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Administrative Director/Chief of Staff

The Administrative Director/Chief of Staff will support the Center and its Director by managing the Center's administrative functions, including staffing and HR needs, office management, budgeting, reporting, coordinating events, maintaining web content, etc. They will also serve as the on-the-ground coordinator of the Center's work portfolio and will thereby help to guarantee successful completion of the Center's research and advocacy projects. This person will partner with Center staff to ensure efficient and quality results in all aspects of the Center's work.

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Research Specialist

This is a full-time position at the the Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center at SMU Dedman School of Law. The Researcher will be responsible for collecting and analyzing data in a variety of ongoing projects related to indigent defense systems, prosecutor offices, and legal services in rural areas. Principal activities include direct coding of data from court and lawyer files, quantitative analysis of primary and secondary data from a variety of sources, and analysis of qualitative interview and observation data. The Researcher will implement research protocols, clean partners’ data sets, collect and analyze data, manage IRB compliance, and draft and produce reports for internal use and for publication in white papers and/or academic journals. As instructed by the Center’s Research Director, the Researcher may also support other Deason Center research projects or grow into a leadership role. 

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Rural Summer Extern

The Deason Center’s Summer Externship Program offers students a nine-week criminal law externship in small or rural communities in Texas. Externs will hone their legal skills and develop valuable mentorship relationships, while gaining first-hand experience in the challenges and rewards of working in a rural community.

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