Staff Counsel II - Special Projects Manager
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is seeking an experienced criminal defense attorney with management and supervisory experience for a newly created Staff Counsel II - Special Projects Manager position with the Post-Conviction Unit of the Private Counsel Division.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MISSION STATEMENT
CPCS is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of our assigned clients through zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and the fullness of excellent legal representation. We are dedicated to building and maintaining strong professional relationships, while striving to accept, listen to and respect the diverse circumstances of each client, as we dedicate ourselves to meeting their individual needs. It is our CPCS mission to achieve these goals, and in furtherance thereof, we embrace and endorse diversity, equity and inclusion as our core values as we maintain a steadfast commitment to: (1) Ensure that CPCS management and staff members represent a broad range of human differences and experience; (2) Provide a work climate that is respectful and supports success; and (3) Promote the dignity and well-being of all staff members. CPCS leadership is responsible for ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion. The ability to achieve these goals with any level of certainty is ultimately the responsibility each member of the CPCS community.
CPCS is the state agency in Massachusetts responsible for providing an attorney when the state or federal constitution or a state statute requires the appointment of an attorney for a person who cannot afford to retain one. The agency provides representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, guardianship, mental health, sexually dangerous person, and sex offender registry cases, as well as in appeals and post-conviction and post-judgment proceedings related to those matters.
The Post-Conviction Unit, Private Counsel Division, makes approximately 1,500 assignments annually to private counsel to represent indigent clients in direct appeals, new trial motions, screenings for possible new trial motions and motions to withdraw guilty pleas, and various other post-conviction matters. The Post-Conviction Unit provides support to, and oversight of, Post-Conviction Panel members. The Unit currently consists of a Director, two Staff Counsel IIs, an Assignment Coordinator, and an Administrative Assistant. The Staff Counsel II - Special Projects Manager position will be a newly added member of this Unit who will report to the Post-Conviction Unit Director. A newly created Staff Counsel I position will report to the Staff Counsel II - Special Projects Manager.
The Staff Counsel II - Special Projects Manager will play a vital role in overseeing special post-conviction legal projects from conception to resolution, starting with the assignment, oversight, and advocacy of cases involving the Hinton Drug Lab. This position offers a unique opportunity to apply management and criminal post-conviction skills by overseeing and implementing all necessary internal and external work as a response to developments in criminal law or procedures having a widespread impact on CPCS clients. The Staff Counsel II - Special Projects Manager will: a) develop legal and policy responses; b) conduct direct advocacy as necessary; c) supervise the timely assignment of attorneys to trial work involving the Hinton Drug Lab cases, and in other assigned projects; d) support the work of private counsel panel members who are litigating these cases by acting as a resource and assisting in the creation and maintenance of training materials; and, e) create and manage the necessary processes to support the project’s operation, including the supervision of administrative staff. This position will require interaction and collaboration with a range of internal and external stakeholders. The Staff Counsel II Special Projects Manager will work closely with the Director of the Post-Conviction Unit, other Post-Conviction Unit staff and panel members, as well as with other CPCS divisions and departments.
Staff Counsel II Special Projects Manager responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Creating, coordinating, and implementing the agency’s response to developments in criminal or constitutional law that require widespread CPCS client education and/or notification; assignment of counsel; and/or collaborations with other criminal justice stakeholders;
- Overseeing panel representation on special projects, including recruiting panel attorneys, coordinating and assisting with training opportunities, developing performance standards, and monitoring attorney compliance with performance standards and the policies in the CPCS Assigned Counsel Manual;
- Providing supervision and support to a Staff Counsel I position, including completing annual performance evaluations and professional development;
- Direct advocacy as necessary;
- Responding to questions and concerns from clients, attorneys, court personnel, and other criminal justice stakeholders;
- Creating and maintaining a special project webpage, email account, and phone message line;
- Maintaining special project training and informational resources on MyGideon and on the project webpage;
- Serving as a resource for legal and logistical issues related to the special projects;
- Acting as the CPCS liaison and collaborating with members from the DA’s Office, the Trial Court, the Probation Department, and other stakeholders;
- Legal research and writing as necessary, including the drafting of Amicus briefs or letters; and,
- Other duties as assigned.
An attorney interested in the position should submit a resume, a letter of interest that describes how the applicant’s qualifications are pertinent to this position, and a writing sample of no more than 10 pages.
Staff Counsel II - Special Projects Manager
||Committee for Public Counsel Services
||$74,500 - $108,500
|Posting Start Date:
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
The successful candidate must:
- Be eligible to practice law in this jurisdiction as a member of the Massachusetts bar in good standing, or as an attorney in another jurisdiction who is eligible to engage in limited Massachusetts practice under the supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04;
- Have at least five years of criminal defense litigation experience;
- Possess a demonstrated commitment to providing high-quality legal representation to indigent marginalized clients; and a nuanced understanding of how implicit biases impacts members of racial, ethnic, and other minority groups;
- Access to an automobile to travel on occasion to locations that are not easily accessible to public transportation; and,
- Access to a personal computer with home internet access sufficient to work remotely.
Candidates should possess the following attributes:
- Strong knowledge of Massachusetts criminal law and appellate procedure;
- Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills;
- Ability to communicate effectively with CPCS clients, panel attorneys, court personnel, DA’s offices, and members of the public;
- Strong advocacy and negotiating skills;
- Strong interpersonal skills;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills;
- Preference for candidates with post-conviction experience;
- Preference for candidates with management and supervisory experience; and
- Preference for candidates who have conducted and/or participated in legal training.
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other applicable federal and state statutes and organizational policies. Applicants who have questions about equal employment opportunity or who need reasonable accommodations can contact the Director of Human Resources Management, Lisa Bacon, at email@example.com
||This listing expires on: 7/22/2021