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Korey Wise Innocence Project Staff Attorney

The Korey Wise Innocence Project (KWIP) at the University of Colorado Law School encourages applications for a Staff Attorney. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) recently provided KWIP with a list of 51 criminal cases where CBI analysts conducted hair microscopy (a forensic discipline discredited by DNA). KWIP subsequently applied for, and was awarded, a Department of Justice (DOJ) grant to fund a new Staff Attorney position to run a hair microscopy project. The Staff Attorney will supervise a review of the CBI hair microscopy cases and similar cases from other state agencies. This position will also have primary responsibility for these cases as they move through screening processes, DNA testing, and exoneration if warranted. The selected cases will be screened to determine whether inaccurate and unreliable expert testimony was admitted at trial (or whether the expert’s conclusions were used to secure a plea agreement), whether the hair microscopy evidence was material to the conviction, and whether new DNA testing could demonstrate actual innocence. As appropriate, this role will conduct investigations, negotiate or litigate for new DNA testing, and raise new-evidence claims in post-conviction litigation.

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Assistant Federal Public Defender - Appellate

See the the job posting here. 

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The Qualified Immunity Litigation Machine

We recently received the article "The Qualified Immunity Litigation Machine" by David Maxted and wanted to share it with you. In the article, Mr. Maxted argues that lawyers and judges should talk more about the anti-racist history of 1983 and how qualified immunity and other doctrines have been utilized to defeat democratic demands for racial justice. You can read the full article here.

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Statement Regarding George Floyd's Murder and the Derek Chauvin Verdict

We know that our criminal legal system is infused with racism. While last week’s verdict in the Derek Chauvin case was a relief, and hopefully brings some peace to George Floyd’s family and friends, it also highlights that there is much work to be done. We acknowledge that this verdict does not change the disproportionate, devastating impact of policing and police violence that continues to wreak havoc on communities of color.  This is nothing new and we have a long way to go. Racism is pervasive in American society and continues to be evident in many of our country’s systems, decisions, actions, or lack of action by those in positions of power. Overt and covert forms of racial injustice must continue to be exposed and addressed. We are hopeful that the impact of George Floyd’s murder will not fade so quickly this time, as compared to so many similar historical occurrences. 

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Colorado Supreme Court Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee releases annual update

The Colorado Supreme Court Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee has released its annual update to Colorado’s model jury instructions for use in criminal trials.

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OADC seeks two members for Commission

The OADC is looking for two new members for our commission!  Members cannot be current OADC contractors.

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Examining the Effectiveness of Indigent Defense Team Services: A Multisite Evaluation of Holistic Defense in Practice, Project Summary

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The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel Celebrates Public Defenders

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Program Ensures Competent Counsel in Colorado's Municipal Courts

The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel launches program to provide resources and assistance to municipal courts

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Check us out!

Big thanks to Kevin Bishop, OADC Social Worker Coordinator, for taking the new staff photos in our contact listings.  We look great!

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OADC's Training Portal User Instructions

See this handy user guide to the new Training Portal.  Training Portal Instructions

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The Power of Perception: from the Change Agent

"If there was evidence that your communications were limiting your impact, undermining the case for equity, and possibly smearing those you seek to help, would you do something about it?"

From The "Racism Issue" of Change Agent 

Trabian Shorters believes too many of us are focusing on people's deficits — not their assets and strengths in our work. 

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OADC is in the Champion!

Check us out in the January/February issue of the NACDL's magazine, The Champion!  

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OADC Employees offer (sweet) thanks

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Getting On After Getting Out: A ReEntry Guide for Colorado

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The fourth edition of the Go Guide has been published and is now ready to order.  This 200-page book provides extensive information to help people prepare for release and successfully reintegrate back into their families and communities. This publication is helpful for people involved in the criminal justice system, their families, community service providers and criminal justice professionals Our new book has expanded information on healthcare and treatment resources.  Also, we have included inspirational personal stories. If you would like to order a copy please click here to go to the CCJRC website.  If you would like to inquire about bulk orders please feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Web Tip Wednesday - Events Calendar

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Want to know what's shakin' at the OADC?  Today we're going to take a look at the Events Calendar!

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Web Tip Wednesday - Information Tab

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What is in a name?  Or, in this case, a tab?  A lot actually!  Today we are going to explore the Information tab. 

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Web Tip Wednesday - A - Z Forms

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Have you ever needed to request an interpreter for a case and can’t remember where you saved the OADC request form?  Ever wondered if you’re using the most current version of the Transcript Request Form?  Well wonder no more, because this week’s WTW is here to help!

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Web Tip Wednesdays!

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Web Tip Wednesdays!

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NYT: Jury Secrecy Doesn’t Apply if Bias Taints Deliberations, Justices Rule

Congratulations to Jonathan Rosen, the OADC's Coordinator of Legal Resources and Technology, on this important win.  

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