A Message from Inspector General Glenn A. Cunha
I am pleased to announce the creation of two new fellowship programs in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to improve our recruiting of qualified candidates and increase our diversity. Starting in September 2019, we will have our first Burke Diversity Fellow and we will welcome our first legal fellow in March 2020. Both positions will be two-year appointments.
Our fellowship programs will provide substantive and valuable experience to individuals with strong character and a commitment to public service. The programs are designed to allow fellows to learn about the wide variety of work our office performs, with the hope of offering full-time employment at the end of the fellowship.
An important goal of our fellowship programs is to recruit individuals who will contribute to diversity and inclusion in our office. Diversity comes in many forms and we are looking for candidates whose unique set of experiences, background and skills will contribute to our office and our engagement with the public. I look forward to the successful initiation of this exciting opportunity.
About the Fellowship
The fellowship allows new attorneys to develop core legal skills while assisting with our investigations, audits, reviews, civil recovery actions and training programs. It also provides a broad exposure to state and municipal government and legal work in the public sector.
Over a two-year term, the fellow will gain an understanding of the work of each of our divisions, getting an authentic experience of work as a government lawyer. The fellow will become familiar with the full scope of our operations, including investigations, internal administration, policy and legislative initiatives, education and guidance of local officials, and the role of the General Counsel’s office.
An attorney mentor will provide guidance and support for the fellow’s professional development while the fellow learns from the experienced attorneys and staff across our office.
The two-year Fellowship term will begin in March 2020. The salary will be $60,000 per year.
About Justice Geraldine S. Hines
Justice Geraldine S. Hines has led a distinguished career as a lawyer and jurist, reflecting her commitment to public service and social justice. She was the first African-American woman to sit on the Supreme Judicial Court and the first to sit on the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
Justice Hines began her career as a staff attorney at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and later worked for the Roxbury Defenders’ Committee. As a private attorney, she litigated civil rights cases, including employment discrimination and police misconduct claims, and co-founded the first law firm in the region composed of women of color.
Throughout her career, Justice Hines has also remained active in various civic and community organizations, and she continues to dedicate herself to mentoring attorneys throughout their careers.
We are seeking diverse candidates who meet the following criteria:
- Member of graduating class of 2018 or enrolled with an anticipated graduation date in 2019 or spring 2020 from an ABA- or NEASC-accredited law school
- Completion of Massachusetts bar exam no later than July 2020
- Commitment to complete a two-year fellowship term
Candidates will be evaluated on several factors, including:
- Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion
- Demonstrated interest in public service
- Personal and professional accomplishments, including participation in extracurricular activities
- Academic record and relevant skills, including research, writing and investigation
How to Apply
The application period for the 2020 – 2022 term is now over. Candidates submitted the following information:
1. Cover letter: Explain your interest in the work and mission of the Office of the Inspector General, commitment to public service and experiences you believe are relevant. You may address your letter to the Legal Fellowship Selection Committee.
2. Personal Statement (500 words or fewer): We are committed to promoting an inclusive, diverse team that reflects the diversity of the residents of the Commonwealth. The Geraldine S. Hines Diversity Fellowship reflects our priority to recruit, retain and promote attorneys from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Please submit a personal statement that depicts your experiences and explains how they shaped your personal and professional growth. These may include personal characteristics and experiences such as:
- Ethnic or racial background historically underrepresented in legal profession
- Member of LGBTQ+ community
- Experience managing a disability
- Veteran status
- Immigrant or refugee background
- Socio-economic background
4. Law school transcripts
5. List of three personal or professional references
Selected candidates were invited for interviews. The fellow will begin work in March 2020.
For questions, please contact us at IGOFellowship@mass.gov or (617) 727-9140.
Boston, MA 02108