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Attorney in Charge - PDD Salem

Company: Committee for Public Counsel Services
Location: salem
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

The Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, is seeking to fill the Attorney-in-Charge position in its Salem Trial Court Office. This position has an anticipated start date in April 2021.


CPCS is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of our assigned clients through zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and the fullness of excellent legal representation. We are dedicated to building and maintaining strong professional relationships, while striving to accept, listen to and respect the diverse circumstances of each client, as we dedicate ourselves to meeting their individual needs. It is our CPCS mission to achieve these goals, and in furtherance thereof, we embrace and endorse diversity, equity and inclusion as our core values as we maintain a steadfast commitment to: (1) Ensure that CPCS management and staff members represent a broad range of human differences and experience; (2) Provide a work climate that is respectful and supports success; and (3) Promote the dignity and well-being of all staff members. CPCS leadership is responsible for ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion. The ability to achieve these goals with any level of certainty is ultimately the responsibility each member of the CPCS community.


The Attorney-in-Charge in the Salem Trial Court Office, within the Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, is expected to perform a multitude of functions and has the many and multi-faceted responsibilities that are unmistakably attendant to being the leader of a high functioning Trial Court office within the agency.

The Attorney-in-Charge supervises and assists staff Trial Attorneys within their respective office in every facet that will ensure the zealous advocacy and representation of every assigned client entrusted to our legal care. The Attorney-in-Charge will lead the office with respect to our recently formed office reunification directive. The Attorney-in-Charge is also responsible for managing the Supervising Staff Attorneys, along with all other defense team personnel assigned to the office, which is comprised of Social Service Advocates, Investigators and highly trained Administrative Assistants. The Attorney- in-Charge is expected to maintain an active, albeit, reduced caseload, and it is also incumbent upon the Attorney-in-Charge to provide the same fullness and excellence of representation, no different than any other Trial and/or Appellate Attorney, while consistently striking a balance between those responsibilities, and the required managerial duties and obligations of an Attorney-in-Charge.

As can be expected within any large segment of urban populace, our clients are vibrantly diverse. We find ourselves very fortunate to represent people who possess unique and contextual cultural dimensions, in every possible way. Resultantly, it is a fundamental requirement that CPCS attorneys and leadership be culturally competent with a genuine desire to serve the needs of every client---irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender identities and preferences, limited English proficiency, and all other protected characteristics.


The following attributes are required for the position of Attorney-in-Charge:

  • Eligible to practice law in this jurisdiction as a member of the Massachusetts bar in good standing, or as an attorney in another jurisdiction who is eligible to engage in limited Massachusetts practice under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04;

  • A minimum of seven years of experience handling criminal cases, at least four of which were as assigned counsel for indigent persons in criminal cases;

  • Access to an automobile in order to travel to courts, clients, and investigation locations that are not easily accessible by public transportation; and,

  • Access to a personal computer with home internet access sufficient to work remotely.


  • Significant Superior Court or equivalent jury trial experience; and,

  • Administrative and managerial skills and supervisory experience.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample. The letter of interest should include a description of the candidates trial, supervisory, and administrative or management experience, as well as a discussion of his/her priorities and vision for leading the office.


The Attorney-in-Charge must be culturally competent and demonstrate an embrace of, and willingness, to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, gender and/or gender preferences, abilities, and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics. The Attorney-in-Charge must be able to supervise and assist Trial Attorneys in the development of trial strategies, motions practice, and myriad other tasks that are necessary to become zealous advocates and trial attorneys. The Attorney-in-Charge is also responsible for the supervision and development of non-attorney staff within the office, and working cooperatively and collaboratively with the regional Managing Director, Director of Social Services and the Chief Investigator.

The administrative responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Being thoroughly knowledgeable of the Committees personnel policies, communicating the provisions of those policies to staff, and ensuring compliance with the personnel policies;

  • Being thoroughly knowledgeable with the CPCS case management system, including being able to generate and interpret case statistics and reports;

  • Ensuring that attorneys schedules and caseloads are reasonable and conform with CPCS guidelines, performance standards, and practice advisories;

  • Ensuring case files are properly maintained, closed, and scanned at the conclusion of the case;

  • Assigning all cases in a prompt manner;

  • Ensuring that all cases are promptly opened and closed;

  • Ensuring that all cases are promptly checked for conflicts of interest, and when discovered, that the cases are reassigned with all possible haste;

  • Ensuring that detailed running sheets for each case are current and electronically maintained;

  • Ensuring that annual performance evaluations are completed for all staff in a timely and comprehensive manner; and,

  • Other duties as assigned.

In addition, the Attorney-in-Charge is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that information about cases, law, CPCS policies, guidelines and practices, and other relevant matters is disseminated to staff in a timely manner;

  • Providing ongoing in-house training to ensure continued excellence by all in furtherance of our mission statement;

  • Fostering positive relationships within the community and courthouses, and ensuring that a professional relationship and leadership role is maintained with the assigned private bar in the county; and,

  • Other duties as assigned.

The Attorney-in-Charge must also attend regular meetings with other office heads, Managing Directors, and the Deputy Chief Counsel to discuss management and policy issues. The Attorney-in-Charge is directly supervised by a Managing Director.

EEO Statement

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other applicable federal and state statutes and organizational policies. Applicants who have questions about equal employment opportunity or who need reasonable accommodations can contact the Director of Human Resources Management, Lisa Bacon, at

ID: 2021-1986

Post: careers: 3/17/2021

Post End Date: 4/7/2021

Salary: $94,750.00 - $120,050.00, commensurate with years of experience

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Street: 35 Congress Street

Keywords: Committee for Public Counsel Services, Salem , Attorney in Charge - PDD Salem, Other , salem, Massachusetts

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