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ProfileTrial Attorney - Children and Family Law Division Duties: Interviewing adult 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 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), filing written certification that mediation has been discussed, preparing pre-trial memo, developing trial strategy with client; preparing 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 abuse of discretion motions challenging DCF decisions; care and protection trials and termination of parental rights trials; representation of clients in interlocutory proceedings; post judgment representation; and providing formal and informal assistance to private attorneys on cases assigned through the Private Counsel Division of CPCS.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: 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; access to reliable transportation throughout the state is necessary; Foreign language skills are desirable; A demonstrated commitment to the principle of zealous advocacy in the representation of indigent persons in child welfare cases; Strong interpersonal and analytical skills; Ability to work in a community and defense-oriented capacity, both independently and collaboratively.
Director of Human Resources
Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
24 Beacon St Ste 337
Boston, MA 02133