Position: The EP is seeking a full-time attorney to litigate post-conviction claims on our clients’ behalf. This role offers extensive opportunity to act as a lead attorney in cases through all phases of litigation and to work collaboratively with other lawyers in the EP.

We are looking for self-starters, persuasive writers, creative thinkers, effective communicators and collaborators, and people who are passionate about advocating for the rights of people wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Our litigation includes extensive factual investigations and often complex written legal arguments. Courtroom advocacy also is a critical component of our work:  EP attorneys routinely litigate complex motions, hearings, and retrials.

The EP is a client-centered, nimble advocacy organization that aspires to produce the best possible legal outcome for our clients.  An ideal attorney must be client-focused, motivated, and able to work creatively and independently. Attorneys can expect to be very busy while consistently delivering effective work product.

Note, we are currently working remotely as much as possible, but have a need for an attorney who could lead investigations, prepare for hearings or trial, and litigate cases primarily in the Chicago area.  The position is ultimately based in the EP’s West Loop office (Fulton Market area) in Chicago. Some travel is required.

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience.

 Qualifications Required: Candidates must hold a J.D. and be a member in good standing of the Illinois State Bar by the time of their hire, or eligible for prompt admission. We are seeking an attorney with 4+ years of relevant litigation experience, criminal and/or post-conviction experience strongly preferred. Spanish-speaking ability is an asset but not required.

Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, a minimum of two references, and a sample of your writing to apply@exonerationproject.org with the subject line “EP Staff Attorney Position” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting immediately. The position is available until filled.

Exoneration Project Hiring Policies:

The Exoneration Project has a strong commitment to providing exemplary representation to our diverse client community and creating an inclusive workplace environment welcoming to people of all backgrounds. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, people of all genders and sexual orientations, people with disabilities, and people historically underrepresented in the practice of law.



Position: The EP is seeking a paralegal to work as a part of the legal team to provide substantive and administrative support to attorneys and staff on all EP cases.

Primary responsibilities include: interacting with clients, courthouse staff, and other governmental entities; coordinating prison visits and calls for attorneys; working with attorneys to prepare and timely file pleadings; managing electronic and physical case files as well as incoming correspondence and sensitive case documents; drafting and proofreading documents; conducting research; preparing for and assisting in court during hearings and trials; case investigation projects; answering phones; and other duties as needed.

This position is based in our Chicago West Loop Office (Fulton Market area).


·        A passion for social justice.

·        Impeccably organized, hard-working, and close attention to detail.

·        An ability to think creatively about projects in a fast-moving litigation environment.

·        Analytical skills necessary to independently collect, analyze, and interpret data and resolve problems requiring innovative solutions.

·        Self-direction for daily work, but capacity to interact positively with the team as well.

·        Experience and desire to work with a diverse population.

Spanish language skills preferred, but not required.

Our ideal candidate is a self-starter who brings diligence and compassion to the work and is able to work collaboratively with our team and partner organizations to advocate for our clients. Spanish-speaking is strongly preferred but not required.

The EP is a fast-paced environment and is staffed by highly effective and efficient professionals. This makes for a fast-paced environment where work is often needed to be completed on tight deadlines.

NOTE: We are slowly transitioning back to the office after being fully remote for COVID safety.

Application Process: The EP is now accepting applications for this position. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to apply@exonerationproject.org with the subject line “paralegal position.”

No phone calls, please. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we typically receive for open positions, we are unable to respond to each applicant. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting immediately. The position is available until filled.