Job Announcement


The California Appellate Project (a non-profit law firm assisting in capital defense) is accepting applications/resumes for the position of Investigative Caseworker for CAP’s Unrepresented Project, and possibly for other teams as CAP’s work evolves.  This position will provide vigorous and thorough litigation support work on behalf of indigent defendantsThis includes conducting interdisciplinary research (court searches, records requests, historical and cultural research), gathering records and collecting documents, attending and participating in training and seminars, and supervising students and volunteers.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1.      Work with client and defense team to devise investigation plan and gather essential life history and case records for each client.

2.      Review transcripts, pleadings, records, and witness files to gain an understanding of the case and to prepare for record gathering and/or interviews.

3.      Perform document searches, make record requests, log & track requests and process incoming records according to CAP protocols.

4.      Perform regular, frequent client interviews in a correctional setting; work with and advocate for incarcerated clients on an as-needed basis, which may include occasional client family contact.

5.      Create and update working documents for eventual litigation, including indices, chronologies, family trees and other documents on an as-needed basis.

6.      Travel to perform in-person records collection or witness interviews when necessary.

7.      Conduct subject matter research into the client's life or case history (e.g. foreign nationality, historical context, cultural background, medical or mental health history, substance abuse, environmental toxins, and other topics as the team determines).

8.      Attend relevant, state-of-the-art training and seminars on at least a yearly basis.

9.      Create resource materials - publications, trainings, presentations, or informational emails - for in-house and/or defense community use

10.  Supervise students and volunteers.


1.         Fluent in Spanish.

2.         Demonstrable interest in social justice.

3.         Knowledge of, or ability to learn, procedures for obtaining records (including but not limited to court records, medical records, social security records, school records, military records) and other documents used in litigation.

4.         Excellent attention to detail, organizational, planning, and follow-through skills.

5.         Excellent written/ verbal communication skills.

6.         Ability to understand and follow directions from supervising attorneys, to ask appropriate questions to clarify assignments, and to check in regularly regarding progress and problems.

7.         Able to work cooperatively with CAP attorneys, support staff, and other investigators.

8.         Ability to handle confidential matters with discretion and sound judgment.

9.         Proficient in Microsoft Word® and Microsoft Excel®, and ability to learn other computer programs, including Aderant Total Office,® and CaseMap.®

10.     Able to travel as needed; ability to plan and implement travel arrangements.

11.     Knowledge of, or ability to learn, advanced legal concepts, terminology, principles and practices, and legal research techniques.

12.     Ability to effectively work with individuals whose lives are impacted by poverty, historical oppression, incarceration, mental illness, and other difficult circumstances.

13.     Ability to take initiative in identifying and pursuing investigative leads.

14.     Ability to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.

15.     Able to travel as needed; ability to plan and implement travel arrangements.

16.     College Degree.

17.     Valid California Driver's License.

18.     Ability to obtain clearance to visit a prison.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, the names of two references and the completed supplemental questionnaire to as soon as possible.  We expect to begin interviewing in the second half of August or earlier.


Supplemental Questionnaire

1)     Why are you interested in working for California Appellate Project?

2)     What experience do you have performing general, criminal defense and/or capital investigations?

3)     What experience do you have obtaining and reviewing court, social, medical and legal records?

4)     What experience do you have drafting, reviewing and editing reports, summaries and witness information?


$48,000 - $58,000.  Generous medical, dental and vision benefits


In order to effectively serve our client community, the California Appellate Project is committed to, and values, having a diverse, culturally competent staff. We strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups to apply, including people of color, those from low-income backgrounds, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.


The California Appellate Project, an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, age, or any other criteria protected under federal, state or local law.