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Trial Attorney - Public Defender Division, Lawrence 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 Lawrence Trial Office in Essex 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.


                                                   Our Values

                     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.

AGENCY OVERVIEW

 
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.


OFFICE OVERVIEW


The PDD Lawrence Trial Office is located inside of the historic and beautifully appointed Everett Mills Building and is located in the heart of the city.

 
POSITION OVERVIEW


The Public Defender Division (PDD) of CPCS is seeking an experienced Superior Court practitioner to provide criminal defense representation in our Lawrence Trial Office in Essex 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • 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.
EEO Statement

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 mconlon@publiccounsel.net
Position: Trial Attorney - Public Defender Division, Lawrence Trial Office
Organization: Committee for Public Counsel Services
Location: Boston,  MA 
United States
Salary: $63,440 - $107,640, commensurate with years of experience
Posting Start Date: 5/3/2022
Date Posted: 5/3/2022
Requirements MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
 
  • A Trial Attorney must be committed to serving a culturally diverse, low-income population and must be eligible to practice law in Massachusetts, either as a member of the Massachusetts bar in good standing, or as the member of the bar of another jurisdiction eligible to engage in limited Massachusetts practice under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04;
  • Access to an automobile in order to travel to courts, clients, and investigation locations that are not easily accessible by public transportation; and,
  • Access to a personal computer with home internet access sufficient to work remotely.
QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

Candidates should possess the following attributes for the position of Trial Attorney:
  • A demonstrated commitment to the principle of zealous advocacy in the representation of indigent persons in criminal cases;
  • A demonstrated commitment to our organizational values;
  • Significant superior court experience or equivalent jury trial experience for a minimum of three (3) years;
  • A commitment to continuing legal and organizational training;
  • Strong interpersonal and analytical skills;
  • Ability to work within a criminal defense oriented community and capacity, both independently and collaboratively; and,
  • Foreign language skills to support interaction with predominant limited English proficient groups in the region are desirable.

To apply:  please supply a resume and a personal mission statement 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 this work.
Status: This listing expires on: 8/1/2022
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Organization Information
Name:
Committee for Public Counsel Services
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Boston,  MA 02110
United States
Email:
kruderman@publiccounsel.net
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Contact:
Kevin Ruderman