We welcome student and non-student volunteers throughout the year, including licensed attorneys and law school graduates from the U.S. and other countries. Volunteer experiences range from discrete short-term projects, to devoting several hours a week over the course of a semester, to full-time work for months at a time. Diverse opportunities for volunteers include writing, investigation, document review, policy work, client interaction, and other tasks suited to volunteers’ individual skills and talents.

McCurry_photo-001Volunteering with the Center for Death Penalty Litigation gives you a wonderful opportunity to get hands on legal experience while working with people dedicated to fairness and equity in our criminal justice system. While at CDPL, I traveled around the state looking for evidence at trial, helped standardized a Capital Defense Manual for death penalty defense in North Carolina, and helped organize trial files. I highly recommend CDPL as a place to volunteer, both for the experience and the quality of the people. —Mark McCurry

We accept applications for volunteer positions throughout the year. To apply as a volunteer, fill out the online form and use the buttons below to upload a current resume and a letter of interest that articulates your interest in death penalty defense or criminal defense work. If you are a law student seeking a summer internship at CDPL, please apply on our Summer Internships page. If you have questions or need more information, contact Barrie Wallace, barrie@cdpl.org.

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