DIRECTOR, CONVICTION INTEGRITY UNIT (CIU)

Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Salary
 $80,000.00-$125,000.00
Posted
Apr 26, 2019
Closes
May 26, 2019
Job Function
Legal
Focus Areas
Government
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
JD

DIRECTOR, CONVICTION INTEGRITY UNIT (CIU)                           $80,000.00-$125,000.00

Essential Functions:

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Conviction Integrity Unit Director (“Director”) will manage a newly formed Unit dedicated to resolving post-conviction claims of innocence. This position is not related to the normal legal review of convictions by the District Attorney’s Appellate Division.  This position will typically involve newly discovered DNA, or other scientific evidence, claims of misconduct against prosecutors or law enforcement officials that would directly affect a conviction. Director will re-examine convictions, review cases and claims, communicate with those who submit claims, direct re-investigations, staff cases, and assist with post-trial related matters as needed.

Director will work to develop and implement best practice models for the office. Specifically, best practices regarding the prevention of constitutional violations (including Brady violations, ineffective assistance of counsel, unfair trials or plea agreements) that might lead to unjust convictions.

Director will evaluate specific judicial outcomes and assess prospective risk factors that might impact a conviction or acquittal; thereby, ensuring the integrity of dispositions in criminal cases prosecuted by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. 

The Director will work directly with a CIU panel as organized by the District Attorney; Director will work directly with a CIU panel composed of experts in the area of criminal case investigations, attorneys with criminal trial experiences and citizens with relevant work or life histories, to prepare recommendations for the District Attorney.

Examples of Specific Duties:

  • Review cases involving post-conviction claims of innocence caused by matters not covered during the normal appellate process.
  • Locate critical evidence for possible forensic testing, evaluate cases, investigate claims, and resolve claims of innocence and unjust convictions.
  • Analyze potential opportunities which increase our conviction efficacy and ensure that the rules of justice and fairness are never compromised; and, create documented recommendations regarding best practices for mitigating and preventing future wrongful convictions.
  • Make recommendations to the District Attorney regarding convictions wherein specific issues are raised that comport with the highest standards of justice and fundamental fairness.
  • With instructions from the District Attorney, review convictions that may require pardons or other extraordinary legal actions.

Additional Functions:

Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Juris Doctorate Degree required; supplemented by five years of progressively responsible experience in criminal prosecution to include lead or supervisory experience and nine years of experience as a practicing prosecuting attorney; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required:  Must be registered as a member of the Georgia State Bar Association.  Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license. 

Specific Knowledge, Essential Skills, or Abilities: Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in performance of the essential functions and learn, comprehend, and apply all county or departmental policies, practices, and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position.  Requires knowledge of federal, state, and local criminal laws; policies and procedures governing Fulton County Superior Court, and methods and techniques related to the area of assignment.

ADA Compliance:

Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors: Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

Fulton County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.