This position is designated as management position and is covered by the Trial Court Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual.
The Trial Court is committed to:
Given our unique responsibility to advance the fair administration of justice, the Boston Municipal Court Department is devoted to the rule of law through the conscientious and expeditious resolution of disputes, with a commitment to restoring the human spirit through correction, education, respect and compassion.
Working within the Boston Municipal Court Administrative Office, an Administrative Attorney provides legal support to the Administrative Office and the divisions of the Boston Municipal Court Department. An Administrative Attorney performs legal research, prepares legal memoranda and other documents, assists in the development and implementation of court rules, policies and procedures, drafts proposed legislation, and serves as staff to various committees. Administrative Attorneys also contribute to the work of various departmental court initiatives. Candidates must possess excellent legal research and writing skills, an attention to detail, and an ability to work independently and also work cooperatively with the Departmental Chief Justice, other officials and staff of the Boston Municipal Court Department, and with other Trial Court Departments. Additionally, candidates will possess a commitment to public service as well as a commitment to the delivery of justice.
Work is performed under the general direction of the Departmental Chief Justice, Deputy Court Administrator, or other designee; and is evaluated for professional soundness and conformity to policy.
Provides legal advice and assistance to the Chief Justice, Judges, Clerk-Magistrates, Deputy Court Administrator, and other court officials and personnel on all law-related matters in the Boston Municipal Court Department;
Performs legal research and analysis of relevant case law;
Drafts and reviews legislation affecting the Boston Municipal Court Department and provides advice and training to Department personnel regarding such legislation;
Interprets and applies court rules, standing order, statutes, directives and policies related to matters within the Boston Municipal Court Department;
Prepares memoranda and administrative reports; drafts rules, uniform practices, and proposed legislation; develops guidelines and procedures to assist courts in implementing new policies, forms, or procedures for the Boston Municipal Court Department;
Assists in the development of modifications to the electronic case management system that will support the effective integration of rules, uniform practices and procedures, statutes and case law;
Drafts correspondence in response to complaints, questions and requests for information from the public, attorneys, judges, court officials and other government agencies;
Acts as professional staff to special advisory committees. Prepares materials for meetings, prepares reports, and works directly with committee members;
Provides information to members of the bar and the general public; and
Performs related duties as required.
All applicants must be able, through the interview process, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following areas:
Ethics and Values
Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Boston Municipal Court Department and the Trial Court.
Understands, upholds, and communicates the Trial Court and Boston Municipal Court missions.
Understanding of legal research, preparing legal memoranda and other documents, contributing to the development and implementation of court rules and policies.
Accurately identifies and addresses legal issues within the department and initiates corrective action.
Demonstrates a commitment to continuously improve himself or herself through professional development.
Commitment to Diversity
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 Trial Court employees and the public.
Works with others cooperatively, and promotes teamwork, contributing to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.
These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for a position of Administrative Attorney:
Graduation from an accredited law school;
Admission to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
Considerable knowledge of the Massachusetts judicial system and applicable statutes, case law, court rules and procedures relating to the Boston Municipal Court;
Two (2) or more years of legal experience with particular emphasis on matters within the jurisdiction of the Boston Municipal Court Department
Considerable knowledge and experience performing legal research and legal memoranda;
Ability to analyze administrative problems and to develop feasible solutions;
Ability to independently complete assignments and to handle multiple assignments;
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing;
Ability to handle sensitive matters on a confidential basis;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with court officials, judges, employees and government agency employees;
Knowledge of and ability to use computer software, including Microsoft Office; and
Ability to travel to court locations throughout the Department.
If you are not currently viewing this posting online, please visit the Trial Court website at www.mass.gov/courts to apply for this position or any other Trial Court employment opportunity.
No paper applications will be accepted.
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