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Data Analyst - Litigation
The Committee for Public Counsel Services, Massachusetts’ public defender agency, is seeking a Data Analyst - Litigation to assist in the development and pursuit of litigation to address systemic issues.

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


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 of 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 Strategic Litigation Unit (SLU) plays an essential role in the agency’s pursuit of systemic and institutional reform on behalf of our clients in all of CPCS’ practice areas. The experienced attorneys of the SLU pursue litigation to address systemic issues as well as assisting attorneys from other CPCS units with cases of strategic importance, involving both criminal and civil litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels.

The SLU consists of the Director of Strategic Litigation, two Staff Counsel IIs, a Paralegal, and a Data Analyst - Litigation.

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, genders and/or sexual orientation identities, abilities, and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.


The SLU seeks a Data Analyst - Litigation with a strong sense of the daily injustices faced by CPCS’ clients and a commitment to fighting those injustices. The SLU Data Analyst - Litigation will assist in the development and pursuit of litigation to address systemic issues. The litigation will involve criminal and civil matters, at both the trial and appellate levels, and in both state and federal court.

The Data Analyst - Litigation will collaborate with attorneys across the agency’s practice areas on active cases as well as areas of strategic importance by leading identified research activities including data collection, data reporting, and data visualization. The Data Analyst – Litigation will also work on various short and long-term projects under the supervision of the Director of Strategic Litigation and with experienced attorneys in those practice areas on targeted and specific projects.

The Data Analyst - Litigation will report directly to the Director of Strategic Litigation.


The Data Analyst – Litigation should be skilled in performing quantitative and qualitative analysis and be able to communicate results clearly and effectively to colleagues and stakeholders.  The ideal candidate will have previous public policy experience and have the skills to gather information from a variety of data sources as well as identify and access data from other stakeholders such as the courts, prosecutorial agencies, law enforcement, and state agencies such as DCF, DOC, DDS, and DMH.

The duties of the Data Analyst - Litigation will include, but not be limited to:
  • Delivering high quality research, including research design, methods, statistical analysis, qualitative research methods, and analytical techniques;
  • Analyzing, interpreting, and communicating complex ideas and research findings clearly and concisely;
  • Querying complex database systems to collect and organize data for research;
  • Coordinating the SLU litigation research agenda, including identifying research needs and providing studies, reports, and data to stakeholders;
  • Responding to data inquiries from stakeholders;
  • Collecting and reviewing aggregate data sets alongside local and national current events to investigate potential causes for trends and to guide courtroom representation strategies;
  • FOIA and other data requests as appropriate;
  • Liaising with experts in the field of criminology, sociology, economics, mathematics, statistics, and computer science on data projects;
  • Working collaboratively with the IT Department on data management;
  • Working collaboratively with the General Counsel and Communications Director to effect public policy and legislative goals;
  • Developing working relationships with criminal and civil legal system participants such as court clerks, and other state and federal agencies; 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: Data Analyst - Litigation
Organization: Committee for Public Counsel Services
Location: Boston,  MA 
United States
Salary: $73,840 - $90,740, commensurate with years of experience
Posting Start Date: 5/5/2022
Date Posted: 5/5/2022

Interested candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to the principle of zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and the protection of fundamental constitutional and human rights.

Candidates must also have:
  • Bachelor’s degree in criminology, sociology, public administration, computer science, statistics, mathematics, economics, or related field;
  • A minimum of three years of data analysis experience in public policy and/or graduate-level training; and,
  • Access to a personal computer with home internet access sufficient to work remotely.
  • An advanced degree in criminology, sociology, public administration, computer science, statistics, mathematics, economics, or a related field is preferred

  • Demonstrated knowledge of equity and social justice issues, policies, and data;
  • Demonstrated experience with data visualization, performance management, and visual management practices;
  • Commitment to reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the court system;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively orally and in writing;
  • Proven ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team;
  • Experience researching public defense or criminal justice;
  • Strong experience with statistical software such as SSPS, R, Python, Stata, Tableau, or Power BI;
  • Knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL); and,
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
Status: This listing expires on: 8/3/2022
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Committee for Public Counsel Services

Boston,  MA 02110
United States
Kevin Ruderman