This position is designated as management position and is covered by the Trial Court Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual.
This position is posted open until filled, preference will be given to those that apply during the first 14 days.
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 Administrative Office of the Boston Municipal Court, the Deputy Legal Counsel provides advice on legal matters, researches legal questions, writes memoranda, develops court procedures and rules, analyzes legal and administrative issues, drafts regulations and proposed legislation, prepares and presents trainings. The Administrative Office of the Boston Municipal Court (AOBMC) provides administrative and legal support to Justices, Clerk-Magistrates, and employees of the Boston Municipal Court, under the direction of the Chief Justice of the Boston Municipal Court.
The Deputy Legal Counsel, under the general supervision of the Chief Justice and the Deputy Court Administrator, will report jointly to the Legal Counsel and the Deputy Court Administrator.
The Deputy Legal Counsel provides legal support to the Justices, Clerk-Magistrates, and employees of the Boston Municipal Court Department, as well as to the Administrative Office of the Boston Municipal Court on cases and all law-related matters in the Boston Municipal Court;
Conducts special research projects as necessary; legal expertise and clear and concise communication skills are essential in fulfilling this role;
Interprets and applies court rules, standing orders, statutes, directives, and policies related to matters within the Boston Municipal Court;
Prepares or assists in the preparation of legal bulletins, memoranda, draft rules, and uniform practices;
Responds to inquiries and requests from Justices, Clerk-Magistrates, court employees, attorneys, and the public concerning legal aspects of the Boston Municipal Court;
Develops and assists in the development of training materials and presents training for Justices, Clerk-Magistrates, and other employees of the Boston Municipal Court;
Makes recommendations as to policy and procedure on a variety of Boston Municipal Court related matters;
Provides legal advice to judges and other court personnel on all law-related matters in the Boston Municipal Court;
Represents the Boston Municipal Court and acts as professional staff to Trial Court committees, task forces and working groups as assigned by the Legal Counsel or Deputy Court Administrator of the Boston Municipal Court;
Serves as the liaison between the Boston Municipal Court Department and state agencies and community resources dealing with matters within the jurisdiction of the Boston Municipal Court as assigned; and
Performs other related duties as required.
All applicants must be able, through the interview process, to prove efficiency in the following areas:
Ethics and Values
Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Trial Court.
Understands, upholds, and communicates the Trial Court and Boston Municipal Court missions.
Demonstrated experience using knowledge of court rules and law as they pertain to the Boston Municipal Court Department.
Accurately identifies legal and operational issues regarding administration in the Boston Municipal Court Department and recommends and facilitates appropriate solutions. Accurately assesses a variety of problems in the Boston Municipal Court and develops feasible solutions.
Conducts oneself in a courteous and professional manner towards both Trial Court employees and the public.
Works with others cooperatively, demonstrating a willingness to be a team player, and contributing to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.
Commitment to Diversity
Promotes an environment of diversity through understanding, respect, and positive communication with persons of varied racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds.
Demonstrates a commitment to continuously improving himself or herself through professional development.
These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for a position of Deputy Legal Counsel:
Law Degree from an accredited Law School;
Admission to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
Thorough knowledge of the Massachusetts judicial system and applicable statutes, case law, court rules and procedures relating to the Boston Municipal Court;
Five (5) years or more of legal experience with particular emphasis on matters within the jurisdiction of the Boston Municipal Court Department; management experience is preferred;
Thorough knowledge of sophisticated legal research techniques and methods, including competence in computer-assisted legal research, such as the skilled use of Westlaw and other online legal research services;
Considerable skills and abilities in the application of logical reasoning to perform detailed statutory analysis;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with court officials, judges, employees and government agencies employees;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Demonstrated ability to independently complete assignments and to handle multiple assignments;
Ability to properly rank competing work priorities and to work efficiently to fulfill those priorities in a timely manner; and
Demonstrated ability to identify problems and to develop feasible solutions.
HOW TO APPLY:
Applicants must apply by completing a Trial Court online application at the following web address: https://careers-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs/intro
Employment is contingent upon passage of a criminal record check.
If you are not currently viewing this posting online, please visit the Judicial Court Jobs website at www.mass.gov/courts 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.
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