Trial Attorney - Public Defender Division, Lowell Trial Office
The Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking an experienced Superior Court practitioner for a Trial Attorney position in our Lowell Trial Office in Middlesex County. The Public Defender Division provides legal representation and zealous advocacy to the indigent and criminally accused, within our community.
We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.
Courage • Accountability • Respect • Excellence
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 Public Defender Division Lowell Trial Office is centrally located in the city of Lowell and is within walking distance of the newly built and modernized courthouse. The City of Lowell has often been described as the “cradle for the American Industrial Revolution.” It is the home of a robust and diverse populace, and community that only serves to enhance the vitality of the region.
The Public Defender Division (PDD) of CPCS is seeking an experienced Superior Court practitioner to provide criminal defense representation in our Lowell Trial Office in Middlesex County. The attorney will represent clients in the Superior and District Courts and occasionally represent clients on interlocutory appeals, civil commitments, as witnesses before the grand jury or trial court, and in certain collateral matters as permitted by a supervisor. It is expected that the attorney’s case load will consist of predominately serious Superior Court matters. It is also expected that the attorney will act as an informal mentor and advisor to other staff attorneys in the offices.
The clients we represent are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters we address. This reality creates a critical need for CPCS attorneys to be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, gender and/or gender preferences, abilities and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.
- Interviewing clients;
- Arraignment and bail advocacy;
- Legal research and writing;
- Pretrial investigation including visiting crime scenes, locating and interviewing witnesses, collecting and reviewing documentary evidence;
- Preparing and arguing pretrial motions, affidavits and legal memoranda;
- Dispositional investigations and advocacy;
- Jury and bench trials of criminal cases;
- Litigating cases in the Superior Court as well as District and Municipal Court;
- Representing witnesses before the grand jury or trial court;
- Representing clients in interlocutory proceedings;
- Where appropriate, work collaboratively with private attorneys on cases assigned through the Private Counsel Division of CPCS. and,
- Other duties as assigned.
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 interim Director of Human Resources Management, Mark Conlon, at firstname.lastname@example.org