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2021 Children And Family Law Division Trial Attorney

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Date Last Verified

Feb 21, 2021

Valid Through

Jun 06, 2021

Posted on

Nov 24, 2020

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USD 61000 to 103500 Annually


Pittsfield, MA, United States

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Family Law >> Family Law
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2021 Children And Family Law Division Trial Attorney
The candidate will be responsible for: Interviewing adult clients; Visiting and interviewing child clients; Legal research and writing; Pre-72 hour hearing investigation including reviewing pleadings and exhibits, locating and interviewing witnesses, preparing witnesses, gathering facts from the DCF 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; Obtaining entire DCF file, reviewing service plan, proposing changes to plan, advising client on whether to sign, meeting with court investigator, preparing client to meet with court investigator, preparing motions to strike inadmissible evidence contained in the court investigator report; Preparing necessary motions regarding outstanding discovery, identifying matters requiring further hearing (e.g., services, visitation), preparing pre-trial memo, developing trial strategy with client; Preparing for Foster Care Reviews Reviewing DCF's permanency plans and filing objections, if necessary; Investigating and representing client's position in extraordinary medical treatment hearings; Filing motions challenging DCF decisions; Care and protection trials and termination of parental rights trials; Representation of clients in interlocutory proceedings; Working with the legal team, including social workers and paralegals; Post-judgment representation; and Providing formal and informal assistance to private attorneys on cases assigned through the Private Counsel Division of CPCS. 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. A recent law school graduate who is ineligible to practice under SJC Rule 3:03 will be hired as a paralegal with the understanding that they will be promoted to attorney status once admitted to practice in Massachusetts. Foreign language skills are desirable. 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. Must have strong interpersonal and analytical skills.

Post End Date: 5/31/2021.

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ID: 2020-1932. Submit a resume and personal mission statement of no more than two pages detailing interest in the position, personal qualities, background, and skills.

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Hiring Coordinator
Committee for Public Counsel Services Children and Family Law Division
184 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201