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Job Locations US-MA-Malden
Posted Date 4 days ago(8/8/2022 4:19 PM)
The Public Defender Division, Malden Office is currently seeking students for Fall 2022 internship positions.    We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.   Our Values   Courage  •  Accountability  •  Respect  •   Excellence   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 of 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.   The clients we represent are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters we address. This reality creates a critical need for CPCS staff to be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, genders and/or sexual orientation identities, abilities, and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.   POSITION OVERVIEW   Student legal interns are an integral part of our office and work closely with our team of dedicated attorneys, social service advocates, and investigators. Interns 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. Interns are also encouraged to attend court as often as they would like to observe.   An internship in this office includes working closely with a group of experienced, dedicated, and passionate attorneys, all of whom are committed to helping to prepare interns to be excellent public defenders. Our attorneys are always grateful for intern assistance and input, and recognize that our interns’ work can be an integral part of a successful defense for our clients. All interns 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.   We are currently working in-person, and interns will be able and expected to work on-site at our office and/or our courts most days. Our office and all of our courts are easily accessible via public transportation, so interns are not required to have access to a car.
ID
2022-2234
Office / Unit
Malden-District
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 4 days ago(8/8/2022 11:36 AM)
The Training Department of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking a Training Technologist to support the Training Department by providing technological expertise and support to subject matter experts and facilitating the effective use of technology in trainings.   This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule. While the office is located in Boston, it may be possible to situate this position in a location outside the Boston metropolitan area based upon the applicant’s experience and needs of the Department.    We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.   Our Values   Courage  •  Accountability  •  Respect  •   Excellence   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 of 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.   DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW   The CPCS Training Department provides high quality training to all staff and private assigned counsel. The Training Department, led by the Training Chief, includes training for four separate practice areas – Criminal Defense, Family Regulation, Youth Advocacy, and Mental Health Litigation – all of which are overseen by individual Training Directors, as well as the Forensic Services Unit. In addition to providing substantive and skills training to attorneys, the Training Department ensures that all other professional staff members are provided appropriate training in their areas of expertise.   POSITION OVERVIEW   The Training Department is seeking a Training Technologist to work in the Training Department. The Training Technologist works collaboratively with the Training Directors, Training Department staff, IT staff, and CPCS personnel and contractors engaged in developing and delivering training to CPCS staff and assigned private counsel. The Training Technologist provides technological expertise and support to staff involved in teaching and training. This position requires collaboration with subject matter and information technology experts regarding the use of technology to facilitate the delivery of training. This is a hands-on role ensuring that agency technology effectively supports both live and virtual trainings.   The Training Technologist reports to the Training Chief.   While the office is located in Boston, it may be possible to situate this position in a location outside the Boston metropolitan area based upon the applicant’s experience and needs of the Department. 
ID
2022-2233
Office / Unit
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 4 days ago(8/8/2022 1:58 PM)
The Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking an experienced attorney to help promote the high-quality representation of children and adults in family regulation/child welfare appeals.  The attorney will be a core member of the CAFL Appellate Panel Support Unit (APSU), which provides support and oversight for approximately 150 private attorneys who represent children and adults in family regulation/child welfare appellate matters.   We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.   Our Values   Courage  •  Accountability  •  Respect  •   Excellence   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.   CHILDREN AND FAMILY LAW DIVISION OVERVIEW   CPCS’s Children and Family Law Division provides attorneys to children and adults in care and protection, termination of parental rights, child requiring assistance, and guardianship-of-a-minor cases, as well as in other civil matters involving children and young adults in which there is a right to an attorney. It also provides counsel in appeals of these cases. At the trial level, the vast majority of CAFL clients are represented by private attorneys who are part of CAFL’s trial panel, and most trial-level CAFL cases are heard in the Juvenile Court. On appeal, most CAFL clients are represented by private appellate attorneys on CAFL’s appellate panel.   POSITION OVERVIEW    CPCS is seeking a Staff Counsel II for the Children and Family Law Division Appellate Panel Support Unit. Staff Counsel II in the APSU support private CAFL appellate attorneys throughout the state to provide high-quality, zealous representation to children and adults in all CAFL appellate cases. Staff Counsel II will review briefs, moot court oral arguments, observe and critique oral arguments, draft appellate practice tips, train CAFL attorneys on trial and appellate subjects, and provide other forms of support for private counsel and the overall administration of the Unit.   The Staff Counsel II position reports to the Director of the CAFL Appellate Panel Support Unit and may be seated at CPCS’s Federal Street, Boston office depending on the needs of the selected candidate and the Unit, and the availability of office space.   Who are we looking for:   The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate a deep connection to CPCS’s mission of client-centered, inclusive public defense. The ideal candidate must be able to create, maintain, and thrive in an atmosphere of courage, accountability, respect, and excellence.   The ideal candidate will be an experienced appellate attorney who excels at supporting, mentoring, and motivating private appellate counsel; training attorneys on trial, appellate, and family regulation/child welfare matters; and assisting the CAFL Director of Appellate Panel Support Unit with administration of the Unit. In addition, the ideal candidate will have a clear understanding of the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct.
