Committee for Public Counsel Services

  • Internship - 2018 PDD Malden District Court Office

    Job Locations US-MA-Malden
    ID
    2018-1615
    # of Openings
    1
    Posted Date
    3/30/2018
    Type
    Intern
    Salary
    Unpaid Internship
  • Overview

    The Malden District Court Office is seeking interns to be an integral part of our office and work closely with our team of dedicated attorneys, social service advocates, and investigators.

     

     

    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 Massachusetts’ state-wide public defender organization. The Malden District Court Office defends people accused of misdemeanors and felonies in three District Courts in Middlesex County: the Cambridge District Court, the Malden District Court, and the Somerville District Court. We defend clients against a broad range of charges, including firearm offenses, drug charges, assault charges, theft offenses, and operating under the influence charges. We also advocate for clients in Mental Health Court, Drug Court, and Homeless Court programs. 

     

    Qualifications

    The Malden District Court Office is currently seeking law students for internship positions.  Interns must be able to commit at least 15 hours per week.

     

    All students who will have completed their first year of law school by the start of their internship are eligible to apply. This internship is best suited to students who enjoy legal research and writing, whose coursework demonstrates an interest in criminal law, and who share our commitment to providing all of our clients with excellent representation. 

     

    Students who have successfully completed or are enrolled in an evidence or trial practice class, with the written approval by their dean, may represent clients under the supervision of a staff public defender in court per SJC Rule 3:03. However, students who will not be eligible for 3:03 certification are also 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
    • Students with experience working with clients with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders
    • Students who speak a foreign language

    Responsibilities

    Students are an integral part of our office and work closely with our team of dedicated attorneys, social service advocates, and investigators. Students qualified to appear in court under SJC Rule 3:03 will represent clients at arraignments, bail appeals, and pretrial motions, all under the close supervision of experienced attorneys. Out-of-court work includes legal research and writing, case investigation, client meetings, and assisting attorneys with the preparation of trials. Students are also encouraged to attend court as often as they would like to observe.

     

    An internship in this office would involve working closely with a group of experienced, dedicated, and passionate attorneys, all of whom are committed to helping to prepare students to be excellent public defenders. Our attorneys are always grateful for student assistance and input, and recognize that our students’ work can be an integral part of a successful defense for our clients. All students begin their internship by participating in training focused on client advocacy skills and Massachusetts criminal practice. Interns are also welcome to attend all office trainings and brainstorm sessions.  

     

    Our office and all of our courts are easily accessible via public transportation, so students are not required to have access to a car.

     

    Interns work directly with attorneys, investigators, and social service advocates on the following:

    • Representing clients at arraignment and arguing for their release from imprisonment (if 3:03 certified)
    • Representing clients at pretrial hearings, including hearings on motions to dismiss (if 3:03 certified)
    • Meeting with and interviewing clients in the office and at various prisons, jails and hospitals
    • Conducting legal research
    • Drafting pretrial motions and legal memoranda
    • Assisting attorneys to prepare for motions and trials
    • Investigating cases, including visiting the locations of alleged offenses and interviewing witnesses

    In order to apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and transcript. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
     

    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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