This posting is for a Superior Court Research Attorney position within the Administrative Office of the Superior Court to serve all the Justices of the Superior Court. This Research Attorney position is expected to be based primarily in Barnstable, but may be required to travel or transfer to other locations according to the needs of the Court.
The Superior Court seeks to fill this position as soon as possible. Please read all instructions carefully before starting the Trial Court online application process. Applications that do not comply with instructions may be screened out.
Applicants must both (1) complete the online application and (2) submit additional materials to Attorney Romeo Camba, Manager of Legal Research Services, as follows:
* Profiles. As the first step of the online application process, applicants will need to create a Profile. Applicants who have already created a Profile from a previous job application should log in using their existing usernames and password, rather than creating a new Profile.
* Resumes. Applicants must upload a PDF of their resume. Specifically, during the Profile stage, choose “Create a Resume” and follow the instructions to upload your resume. The uploaded resume should *not* include references.
* References. Please have your list of references ready when applying online. Applicants must enter the names and contact information of their references when asked in the online application. Unless and until we reach out to references, they should not directly contact Romeo Camba or others in the Superior Court in support of an applicant.
* Letters of Recommendation. Letters of recommendation are optional. If submitted, they may be uploaded to your Trial Court candidate Profile that is associated with your online application. Recommenders may also email HRDepartment@jud.state.ma.us Please do not mail or email (or have your recommenders mail or email) letters of recommendation directly to Romeo Camba or others in the Superior Court.
* Employment Application. After completing the Profile, applicants must complete the Employment Application. Answer every question fully and accurately. Do not use “see resume” or similar response.
Separate from the online application, applicants must submit a cover letter, writing sample, and official law school transcript to Romeo Camba. The email to Romeo Camba should include “Additional Materials” in the subject line, and the file names of attached PDFs should start with the applicant’s last name and first initial, e.g. “SmithM cover letter.pdf”.
* Cover Letter. Applicants must email a PDF of their cover letter to Romeo Camba at firstname.lastname@example.org . The cover letter should be addressed to the Justices of the Superior Court, Suffolk Superior Courthouse, 3 Pemberton Square, 13th Floor, Boston, MA 02108. If you have a particular connection to Barnstable County please note it in the cover letter. Also, please note whether you are admitted to the Massachusetts Bar and, if not, whether you are in the process of being admitted.
* Writing Sample. Applicants must also email a PDF of their writing sample to Romeo Camba. The writing sample must be the applicant’s own work, and not edited by others. The writing sample must be no more than 12 pages long, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, using a font no smaller than Times New Roman 12. The ideal writing sample would demonstrate the ability to prepare a typical trial court draft decision.
* Official Law School Transcript. Applicants must arrange for their law school(s) to send an official transcript to Romeo Camba, Suffolk Superior Courthouse, 3 Pemberton Square, 13th Floor, Boston, MA 02108. Photocopies, self-created grade reports, and transcripts received directly from the applicant will not be accepted.
Questions may be directed to Romeo Camba at the above email address. Due to anticipated volume, please do not contact us to ask about the status of individual applications. No telephone inquiries please.
This position is designated as a union position and is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement with O.P.E.I.U., Local 6.
This position is posted, Open Until Filled, preference to those that apply in the first 14 days.
The Trial Court is committed to:
The Superior Court, the primary trial court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is committed to delivering high quality justice in a timely and fair manner in accordance with the rule of law.
The Research Attorney is a professional position within the Superior Court. This position involves analyzing and researching legal issues and questions for the justices of the Superior Court and the Administrative Office, and for preparing legal memoranda, drafting judicial decisions and other documents. An employee is hired at the Research Attorney I level and is eligible for reclassification to the Research Attorney II level upon meeting the requirements of that level. The position title reverts to the entry level Research Attorney I position title when there is a vacancy.
Research Attorney I: This is the entry level position title within this series. An employee is expected to perform the full range of legal duties of this position and to train for the next higher level.
Research Attorney II: This is the second level position title within this series. An employee is expected to perform more complex and varied legal duties which require more knowledge of case law and court policies and procedures.
Work is performed under the general direction of the Departmental Chief Justice, the Associate Justices, and the Manager of Legal Research Services and is evaluated for professional competence and conformity to policy.
Research Attorney I Duties:
Researches legal issues and questions and assists in the writing of draft decisions and legal memoranda on civil, criminal, and administrative matters;
Delivers all legal documents and related work product in a timely and high quality fashion, meeting deadlines and demonstrating continuous improvement;
May assist in the training, administration, and oversight of law clerks, law fellows, and interns;
Confers with and advises judges and court officials on legal issues;
Performs specialized legal and administrative functions;
Performs special projects as assigned; and
Performs related duties as required.
Research Attorney II Duties:
Regularly researches complex or novel issues or arguments of law and prepares legal memoranda;
Produces substantially more complex high quality work products specifically assigned to experienced research attorneys;
Regularly assists in the training, administration, and oversight of law clerks, law fellows, and interns;
Assists Superior Court Committee members in preparing materials for meetings, judicial conferences, and reports;
Develops specialization skills in specific legal and administrative functions;
Leads special projects as assigned; and
Performs all of the duties of the lower level title 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 Superior Court Department and the Trial Court.
Understands, upholds, and communicates the Trial Court and Superior 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 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 the position of Research Attorney I:
Research Attorney I Requirements:
Graduation from an accredited law school and Membership (or currently applying for membership) in the Massachusetts Bar;
Excellent writing, communication, and legal research skills;
Ability to produce high quality work product while meeting deadlines;
Abilities that demonstrate a history of continuous improvement;
Knowledge of and ability to use computer software such as MS Office, including word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, and PowerPoint;
Preferred: (1) Applicants with at least two years of post-law school experience in a litigation context, with or without judicial clerkship experience, or (2) current judicial law clerks who are in the second year or more of their clerkship(s), particularly in the Massachusetts Superior Court. Judicial clerkship experience is defined as paid full-time post-graduate employment as a law clerk for a court or judge.
Other knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Ability to assist in the training, administration, and oversight of law clerks, law fellows, and interns;
Knowledge of the Massachusetts judicial system and state law;
Knowledge of applicable court jurisdiction and court procedures;
Knowledge of trial, hearing and administrative procedures;
Ability to analyze legal issues and identify relevant case opinions and court policies;
Ability to prepare legal memoranda and other documents;
Ability to work independently and to establish work priorities;
Ability to deal effectively with attorneys, court officials, justices and the general public;
Ability to handle sensitive matters on a confidential basis;
Ability to maintain complex and accurate court records; and
Ability to travel to Superior Court Courthouses throughout the Commonwealth.
Research Attorney II Requirements:
A minimum of four years of experience as a Research Attorney I;
Considerable knowledge of the Massachusetts judicial system and court policies and practices;
Demonstrated ability to analyze and research complex legal issues;
Demonstrated ability to produce substantially more complex high quality work products specifically assigned to experienced research attorneys;
Ability to demonstrate specialization in specific legal and administrative functions;
Exhibits initiative and the effective leadership on special projects;
Demonstrated ability to assist in the training, administration, and oversight of law clerks, law fellows, and interns;
Demonstrated ability to analyze administrative concerns and to develop feasible solutions;
Demonstrated ability to perform responsibilities with minimal supervision;
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain professional working relationships with judges and court officials;
Ability to travel to Superior Court Courthouses throughout the Commonwealth;
Performs related work as required.
Employment is contingent upon passage of a criminal record check.
ENTRY LEVEL SALARY RANGE: Level 18
HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must apply by completing a Trial Court online application at the following web address:
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