Director of Strategic Litigation
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking a Director for its newly created Strategic Litigation Unit. The Strategic Litigation Unit will be responsible for litigation aimed at achieving systemic and institutional reform in all of CPCS’s criminal and civil practice areas. The Strategic Litigation Director will lead those efforts and will work with other attorneys, advocacy organizations, and clients to promote justice for and protect the rights of individuals who are parties in criminal and civil right-to-counsel proceedings.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MISSION STATEMENT
CPCS is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of its clients by providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and excellent representation. In fulfilling its mission, CPCS is committed to fostering diversity at all levels of the agency. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. In striving always to achieve those goals, CPCS embraces diversity and inclusion as core values and is steadfast in our commitment to: (1) ensuring that CPCS management and staff members represent a broad range of human difference and experience; (2) providing a work climate that is respectful and that supports success; and (3) promoting the dignity and well-being of all staff members. CPCS's leadership is responsible for ensuring excellence, diversity, and inclusion. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.
As the public defender agency for Massachusetts, CPCS zealously seeks justice for those unable to afford an attorney in all matters in which the law requires the appointment of counsel. This includes representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare/state intervention, mental health, sexually dangerous person, and sex offender registry matters. The Strategic Litigation Director will play an essential leadership role in the agency’s pursuit of systemic and institutional reform on behalf of our clients in in all of these practice areas.
Reporting directly to the Chief Counsel, the Director will regularly meet and consult with the leaders of all CPCS divisions to jointly identify systemic issues affecting a broad range of clients throughout the agency and will be responsible for initiating and prosecuting litigation to address those issues. The Director will supervise a small dedicated staff, as well as attorneys assigned to other CPCS units who work on Strategic Litigation Unit cases.
The Director’s work will involve criminal and civil litigation and administrative advocacy. Litigation will include both trial and appellate advocacy in state and federal court. Depending upon the matter at issue, the Director may serve as lead counsel, co-counsel, consultant, amicus curiae, or provide technical support.
The Director’s responsibilities will include:
- Working with the Chief Counsel, other members of CPCS’s Senior Management Team, and other stakeholders (including other staff members and trial and appellate panel attorneys) to identify matters of systemic importance that may need to be addressed through strategic litigation;
- Initiating and prosecuting litigation to address issues of systemic importance;
- Developing a network of attorneys at private law firms and other organizations to undertake or assist with impact litigation;
- Responding to or participating in impact litigation brought by others;
- Supervising staff assigned to the Strategic Litigation Unit, including attorneys assigned on an ad hoc basis;
- Producing memoranda for leaders of CPCS divisions and other CPCS units and advisory memoranda for staff and private attorneys on issues of systemic importance;
- Partnering with CPCS’s Training Department and others to train private and staff attorneys on how to develop and litigate challenges to matters of systemic impact; and
- Assisting with the production of amicus briefs.