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Trial Attorney

Company: State of Massachusetts
Location: pittsfield
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY DIRECTLY THROUGH THE CPCS iCIMS WEBSITE. IF YOU APPLY THROUGH MASS CAREERS AND DO NOT COMPLETE THE CPCS iCIMS APPLICATION, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION. PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING LINK TO APPLY (CUT AND PASTE INTO YOUR BROWSER IF THE EMBEDDED LINK DOES NOT WORK):

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Committee for Public Counsel Services ("CPCS") is Massachusetts' public defender agency providing legal representation for those unable to afford an attorney. The Public Defender Division's mission is to ensure that criminal defendants are given the fundamental protection of the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Massachusetts Constitution. We believe that every defendant should not only receive zealous advocacy but respect and dignity as they deal with the potential loss of their liberty.

The Public Defender Division of CPCS is seeking an experienced superior court practitioner to provide criminal defense representation in Berkshire County (Pittsfield). 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 Trial Attorney 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 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, religious preference, ethnicities, gender and/or gender identity preferences, abilities and limited and/or nonexistent English language proficiency, among other protected characteristics.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Client interviews;
  • Arraignment and bail advocacy;
  • Legal research and writing;
  • Pretrial investigation including visiting crime scenes, locating and interviewing witnesses, collecting and reviewing documentary evidence;
  • Preparing and arguing pretrial motions, affidavits and legal memoranda;
  • Dispositional investigations and advocacy;
  • Jury and bench trials of criminal cases;
  • Litigating cases in the Superior, District and Municipal Courts;
  • Representation of clients in interlocutory proceedings; and,
  • Where appropriate, work collaboratively with private attorneys on cases assigned through the Private Counsel Division of CPCS

MIMINUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

  • A Trial Attorney must be committed to serving a culturally diverse, low-income population and must be eligible to practice law in Massachusetts, either as a member of the Massachusetts bar in good standing, or as the member of the bar of another jurisdiction eligible to engage in limited Massachusetts practice under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04;
  • Access to an automobile in order to travel to courts, clients, and investigation locations that are not easily accessible by public transportation; and,
  • Access to a personal computer with home internet access sufficient to work remotely.

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

Candidates should possess the following attributes for the position of Trial Attorney:

  • A demonstrated commitment to the principle of zealous advocacy in the representation of indigent persons in criminal cases;
  • A demonstrated commitment to our organizational values;
  • Significant superior court experience or equivalent jury trial experience for a minimum of three (3) years is preferred;
  • A commitment to continuing legal and organizational training;
  • Strong interpersonal and analytical skills;
  • Ability to work within a criminal defense oriented community and capacity, both independently and collaboratively; and,
  • Foreign language skills to support interaction with predominant limited English proficient groups in the region are desirable.

To apply: please supply a resume, a writing sample, and a personal mission statement of no more than two pages detailing your interest in the position, your personal qualities, background, and skills, and what you hope to achieve in this work.

EEO Statement

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other applicable federal and state statutes and organizational policies. Applicants who have questions about equal employment opportunity or who need reasonable accommodations can contact the Director of Human Resources Management, Lisa Bacon, at lbacon@publiccounsel.net

ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY DIRECTLY THROUGH THE CPCS iCIMS WEBSITE. IF YOU APPLY THROUGH MASS CAREERS AND DO NOT COMPLETE THE CPCS iCIMS APPLICATION, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION. PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING LINK TO APPLY (CUT AND PASTE INTO YOUR BROWSER IF THE EMBEDDED LINK DOES NOT WORK):

Keywords: State of Massachusetts, Pittsfield , Trial Attorney, Other , pittsfield, Massachusetts

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