• Law Clerk to the Justices of the Housing Court

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Court
    Housing Court Department
    Posting Date
    1/8/2019
    Closing Date
    01/29/2019 11:59 PM EST
    Starting
    USD $62,662.46/Yr.
    ID
    2019-4121
  • NOTES

    HOUSING COURT LAW CLERK POSTING

    ADDITIONAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

     

    After submitting your application and the resume through the Trial Court’s applicant tracking system, you will need to submit the following supplemental materials via email attachments to:

    hr.department@jud.state.ma.us

     

    Please include the following in the “subject line” of the email:  HC Law Clerk – Last Name, First Name.

    In your email, please attach the following documents:

    1.    Cover Letter. Please explain your interest in a judicial clerkship with the Housing Court.

    Cover letters may be addressed to:

     

                            Benjamin O. Adeyinka

                            Deputy Court Administrator 

                            Administrative Office of the Housing Court

                            Edward W. Brooke Courthouse

                            24 New Chardon Street, 6th Floor

                            Boston, MA  02114

     

    2.    Law School Transcript/Academic Record. The transcript should cover the entire law school period.  Applicants who started at one law school but transferred and graduated from another law school must provide transcripts from both schools.  For initial screening purposes, unofficial transcripts are acceptable. However, applicants selected for a first-round interview must bring their official law school transcript(s), bearing the registrar’s seal, to the interview.

     

    3.    Writing Sample. The writing sample should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to analyze legal problems and apply legal principles to a given factual setting. The writing sample should be five to seven pages with double-spaced text, one-inch page margins, and a font no smaller than Times New Roman 12pt.  The writing sample must be solely the work of the applicant and may not be edited by another.  Briefs or opinions signed by another and law review articles are considered to be edited. Applicants selected for a first-round interview should be prepared to provide a second writing sample. 

     

    Do not submit any other documents including letters of recommendations with your application. Applicants that are selected for a first round interview may provide letters of recommendations at that time. References should not contact the Housing Court directly on behalf of an applicant. 

     

    All applications and supplemental materials must be received by the end of the business day (4:30 pm) on the posting closing date.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

     

    Please do not telephone the Administrative Office of the Housing Court with inquiries regarding the receipt or status of an application.

     

    This position is designated as union exempt position and is covered by the Trial Court Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual.

    MISSION STATEMENT OF THE MASSACHUSETTS TRIAL COURT

    The Trial Court is committed to:

    • fair and impartial administration of justice;
    • protection of constitutional and statutory rights and liberties;
    • equal access to justice for all in a safe and dignified environment with policies and practices that strengthen and support diversity, equity, and inclusion;
    • efficient, effective, and accountable resolution of disputes;
    • prompt and courteous service to the public by committed and dedicated professionals utilizing best practices in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.

    DEPARTMENTAL MISSION STATEMENT

    The Housing Court's mission is to adjudicate all matters presented by litigants within its jurisdiction regarding housing in a fair, efficient, and timely manner according to the rule of law and the facts presented. In accordance with this mission, the Housing Court, through its operating philosophy and business practices, strives to present a citizen-oriented process to maximize access to justice for all litigants. All members of the Housing Court are committed to this mission and process to fulfill our role within the judicial branch.

     

    ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE:

    The Housing Court is a court of limited jurisdiction that adjudicates civil and criminal actions involving claims in law and equity related to the health, safety, or welfare of the occupants and owners of residential property. The Court hears summary process (eviction), small claims, and civil actions that involve claims for personal injury, property damage, breach of contract, and discrimination. The Housing Court also adjudicates code enforcement actions and appeals of local zoning board decisions affecting residential property. The Housing Court has fifteen justices sitting in six divisions (Eastern, Northeast, Southeast, Metro-South, Western and Central) and conducts sessions in over 20 locations every week. The Housing Court has statewide jurisdiction. 

    More information about the Housing Court can be found here: http://www.mass.gov/courts/court-info/trial-court/hc/

     

     

    POSITION SUMMARY

    The Housing Court is accepting applications for two law clerk positions. The law clerks will serve one term and may be invited to return for an additional one-year term. Successful candidates will be based in two divisions, although on occasion assignments and judicial need may require Law Clerks to travel to other courthouses throughout Massachusetts.   

     

    The law clerks, under the supervision of the Administrative Office of the Housing Court, will work directly with the justices on a variety of assignments that will involve performing legal research, preparing memoranda on cases and legal issues, drafting decisions and orders, and/or attending court sessions.  Research topics will include not only substantive questions of law but also questions involving procedural and evidentiary issues.  The law clerks can expect to complete the clerkship with a solid understanding of landlord-tenant and other housing law, court rules, and general courtroom practice. 

    MAJOR DUTIES

    Discuss legal issues with justices

     

    Perform careful and accurate legal research and analysis

     

    Prepare well-written legal research memoranda and draft decisions and orders

     

    Attend motion hearings, portions of trials, and other courtroom proceedings

     

    Submit all required administrative forms, such as work logs

     

    Maintain law library materials

     

    Perform related tasks as required

    POSITION REQUIREMENTS

    These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for the law clerk position.

     

    As of the start of the clerkship, a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-approved/provisionally approved law school

     

    As of the start of the clerkship, Massachusetts residency

     

    Access to a reliable vehicle and the ability to travel throughout Massachusetts

     

    High professional and ethical standards

     

    Excellent legal research skills, using both online and book resources

     

    Excellent legal writing and analytical skills

     

    Experience and knowledge in the use of personal computers, including the use of word processing programs and legal research services

     

    Ability to follow written and oral instructions

     

    Ability to manage, prioritize, and timely complete assignments

     

    Ability to work independently while maintaining productivity and good judgment

     

    Ability to work well with others in a professional setting, including justices, managers, and court staff

     

    Commitment to serving the full term of the clerkship

     

    Additional preferred qualifications include:

     

    Commitment to government or public service.

     

    Prior experience as a judicial intern.

     

    OTHER

    An offer of employment is contingent upon a criminal background check, employment eligibility verification, and other pre-employment requirements. 

     

    If you are not currently viewing this posting online, please visit the Judicial Court Jobs website at https://careers-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs/intro to apply for this position or any other Trial Court employment opportunity.

     

    No applications or resumes will be accepted by hand, mail, fax, or email delivery.

     

    AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

     

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