conviction review process is a specialized, time-consuming legal process that involves the following specific duties:

  • Identifying and defining the involvement of the former police officers in the casework and the conviction of defendants prosecuted by the Office of the CWA;
  • Conducting a thorough review of files, records, evidence and testimony in those cases;
  • Testing the validity of evidence (e.g., analyzing chains of custody);
  • Determining acts and sources of any intentional or unintentional wrongdoing in the development and prosecution of these cases;
  • Recommending courses of action based on review of these cases (e.g., exoneration);
  • Determining if and when a victim should be contacted regarding the conviction review process; and
  • Performing other tasks that may be assigned as needed to complete the post-conviction review process.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Completion of the requirements for graduation with a Juris Doctor plus three years of professional experience in the legal field, preferably with knowledge of and experience in criminal law procedures.

Desirable: Preference will be giving to candidates with one or more of the following:

  • Experience in the practice of Virginia criminal law;
  • Experience with post-conviction review work; and
  • Extensive knowledge of Virginia Law enforcement or courtroom experience including trial, legal research and clerk experience.

Special Requirements
A background check will be conducted on all candidates who are finalists for the position. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit check and may require signing a release authorizing the County to obtain this information. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record and criminal history.

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