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Trial Attorney - CAFL Boston
<p style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the public defender agency for Massachusetts, seeks attorneys to represent children and parents in child welfare cases. CPCS provides legal representation for those unable to afford an attorney. The Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) provides legal representation to children and indigent parents in child welfare matters, including care and protection (C&amp;P) proceedings, children requiring assistance (CRA) cases, actions to terminate parental rights, guardianship-of-a-minor cases, and any other child custody proceeding where the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is a party or where the court is considering granting custody to DCF.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MISSION STATEMENT</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">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.</span><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">POSITION OVERVIEW</span></strong><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">CAFL&rsquo;s legal advocacy plays a critical role in cases that affect families. For a parent involved in a C&amp;P case, having a skilled CAFL lawyer may mean the difference between the family&rsquo;s reunification and the termination of parental rights &ndash; the &ldquo;death penalty of family law.&rdquo; For a teenager who is the subject of a truancy CRA case, CAFL&rsquo;s advocacy may secure the special education services that enable the client to succeed in school and avoid being placed in a foster home. For siblings looking for stability after the court has freed them for adoption, a CAFL attorney will fight to ensure that they are provided a permanent home &ndash; one that allows them to stay together.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">New Trial Attorneys in the CAFL Offices begin their CPCS career with a nationally recognized, comprehensive, skills-based training course to ensure they are ready to represent their clients to their full capabilities. Continuing legal education programs for new and experienced Trial Attorneys are held periodically to ensure that our Trial Attorneys are up to date on the law and have the skills necessary to provide zealous representation to their clients.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">The Children and Family Law Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking Trial Attorneys to provide child welfare representation in our Boston Trial Office. Attorneys interested in applying for these positions are invited to submit an application, as further described below.</span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;"><strong><u>RESPONSIBILITIES</u></strong></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">The duties of the Trial Attorney include:</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">&nbsp;</span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in;"> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Interviewing adult clients;</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Visiting and interviewing child clients;</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Legal research and writing;</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Pre-72 hour hearing investigation including reviewing pleadings and exhibits, locating and interviewing witnesses, preparing witnesses, gathering facts from the DCF social worker and other collateral providers, consulting with other parties&#39; counsel regarding their position, collecting and reviewing documentary evidence, identifying objections to testimonial and documentary evidence, draft appropriate motions;</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Obtaining entire DCF file, reviewing service plan, proposing changes to plan, advising client on whether to sign, meeting with court investigator, preparing client to meet with court investigator, preparing motions to strike inadmissible evidence contained in the court investigator report;</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Preparing necessary motions regarding outstanding discovery, identifying matters requiring further hearing (e.g., services, visitation), preparing pre-trial memo, developing trial strategy with client;</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Preparing for Foster Care Reviews </span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Reviewing DCF&#39;s permanency plans and filing objections, if necessary; </span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Investigating and representing client&#39;s position in extraordinary medical treatment hearings;</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Filing motions challenging DCF decisions;</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Care and protection trials and termination of parental rights trials;</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Representation of clients in interlocutory proceedings;</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Working with the legal team, including social workers and paralegals; </span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Post-judgment representation; and</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Providing formal and informal assistance to private attorneys on cases assigned through the Private Counsel Division of CPCS.</span></li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0in;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;"></span></p>
Position: Trial Attorney - CAFL Boston
Organization: Committee for Public Counsel Services
Location: Boston,  MA 
United States
Salary: $61,000 - $103,500, commensurate with years of experience
Posting Start Date: 8/30/2021
Date Posted: 9/14/2021
Requirements <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;"><strong><u>MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS</u></strong></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">&nbsp;</span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in;"> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">A Trial Attorney must be committed to serving a culturally diverse, low income&nbsp;population and must be eligible to practice law in Massachusetts, either as a member of the Massachusetts bar, as a law school graduate under Supreme&nbsp;Judicial Court Rule 3:03, or as an attorney&nbsp;licensed in another&nbsp;jurisdiction who is covered by Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04. A recent law school graduate who is ineligible to practice under SJC Rule 3:03 will be hired as a paralegal with the understanding that they will be promoted to attorney status once admitted to practice in Massachusetts; </span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">All Trial Attorney positions require travel;&nbsp;access to reliable transportation throughout the state is necessary.&nbsp; </span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Access to a personal computer with home internet access sufficient to work remotely.</span></li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;"><strong>To apply, please submit a resume and personal mission statement</strong> <strong>of no more than two pages detailing your interest in the position, your personal qualities, background, and skills, and what you hope to achieve in your work.</strong></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;"><strong><u>QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS</u></strong></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">&nbsp;</span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in;"> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Foreign language skills are desirable;</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Trial experience in termination of parental rights cases as counsel for a parent and/or as counsel for a child or children is preferred;</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">A demonstrated commitment to the principle of zealous advocacy in the representation of indigent persons in child welfare cases;</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Strong interpersonal and analytical skills;</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Ability to work in a community and defense-oriented capacity, both independently and collaboratively.</span></li> </ul> <div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> <p style="margin: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;"><u>EEO Statement </u></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">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.&nbsp; Applicants who have questions about equal employment opportunity or who need reasonable accommodations can contact the interim Director of Human Resources Management, Mark Conlon, at <a href="mailto:mconlon@publiccounsel.net" rel="noopener" target="_blank">mconlon@publiccounsel.net</a></span></p> </div>
Status: This listing expires on: 12/13/2021
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Organization Information
Name:
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Address:
75 Federal Street

Boston,  MA 02110
United States
Email:
kruderman@publiccounsel.net
Phone:
(617) 482-6212
Fax:
Contact:
Kevin Ruderman