The Public Defender Division of CPCS, Berkshire (Pittsfield) Office, is seeking a Supervising Staff Attorney with a minimum of five years of experience providing criminal defense representation. The ideal candidate will have sufficient trial experience in both the District and Superior Courts so they may supervise all Trial Attorney staff.
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
understand 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 those goals depends on efforts of all of us.
The Public Defender Division of CPCS, Berkshire Office is located in downtown Pittsfield, designated one of the Cultural Districts in Massachusetts. Home to the “Upstreet Cultural District,” downtown Pittsfield is home to two professional theaters, a vibrant visual arts and culinary scene, and regular cultural festivals. Pittsfield is a gateway to the Berkshire Mountains, one of the most beautiful areas in Massachusetts, known for outdoor activities such as hiking, golfing, kayaking, and skiing. Nearby attractions such as Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, and Mass MoCA make the region an exciting place to work and live.
The Public Defender Division of CPCS, Berkshire Office, is seeking a Supervising Staff Attorney, with a minimum of five years of experience providing criminal defense representation. Under the direction of the office’s Attorney in Charge, the Supervising Staff Attorney will assist in the supervision of Trial Attorneys, and will also have his or her own reduced caseload. Clients are indigent persons charged with criminal offenses within the final jurisdiction of the respective court.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
The following attributes are required for the position of Supervising Staff Attorney:
The ideal candidate will have sufficient trial experience in both the District and Superior Courts so they may supervise all Trial Attorney staff.
This position will remain open until filled, preference will be given to candidates who apply prior to November 5, 2021.
The following attributes are preferred for the position of Supervising Staff Attorney:
The Supervising Staff Attorney will supervise Trial Attorneys assigned to both District and Superior Court cases in addition to their case responsibilities. The Supervising Staff Attorney must be capable of supervising new Trial Attorneys as well as experienced Trial Attorneys practicing in the Superior Court, particularly around serious felony or otherwise complex cases.
The direct representation duties of the Supervising Staff Attorney include:
The supervisory duties of the Supervising Staff Attorney include, but are not limited to, the following in accordance with the CPCS Guidelines for Supervision of Public Defender Trial Attorneys and the Guidelines for the Implementation of Unified Public Defender Division Offices:
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, Mark Conlon, at email@example.com