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DNA Fellow
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University of Washington | Seattle, WA
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Job Description

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for five consecutive years.

The School of Law has an outstanding full time opportunity for a DNA Fellow with the Innocence Project Northwest.

Location: University of Washington School of Law, 4293 Memorial Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98195-0001.

Duration of Position: This is a grant funded fellowship starting in January 2019, and anticipated to continue for two years. The fellowship is contingent upon final approval of the grant funding.


Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW), founded in 1997 at the University of Washington School of Law, works to exonerate the innocent, remedy the causes of wrongful conviction, and offer law students an outstanding education. IPNW seeks a staff attorney to serve as our DNA fellow. The position reports to the IPNW Clinic Director. The fellow will manage an active caseload of post-conviction DNA cases and implement federal grant initiatives to expand access to post-conviction DNA testing.

IPNW is committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.


This position requires knowledge of legal motions practice in Washington courts and the application of forensic DNA evidence in criminal cases. The DNA fellow will interface with DNA experts, conduct outreach and training for volunteer attorneys, and coordinate with pro bono partners in efforts to seek DNA testing for qualified petitioners. The position requires excellent analytic and research skills, the ability to effectively advocate in oral and written communications, competence in effectively working with diverse communities, and the ability to effectively manage projects and work independently and professionally under the pressure of frequent deadlines.

The DNA Fellow is integral to providing continuity of representation for IPNW clients and summer coverage for IPNW DNA cases handled by clinic students and faculty. The position supports program objectives by providing case assistance to faculty and students; acting as lead or co-counsel with pro bono partners to expand access to post-conviction DNA testing to more clients; and serving the community by improving the truth-seeking mission of Washington's criminal justice system.


Legal Services

Work with IPNW staff to conduct case evaluation and review;

Represent prisoners across the state in efforts to obtain DNA testing including researching, writing and litigating motions for post-conviction DNA testing;

Prepare cases to place and/or co-counsel with community partners;

Serve as resource to IPNW clinical faculty, legal staff, students and interns;

Assist with summer coverage for IPNW's DNA clinic cases;

Travel to conduct prison visits, court hearings, or to coordinate with pro bono partners.

Grant Program Initiative Duties

Execute federal grant projects by interfacing with grant partners, consultants and agencies;

Conduct outreach and training for pro bono lawyers.


Juris Doctorate degree

Admitted to Washington State Bar, or eligible for admission or reciprocity by March 2019

Excellent analytic, research and writing skills

Effective communicator

Experience researching, writing and arguing motions

Experience in criminal defense, innocence or post-conviction work

Culturally competent and demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities

Requires computer experience including working with MS Office

Ability to work independently and professionally under the pressure of frequent deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Familiarity with forensic science and DNA evidence

Experience with Washington's post-conviction DNA testing statute & cases

Experience with case management software

Fluency in Spanish


Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

About University of Washington

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the Pacific coast. The Seattle-based university has earned an international reputation for research, and its graduate programs are some of the most highly rated in the nation. It is a leader in such fields as drama, dentistry, medicine, nursing, health services, astronomy, computer science, molecular biotechnology, oceanography, biostatistics, physics, physiology, pharmacology, geography, sociology, and social work. The university currently enrolls 35,000 students.