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Trial Attorney The candidate will be responsible for civil commitment cases including trials and a limited number of appellate cases. Will provide zealous representation in mental health cases, primarily to indigent persons in proceedings seeking the initial commitment to, continued confinement at, or authorization to treat by, psychiatric facilities operated by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, Department of Mental Health (DMH) and private psychiatric facilities licensed by DMH. Appear primarily in District and Municipal Court sessions conducted at facilities for which the Unit is responsible or in Superior Court divisions within the county in which the facilities are located, but may be required to represent clients in proceedings emanating from other facilities and conducted in other courts of the Commonwealth. May also represent clients in appeals to the Appellate Divisions of the District and Municipal Courts. Visit with and interview clients at the facilities. Conduct pre-trial investigation and discovery, including reviewing facility and other medical and psychiatric records, and interviewing facility staff. Work extensively with forensic psychiatric and psychological clinicians. Locate and interview witnesses and consult with service providers. Conduct legal research and writing. Represent clients in pretrial proceedings, hearings, and interlocutory appeals. Must be a member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar, or be licensed in another jurisdiction and eligible to practice in Massachusetts under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04. Access to reliable transportation in order to travel to courts, mental health facilities, and other locations is required. Foreign language skills are desirable. Application Deadline: March 16, 2018.
Job ID: 2018-1601. Submit cover letter with a statement of interest, resume, and writing sample.
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