ID
2022-2232
Office / Unit
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Job Locations US-MA-Roxbury
Posted Date 3 days ago(8/9/2022 1:03 PM)
The Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the public defender agency of Massachusetts, is seeking an experienced Superior Court practitioner for a Trial Attorney position in our Roxbury Defenders Unit. The Public Defender Division provides legal representation and zealous advocacy to the indigent community.   We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.   Our Values Courage  •  Accountability  •  Respect  •   Excellence   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 of 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.   OFFICE OVERVIEW   The PDD Roxbury Defenders Unit is in the heart of the Nubian Square (formerly Dudley Square) section of the City of Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood.  It is within walking distance to public transportation, and a thriving business area that includes local restaurants and stores.   POSITION OVERVIEW   The Public Defender Division is seeking an experienced Superior Court practitioner to provide criminal defense representation in our Roxbury Defenders Unit. The attorney will represent clients in the Superior Court and divisions of the Boston Municipal Court, and occasionally represent clients on interlocutory appeals, civil commitments, as witness before the grand jury or trial court, and in certain collateral matters as permitted by a supervisor. It is expected that the attorney’s case load will consist of predominately serious Superior Court matters. It is also expected that the attorney will act as an informal mentor and advisor to other staff attorneys in the office.   The Public Defender Division’s mission is to ensure that criminal defendants are given the full fundamental protections of the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Massachusetts Constitution. We believe that every defendant should not only receive zealous advocacy but respect and dignity as they deal with the potential loss of their liberty.   The clients we represent are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters we address. This reality creates a critical need for CPCS staff to be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, genders and/or sexual orientation identities, abilities, and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.
ID
2022-2229
Office / Unit
Roxbury-District
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/26/2022 1:01 PM)
CPCS/CAFL is now accepting applications for its Fall 2022 CAFL Trial Panel Certification Training to represent children and parents in Care & Protection (C&P) cases and Children Requiring Assistance (CRA) cases. This is your opportunity to grow your legal practice and to help children and families across the state involved in state intervention cases. The online training will include a combination of self-directed learning and live Zoom sessions two afternoons per week for a period of four weeks. The training concludes with a full day, in-person mock hearing. Zoom training days are 8/31 from 2-4 pm, 9/6, 9/9, 9/12, 9/15, 9/19, 9/22,9/28 and 9/30 from 1-4:30 pm, and 10/6 from 2-4:30 pm.  The full day mock hearing will be scheduled either 10/11, 10/12 or 10/13. Participants will receive a “Certification Payment” of $5032 upon the following: 1) successful completion of the CAFL Trial Panel Certification Training; 2) receiving appointments on 12 care and protection cases; and 3) submission of 600 hours of billing on care and protection cases.   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 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 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 these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.
