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Supervising Staff Attorney - Worcester, MA

The Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking a Supervising Staff Attorney to supervise Trial Attorneys and to provide child welfare representation for its Worcester Office.

 

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.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW

 

The Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking a Supervising Staff Attorney, with a minimum of five years of experience providing child welfare representation for its Worcester office.  Under the direction of the office’s Attorney in Charge, the Supervising Staff Attorney will assist in the supervision of staff Trial Attorneys.  The Supervising Staff Attorney will also have his or her own reduced caseload.  Clients are children and indigent parents who are parties to care and protection, child requiring assistance, termination of parental rights cases, and children and custodians in guardianship-of-a-minor cases in the Juvenile and Probate Courts of the Commonwealth.   Attorneys interested in applying for this position are invited to submit an application, as described below.
 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The direct representation duties of the Supervising Attorney include:

  • Interviewing, consulting with, and advising adult clients;
  • Visiting, interviewing, consulting with, and advising child clients and, consistent with CAFL Performance Standards, determining their positions;
  • Conducting investigation and obtaining discovery, including locating and interviewing witnesses, obtaining and reviewing documentary evidence, consulting with service providers, and exploring options regarding placement, visits, and services;
  • Conducting legal research and writing;
  • Preparing and filing appropriate motions;
  • Preparing for and representing clients in pretrial proceedings, hearings, trials, and interlocutory appeals, as well as in the development of service and permanency plans, in court investigator meetings, in negotiation, and in informal advocacy;
  • Advocating for appropriate services for clients and other family members;
  • Conducting case-related research on clinical and medical issues;
  • Working with consulting and testifying experts; and,
  • Coordinating advocacy with CAFL social work staff.

The supervisory duties of the Supervising Attorney include: 

  • Meeting with individual supervisees, individually and in groups, to review case preparation and performance;
  • Supervising staff attorneys in court, including second-seating of trials and significant evidentiary hearings;
  • Formally and informally evaluating the performance of staff attorneys;
  • Planning and conducting in-office training;
  • Supervising other staff, such as student interns, as directed by the office’s Attorney in Charge; and,
  • Attending CAFL supervisor meetings.

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 Director of Human Resources Management, Lisa Bacon, at lbacon@publiccounsel.net

Position: Supervising Staff Attorney - Worcester, MA
Organization: Committee for Public Counsel Services
Location: Boston,  MA 
United States
Salary: $72,000 - $107,500
Posting Start Date: 4/1/2019
Date Posted: 9/9/2019
Requirements

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

 

Applicants for a CAFL Supervising Staff Attorney must have a minimum of five years of experience representing parents and children in child welfare matters, including experience as counsel for a parent and counsel for a child in termination of parental rights trials.  There is a strong preference for applicants with seven or more years’ experience. A candidate for a Supervising Staff Attorney position 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. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

 

A Supervising Attorney should also have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to the principle of zealous advocacy in the representation of children and indigent parents in child welfare cases;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, analytical ability, and legal skills;
  • The ability to work in a community, both independently and collaboratively;
  • A commitment to working with a culturally diverse, low-income population; and,
  • The ability and commitment to complete annual performance evaluations in a timely and comprehensive manner.

The position requires travel.  Access to reliable transportation throughout the state is necessary.  Foreign language skills are desirable. 

Status: This listing expires on: 12/8/2019
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Name:
Committee for Public Counsel Services
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Boston,  MA 02108
United States
Email:
kruderman@publiccounsel.net
Phone:
617-482-6212
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Contact:
Kevin Ruderman