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Associate Board Counsel The candidate will be responsible for providing legal counsel in a high-volume work setting to the members of the firm and staff, on all matters relative to the proper administration of the Massachusetts State Employees' Retirement System ("MSERS") as governed by M.G.L. In conjunction with other firm counsel represent the Board in judicial and administrative forums relative to Board actions and all other legal matters. Under the direction of Treasury General Counsel, and Senior Board Counsel work with the Attorney General's office on any litigation in which the Board or any staff member is a party. Participate in the development and promulgation of agency policy, regulations and interpretative materials. Advise Executive Director and all agency staff relative to the proper interpretation and implementation of G.L. c.32, related administrative regulations and administrative or judicial orders and decisions, and contract issues. Provide legal counsel to the Retirement Board on all matters relevant to their duties and obligations as fiduciaries of the MSERS. Participate in preparation of member requests, applications and supporting materials for review by the Board. Review proposed worker's compensation lump sum agreements and domestic relations orders. Participate in Board enforcement and adjudicatory efforts in connection with post retirement earnings limits and disability retirees' excess earnings cases. Participate in enforcement and adjudicatory efforts in connection with benefit forfeitures due to criminal convictions. Review and implementation of domestic relations orders. Analyze new federal and state legislation and its impact on the administration of Chapter 32. Assist in the drafting of legislation in accordance with the legislative priorities established by the Board. Maintain familiarity with all public employee retirement legislation, regulations, and judicial and administrative decisions in Massachusetts and other jurisdictions that may affect the Board, its policies, or administration of the system. Assist in informing office staff on a regular basis of legislative and regulatory developments. Attend monthly Board meetings. Communicate legal requirements and Board policy to members, attorneys, constituency groups and other retirement boards. Review proposed state and federal legislation potentially affecting the firm and other.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must have 3-5 years of experience in the practice of law. Should be a member in good standing of Massachusetts Bar and in compliance with State Ethics requirements. Related work in the field of Massachusetts public employee benefits is preferred. Prior practice before Commonwealth Trial Court required, and Appeals Court preferred including brief preparation and oral argument is needed. Administrative hearing and litigation experience under Chapter 30A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth is must. Involvement in matters under G.L. c.32 is desired. Familiarity with, and willingness to develop, working knowledge of Chapter 32 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth and applicable regulations is must. Excellent written, communication and organizational skills are required. Experience working in office environment utilizing electronic document management system is needed.
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