ID
2022-2224
Office / Unit
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Job Locations US-MA-Malden
Posted Date 1 week ago(8/3/2022 3:51 PM)
The Youth Advocacy Division (YAD), the juvenile defender division of CPCS, is seeking an attorney for its Malden office. YAD Trial Attorneys provide zealous legal representation on delinquency and youthful offender cases using the Positive Youth Development Approach, as well as using all the same criminal defense skills needed to practice in district and superior courts. They also provide post dispositional advocacy and support to DYS committed youth, as well as school-based advocacy.    We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.   Our Values   Courage  •  Accountability  •  Respect  •   Excellence   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 of 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.   DIVISION OVERVIEW   The Youth Advocacy Division (YAD), the juvenile defender division of CPCS, is committed to ensuring that every indigent child in Massachusetts has access to zealous legal representation in delinquency, GCL Revocation, juvenile murder, juvenile appeals, and youthful offender cases from a diverse and ever improving community of juvenile defenders consisting of both private assigned counsel and staff public defenders. YAD provides leadership, training, support, and oversight to the indigent juvenile defense bar in Massachusetts. Youth in Massachusetts have a right to all of the due process provided to adults, including jury trials and, sadly, are also subject to adult sentences starting at age 14. Lawyers representing juveniles need all of the knowledge and skills as attorneys for adults and also must master the additional juvenile law, the science of adolescent development, the workings of DCF and DYS, and education law.    The clients we represent are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters we address. This reality creates a critical need for CPCS attorneys to be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, gender and/or gender preferences, abilities and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.   OFFICE OVERVIEW   The Youth Advocacy Division Malden Office covers the Cambridge, Chelsea, Framingham, and Waltham Juvenile Courts. Malden, located in Middlesex County, has a total area of 5.1 square miles and is bordered on the northwest by the cliffs of the Middlesex Fells. Malden is home to a diverse community which includes African American, Hispanic, Asian, and white families. The city has a total population of nearly 60,000 people. The MBTA provides subway and bus services to the Malden community. The Malden office is comprised of one Attorney in Charge, three Trial Attorneys, one Social Services Advocate, and an Administrative Assistant
ID
2022-2223
Office / Unit
Malden-District
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(7/21/2022 11:51 AM)
The Administrative Office of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the public defender agency of Massachusetts, is seeking a Director of Administration & Operations, which reports to the Chief Counsel.   At CPCS we fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.   Our Values   Courage  •  Accountability  •  Respect  •   Excellence   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 of 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.   The clients we represent are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters we address. This reality creates a critical need for CPCS staff to be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, genders and/or sexual orientation identities, abilities, and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.   POSITION OVERVIEW   The Director of Administration & Operations is a key member of the CPCS senior leadership team and Administration Office. The Director provides strategic advice and support to the Chief Counsel on the management of daily operations of the agency, while acting as the point of contact between the Chief Counsel and legal and operations staff on administrative and operational issues.   The Director of Administration & Operations scopes, plans, and executes multiple projects that facilitate the Chief Counsel’s leadership objectives, oversees the development and implementation of systems, policies, and procedures to ensure efficient operations of CPCS, and coordinates the successful accomplishment of CPCS goals, while managing a wide variety of competing interests and priorities that are both high profile and on tight timeframes.  The Director apprises the Chief Counsel on critical issues, works with stakeholders to identify alternative means for resolving issues, and coordinates implementation of solutions. In addition, the Director oversees the Training Department, ensuring that appropriate training is provided to all staff and the private bar. 
ID
2022-2222
Office / Unit
PD Admininistration
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 1 month ago(7/8/2022 12:26 PM)
The Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking an experienced mental health attorney with management experience to serve as the Managing Director in its Mental Health Litigation Division. The Managing Director will support and oversee the four Mental Health Litigation Trial Offices located in Brockton, Northampton, Roxbury, and Worcester.   We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.   Our Values    Courage  •  Accountability  •  Respect  •  Excellence   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.   The clients we represent are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters we address. This reality creates a critical need for CPCS staff to be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, genders and/or sexual orientation identities, abilities, and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.   DIVISION OVERVIEW   The Mental Health Litigation Division (MHLD)provides trial and appellate representation to indigent persons when petitions seeking commitment to public or private psychiatric facilities and petitions seeking to impose guardianships, including authorization to administer or terminate "extraordinary" medical treatment, are filed against them. In commitment proceedings, representation is provided either by MHLD staff attorneys or by private attorneys certified by MHLD to accept such assignments. Almost all representation in guardianship proceedings is provided by MHLD-certified private attorneys.   The Division consists of an Administrative Office, which is responsible for certification, oversight, and training of panel attorneys, the assignment of commitment cases, and effective administration of the Division; an Appellate Unit that certifies, oversees, and trains a panel of appellate attorneys and represents individuals in appeals; and four trial offices that represent indigent clients facing involuntary commitment to both public and private psychiatric facilities throughout the Commonwealth and a limited number of guardianship proceedings.   The MHLD also trains, and is available to assist, criminal defense attorneys regarding mental health issues that arise in the criminal legal system (e.g., competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, etc.).   POSITION OVERVIEW   The Managing Director (MD) oversees the four MHLD Trial Offices located in Brockton, Northampton, Roxbury, and Worcester and manages various operational and legal issues that arise in those offices. The MD supervises the Attorneys in Charge (AICs) of the Trial Offices and assists the Deputy Chief Counsel in ensuring that MHLD staff representation is effective, client-centered, culturally competent, and meets agency practice standards. The MD reports to the MHLD Deputy Chief Counsel and is a member of the MHLD Leadership Team, which consists of the Trial Panel Director, Director of Mental Health Appeals, Director of Social Services Advocacy, and Training Director. The MD works collaboratively with other MHLD Directors as well as other CPCS legal practice divisions and CPCS legal support and operational units (Training Department, Human Resources, IT, Finance and Facilities, and General Counsel).
