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Staff Counsel II - Private Counsel Division Post Conviction Unit

CPCS is seeking an experienced attorney for a Staff Counsel II position with the Post-Conviction Unit of the Private Counsel Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Staff Counsel IIs play a vital role in supporting and overseeing attorneys on the CPCS Post-Conviction panel, including responding to client concerns and creating and maintaining appellate resources.   

 

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 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.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW

 

The Post-Conviction Unit, Private Counsel Division, makes approximately 1,500 assignments annually to private counsel to represent indigent clients in direct appeals, new trial motions, screenings for possible new trial motions and motions to withdraw guilty pleas, and various other post-conviction matters. The Post-Conviction Unit provides support to, and oversight of, Post-Conviction Panel members.  The Unit consists of a Director, two Staff Counsel IIs, an Assignment Coordinator, and an Administrative Assistant. 

 

Staff Counsel IIs play a vital role in supporting and overseeing attorneys on the CPCS Post-Conviction Panel including responding to client concerns and creating and maintaining appellate resources. Staff Counsel IIs work closely with other Post-Conviction Unit staff and Post-Conviction Panel members, as well as with other CPCS offices, including the Innocence Program, the Public Defender Division Appeals Unit; the Immigration Impact Unit, the Directors of Social Services Advocates/Social Workers, the Training Department, and the Juvenile Appeals Unit. 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Staff Counsel II responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing support to, and oversight of, members of the Post-Conviction Panel, including investigating and mediating client complaints; evaluating attorney work product and performance; and advising attorneys on case strategies and issues;
  • Assisting in the assignment of cases;
  • Responding to clients’ written inquiries and phone calls, and resolving client complaints;
  • Developing, leading, and participating in training workshops for panel members and collaborating on trainings with other CPCS units as well as drafting case advisories;
  • Maintaining the appellate training manual and the Post-Conviction Unit webpage;
  • Developing and maintaining appellate resources for panel members and pro se defendants;
  • Assisting the Post-Convictions Director in evaluating applications for superior court and murder certifications;
  • Acting as a liaison with the trial court and FTR to resolve transcript production issues;
  • Serving as a resource for appellate issues and performance standards, especially on issues involving case strategy and record-production;
  • Acting as the Post-Conviction Unit representative on CPCS committees and other committees as required;
  • Legal research and writing as necessary; and,
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position: Staff Counsel II - Private Counsel Division Post Conviction Unit
Organization: Committee for Public Counsel Services
Location: Boston,  MA 
United States
Salary: $74,500 - $108,500, commensurate with years of experience
Posting Start Date: 4/1/2021
Date Posted: 4/15/2021
Requirements

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Staff Counsel II responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing support to, and oversight of, members of the Post-Conviction Panel, including investigating and mediating client complaints; evaluating attorney work product and performance; and advising attorneys on case strategies and issues;
  • Assisting in the assignment of cases;
  • Responding to clients’ written inquiries and phone calls, and resolving client complaints;
  • Developing, leading, and participating in training workshops for panel members and collaborating on trainings with other CPCS units as well as drafting case advisories;
  • Maintaining the appellate training manual and the Post-Conviction Unit webpage;
  • Developing and maintaining appellate resources for panel members and pro se defendants;
  • Assisting the Post-Convictions Director in evaluating applications for superior court and murder certifications;
  • Acting as a liaison with the trial court and FTR to resolve transcript production issues;
  • Serving as a resource for appellate issues and performance standards, especially on issues involving case strategy and record-production;
  • Acting as the Post-Conviction Unit representative on CPCS committees and other committees as required;
  • Legal research and writing as necessary; 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 Director of Human Resources Management, Lisa Bacon, at lbacon@publiccounsel.net

Status: This listing expires on: 7/14/2021
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Organization Information
Name:
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Address:
100 Cambridge Street

Boston,  MA 02114
United States
Email:
kruderman@publiccounsel.net
Phone:
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Contact:
Kevin Ruderman