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Ohio Innocence Project Fellow

Current UC employees must apply internally via SuccessFactors >


Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


Job Overview

The Ohio Innocence Project at the College of Law, founded in 2003, harnesses the energy and intellect of law students to identify inmates in Ohio prisons who are actually innocent of the crimes they were convicted of committing. Under the guidance and supervision of clinical professors, work on cases where individuals are claiming innocence of the crimes for which they were convicted. This is a 24-month position beginning in June.

Essential Functions

  • Manage a caseload of approximately 25 files and work on all aspects of those files from initial intake, investigation, and identification of cases that are appropriate for litigation.
  • Draft post-conviction documents and appear in court for hearings and arguments.
  • Supervise law student fellows.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

  • Professional Degree
  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or J.D. expected by June prior to start of fellowship.

Required Trainings/Certifications

Admission to the Ohio Bar or eligible to sit for the examination in July following start of fellowship.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Experience with or coursework in innocence or post-conviction law.
  • Prior experience working with an innocence organization, prosecutor, or criminal defense attorney.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Sitting - Often
  • Walking - Often
  • Talking - Often
  • Repetitive hand motion (such as typing) - Often
  • Hearing, listening - Often
  • Standing - Often
  • Stooping - Often
  • Climbing stairs/ladders - Often
  • Bending - Often
  • Lifting - up to 20 pounds - Often
  • Reaching overhead - Often
  • Crouching - Seldom
  • Kneeling, squatting - Seldom
  • Lifting - up to 50 pounds - Seldom
  • Pulling, pushing - Seldom


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 91393 


Ohio Innocence Project Fellow

Date:  Jan 6, 2023

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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