ID
2022-2220
Office / Unit
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Job Locations US-MA-Hyannis
Posted Date 1 month ago(7/11/2022 12:58 PM)
The Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking to fill the Attorney-in-Charge position in its Hyannis Office.   We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.   Our Values   Courage  •  Accountability  •  Respect  •   Excellence   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 of 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.   OFFICE OVERVIEW    The PDD Hyannis Office provides public defense services in all of Barnstable County. The office is located at 973 Iyannough Road in Hyannis (Route 132), near the Cape Cod Mall. Free parking is available. The office represents clients in the Barnstable Superior Court and the Barnstable, Falmouth, and Orleans District Courts. There are 9 trial attorneys (including a Supervising Staff Attorney and the Attorney in Charge) in the office. The office is co-located with CPCS Youth Advocacy Division and Children and Family Law Division offices.   POSITION OVERVIEW   The Attorney-in-Charge supervises and assists staff Trial Attorneys to ensure the zealous and effective advocacy of every assigned client entrusted to our legal care. The Attorney-in-Charge is also responsible for managing the Supervising Staff Attorney, Social Service Advocate, Investigator, and highly trained Administrative Assistants. The Attorney-in-Charge is expected to maintain an active, albeit reduced caseload, providing the same fullness and excellence of representation, no different than any other Trial Attorney, while consistently striking the proper balance between case responsibilities and managerial duties.   The clients we represent are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters we address. This reality creates a critical need for CPCS staff to be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, genders and/or sexual orientation identities, abilities, and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.   The Hyannis AIC is responsible for leading the office’s involvement with local community groups and organizations that are also committed to the service of our clients.
ID
2022-2218
Office / Unit
Hyannis-YAD
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 1 month ago(6/28/2022 11:31 AM)
The Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking applications for a Legislative Policy Counsel to work with the General Counsel in representing and advocating for the Agency before the Legislature and Executive Branch of the government.   We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.   Our Values   Courage  •  Accountability  •  Respect  •   Excellence   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 of 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.   The clients we represent are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters we address. This reality creates a critical need for CPCS staff to be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, genders and/or sexual orientation identities, abilities, and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.   POSITION OVERVIEW   The Office of the General Counsel is responsible for providing legal counsel to the Agency and representing and advocating for the Agency before the Legislature and Executive Branch of the government, which includes presenting oral and written testimony to legislative committees.  The Office of the General Counsel also drafts, files, analyzes, and tracks legislation that affects the rights of CPCS clients and Agency operations.   The Legislative Policy Counsel will assist the General Counsel’s team in promoting the best laws and regulations that align with positive life outcomes for CPCS clients. The Legislative Policy Counsel will aid in building and maintaining relationships with legal and other associations, research, draft, and track legislation pertinent to our agency and clients, present written and oral testimony to the legislature and other CPCS stakeholders and generate policy memorandums and periodic reports.
ID
2022-2214
Office / Unit
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 2 months ago(6/10/2022 2:11 PM)
The Administrative Office of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the public defender agency of Massachusetts, is seeking a full-time Executive Assistant to support the Chief Counsel.   We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.   Our Values    Courage  •  Accountability  •  Respect  •  Excellence   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 of 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.   The clients we represent are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters we address. This reality creates a critical need for CPCS staff to be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, genders and/or sexual orientation identities, abilities, and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.   POSITION OVERVIEW   The Executive Assistant is a key member of the CPCS Administration Office and directly supports the Chief Counsel. The Executive Assistant must be able to maintain confidentiality while handling the high-level responsibilities necessary to support the Chief Counsel to ensure smooth agency operations. Among other important responsibilities, the Executive Assistant prepares and edits correspondence, communications, and other documents for the Chief Counsel, manages and maintains complex calendars and the ever-changing schedule of the Chief Counsel, and organizes and records the monthly Committee meetings. The Executive Assistant also supervises an Administrative Assistant II.   The Executive Assistant reports to the Chief Counsel.
ID
2022-2203
Office / Unit
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Job Locations US-MA-Roxbury
Posted Date 4 days ago(8/8/2022 12:00 PM)
The Public Defender Division Roxbury Defenders Unit, covering Boston Municipal Court’s Roxbury, West Roxbury, and Dorchester divisions, as well as the Suffolk County Superior Court, is seeking applicants for a full-time Social Services Advocate position. As part of the defense team, Social Services Advocates are integral team members who work closely with attorneys, investigators, and other key defense players, to aid in pre- and post-trial preparations and dispositions to obtain the best possible legal outcomes on behalf of clients.   This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule but requires some in-person work.   We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.   Our Values   Courage  •  Accountability  •  Respect  •   Excellence 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 of 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 Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking to fill a full-time Social Services Advocate (SSA) position for the Roxbury Defenders Unit.    Social Services Advocates work as part of a multidisciplinary legal defense team to provide zealous advocacy to adult criminal defendants in order to achieve the best possible legal and life outcomes. As part of the defense team, the SSA will take direction on a case from the lead attorney and work collaboratively with investigators, support staff, retained experts, law students and other interns. As part of working with the attorney on the pending legal case, the SSA also helps to identify the social and clinical issues that preceded arrest and those that may result from court involvement. The SSA must adhere to the rules of confidentiality under the attorney-client relationship. SSAs work under the supervision of the Social Services Advocate Director and/or Regional Director, with administrative direction provided by the Attorney in Charge.   As an integral member of the team, the SSA’s role includes bio-psychosocial interviewing and assessment, social history investigation, forensic case management, advocacy for clients within court, carceral, mental health and social service systems, fostering family interactions and intervention, treatment and sentencing planning, report writing, testifying, and making direct connections between clients and programs. Social services intervention occurs at all stages of the court process, from the initial arraignment through resolution and post-conviction.   The clients we represent are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters we address. This reality creates a critical need for CPCS attorneys to be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, genders and/or sexual orientation identities, abilities, and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.
ID
2022-2199
Office / Unit
Roxbury-District
Job Locations US-MA-Pittsfield
Posted Date 4 days ago(8/8/2022 12:00 PM)
The Committee for Public Counsel Services, Public Defender Division, Pittsfield Office, is seeking applicants for a full-time Social Services Advocate position. As part of the defense team, Social Service Advocates are integral team members who work closely with the attorney, investigator, and other key defense players, in order to obtain the best possible legal outcome, on behalf of the client’s defense.    This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule but requires some in-person work.   We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.   Our Values -  Courage  •  Accountability  •  Respect  •  Excellence 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 of 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 Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking to fill a full-time Social Services Advocate (SSA) position for the Pittsfield Office.    The Social Services Advocate works as part of a multidisciplinary legal defense team to provide zealous advocacy to adult criminal defendants in order to achieve the best possible legal and life outcomes. As part of the defense team, the SSA will take direction on a case from the lead attorney and work collaboratively with investigators, support staff, retained experts, law students and other interns. As part of working with the attorney on the pending legal case, the SSA also helps to identify the social and clinical issues that preceded arrest and those that may result from court involvement. The SSA must adhere to the rules of confidentiality under the attorney-client relationship. SSAs work under the supervision of the Social Services Advocate Director, with administrative direction provided by the Attorney in Charge.   As an integral member of the team, the SSA’s role includes bio-psychosocial interviewing and assessment, social history investigation, forensic case management, advocacy for clients within court, carceral, mental health and social service systems, fostering family interactions and intervention, treatment and sentencing planning, report writing, testifying, and making direct connections between clients and programs. Social services intervention occurs at all stages of the court process, from the initial arraignment through resolution and post-conviction.   The clients we represent are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters we address. This reality creates a critical need for CPCS attorneys to be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, genders and/or sexual orientation identities, abilities, and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.
