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Job Locations US-MA-Lowell
Posted Date 17 hours ago(11/28/2022 3:42 PM)
The Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) is seeking a barred attorney to represent children and parents in family regulation cases in its Lowell Trial Office. CAFL provides legal representation to children and indigent parents in family regulation matters, including care and protection (C&P) proceedings, children 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.   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 CAFL Lowell 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 as well as seeking racial justice for our clients.  The office is centrally located in the city of Lowell and is within walking distance of the newly built and modernized courthouse. The city of Lowell has often been described as the “cradle for the American Industrial Revolution.” It is the home of a robust and diverse community that enhances the vitality of the region.  Lowell is the birthplace of such notables as: author Jack Kerouac, actresses Bette Davis and Olympia Dukakis, and boxing legend, Micky Ward.   POSITION OVERVIEW   CAFL’s legal advocacy plays a critical role in cases that affect families. For a parent involved in a C&P 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.   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.   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
2022-2303
Office / Unit
Lowell - CAFL
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 7 days ago(11/22/2022 3:20 PM)
The Private Counsel Division, Forensics Unit, and Strategic Litigation Unit of CPCS are seeking applicants for Summer 2023 internship positions across the Commonwealth. We are interested in law students (both with and without SJC Rule 3:03 Certification), graduate students, and undergraduate students for opportunities with these offices.   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 We stand with our Clients and the Community in the fight for Justice. We are dedicated to providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense and protection of fundamental constitutional and human rights. Our staff across the Commonwealth embodies a diverse group of people from different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives.  It is through these differences in age, ethnicity, geographic origin, race, faith, religion, and progressive values, that we are able to best serve our clients.  Through our internship program we seek to hire, develop, and hopefully retain talented people from all backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized, or underrepresented groups to apply.   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.   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   The Committee for Public Counsel Services (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.   UNIT OVERVIEWS   Alternative Commitment & Registration Support Unit   The summer internship with ACRSU offers one to two second-year law students the opportunity to fully litigate a client’s case from assignment through trial.  Interns will also help with legal research, observe Superior Court trials, visit incarcerated clients, review psychological and scientific studies, and assist with other projects.  The ACRSU is committed to ensuring that every indigent adult and youth in Massachusetts has access to zealous legal representation when facing sexually dangerous person civil commitment trials and sex offender registry board classification proceedings.  Emerging issues include disparate impact of proceedings on minorities, propriety of proceeding against individuals who are juveniles or were juveniles at the time of past crimes, and enforcement of due process guarantees.     Forensics Services Unit   Interns will assist attorneys that provide litigation support and training to staff and private attorneys and social workers as they confront forensics issues in their cases. This unit assists with forensic issues at all stages of litigation, across all divisions/departments of CPCS.  Interns will be tasked with forensic and scientific research, legislative and policy advocacy, collaborating with experts, and legal research and writing.   Immigration Impact Unit   Interns will work with experienced attorneys to assist all Massachusetts court-appointed attorneys to understand and address the collateral immigration issues faced by clients. This unit serves as an expert resource for attorneys statewide who are appointed to represent indigent clients including in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, mental health, sexually dangerous person and sex offender registry cases, as well as related appeals and post-conviction matters. Interns will work with non-citizen clients, draft practice advisories, conduct investigation regarding resources for non-citizen clients, and prepare public records requests.   Innocence Program   This unit is devoted to identifying and fighting wrongful convictions in all counties across Massachusetts.  Innocence Program staff and private panel attorneys represent indigent defendants who have been convicted and punished for crimes they did not commit.  The Innocence Program accepts both DNA and non-DNA based innocence claims, with special attention to cases involving eyewitness identification evidence, police misconduct, flawed or invalidated forensic science testimony, and false confessions.  Legal interns will work closely with the program director, staff attorneys and paralegal to screen cases, provide litigation support, work on research projects and policy advocacy, and assist in drafting trial and appellate court filings for any active litigation.  Interns will also have the opportunity to attend court for any hearings or arguments.    Parole Advocacy Unit   The Parole Advocacy Unit advocates for incarcerated people who need assistance with parole or medical parole release. In addition to training, assigning, and supporting private counsel, the unit handles cases and serves as a point of contact for prisoners, their loved ones, and attorneys with questions about parole, medical parole, and incarceration.   The Parole Advocacy Unit consists of a Director, a Staff Attorney, and an Administrative Assistant. Interns will help the Unit’s attorneys by screening clients for access to counsel, helping on staff cases at various stages of representation, and conducting needed legal research in this emerging area of law.   Private Counsel Criminal Appeals & Special Projects Unit   The Criminal Appeals Unit assigns attorneys to adult, criminal, post-conviction cases and oversees panel attorneys who litigate these cases. The Special Projects Unit specifically assigns criminal post-conviction cases when there have been developments in the law that have a widespread impact on CPCS post-conviction clients.  Interns should be law students and will assist lawyers on some developing and pivotal legal issues by drafting responses to inquiries, research, writing, review of documents, and preparing discovery packets.   Strategic Litigation Unit   Interns will collaborate with experienced lawyers responsible for pursuing litigation to address systemic issues of injustice CPCS clients face daily. This unit also assists attorneys from other CPCS units with cases of strategic importance and therefore involves both criminal and civil litigation, at both trial and appellate levels, and in both state and federal court. Interns will work closely with lawyers on various tasks including, but not limited to, preparing briefs, replying to briefs, applications for rehearing, reconsideration, and direct and further appellate review, respond to, or participate in, impact litigation, produce advisory memoranda on issues of systemic importance, and prepare training materials for attorneys.
