University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law - Supervising Attorney - Innocence Clinic, Midwest Innocence Project

12 Dec 2020 12:35 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY SCHOOL OF LAW is hiring a Supervising Attorney for its  Innocence Clinic. 

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) is dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people. It was founded at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law (UMKC) in 2000. Today, MIP operates as an independent 501(c)(3) organization in partnership with UMKC Law, University of Missouri-Columbia and University of Kansas Law Schools, among others across the five-state region (Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa, and Nebraska).

The UMKC Innocence Clinic is part of a vibrant criminal justice clinical program, with a Death Penalty Clinic and a Sentencing Mitigation Clinic, as well as a robust externship program with the Public Defender’s Office. In the last two years, UMKC Innocence and Death Penalty Clinics have freed Lamonte McIntyre and Ricky Kidd. One of the most active student organizations on campus is Innocence Project student group, which dedicates many pro bono volunteer hours to MIP work. 

The Midwest Innocence Project seeks a candidate who will serve as a full member of the legal team participating in case intake, investigation, and litigation, and serve as the Director for UMKC Law Innocence Clinic, here in Kansas City, MO.


Position details:

·       This is a full-time grant-funded position with a two-year term, reporting directly to MIP’s Executive Director.

·       The Clinic Director will hold adjunct faculty status at UMKC School of Law.

·       The Director will direct the clinic as well as teach the Wrongful Conviction seminar.


Hiring criteria

·       Bar license from Missouri, or the ability to become licensed.

·       Experience with teaching, coaching, or the development of skills in others.

·       Preference for three or more years of experience working in criminal defense, post-conviction/habeas corpus litigation.

·       Experience and knowledge with issues surrounding forensic science is especially useful.


Application Instructions:

·       Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of references to Tricia Rojo Bushnell, Executive Director, at

·       Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


The Midwest Innocence Project is an equal opportunity employer and strives for diversity among its applicant pool as well as within its staff and board. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds, especially racial, ethnic, gender and sexual orientation minorities, veterans, people with disabilities, and smart people with non-linear/nontraditional experience and educational backgrounds to apply for this position. Most importantly, no matter their background, the person selected for this position must embrace, advocate for, and deeply value equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

Anyone who wants to understand the position more, feel free to reach out to Tricia Bushnell, the Midwest Innocence,

Anyone who wants to know about UMKC, our faculty,  our students, Kansas City, etc., feel free to reach out the Meg Reuter,


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