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Title: Administrative Attorney
Pay Grade: Management
Starting Pay: $81,716.76
Departmental Mission Statement: The Superior Court, the trial court of general jurisdiction for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is committed to delivering high-quality justice in a timely and fair manner in accordance with the rule of law.
SUPERIOR COURT ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE
Interviews will begin after the initial 14-day posting period (of the total 30-day posting period).
Candidates selected for interviews will be asked to submit copies of their law school transcripts as well as a writing sample no longer than ten pages, double spaced, and will be asked to perform a short writing exercise.
This position is designated as a management position and is covered by the Trial Court Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual.
Working as an essential member of the legal team in the Administrative Office of the Superior Court, an Administrative Attorney collaborates with members of the court’s senior management to formulate and implement court rules, polices, and practices; to advise judges, clerks, and court staff on legal developments affecting the work of the court; and to create useful and accessible legal resources for the court, practitioners, and the public. Addressing subjects of systemic importance to the court as well as discrete legal issues that arise, an Administrative Attorney prepares legal memoranda, court forms, guidelines, and other documents; serves as staff to various committees; and participates in assorted court initiatives, including efforts to incorporate more technology in case management. An Administrative Attorney also responds to complaints, questions, and requests for information from the public, attorneys, judges, court officials, and government agencies.
Candidates must be highly proficient in legal research and writing, have excellent communication skills, pay close attention to detail, and have the ability to work cooperatively with the Departmental Chief Justice and other officials and staff of the Superior Court Department and other Trial Court Departments. Additionally, candidates must possess a commitment to public service and to the delivery of justice.
Supervision Received: Work is performed under the general direction of the Departmental Chief Justice, Deputy Court Administrator, Assistant Deputy Court Administrator, Legal Counsel, or other designee, and is evaluated for professionalism, competence, and compliance with Trial Court and Superior Court policies.
• Provides legal advice and assistance to the Chief Justice, Judges, Clerk-Magistrates, Deputy Court Administrator, and other court officials and personnel on a wide variety of legal and policy issues;
• Performs legal research and analysis of constitutional, statutory, and case law, as well as court rules, orders, and directives;
• Drafts correspondence in response to complaints, questions, and requests for information from the public, attorneys, judges, court officials, and government agencies;
• Drafts memoranda and guidelines to help judges and clerk staff comply with changes in the law and to implement new policies, procedures, and court forms;
• Provides information to members of the bar and the general public concerning Superior Court procedure;
• Reviews proposed legislation affecting the Superior Court Department and advises and trains Department personnel concerning newly-enacted legislation relevant to the work of the court;
• Acts as professional staff to advisory committees. Prepares materials for meetings, prepares reports, and works directly with committee members;
• May assist in the hiring of research attorneys and other personnel of the Superior Court Department;
• Performs related duties as required.
Job Competencies: All applicants must demonstrate the following qualities, through the interview process:
Ethics and Values A commitment to the ethics and values of the Superior Court and the Trial Court;
Mission An understanding of the missions of the Superior Court and the Trial Court, and the ability to uphold and communicate those missions;
Applied Knowledge High proficiency in performing legal research, and the ability to write clear, well-organized legal memoranda and other documents;
Problem Solving The ability to accurately identify legal issues affecting the work of the Superior Court and initiate corrective action;
Continuous Learning A commitment to continuous self-improvement through professional development;
Commitment to Diversity Dedication to promoting an environment of diversity through understanding of, respect for, and positive communication with persons of varied racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds;
Customer Service Effectiveness in treating both colleagues and the public professionally and courteously;
Collaboration Skill in working cooperatively with others, promoting teamwork, and contributing to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.
These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for the position of Administrative Attorney:
• Graduation from an accredited law school;
• Membership in the Massachusetts Bar and two years of relevant legal experience;
• Considerable knowledge of and experience with performing legal research and writing legal memoranda;
• Considerable knowledge of the Massachusetts judicial system, the Massachusetts General Laws, court procedures, and the operations of state government;
• Knowledge of and ability to use computer software, including Microsoft Office;
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work professionally with court officials, judges, attorneys, and the general public, and to maintain effective working relationships;
• Ability to analyze administrative problems and to develop feasible solutions;
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing;
• Ability to handle sensitive matters confidentially;
• Ability to work independently and to establish work priorities;
• Reputation for ethical and moral behavior;
• Ability to work with others and maintain a professional and friendly working environment;
• Ability to collaborate with departmental court staff in supporting the Mission of the Superior Court Department;
• Self-motivation and a commitment to continuous professional development;
• Ability to travel to court locations throughout the Commonwealth.
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