Investigator opening - Still She Rises, Tulsa OK
Jun 4, 2018
Still She Rises, Tulsa (SSR) is a new project of The Bronx Defenders that seeks to address the epidemic of criminalization and incarceration of women in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Women are the fastest-growing incarcerated population in the United States, and Oklahoma incarcerates a higher percentage of its women than any other state. For many women, incarceration does not just mean the loss of liberty; it also means the loss of their children and the total destabilization of their family’s lives.
The project, which launched in January 2017 in North Tulsa, Oklahoma, seeks to replicate The Bronx Defenders’ innovative, holistic model of public defense and is the first pro bono law office in the country specifically dedicated to the representation of mothers with young children who are involved in the criminal legal system. Advocates at Still She Rises work to provide indigent women and their families with access to client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal services, and social work support. Looking beyond the immediate case, interdisciplinary teams of attorneys and advocates work with each client to mitigate the collateral consequences that may uniquely affect that particular client. Still She Rises, Tulsa pioneers a new approach that is highly tailored to the representation of women, with the aim of breaking the devastating cycle of poverty and instability that so often correlates with incarceration of a mother.
To learn more, please visit our website at www.stillsherises.org
Still She Rises seeks an energetic individual with a commitment to social justice to join our office as an investigator. We are looking for someone who is excited about helping to continue to build our investigative practice and finding creative ways to navigate the Tulsa landscape to provide attorneys with the information necessary for a zealous defense of our clients.
Investigators work alongside attorneys, client advocates, and social workers to defend Still She Rises clients accused of crimes. An investigator, under the supervision of the assigned attorney, plans and conducts complete investigations of criminal cases, finding evidence that will assist in our clients’ defense in court. A majority of the work of an investigator takes place not in the office but in the community.
Responsibilities include locating, interviewing and taking signed statements from prosecution witnesses, locating defense witnesses, subpoenaing and analyzing records and video footage, requesting medical and various other records, taking photographs, and visiting crime scenes. Investigators will often need to interview individuals who are incarcerated at the county jail in Tulsa. An investigator can also expect to occasionally work with attorneys in the Family Defense Practice in helping our clients fight for their right to parent their children. In some cases, an investigator may also work closely with social workers to interview witnesses who can provide mitigating evidence. An investigator will occasionally be asked to testify in criminal proceedings. The schedule of investigators often varies according to the availability of the witnesses; investigators must be flexible and available to work on the occasional evening or weekend.
- A minimum of an associate’s degree
- An interest in and commitment to social and racial justice, and an excitement about working directly with clients and with the North Tulsa community
- Experience working with socially and economically marginalized communities
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills, and an ability to connect with reluctant parties
- Tenacity and a willingness to be exceptionally persistent in pursuit of evidence
- Flexibility and an ability to adapt and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
- Comfort conducting in-home interviews and visiting crime scenes
- Ability to communicate effectively with attorneys and other members of a client’s legal team
- A valid driver’s license
- Training and/or internship experience in criminal defense investigations strongly preferred
- Training and/or experience in criminal defense mitigation strongly preferred
Please email a resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Please contact Kate Baltes, the investigator, via email email@example.com with any questions regarding the position.