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Director 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 company litigation efforts in areas which involve systemic issues affecting a broad class of company clients in all practice areas (e.g. challenges to statutes such as those involving privileged records, preventive detention, and the sex offender registry). Play an essential leadership role in the agency’s pursuit of systemic and institutional reform and will be responsible for leading company litigation efforts in areas which involve systemic issues affecting a broad class of company clients in all practice areas (e.g. challenges to statutes such as those involving privileged records, preventive detention, and the sex offender registry). The Director will report directly to the Chief Counsel and will regularly meet and consult with the Deputy Chiefs and Directors of all company divisions to jointly identify systemic issues affecting a broad range of clients throughout the agency. May supervise a small dedicated staff as well as attorneys assigned to other company units. Work is at the administrative, trial, and appellate levels; and in state as well as federal court It also may 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. In addition to duties described above, the Director’s responsibilities will include: Meeting on a regular basis, and occasionally on an urgent basis, with members of the company 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 company clients; Consulting on a regular basis with company 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 company 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; and Drafting requests for, and assisting with the production of, amicus briefs, as needed.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must be eligible to practice law in Massachusetts and have 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. In addition, candidates must have excellent litigation, writing, and oral presentation skills, and exceptional organizational ability and interpersonal skills. Strong preference will be given to candidates with substantial poverty law experience or those who have demonstrated their commitment to the representation of indigent clients. Strong preference will also be given to candidates with substantial experience in constitutional, civil rights, class action or other impact litigation.
Deadline; April 20, 2018.
ID 2018-1602. Submit (1) a résumé, (2) a statement of interest (which includes a specific description of the applicant’s qualifications)and (3) a writing sample of 10-15 pages, which has not been edited by anyone other than the applicant.
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