ID
2022-2188
Office / Unit
Pittsfield
Job Locations US-MA-Brockton
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(7/25/2022 11:00 AM)
The Mental Health Litigation Division (MHLD) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is seeking a full-time Trial Attorney for civil commitment cases including trials and a limited number of appellate cases for its Brockton Commitment Unit. This office is responsible for civil commitments filed by Bridgewater State Hospital and other facilities in the Southcoast area.   We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.   Our Values -  Courage  •  Accountability  •  Respect  •  Excellence 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 of each member of the CPCS community.   AGENCY & DIVISION 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.   The Mental Health Litigation Division is committed to protecting the legal and constitutional rights of citizens facing civil commitment to mental hospitals, guardianships, and involuntary treatment including the administration of antipsychotic medications.  Mental Health Litigation Division Trial Attorneys receive training in issues relating to mental health and the statutory and constitutional rights of our clients.    The clients we represent are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters we address. This reality creates a critical need for CPCS attorneys to be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, genders and/or sexual orientation identities, abilities, and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.   POSITION OVERVIEW   The Mental Health Litigation Division is seeking an experienced, full-time Trial Attorney for civil commitment cases including trials and a limited number of appellate cases for its Brockton Commitment Unit. This office is responsible for civil commitments filed by Bridgewater State Hospital and other facilities in the Southcoast area.   The Mental Health Litigation Division is committed to protecting the legal and constitutional rights of citizens facing civil commitment to mental hospitals, guardianships, and involuntary treatment including the administration of antipsychotic medications. Mental Health Litigation Division Trial Attorneys receive training in issues relating to mental health and the statutory and constitutional rights of our clients.    Mental Health Litigation Division Trial Attorneys provide zealous representation in mental health cases, primarily to indigent persons in proceedings seeking the initial commitment to, continued confinement at, or authorization to treat by, psychiatric facilities operated by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, Department of Mental Health (DMH) and private psychiatric facilities licensed by DMH.  Attorneys will appear primarily in District and Municipal Court sessions conducted at facilities for which the Unit is responsible or in Superior Court divisions within the county in which the facilities are located, but may be required to represent clients in proceedings emanating from other facilities and conducted in other courts of the Commonwealth. Trial Attorneys may also represent clients in appeals to the Appellate Divisions of the District and Municipal Courts.
ID
2022-2186
Office / Unit
Brockton-Mental Health
Job Locations US-MA-Springfield
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(8/1/2022 9:00 AM)
The Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking to fill multiple Trial Attorney positions in our Springfield Public Defender Division Office.  Attorneys of all experience levels are encouraged to apply, however candidates with fluency in Spanish are preferred.   The Public Defender Division provides legal representation and zealous advocacy to the indigent community. We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote public policy that in turn safeguards the rights of all.                                                          Our Values                                                                                              Courage  •  Accountability  •  Respect  •  Excellence   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 AND DIVISION 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.   The Public Defender Division’s mission is to ensure that criminal defendants are given the fundamental protection of the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Massachusetts Constitution. We believe that every defendant should not only receive zealous advocacy but respect and dignity as they deal with the potential loss of their liberty.   OFFICE OVERVIEW   The Springfield PDD office provides public defense services for Hampden County.  Though one of the largest offices in the state, Springfield PDD is a close-knit office with a strong culture of teamwork and cooperation.  Springfield is situated in the scenic Pioneer Valley with access to hiking, water sports, and a variety of outdoor activities.  Further, Springfield is home to wide range of activities and attractions including the Dr. Seuss Museum, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and the MGM Springfield Casino.    POSITION OVERVIEW   The Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking to fill multiple Trial Attorney positions in our Springfield Public Defender Division Office.  Attorneys of all experience levels are encouraged to apply, however candidates with fluency in Spanish are preferred.   Public Defender Division offices provide legal representation and advocacy to indigent clients who are charged with criminal offenses in both the District and Superior Courts.  Public Defenders begin their work by representing clients who are charged with criminal offenses within the final jurisdiction of the District Court, including misdemeanors and felonies, see G.L. c.218, § 26, and some serious sexual offenses, and occasionally handle initial commitment proceedings under G.L. c.123, §§ 12(e), 35. After gaining experience on cases within the final jurisdiction of the District Court, it is expected that Public Defenders will represent clients in the Superior Courts consistent with our unification guidelines and occasionally represent clients on interlocutory appeals, civil commitments, and certain collateral matters as permitted by a supervisor.  It is also expected that Public Defenders, as they gain experience, will act as informal mentors and advisors to other staff attorneys in the office.    The Public Defender Division’s mission is to ensure that criminal defendants are given the fundamental protection of the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Massachusetts Constitution. We believe that every defendant should not only receive zealous advocacy but respect and dignity as they deal with the potential loss of their liberty.   The clients we represent are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters we address. This reality creates a critical need for CPCS attorneys to be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, genders and/or sexual orientation identities, abilities, and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.   Attorneys of all experience levels are encouraged to apply to these positions.
