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HCRC attorneys represent clients on California’s death row in post-conviction habeas corpus
proceedings in which we investigate and review the constitutionality of our clients’ capital convictions
and sentences and file and litigate petitions alleging the ways in which our clients’ constitutional
rights were violated.

OVERVIEW:
The Habeas Corpus Resource Center (HCRC), a San Francisco-based entity in the judicial branch
of California’s state government, seeks attorney applicants interested in indigent capital defense
litigation.

HCRC attorneys represent clients on California’s death row in post-conviction habeas corpus
proceedings in which we investigate and review the constitutionality of our clients’ capital convictions
and sentences and file and litigate petitions alleging the ways in which our clients’ constitutional
rights were violated. HCRC counsel review extensive trial records, conduct and supervise new
investigation, research and prepare petitions and briefs based on state and federal case, statutory,
and constitutional law, and – in many instances – litigate the claims in superior court evidentiary
hearings. HCRC has an authorized staff of 88 people, including 34 attorneys. HCRC attorneys
primarily practice in California’s county superior courts, appellate district courts, and the California
Supreme Court. HCRC also serves as a resource and provides training to private court-appointed
counsel in capital post-conviction proceedings.

Attorney applicants to whom HCRC extends an offer will be classified, based on experience and
relevant qualifications, in one of three positions: Habeas Corpus Counsel I, Habeas Corpus
Counsel II, or Habeas Corpus Counsel III. In addition to providing representation to indigent clients
on death row in habeas corpus proceedings, Habeas Corpus Counsel I-III provide lead direction to,
and review the work of assigned staff, serve as consultants, and perform specialized legal work.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Habeas Corpus Counsel I-III provide lead direction to, and review the work of assigned staff, serve as consultants, and perform specialized legal work.

QUALIFICATIONS & PRIOR EXPERIENCE

All attorney levels require admission to the State Bar of California. (Applicants who are not current
California bar members may be considered for employment. If selected, such an individual will be
required to be admitted to the California bar within 18 months of the date of appointment. The
salary level, pending bar admission, will be commensurate with the legal qualifications of the
selected individual.)

Habeas Corpus Counsel I: Equivalent of two years of post-bar legal experience in criminal defense
or two years as an HCRC Staff Attorney II.

Habeas Corpus Counsel II: Equivalent of four years of post-bar legal experience, including three
years in criminal defense, one year of which is in capital defense; or one year as a Habeas Corpus
Counsel I with the HCRC.

Habeas Corpus Counsel III: Equivalent of six years of post-bar legal experience, including four
years in criminal defense, two years of which are in capital defense, or one year as an HCRC Habeas
Corpus Counsel II.

Desirable Skills and Experience:
Strong written advocacy. Fluency in oral and written Spanish; proficient computer skills, preferably
in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel; Adobe; and CaseMap. Experience in criminal defenserelated work, especially trial or evidentiary hearing experience.

HOW TO APPLY

Please apply here.

This position requires submission of an official application and response to a supplemental
questionnaire: fillable forms for both documents are located at http://www.hcrc.ca.gov/hiring.html

Please submit the following documents to [email protected] (if you are able, please
combine the documents, in the following order, into one PDF with the title “Your Last Name, ATTY”):
(1) a cover letter (optional);
(2) the official application;
(3) your resume, including state(s) and date(s) of bar admission; and
(4) answers to the questions in the supplemental questionnaire.

Please do not submit transcripts, writing samples, references, or any other additional materials. If
you are selected for an interview; you may be asked to submit such materials at that time. Applicants may apply for multiple positions (e.g., Habeas Corpus Counsel I, Habeas Corpus Counsel II) on one application form. For earliest consideration, please apply by October 21, 2022. Applications received after that date will be considered on a rolling basis as long as positions remain unfilled.

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