ID
2022-2302
Office / Unit
Administration
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 7 days ago(11/22/2022 3:20 PM)
The Youth Advocacy Division (YAD) of CPCS is seeking applicants for Summer 2023 internship positions across the Commonwealth. We are interested in law students (both with and without SJC Rule 3:03 Certification), graduate students, and undergraduate students for opportunities in the Youth Advocacy Division.     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 We stand with our Clients and the Community in the fight for Justice. We are dedicated to providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense and protection of fundamental constitutional and human rights. Our staff across the Commonwealth embodies a diverse group of people from different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives.  It is through these differences in age, ethnicity, geographic origin, race, faith, religion, and progressive values, that we are able to best serve our clients.  Through our internship program we seek to hire, develop, and hopefully retain talented people from all backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized, or underrepresented groups to apply.   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.   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   The Committee for Public Counsel Services (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.   YOUTH ADVOCACY DIVISION OVERVIEW   Youth Advocacy Division (YAD) Trial Offices   Interns will work with lawyers committed to ensuring that every indigent child in Massachusetts had access to zealous legal representation, which incorporates a Positive Youth Development approach, in delinquency and youthful offender cases.  Interns will assist lawyers and work closely with social workers to represent juveniles. YAD provides effective representation in court as well as educational advocacy and individualized referrals to community-based resources. This unit will provide interns with a wide range of opportunities, including, but not limited to, legal research and writing, arraignment and bail advocacy, second seating trials, pretrial investigations including visiting crime scenes, and locating and interviewing witnesses.   Juvenile Appeals Unit   Interns will assist Youth Advocacy Division Juvenile attorneys who oversee who oversee a panel of skilled and zealous private lawyers who represent clients in two distinct types of assignments: direct appeals and screenings.  These assignments arise from delinquency, youthful offender and juvenile murder cases. We collaborate with the adult Private Counsel Criminal Post Conviction and Appeals Unit on “emerging adult” cases, where individuals were between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time the offense was committed. Interns will have the opportunity to do legal research and writing, policy discussions, and assist in developing and implementing trainings.  
ID
2022-2301
Office / Unit
Administration
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 7 days ago(11/22/2022 3:20 PM)
The Mental Health Commitment Defense Unit of CPCS is seeking applicants for Summer 2023 internship positions across the Commonwealth. We are interested in law students (both with and without SJC Rule 3:03 Certification), graduate students, and undergraduate students for opportunities with the Mental Health Litigation Division.        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 We stand with our Clients and the Community in the fight for Justice. We are dedicated to providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense and protection of fundamental constitutional and human rights. Our staff across the Commonwealth embodies a diverse group of people from different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives.  It is through these differences in age, ethnicity, geographic origin, race, faith, religion, and progressive values, that we are able to best serve our clients.  Through our internship program we seek to hire, develop, and hopefully retain talented people from all backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized, or underrepresented groups to apply.   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.   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   The Committee for Public Counsel Services (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.
