In 2014, the Justice Department announced a new clemency initiative to encourage appropriate candidates to petition for executive clemency in order to have their sentences commuted by the President. The Initiative invites petitions for commutation of sentence from non-violent inmates who are serving a federal sentence, who by operation of law, likely would have received a substantially lower sentence if convicted of the same offense today, and who would not pose a threat to public safety if released. It is anticipated that thousands of inmates will file petitions for commutation of sentence, and evaluating these petitions for recommendations to the President is a high priority for the Justice Department.
The mission of the Office of the Pardon Attorney is to advise the President on the exercise of his power to grant clemency for offenses against the United States, pursuant to Article II, § 2 of the Constitution. The Office processes petitions for all forms of clemency, including pardon, commutation of sentence, and remission of fine, by conducting the necessary investigation on each petition and preparing a report and recommendation to the President for the signature of the Deputy Attorney General. The Office prepares documents, such as warrants of clemency and notices of denial, necessary to implement the President’s decisions. The Office also acts as a liaison with the applicant and the public throughout the pendency of the clemency case, and is the repository of records concerning grants of clemency over the years.
For more information about the Office of the Pardon Attorney please visit: http://www.justice.gov/pardon/index.html
Interns will assist the Office’s attorneys and paralegals in case-processing tasks, such as obtaining the reports needed to evaluate a clemency case, building electronic case files, preparing drafts of reports to the President on selected cases, as well as preparing responses to correspondence. Special research projects may be assigned by Office attorneys as need dictates, and may include historical and legal research.
Second-year law students. Must have word processing skills and ability to learn new technology. Paralegal experience is helpful but not required. Students with an interest in criminal justice, constitutional law, administrative law, or prisoner rights would be good matches for this Office.
All potential candidates should provide the suggested supportive documentation with their initial email and should be sure to indicate their dates of availability.