Committee for Public Counsel Services

  • Internship - 2018 PDD Lowell District Court Office

    Job Locations US-MA-Lowell
    ID
    2018-1595
    # of Openings
    1
    Posted Date
    2/21/2018
    Type
    Intern
    Salary
    Unpaid Internship
  • Overview

    The Public Defender Division Lowell District Court Office is seeking interns  to aid our office in representing clients in three district courts within Middlesex County—Lowell, Ayer and Concord.  Our office also participates in the drug court program in Lowell District Court. 

     

     

    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.  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 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 Committee for Public Counsel Services ("CPCS") is the state-wide public defender organization for Massachusetts. CPCS is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of its clients by providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and excellent representation.  The Lowell District Court office defends people accused of misdemeanors and any felonies with concurrent jurisdiction in the Superior Court.  Charges can range from motor vehicle offenses, to property offenses, drug charges, firearm charges, domestic and sexual assaults. Our office represents clients in three district courts within Middlesex County—Lowell, Ayer and Concord.  Our office also participates in the drug court program in Lowell District Court.  The office has a dedicated social service advocate and investigator to assist with cases. 

     

    The Lowell District and Superior Court offices work closely together and opportunities are available to assist attorneys who have clients in the superior court.  The Lowell District Court team meets weekly to brainstorm and discuss cases.  Interns are welcome to attend all office trainings and case crunch sessions.

     

    The Lowell District office is easily accessible via public transportation; however, a car is recommended to meet with clients at the jails and outlying district courts.  Most clients in custody are held at the county jail in Billerica, Massachusetts or at the women's facility in Framingham. 

    Qualifications

    All students who have completed or will be entering their 2L year by the beginning of the internship should apply.  (Full time and part time positions are available.) Rule 3:03 certified students are strongly encouraged to apply.

     

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Students who have taken classes in evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, critical legal theory, and/or trial advocacy.
    • Students with experience working with low income clients, people of color, immigrants, LGBT people, and other underrepresented groups.
    • Experience working with clients with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders.
    • Bilingual students.

    Responsibilities

    Students who are qualified to appear in court under SJC Rule 3:03 will represent clients at arraignments, bail appeals, violation of probation hearings, and pretrial motions, all under the close supervision of experienced attorneys.  Students will also engage in legal research and writing and case investigation when necessary.  Students will assist attorneys in preparing for motion hearings and trials. Students are encouraged to attend court as often as they would like to observe motions and trials.

     

    In order to apply, please forward

    • A resume;
    • One page cover letter outlining background and interest in criminal defense;
    • Not more than a ten (10) page writing sample.

     

    Summer 2018: No later than March 30, 2018 

     

     

     

    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

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