ID
2022-2300
Office / Unit
Administration
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 7 days ago(11/22/2022 3:19 PM)
The Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) of CPCS is seeking applicants for Summer 2023 internship positions across the Commonwealth. We are interested in law students (both with and without SJC Rule 3:03 Certification), graduate students, and undergraduate students for opportunities with the Children and Family Law Division.   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 We stand with our Clients and the Community in the fight for Justice. We are dedicated to providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense and protection of fundamental constitutional and human rights. Our staff across the Commonwealth embodies a diverse group of people from different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives.  It is through these differences in age, ethnicity, geographic origin, race, faith, religion, and progressive values, that we are able to best serve our clients.  Through our internship program we seek to hire, develop, and hopefully retain talented people from all backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized, or underrepresented groups to apply.   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.   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   The Committee for Public Counsel Services (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   Children & Family Law Division   Interns will assist lawyers and work closely with social workers to represent children and parents in cases in which the Department of Children and Families (DCF) removes children from their homes because of claims of neglect or abuse. This unit also provides lawyers to children and parents in child requiring assistance (CRA) cases. Interns will have significant client contact through client interviews and home/placement visits, assist in case investigations, serviced advocacy on behalf of clients, negotiations with opposing counsel, legal research and writing for motion arguments, custody hearings, and termination parental rights trials, review of pre-trial discovery and DCF case files, attendance in education-related matters (suspension and IEP hearings), and appearances in Juvenile Court on behalf of CRA clients.   Children & Family Law Division (CAFL) Private Counsel Appellate Panel Unit   Interns will assist lawyers representing indigent parents and children in child welfare/family regulation appellate matters.  Lawyers in this unit are also available to advise CAFL staff attorneys on appellate issues that arise in trial matters. Interns will have the opportunity to assist with trainings, conduct clinical research and writing, and strategize with attorneys about appellate issues.   Children and Family (CAFL) Appeals Unit   Interns will assist lawyers representing indigent parents and children in child welfare/family regulation appellate matters.  Lawyers in this unit are also available to advise CAFL staff attorneys on appellate issues that arise in trial matters. Interns will have the opportunity to assist with trainings, conduct clinical research and writing, and strategize with attorneys about appellate issues.
ID
2022-2299
Office / Unit
Administration
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 7 days ago(11/22/2022 3:19 PM)
The Public Defender Division (PDD) of CPCS is seeking applicants for Summer 2023 internship positions across the Commonwealth.  We are interested in law students (both with and without SJC Rule 3:03 Certification), graduate students, and undergraduate students for opportunities in the Public Defender Division.     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 We stand with our Clients and the Community in the fight for Justice. We are dedicated to providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and the protection of fundamental constitutional and human rights. Our staff across the Commonwealth embodies a diverse group of people from different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives.  It is through these differences in age, ethnicity, geographic origin, race, faith, religion, and progressive values, that we are able to best serve our clients.  Through our internship program we seek to hire, develop, and hopefully retain talented people from all backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized, or underrepresented groups to apply.   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.   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   The Committee for Public Counsel Services (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.   PUBLIC DEFENDER DIVISION OVERVIEW   Public Defender Division (PDD) Trial Offices   Interns will work closely with attorneys, Social Services Advocates, and Investigators by providing legal representation and advocacy to indigent clients who are charged with criminal offenses in both the District and Superior Courts. Trial offices will provide interns with a wide range of opportunities, including, but not limited to, legal research and writing, arraignment and bail advocacy, second seating trials, pretrial investigations including visiting crime scenes, locating and interviewing witnesses.   Public Defender Division Appeals Unit   The Public Defender Division has a statewide Appeals Unit, based in the Boston office, whose lawyers provide appellate advocacy in cases tried by Public Defender Division attorneys.  Interns will assist skilled Appeals Unit attorneys represent clients before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court, and occasionally in Federal Court.  Interns will have opportunities to do a great deal of legal research and writing, including drafting legal memos and sections/entire briefs, and will be encouraged to observe oral arguments.
ID
2022-2298
Office / Unit
Administration
Job Locations US-MA-Salem
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/18/2022 11:08 AM)
  The Youth Advocacy 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 Salem 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 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, parole 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 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.   OFFICE OVERVIEW    The Youth Advocacy Division is hiring for an Attorney in Charge position of its Salem Office. Salem is a historic coastal city in Essex County, located in the North Shore region. Continuous settlement by Europeans began in 1626 with English colonists with Salem becoming one of the most significant seaports in early American history. Today Salem is a residential and tourist area with much of the city's cultural identity reflecting its role as the location of the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The city's population was 44,480 at the 2020 census. There is an MBTA Commuter Rail and several MBTA buses that serve the city.      POSITION OVERVIEW   The Attorney in Charge (AIC) oversees a trial office which integrates the work of two attorneys, a social service advocate, and an administrative assistant to fully address the legal and developmental needs of our clients.  The AIC plays a significant leadership role by managing the local office, helping with the management of YAD as a whole, representing individual clients, and working closely with the private bar to build a strong community of juvenile defenders actively addressing practice and training issues.    The AIC provides leadership, support, and oversight to the members of a multi-disciplinary community oriented public defender office.  The AIC also plays a leadership role in YAD efforts to support indigent representation in delinquency and youthful offender cases statewide.  The AIC collaborates extensively with private assigned counsel.    The AIC will report directly to the Assistant Director of YAD.  The AIC will be expected to participate in regular meetings with other YAD AICs, the local Juvenile Supervising Attorneys, as well as the YAD management team.