ID
2022-2182
Office / Unit
CPCS Springfield
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 3 months ago(5/2/2022 4:19 PM)
The Finance Department is seeking a full-time Accounts Payable Supervisor to assist the review, reconciliation, payment, and reporting of agency obligations.   We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.   Our Values -  Courage  •  Accountability  •  Respect  •  Excellence   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.   GENERAL OVERVIEW   The CPCS Finance Department is responsible for all financial functions within the agency. These include, but are not limited to, Budget, Accounting, Procurement, Accounts Payable, Payroll Data, Security, Internal Control Compliance, Audit & Oversight Conformity, Fixed Assets, Federal Grants, Records Management, and Facilities.   The Accounts Payable Supervisor is responsible for assisting in the planning, directing, and managing the agency’s accounts payable processes for agency services, legal services, and court related services, including court experts. The Accounts Payable Supervisor will supervise the daily management of the accounts payable staff who focus on traditional payments and other A/P responsibilities. This position will ensure compliance with the relevant requirements and guidelines of the office of the State Comptroller, the Operational Services Division (OSD), Administration and Finance, and the Committee for Public Counsel Services.    This position reports to the Accounts Payable Manager.
ID
2022-2165
Office / Unit
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 2 months ago(6/27/2022 9:30 AM)
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the public defender agency for Massachusetts, is seeking attorneys to work in the Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) Hampden County Conflict Trial Office, located in Springfield. CAFL provides legal representation to children and indigent parents in family regulation cases, including care and protection (C&P) proceedings, child requiring assistance (CRA) cases, actions to terminate parental rights, guardianship-of-a-minor cases, and any other child custody proceeding where the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is a party or where the court is considering granting custody to DCF.   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.   OFFICE OVERVIEW   CAFL is opening a Hampden County Conflict Trial Office (Conflict Office) in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Conflict Office will provide legal representation to children and indigent parents and guardians in family regulation/child welfare cases in which (a) a CAFL staff attorney in a non-conflict office has been appointed to another party to the case or (b) a conflict of interest prevents CAFL staff attorneys in non-conflict offices from representing any party in the case. For example, an attorney in the Conflict Office may be appointed to represent a parent in the same case in which a staff attorney in CAFL’s existing Springfield trial office represents a child. Alternatively, an attorney in the Conflict Office may be appointed to represent a party in a case in which CAFL’s existing Springfield trial office attorneys are unable to represent any party because of conflicts relating to a current or former client of a CPCS staff attorney. The Conflict Office will be considered a separate law firm from all other CPCS offices for conflict of interest purposes. To this end, it will have a separate managerial system, separate physical offices and computer/technology systems, and other mechanisms in place to ensure its separation for conflicts purposes from other CPCS offices.     All CAFL trial offices are robust defender teams, including attorneys, paralegals, social workers, and administrative support staff. They provide legal representation and advocacy throughout Massachusetts to children and indigent parents in care and protection, child requiring assistance, termination of parental rights, guardianship-of-a-minor cases, and other types of custody and adoption proceedings. Team members work diligently to help and support CAFL clients to achieve their legal and life goals. CAFL clients are diverse in every way imaginable. Accordingly, all CPCS staff members must be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, abilities, languages, and other characteristics.   Springfield, the third largest city in Massachusetts, is located in Western Massachusetts along the Connecticut River. It is centrally located: Northampton is 25 minutes away, Hartford is 27 minutes away, Worcester is 55 minutes away, Boston is 90 minutes away, and New York City is 2 ½ hours away. Springfield is best known for being the birthplace of basketball and the home of Theodor Geisel, better known as “Dr. Seuss.”   POSITION OVERVIEW   CAFL’s legal advocacy plays a critical role in cases that affect families.  For a parent involved in a care and protection case, having a skilled CAFL lawyer may mean the difference between the family’s reunification and the termination of parental rights – the “death penalty of family law.” For a teenager who is the subject of a truancy CRA case, CAFL’s advocacy may secure the special education services that enable the client to succeed in school and avoid being placed in a foster home. For siblings looking for stability after the court has freed them for adoption, a CAFL attorney will fight to ensure that they are provided a permanent home – one that allows them to stay together.   New Trial Attorneys in the CAFL Offices begin their CPCS career with a nationally recognized, comprehensive, skills-based training course to ensure they are ready to represent their clients to their full capabilities. Continuing legal education programs for new and experienced Trial Attorneys are held periodically to ensure that our Trial Attorneys are up to date on the law and have the skills necessary to provide zealous representation to their clients.
