The Children and Family Law Division is seeking an experienced attorney to be the Attorney in Charge of the Salem Trial Office. The Attorney in Charge will manage CAFL’s Salem Office and represent a small caseload of individual clients. They will also play a leadership role in CPCS’s efforts to provide high-quality representation to children and indigent parents in all CAFL cases.
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.
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.
The CAFL Salem Trial Office is a close-knit group who strongly believe in community engagement and partnership to assist clients as they navigate the child welfare legal system. The office is committed to seeking racial justice for our clients.
Salem is a historic coastal city in the picturesque North Sore region of Massachusetts. Salem is a busy tourist destination. Much of the city's cultural identity reflects its role as the location of the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692. Salem is home to the newly renovated Peabody Essex Museum which is a leading museum of Asian art and culture and early American maritime trade and whaling. The Salem CAFL Trial Office is located on the scenic waterfront in downtown Salem.
CPCS is seeking an experienced attorney to lead the Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) office in Salem. CAFL provides legal representation and advocacy throughout Massachusetts to children and indigent parents in care and protection, child requiring assistance, and termination of parental rights cases and to children in guardianship-of-a-minor cases. The Attorney in Charge will manage CAFL’s Salem Office and represent a small caseload of individual clients. They will also play a leadership role in CPCS’s efforts to provide high-quality representation to children and indigent parents in all CAFL cases.
What CAFL does:
Through a robust team of public defenders which include attorneys, paralegals, social workers, and administrative support staff, CAFL works to defend the rights of families to be free from governmental interference. Our teams of dedicated advocates come to work every day with a purposeful desire to defend the rights of the families in Massachusetts.
Who are we looking for:
The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate a deep connection to CPCS’s mission of client centric, inclusive public defense in an atmosphere of courage, accountability, respect, and excellence.
They will be an experienced manager who excels at supporting, mentoring, and motivating legal and other office staff; developing processes that facilitate the efficient and effective delivery of legal services by staff; and leading teams that work closely with children, parents and caretakers who are experiencing governmental interference.
Opportunities and Challenges facing the Salem Attorney in Charge
The CAFL Salem Trial Office presents a number of exciting opportunities and challenges for the next Attorney in Charge (“AIC”). They will directly supervise the office’s Administrative Assistant as well as the Trial Attorneys to ensure a smooth running and high functioning law office. The AIC will carry a half caseload of clients, including both parent and child clients.
The duties of the AIC encompass leading and nurturing a skilled, effective, and dedicated legal team that values diversity, collaboration, and creativity. The AIC will succeed in this role by providing consistent, clear communication that builds trust and promotes team morale and transparency among a diverse group of attorneys, social workers, paralegals, and administrative staff. It is critical that the AIC is able to foster a work environment that is supportive, equitable, and inclusive for both clients and staff, and provides leadership on internal and external anti-racism initiatives. Conducting investigations into client complaints on staff performance or professionalism is also required.
The key to being able to thrive in this role is being able to balance collaboration and seeking input with strong decision making and execution skills. The ability to identify systemic barriers prohibiting clients from obtaining their goals and developing strategies for addressing these barriers will allow the AIC to live and breathe CPCS’s mission to help clients achieve their legal and life goals and to build a culture of inclusion, continuous learning, and trust.
The AIC will need to routinely evaluate and refine existing processes and tools to deliver high quality representation and regularly review, understand, and thoughtfully implement new agency initiatives by gathering, analyzing, and reporting data. The AIC will provide training, supervision, and evaluation of the attorneys, paralegals, social workers, and administrative support staff. They will support and assist the CPCS Training Department, attend and actively participate in CAFL Administration meetings and agency-wide management meetings. The AIC will also work closely with the CAFL Director of Social Work, CAFL Private Panel Director, CAFL Director of Appeals, the CPCS Human Resources Unit, and other external stakeholders in the family regulation system.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
This position will remain open until filled, however preference will be given to candidates who apply prior to January 25, 2022.
The ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:
Management and Leadership Responsibilities:
Client Representation Responsibilities:
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 interim Director of Human Resources Management, Mark Conlon, at email@example.com