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Trial Attorney - YAD Malden

The Youth Advocacy Division (YAD), the juvenile defender division of CPCS, is seeking an attorney for its Malden Office. YAD Trial Attorneys provide zealous legal representation on delinquency and youthful offender cases using the Positive Youth Development Approach, as well as using all the same criminal defense skills needed to practice in district and superior courts.  They also provide post dispositional advocacy and support to DYS committed youth, as well as school-based advocacy. 

 

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 of 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.  

DIVISION OVERVIEW

The Youth Advocacy Division (YAD), the juvenile defender division of CPCS, is committed to ensuring that every indigent child in Massachusetts has access to zealous legal representation in delinquency, GCL Revocation, juvenile murder, juvenile appeals, and youthful offender cases from a diverse and ever improving community of juvenile defenders consisting of both private assigned counsel and staff public defenders. YAD provides leadership, training, support, and oversight to the indigent juvenile defense bar in Massachusetts. Youth in Massachusetts have a right to all of the due process provided to adults, including jury trials and, sadly, are also subject to adult sentences starting at age 14.  Lawyers representing juveniles need all of the knowledge and skills as attorneys for adults and also must master the additional juvenile law, the science of adolescent development, the workings of DCF and DYS, and education law. 

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.

OFFICE OVERVIEW

The Youth Advocacy Division is hiring a staff Trial Attorney for its Malden Office.

The Malden Office is comprised of one Attorney in Charge, four Trial Attorneys, one Social Services Advocate, and an Administrative Assistant.  The office covers the Cambridge, Chelsea, Framingham, and Waltham Juvenile Courts.  Malden, located in Middlesex County, has a total area of 5.1 square miles and is bordered on the northwest by the cliffs of the Middlesex Fells.  Malden is home to a diverse community which includes African American, Hispanic, Asian, and white families. The city has a total population of nearly 60,000 people. The MBTA provides subway and bus services to the Malden community.
 

Position: Trial Attorney - YAD Malden
Organization: Committee for Public Counsel Services - CPCS
Location: Boston,  MA 
United States
Salary: $68,000 - $115,378 commensurate with years of experience.
Posting Start Date: 1/1/2023
Date Posted: 11/29/2022
Requirements

RESPONSIBILITIES

Trial Attorneys provide zealous legal representation on delinquency and youthful offender cases using the Positive Youth Development Approach, as well as using all the same criminal defense skills needed to practice in district and superior courts.  They also provide post dispositional advocacy and support to DYS committed youth, as well as school-based advocacy.  Trial Attorneys also work on projects related to improving legal representation and outcomes for court involved children. In addition, Trial Attorneys play a leadership role in working towards reducing the racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system.

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, as a law school graduate under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:03, 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 

  • Experience with criminal, especially juvenile defense;
  • Experience with a community-oriented defender practice;
  • Ability to provide trauma informed and culturally competent representation;
  • Knowledge of adolescent development;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice issues and experience working with individuals of diverse backgrounds;
  • Knowledge of positive youth development;
  • Knowledge of state and local resources of use to juvenile defendants;
  • Understanding of juvenile justice practice and policy issues;
  • Experience with educational system advocacy;
  • Experience with the child welfare system;
  • Experience working with children and youth;
  • Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred; and,
  • Lawyers with four or more years of experience are encouraged to apply.

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 Chief Human Resources Officer, Ted Waterman, at ewaterman@publiccounsel.net

 

Status: This listing expires on: 2/27/2023
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Name:
Committee for Public Counsel Services - CPCS
Address:
75 Federal Street, 5th Floor

Boston,  MA 02110
United States
Email:
kchidzonga@publiccounsel.net
Phone:
(617) 910-5797
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Contact:
Kuda Chidzonga