Description:

Position Overview:
The Attorney-in-Charge supervises and assists staff Trial Attorneys to ensure the zealous and effective advocacy of every assigned client entrusted to our legal care. The Attorney-in-Charge is also responsible for managing the Supervising Staff Attorney, Social Service Advocate, Investigator, and highly trained Administrative Assistants. The Attorney-in-Charge is expected to maintain an active, albeit reduced caseload, providing the same fullness and excellence of representation, no different than any other Trial Attorney, while consistently striking the proper balance between case responsibilities and managerial duties.

The clients we represent are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters we address. This reality creates a critical need for CPCS staff to be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, genders and/or sexual orientation identities, abilities, and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.

The Hyannis AIC is responsible for leading the office's involvement with local community groups and organizations that are also committed to the service of our clients.

Qualifications:
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
  • 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 are 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.

Qualifications/Skills:
  • Significant Superior Court or equivalent jury trial experience;
  • Administrative and managerial skills and supervisory experience;
  • Commitment to working with a culturally diverse, low-income population;
  • A demonstrated commitment to the principle of zealous advocacy in the representation of indigent persons in criminal cases;
  • Ability and commitment to complete annual performance evaluations in a timely and comprehensive manner;
  • Strong interpersonal and analytical skills;
  • Ability to work in community and defense-oriented capacity, both independently and collaboratively; and
  • Foreign language skills, Portuguese and Spanish in particular, are desirable.
  • Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample. The letter of interest should include a description of the candidate's trial, supervisory, and administrative or management experience, as well as a discussion of his/her priorities and vision for leading the office.

Responsibilities:
The Attorney-in-Charge must be able to supervise and assist trial lawyers in the development of trial strategies, motions practice, and myriad other tasks that trial lawyers must undertake. The Attorney-in-Charge is also responsible for the supervision and development of non-attorney support staff in the office.

The administrative responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Understanding, communicating, and ensuring compliance with the agency's Personnel Policies;
  • Being thoroughly familiar with the CPCS case management system, including the ability 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 and scanned at the conclusion of each case;
  • Assigning all cases promptly;
  • Ensuring that all cases are promptly opened and closed in the agency's case management system;
  • Ensuring that all cases are promptly checked for conflicts of interest, and when discovered, reassigning those cases immediately;
  • 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 recent developments in the law, CPCS policies and practices, and other relevant matters are disseminated to staff in a timely manner;
  • Providing ongoing in-house training to ensure continued excellence by all staff in furtherance of the CPCS 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;
  • Providing zealous and effective representation of the AIC's own clients consistent with PDD guidelines and performance standards; and,
  • Other duties as assigned.