Legal Research Assistant

Full Time - Rochester, NY

Measures for Justice is a fast-paced, entrepreneurial organization that is on a mission to make good criminal justice data available and to hold the system accountable and spur reform. We’ve got world class criminal justice data and technology chops. And a culture that demands excellence, rigor and people who like to make good ideas come to life.

To make it happen, we deploy three strategies:

  1. We show people what criminal justice looks like across the country via our free, interactive Data Portal;
  2. We help standardize and improve criminal justice data via work on the state and national level;
  3. We help put criminal justice data to work with tools, services, and research.

Since 2011, we have pioneered a methodology to compare how different justice systems perform on the county level and led the charge to improve county-level criminal justice data. We have strong support from prominent philanthropists, in particular from leading technology entrepreneurs and criminal justice foundations across the country, as well as from system practitioners and policymakers nationwide.

The Job

As a Legal Research Assistant at MFJ, you will report to Senior Research staff and be responsible for helping MFJ develop a system to measure the performance of local criminal justice delivery.

What You Will Do

  • Codify Statutory laws from 50 states to provide contextual information for each of the Measures for Justice.
  • Engage with the technology staff to update and maintain a manageable procedure for statute and legal code data collection and determination of applicability to the legal context project.
  • Follow a procedure for reaching consensus regarding the research and state policy information gathered.
  • Collect, organize, and implement coding procedures for county-level contextual data.
  • Conduct research on criminal justice resources at the county level, including budgets, and number of employees for all the criminal justice agencies in the jurisdiction (e.g., number of judges, prosecutors, public defenders, etc.).
  • Any other research task as requested by Senior Research management.

About You

  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system and research in the field. Experience with legal research or statutory review preferred, but not required.
  • A bachelor's degree in criminal justice, criminology, or a related field.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.

Next Steps

Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter to The subject line should read: Legal Research Assistant.

Review of applications will begin July 6, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.