Employment Opportunity - Staff Attorney
Closing Date: July 26, 2013
Mission Statement of the Commission on Judicial Conduct:
The Commission on Judicial Conduct is established and governed by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 211C. In accord with the mandate of that statute, the Commission's mission is to enforce standards of judicial conduct for Massachusetts state judges in a manner that, while respecting judicial independence, promotes public confidence in the judiciary and preserves the integrity of the judicial process. The Commission serves as the forum for complaints alleging misconduct by judges both on and off the bench, and for allegations of mental or physical disability affecting a judge's performance. The Commission is committed to performing this function in full accord with all procedural and substantive requirements of its governing statute and rules.
Summary of Duties:
Screen and investigate complaints against judges of all courts of the Commonwealth. Interview witnesses, research court records, review audio records and transcripts, and perform whatever other investigation is appropriate on each complaint assigned. Summarize investigation and recommendations in a memorandum to the Commission on each complaint, for monthly Commission meetings. Negotiate agreed dispositions with judges or their attorneys. Draft agreements for disposition, press releases and charging documents (Statement of Allegations and Formal Charges). Perform legal research as required. Find or help create educational programs for particular needs. Answer the public's questions about the jurisdiction of the Commission, what constitutes judicial misconduct, and how to file a complaint. Refer the public to other agencies when appropriate. Represent the Commission at public hearings. Advise the Commission on the application of its enabling statute and rules, as well as the Code of Judicial Conduct. Draft new rules when needed. Assist Executive Director as needed.
Membership in Massachusetts bar. Three or more years of experience in the Massachusetts Trial Courts, and familiarity with court procedures. Ability to deal effectively with judges, lawyers, court officials, witnesses, complainants and the general public. Ability to communicate well in writing and orally. Excellent writing skills and attention to detail. Ability to analyze complex, unusual problems, develop creative solutions and write memoranda for a monthly deadline, while working on several cases at once. Ability to thrive in a small team while multi-tasking.
Classification: Level 18.
Salary: $63,745.32 (Grade 1) to $84,027.90 (Grade 8).
Supervision by: Supervising Staff Attorney, Executive Director.
Website for more information: www.mass.gov/cjc.
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete application package which includes the following: (1) a cover letter; (2) a current resume; (3) a completed Supreme Judicial Court Application for Employment; and (4) a completed Addendum to the SJC Application for Employment.
The complete application package must be sent by first-class or overnight mail, postage prepaid, to:
Howard V. Neff, III, Esq. Executive Director
Commission on Judicial Conduct
11 Beacon Street, Suite 525
Boston, MA 02108
Faxed or emailed application materials will not be accepted. Please do not staple any application materials.
Deadline: The complete application package must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2013.
The SJC Application for Employment and the Addendum to the SJC Application are available online at www.mass.gov/courts/sjc/employment.html.
An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer