Supreme Judicial Court Job Opportunity - Assistant Legal Counsel

This position is posted from February 22, 2018 to March 30, 2018

Supreme Judicial Court Mission Statement

To promote the rule of law and foster public trust by leading an independent judiciary that assures every person equal access to the fair, timely, and impartial resolution of disputes in courts managed with efficiency and professionalism.

Position Summary

The Assistant Legal Counsel assists the Legal Counsel and Deputy Legal Counsel in serving as a legal advisor to the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court on complex legal and policy matters, including court rules, legislation, and management issues that arise in the Court's operations, its oversight of the judicial branch, and its interactions with the other branches of Massachusetts government.  The Assistant Legal Counsel also performs legal research and writing to assist the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court.

Major Duties

  • Provide staff support to the Chief Justice and the Justices on legal and policy issues that arise in the course of the Court's exercise of its administrative responsibilities.   
  • Assist the Justices in their responsibility to adopt or approve all rules of court and rules of entities affiliated with the courts, such as the Board of Bar Overseers and the Board of Bar Examiners. Working with the Court's advisory rules committees, review and draft rules, amendments and reports. 
  • Serve as legal resource for the Justices and senior staff.   Research, analyze and make recommendations on legal issues relating to administration and management of the courts, including providing advice on various employment related issues.  Assist in the development of personnel policies and in addressing legal matters related to personnel. 
  • Coordinate the work of Court committees dealing with a wide range of issues of interest to the judicial branch. 
  • Perform other research, analysis and writing as requested, including research and writing assignments relating to decisions of the Court, legislation, speeches and publications. 
  • Plan, execute and oversee all aspects of special projects and other assigned tasks. 

Supervision Received

Receives supervision from the Chief Justice and the Legal Counsel to the Chief Justice. 


  • LL.B. or J.D. degree
  • Membership in the Massachusetts Bar
  • Minimum 7 years of legal experience, preferably in Massachusetts

 Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Ability to identify and analyze complex legal issues; research statutes and case law; prepare and present legal analyses and recommendations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in person, by phone and in writing.
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion.
  • Ability to organize tasks in an efficient manner, and to follow-up with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively and in complete confidentiality.
  • Ability to lead and organize committee work.
  • Knowledge of Massachusetts law.  Knowledge of employment law, appellate experience and/or appellate judicial clerkship preferred. 
  • Basic understanding of computer operations and ability to use common software programs including Microsoft Office.

Please Note

  • Court attorneys are not permitted to engage in the practice of law.
  • Court employees must be Massachusetts residents.


The salary range for this position is $86,172 (step 1) to $127,084 (step 8).  New employees typically begin at or near step 1 and thereafter receive annual increases through step 8.

Application Requirements

Each candidate must submit a cover letter, current resume, and completed SJC Employment Application and Addendum. Writing samples will be required for applicants who are invited to interview for the position. 

All materials should be submitted by email to Blanca Tosado at by the close of business on March 30, 2018.

The Supreme Judicial Court is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


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