ID
2022-2295
Office / Unit
YAD Salem
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/18/2022 11:16 AM)
  The Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking a full-time attorney for its Appeals Unit in Boston.   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 state-wide Public Defender Division (“PDD”) Appeals Unit is centrally located in downtown Boston, within walking distance of the John Adams Courthouse, where both the Supreme Judicial Court and Massachusetts Appeals Court hear cases. The Unit is a close-knit office with a strong culture of collegiality and collaboration. The Unit prides itself on providing excellent, client-centered representation and strives to advance the law for the benefit of defendants around the state.   Currently, attorneys in the Appeals Unit work remotely on Mondays and Tuesdays and are expected to be in the office from Wednesday to Friday.   POSITION OVERVIEW   The PDD is seeking an Appeals Attorney to provide criminal defense representation at the appellate level. The Appeals Unit provides legal representation and appellate advocacy for indigent adult clients in the Massachusetts appellate courts, and occasionally in federal court or state trial courts. The cases handled by the Appeals Unit are primarily direct appeals in criminal cases (from misdemeanors to serious felonies), but also include motions for new trials, interlocutory appeals, and amicus briefs in selected cases. In addition, the Unit provides training and assistance to trial attorneys around the state, and often assists the agency with system-wide issues and challenges.   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
2022-2294
Office / Unit
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Job Locations US-MA-Springfield
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/15/2022 3:08 PM)
  The Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking an experienced family regulation/child welfare attorney to serve as Senior Trial Counsel in the Children and Family Law Division (CAFL).   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   Attorneys working with CPCS’s Children and Family Law Division represent parents, children and older youth, custodians, and guardians in cases in which the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is seeking custody of children and a limited number of other civil cases relating to families.  Attorneys appointed to these cases represent clients in care and protection matters (known elsewhere as dependency or abuse and neglect cases) and in termination of parental rights, guardianship-of-a-minor, and child requiring assistance cases.  Nearly all of these cases are heard in the Juvenile Court.   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 legal team 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 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 with strangers.  For siblings looking for stability after the court has freed them for adoption, the CAFL attorney will fight to ensure that they are provided a permanent home that allows them to stay together.   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 Senior Trial Counsel (“STC”) provide legal representation and advocacy to CAFL clients at the trial level in cases involving novel or complex issues, including termination of parental rights cases.  STC are expected to take on leadership roles in their regions, including assisting Trial Attorneys on serious or otherwise complex cases.  They will mentor less experienced Trial Attorneys and aid in training Trial Attorneys on how to litigate complex cases.  STC will collaborate with the CAFL Management Team, the Director of the Strategic Litigation Unit, and others on novel or cutting-edge issues.   Children and Family Law Division Senior Trial Counsel report to a Managing Director.
ID
2022-2293
Office / Unit
CPCS Springfield
Job Locations US-MA-Malden
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/14/2022 12:46 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 is hiring a staff Trial Attorney for its Malden Office.   The Malden Office is comprised of one Attorney in Charge, four Trial Attorneys, one Social Services Advocate, and an Administrative Assistant.  The 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.
