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Digital Marketing Assistant (Contractor)

The Digital Marketing Assistant (Contractor) will work closely with Communications Director to assist in the development and execution of a digital marketing strategy that promotes the Deason Center’s work in transforming in the criminal legal system. A background in marketing, communications, public relations, or journalism is preferred. Candidates should have experience in digital content management, social media marketing, and have strong visual design skills. Problem solving skills, a keen eye for detail, and a passion for criminal justice reform are a plus.

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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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