ID
2022-2155
Office / Unit
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 1 year ago(4/30/2021 9:55 AM)
The Private Counsel Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking private attorneys who wish to be self-employed to become contractors with their local Bar Advcoate Programs.  This is not a job posting for a position within CPCS.   OVERVIEW   The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is the state agency in Massachusetts responsible for providing legal services to indigent persons in civil and criminal matters where the laws of the Commonwealth or the state or federal constitution mandate that counsel be provided.  As part of its mission to provide holistic, client-centered representation, CPCS contracts with local Bar Advocate Programs, located in each county of the Commonwealth, to provide legal services to adult criminal defendants and juvenile offenders.    This posting is specifically for private attorneys who wish to be self-employed and not for those attorneys who wish to be employed by the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Applications must be submitted by contacting your local Bar Advocate Program, not by submitting an application through this posting.     CONTACT YOUR LOCAL BAR ADVOCATE PROGRAM TO APPLY:   - Barnstable County Bar Advocates, Inc. 2 Harold Street Harwich Port, MA  02646 508-432-8866 (same for fax) barnstableba@publiccounsel.net Kim Sarowsky, Administrator   Berkshire County Bar Advocates, Inc. 85 East Street Pittsfield, MA  01201-5313 413-442-7444; 413-442-7791 (FAX) berkshireba@publiccounsel.net Brenda K. Fiero, Administrator   Bristol County Bar Advocates, Inc. 448 County Street, 1st Floor New Bedford, MA  02740-5012 508-999-1322; 508-999-0477 (FAX) bristolba@publiccounsel.net Kelly Walsh Barley, Program Administrator   - Essex County Bar Assoc. Advocates, Inc. 100 Cummings Center, Suite 312 J Beverly, MA  01915 978-744-7092; 978-741-7415 (FAX) ecbaa@ecbaa.net  Deborah J. Pollock, Administrator   Franklin County Bar Assoc. Advocates, Inc. 20 Federal Street, Suite 4 Greenfield, MA  01301-3302 413-774-2994 same for FAX franklinba@publiccounsel.net Christine Baronas, Executive Director   Hampden County Lawyers for Justice, Inc. 20 Maple Street, 2nd Floor Springfield, MA  01103 413-732-7110; 413-732-6545 (FAX) hampdenba@hclji.org Sarah Pegus, Administrator   Hampshire County Bar Advocates, Inc. 15 Gothic Street, Suite 10 Northampton, MA  01060-3084 413-586-5038; 413-586-7388 (FAX) hampshireadvocates@gmail.com Rebecca J. Ryan, Administrator   Island Bar Advocates, Inc. P.O. Box 1270 282 Upper Main Street Edgartown, MA  02539 508-627-3322; 508-627-7848 (FAX) rdm@edgartownlaw.com   Middlesex Defense Attorneys, Inc. 200 Trade Center, Room 605 Woburn, MA  01801 781-939-0441; 781-939-0442 (FAX) jstone@mdalaw.org  Joan Stone, Program Administrator   Norfolk County Bar Advocates, Inc. 1359 Hancock Street, Suite 4 Quincy, MA  02169 617-472-6006; 617-472-6004 (FAX) norfolkba@publiccounsel.net Barbara Fonseca, Executive Director   Pilgrim Advocates, Inc. 144 Main Street, 4th Floor Brockton, MA  02301 508-583-6966; 508-583-6967 (FAX) pilgrimadv@publiccounsel.net Jean M. Lee, Executive Director   Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, Inc. 529 Main Street, Suite P242 Charlestown, MA  02129 617-348-0088; 857-576-5603 (FAX) director@sljinc.org or  www.sljinc.org Nicole M. Revesz, Executive Director   Bar Advocates of Worcester County, Inc. 370 Main Street, Suite 975 Worcester, MA  01608-2413 508-753-9069; 508-754-6909 (FAX) worcesterba@publiccounsel.net Christina Murphy, Administrator     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 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 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 these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.
ID
2021-2003
Office / Unit
100 Cambridge Street, Boston MA 02114
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 4 years ago(1/25/2019 12:23 PM)
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is the state agency in Massachusetts responsible for providing legal services to indigent persons in civil and criminal matters where the laws of the Commonwealth or the state or federal constitution mandate that counsel be provided. This includes representation in adult criminal, juvenile delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare/state intervention, mental health, guardianships, civil commitments, sexually dangerous person and sex offender registry cases, as well as related appeals and post-conviction matters.   As part of its mission to provide holistic, client-centered representation, CPCS is looking to add to its Social Services Expert list.  In many cases our attorneys hire Social Services Experts to work as part of their client’s legal team.  Social Services Experts can provide essential professional expertise that can improve the client’s chances of successful litigation. The work produced by the Social Services Experts is considered the work product of the attorney and legal team. Please note that CPCS hires staff social workers who are employees of CPCS.  This posting is specifically for private Social Services Experts who wish to be retained as independent contractors.    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 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 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 these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.
ID
2019-1717
Office / Unit
Administration