ID
2022-2291
Office / Unit
Malden-District
Job Locations US-MA-Malden
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/14/2022 12:45 PM)
The Public Defender Division (PDD) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is seeking to fill a Supervising Staff Attorney position in its Malden Office. The PDD provides legal representation and zealous advocacy to indigent adult clients who are charged with criminal offenses in both the District and Superior Courts within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Candidates must have sufficient trial experience in both the District and Superior Courts so they may supervise all Trial Attorney staff.   We fight for equal justice and human dignity by advocating and 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 Public Defender Division Malden Office is located in Middlesex County and is approximately four miles away from downtown Boston. The office is centrally located in the heart of the Malden civic center and has excellent highway accessibility (Route 93, Route 28, and Route 60) while also being in close proximity to the Malden Square MBTA train station and a MBTA bus stop.   Please access our webpage here: https://www.publiccounsel.net/dir/malden-dist-pd/   POSITION OVERVIEW   The Public Defender Division of CPCS, Malden Office, is seeking a Supervising Staff Attorney, with a minimum of five years of experience providing criminal defense representation. The Supervising Staff Attorney supervises both newer and experienced staff Trial Attorneys, who practice in both the District and Superior Court, in every facet of our legal representation to ensure that we provide zealous and effective advocacy of and for every assigned case and client, whom have been entrusted to our broadly encompassed care. The Supervising Staff Attorney is expected to maintain an active, albeit reduced, caseload providing the same fullness and excellence of representation, no different than any other CPCS PDD staff Trial Attorney. 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
2022-2290
Office / Unit
Malden-District
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/14/2022 12:44 PM)
The Public Defender Division of CPCS, Boston Office, is seeking a Supervising Staff Attorney with a minimum of five years of experience providing criminal defense representation.  Candidates must have sufficient trial experience in both the District and Superior Courts so they may supervise all Trial Attorney staff.   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 Public Defender Division Boston Office provides public defense services for Suffolk County.  The Boston Trial Unit is conveniently located in the downtown area of Boston.  It is accessible by MBTA subway and buses, Amtrak Commuter Rail, and ferry services.  The Boston Trial Unit shares space with CPCS Administration and other divisions and units on two floors of a modernized office building.  Other amenities include restaurants, retail businesses, and historic landmarks.   POSITION OVERVIEW   The Public Defender Division of CPCS, Boston Office, is seeking a Supervising Staff Attorney, with a minimum of five years of experience providing criminal defense representation. The Supervising Staff Attorney supervises both newer and experienced staff Trial Attorneys, who practice in both the District and Superior Court, in every facet of our legal representation to ensure that we provide zealous and effective advocacy of and for every assigned case and client, whom have been entrusted to our broadly encompassed care. The Supervising Staff Attorney is expected to maintain an active, albeit reduced, caseload providing the same fullness and excellence of representation, no different than any other CPCS PDD staff Trial Attorney.   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
2022-2289
Office / Unit
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Job Locations US-MA-Salem
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/14/2022 12:43 PM)
The Public Defender Division (PDD) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is seeking to fill a Supervising Staff Attorney position in its Salem Office. The PDD provides legal representation and zealous advocacy to indigent adult clients who are charged with criminal offenses in both the District and Superior Courts within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Candidates must have sufficient trial experience in both the District and Superior Courts so they may supervise all Trial Attorney staff.   We fight for equal justice and human dignity by advocating and 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 Public Defender Division Salem Office is located in Essex County. Salem is known for its scenic coastline and its rich maritime history. Perhaps, most notably, Salem is the iconic location of the infamous Witchcraft Trials of 1692 and serves as home to the widely known Witch Museum.   Please access our webpage here: https://www.publiccounsel.net/dir/salem-pd/   POSITION OVERVIEW   The Public Defender Division of CPCS, Salem Office, is seeking a Supervising Staff Attorney, with a minimum of five years of experience providing criminal defense representation. The Supervising Staff Attorney supervises both newer and experienced staff Trial Attorneys, who practice in both the District and Superior Court, in every facet of our legal representation to ensure that we provide zealous and effective advocacy of and for every assigned case and client, whom have been entrusted to our broadly encompassed care. The Supervising Staff Attorney is expected to maintain an active, albeit reduced, caseload providing the same fullness and excellence of representation, no different than any other CPCS PDD staff Trial Attorney.   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
2022-2288
Office / Unit
SALEM - CPCS
Job Locations US-MA-Roxbury
Posted Date 1 month ago(10/18/2022 11:07 AM)
The Youth Advocacy Division (YAD), the juvenile defender division of CPCS, is seeking an attorney for its Roxbury 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 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     Roxbury is one of 23 official neighborhoods of Boston and serves as the "heart of Black culture in Boston."  Roxbury was one of the first towns founded in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. Today Roxbury is home to a diverse community which includes African American, Hispanic, Asian, and white families. The neighborhood has a total population of nearly 60,000 people. The MBTA provides subway and bus services to the Roxbury community.   DIVISION/POSITION 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. As youth in Massachusetts have a right to jury trials, an Attorney in Charge (AIC) oversees the trial office which integrates the work of attorneys, a social service advocate (SSA), and an administrative assistant (AA) to fully address the legal and developmental needs of our clients. The Roxbury office is comprised of one AIC, three staff attorneys, one SSA, and an AA.    The clients YAD represents are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters YAD addresses. This reality creates a critical need for YAD 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.
