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ProfileTrial Attorney The candidate will provide child welfare representation. Will interview adult clients and undertake legal research and writing. Responsible for pre-72 hour hearing investigation including reviewing pleadings and exhibits, locating and interviewing witnesses, preparing witnesses, gathering facts from the social worker and other collateral providers, consulting with other parties' counsel regarding their position, collecting and reviewing documentary evidence, identifying objections to testimonial and documentary evidence, draft appropriate motions. Obtain entire DCF file, review service plan, propose changes to plan, advise client on whether to sign, meet with court investigator, prepare client to meet with court investigator, and prepare motions to strike inadmissible evidence contained in the court investigator report. Prepare necessary motions regarding outstanding discovery, identify matters requiring further hearing (e.g., services, visitation), file written certification that mediation has been discussed, prepare pre-trial memo, and develop trial strategy with client. Prepare Foster Care Reviews and review DCF's permanency plans and filing objections, if necessary. Investigate and represent client's position in extraordinary medical treatment hearings. Handle filing abuse of discretion motions challenging DCF decisions. Deal with care and protection trials and termination of parental rights trials. Represent clients in interlocutory proceedings. Provide formal and informal assistance to private attorneys on cases assigned through the Private Counsel Division.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should 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, as a law school graduate under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:03, or as an attorney licensed in another jurisdiction who is covered by Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04. Trial experience in termination of parental rights cases as counsel for a parent and/or as counsel for a child or children is preferred. A demonstrated commitment to the principle of zealous advocacy in the representation of indigent persons in child welfare cases is required. Access to reliable transportation throughout the state is necessary. Foreign language skills are desirable.
Start Date: late August/early September 2018.
Job ID: 2017-1572. Submit resume and cover letter.
Director of Human Resources Management
Committee for Public Counsel Services
44 Bromfield Street
Boston, MA 02108