Supervising Staff Attorney - PDD Salem
The Public Defender Division (PDD) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is seeking to fill a Supervising Staff Attorney position in its Salem Office. The PDD provides legal representation and zealous advocacy to indigent adult clients who are charged with criminal offenses in both the District and Superior Courts within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Candidates must have sufficient trial experience in both the District and Superior Courts so they may supervise all Trial Attorney staff.
We fight for equal justice and human dignity by advocating and 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 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 Public Defender Division Salem Office is located in Essex County. Salem is known for its scenic coastline and its rich maritime history. Perhaps, most notably, Salem is the iconic location of the infamous Witchcraft Trials of 1692 and serves as home to the widely known Witch Museum.
Please access our webpage here: https://www.publiccounsel.net/dir/salem-pd/
The Public Defender Division of CPCS, Salem Office, is seeking a Supervising Staff Attorney, with a minimum of five years of experience providing criminal defense representation. The Supervising Staff Attorney supervises both newer and experienced staff Trial Attorneys, who practice in both the District and Superior Court, in every facet of our legal representation to ensure that we provide zealous and effective advocacy of and for every assigned case and client, whom have been entrusted to our broadly encompassed care. The Supervising Staff Attorney is expected to maintain an active, albeit reduced, caseload providing the same fullness and excellence of representation, no different than any other CPCS PDD staff Trial Attorney.
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 staff 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.