|Director of Juvenile Appeals|
|Committee for Public Counsel Services|
|DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MISSION STATEMENT
CPCS is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of its clients by providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. In striving always to achieve those goals, CPCS embraces diversity and inclusion as core values and is steadfast in our commitment to: (1) ensuring that CPCS staff members represent a broad range of human difference and experience; (2) providing a work climate that is respectful and that supports success; and (3) promoting the dignity and well-being of all staff members. CPCS’s leadership is responsible for ensuring excellence, diversity, and inclusion. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.
The Youth Advocacy Division (YAD), the juvenile defender division of CPCS, is committed to ensuring that every child in Massachusetts has access to zealous, and developmentally appropriate, legal representation in delinquency, youthful offender, murder, GCL, and parole cases from a diverse and ever improving community of juvenile defenders consisting of both private appointed counsel and staff public defenders. YAD is also committed to the vigorous pursuit of just juvenile justice law, policy and practice through litigation and other means. YAD provides leadership, training, support, and oversight to the indigent juvenile defense bar in Massachusetts. The Director of Juvenile Appeals plays a major leadership role in guiding the law reform efforts of YAD and the entire juvenile defender community. In addition, the Director will be responsible for assigning juvenile appeals; developing, training, and overseeing a panel of appellate attorneys with juvenile expertise; and assisting lawyers in the trial court in identifying, preserving, and litigating difficult and/or strategic issues. The Director of Juvenile Appeals will also handle a small number of potentially significant juvenile appellate matters. The Director of Juvenile Appeals plays an essential leadership role in helping all juvenile defenders seek access to justice through individual advocacy, as well as law reform efforts. The Director of Juvenile Appeals will work closely with the YAD Director, Assistant Director, Trial Panel Director, and Training Director. This position will also collaborate with the adult Private Counsel, Children and Family Law, Mental Health and Public Defender Division Appeals Units.
|Essential Duties and Responsibilities:|
|Major duties performed, but not meant to be all-inclusive or to prevent other duties from being assigned.
– Developing, leading, and managing a cadre of appellate lawyers with sufficient expertise and experience to provide excellent representation in juvenile appellate matters.
|Minimum Qualifications and Skills:|
|Knowledge, skills, and abilities normally required for competent performance in the job. An Applicant should:
– be eligible to practice law either as a member of the Massachusetts bar in good standing; or as an attorney in another jurisdiction who is eligible to engage in limited Massachusetts practice under SJC Rule 3:04
Though not required, these skills are preferable in a candidate:
– experience with juvenile defense
The position will be posted until filled, preference will be given to candidates who apply within the first 30 days of the date of posting.
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other applicable federal and state statutes and organizational policies. Applicants who have questions about equal employment opportunity or who need reasonable accommodations can contact the Director of Human Resources Management, Lisa Bacon, at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Who should be contacted for further information on this opportunity?|