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Staff Attorney

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Date Last Verified

Oct 14, 2021

Valid Through

Jan 27, 2022

Posted on

Sep 24, 2021


USD 89070 Annually

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Min 3 yrs required


Boston, MA, United States

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Practice Area
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
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Staff Attorney Criminal Specialist
Duties: Works on a variety of legal assignments for the Justices of the Appeals Court. Principal assignments include assisting in the writing and editing of outgoing decisions, screening incoming civil and criminal cases, and preparing legal memoranda on selected criminal and civil cases. Assists in drafting opinions and dispositive orders. Edits outgoing opinions and dispositive orders. Screens incoming briefs and records in criminal cases. Prepares legal memoranda on selected criminal cases. Performs specific legal and consultative work assigned by the Justices. Performs other related work as required. Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Appeals Court. Understands, upholds, and communicates the Appeals Court mission. Accurately identifies and addresses legal issues within the department and initiates corrective action. Promotes an environment of diversity through understanding, respect, and positive communication with persons of varied racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Fosters a departmental environment emphasizing conduct that is courteous and professional toward both Appeals Court employees and the public. Works with others cooperatively, and promotes teamwork, contributing to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Graduation from an Accredited Law School. Membership in the Massachusetts Bar. 3+ years of legal experience in the field of criminal law after law school graduation. Previous writing and editing experience are preferred. Superior research and writing skills. Understanding of legal research, preparing legal memoranda and other documents, contributing to the development and implementation of court rules and policies. Commitment to continuously improve himself or herself through professional development. Working knowledge of Trial Court and Appellate Court jurisdiction and procedure. Thorough knowledge of criminal law, including statutes, guidelines, case law, terminology, and rules of procedure. Ability to assist in drafting and editing legal documents pursuant to technical and substantive guidelines. Ability to analyze, appraise, and organize facts and precedents. Ability to organize research material and to work independently without direct supervision. Ability to meet deadlines. Ability to communicate clearly and precisely, verbally and in writing. Ability to work well with others, including judges, law clerks, and staff.
Note: Staff attorneys are not permitted to engage in the practice of law.

Additional info

Req. #: 493082

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Appeals Court of Massachusetts
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square
Boston, MA 2108

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