APPEALS COURT MISSION STATEMENT:
The Massachusetts Appeals Court is committed to doing justice under the law by rendering thoughtful, well-reasoned appellate decisions in a timely and efficient manner, treating all those who come before the court fairly and impartially.
Staff attorneys work on a variety of legal assignments for the Justices of the Appeals Court. Principal assignments include assisting in the writing and editing of outgoing decisions, screening incoming civil and criminal cases, and preparing legal memoranda on selected criminal and civil cases. A minimum of 5 years of criminal law experience is required, as this staff attorney will be expected to concentrate on writing and research for the court in this area. All staff attorneys, however, may be asked to work in additional areas depending on the court's needs.
Work is performed under the general direction of the Chief Justice or his or her designee.
• Assists in drafting opinions and dispositive orders
• Edits outgoing opinions and dispositive orders
• Screens incoming briefs and records in criminal cases
• Prepares legal memoranda on selected criminal cases
• Performs specific legal and consultative work assigned by the Justices
• Performs other related work 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 Appeals Court.
Understands, upholds, and communicates the Appeals Court
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 Appeals Court employees and the public.
Works with others cooperatively, and promotes teamwork, contributing to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.
Staff attorneys are not permitted to engage in the practice of law.
By statute, employees of the Massachusetts courts must be Massachusetts residents.
This is a union position covered by a collective bargaining agreement with O.P.E.I.U., Local 6.
Employment is contingent upon passage of a criminal record check.
If you are not currently viewing this posting online, please visit the Judicial Branch website at https://www.mass.gov/jobs-with-the-court-system to apply for this Appeals Court position.
Applications are submitted electronically. Paper applications will not be accepted.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER