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ProfileDirector of Strategic Litigation The candidate will play an essential leadership role in the agency’s pursuit of systemic and institutional reform and will be responsible for leading office litigation efforts in areas which involve systemic issues affecting a broad class of office clients in all practice areas (e.g. challenges to statutes such as those involving privileged records, preventive detention, and the sex offender registry). Report directly to the Chief Counsel and will regularly meet and consult with the Deputy Chiefs and Directors of all office divisions to jointly identify systemic issues affecting a broad range of clients throughout the agency. Supervise a small dedicated staff as well as attorneys assigned to other office units. Involve both criminal and civil litigation. Depending upon the matter at issue, the Director may serve as lead counsel, co-counsel, consultant, amicus curiae, or provide technical support. Meeting on a regular basis, and occasionally on an urgent basis, with members of the office Senior Management Team to discuss issues of systemic importance that may be suitable to address through strategic litigation or policy advocacy. Working with members of the Senior Management Team to develop, prioritize, and manage a list of issues that provide substantial barriers to justice for office clients. Consulting on a regular basis with office trial and appellate staff and private vendor attorneys in order to identify and discuss issues of systemic importance that may be suitable to address through litigation. Meeting on a regular basis with the Directors and Attorneys-in-Charge of the appellate units to identify and discuss issues. Initiating and prosecuting litigation to address issues of systemic importance. Working with attorneys at private law firms and other organizations to undertake or assist with impact litigation. Developing relationships with other agencies, both in Massachusetts and in other states, that pursue impact litigation. Responding to or participating in appropriate class action litigation brought by others. Producing legal research and writing for the Deputy Chiefs and Directors of other office units and advisory memoranda for staff and private vendor attorneys on issues of systemic importance. Partnering with the other appellate units and the Training Department to train private vendor and staff attorneys on how to develop and litigate challenges to various matters of systemic impact; Supervising staff attorneys who are assigned to the Strategic Litigation Unit on a permanent or ad hoc basis. Drafting requests for, and assisting with the production of, amicus briefs, as needed. Must be eligible to practice law in Massachusetts and 7+ years of experience as an attorney, with significant and broad experience as both a trial and appellate practitioner. Admission to, or eligibility for admission to, the trial Bar of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts also is required. Excellent litigation, writing, and oral presentation skills, and exceptional organizational ability and interpersonal skills is needed. Advocacy imagination unrestrained by traditional litigation approaches is must. Substantial poverty law experience or those who have demonstrated their commitment to the representation of indigent clients is preferred. Substantial experience in constitutional, civil rights, class action or other impact litigation is desired. Deadline: April 20, 2018.
Job ID: 2018-1602. Send resume, statement of interest (which includes a specific description of the applicant’s qualifications) and writing sample of 10-15 pages.
Director of Human Resources Management
Committee for Public Counsel Services - The Public Defender Agency of Massachusetts
44 Bromfield Street
Boston, MA 02108