ID
2022-2268
Office / Unit
Roxbury-YAD
Job Locations US-MA-Springfield
Posted Date 2 months ago(10/11/2022 3:16 PM)
The Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking to fill a Trial Attorney position in our Springfield Public Defender Division Office. The 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.   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.   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 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 CPCS is seeking a Trial Attorney to provide criminal defense representation in the Springfield Office. 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 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.
ID
2022-2264
Office / Unit
CPCS Springfield
Job Locations US-MA
Posted Date 2 months ago(10/6/2022 12:48 PM)
The Public Defender Division of CPCS is seeking Trial Attorneys to provide criminal defense representation in various offices throughout the Commonwealth.  The Public Defender Division provides 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.   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   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 Public Defender Division provides 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 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.   New Trial Attorneys in the Public Defender Division 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 guarantee our Trial Attorneys are up to date on the law and have the skills necessary to provide zealous representation to their clients.   Positions will be filled as our FY23 & FY24 budgets allow.  This posting does not guarantee that we will be filling Trial Attorney positions.   The expected staffing needs for Public Defender Division offices are greatest in central, western, and southeastern Massachusetts and we will be concentrating our recruitment and hiring for those regions.
ID
2022-2257
Office / Unit
Statewide
Job Locations US-MA
Posted Date 2 months ago(10/6/2022 12:47 PM)
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the public defender agency for Massachusetts, seeks attorneys to represent children and parents in child welfare cases.  CPCS provides legal representation for those unable to afford an attorney. The Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) provides legal representation to children and indigent parents in child welfare matters, including care and protection (C&P) proceedings, children 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.     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.   OVERVIEW   CAFL’s legal advocacy plays a critical role in cases that affect families.  For a parent involved in a Care & 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 Child Requiring Assistance 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.   Attorneys interested in applying for these positions are invited to submit an application, as further described below.   Positions will be filled as our FY23 & FY24 budgets allow.  This posting does not guarantee that we will be filling Trial Attorney positions.   These positions have an expected start date in late August/early September 2023.
ID
2022-2256
Office / Unit
Statewide
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 2 months ago(10/6/2022 11:42 AM)
The Public Defender Division of CPCS is seeking applicants for the position of Social Services Advocate (SSA) Supervisor for the state’s Northeast Region, covering Suffolk, Middlesex, and Essex Counties. This includes the offices in Boston, Roxbury, Malden, Framingham, Salem, Lawrence, and Lowell.  Under the direction of the Public Defender Division Director of Social Services Advocates, the SSA Supervisor will assist in the hiring, supervision, and training of Social Service Advocates, and will also have their own reduced client caseload.  The SSA Supervisor’s primary base of operation will be in a CPCS office that is located within this geographic region.    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 Public Defender Division of CPCS is seeking applicants for the position of Social Services Advocate (SSA) Supervisor for the state’s Northeast Region, covering Suffolk, Middlesex, and Essex Counties.  This includes the offices in Boston, Roxbury, Malden, Framingham, Salem, Lawrence, and Lowell.  Under the direction of the Public Defender Division Director of Social Services Advocates, the SSA Supervisor will assist in the hiring, supervision, and training of staff Social Service Advocates in their region, as well as collaborating with and contributing to the work of the SSA Director and CPCS management.  The SSA Supervisor will also have their own reduced client caseload, and will work alongside attorneys in the region’s offices as part of the defense team. In this capacity, the SSA Supervisor can assist on cases through written or direct advocacy to support a positive legal and life outcome. This work 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 SSA Supervisor’s primary base of operation will be in a CPCS office that is located within this geographic region.
ID
2022-2246
Office / Unit
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 1 month ago(10/19/2022 11:59 AM)
The Finance Department is seeking a full-time Payment Analyst II – Traditional Payments to assist the review, reconciliation, and payment 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 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 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 Payment Analyst II – Traditional Payments supports the Finance Department by reviewing and processing a high volume of invoices and other transactions for timely payments. The Payment Analyst II – Traditional Payments follows Commonwealth and CPCS fiscal policies and procedures to support the agency, vendors and private attorneys. The Payment Analyst II – Traditional Payments is expected to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization, external relationships, and oversight agencies in this role.
ID
2022-2243
Office / Unit
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 5 months 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