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Court Service Center Staff Attorney - Greenfield

Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States, 01301

TRIAL COURT MISSION 

The Trial Court is committed to: 

  • Fair and impartial administration of justice;
  • Protection of constitutional and statutory rights and liberties;
  • Equal access to justice for all in a safe and dignified environment with policies and practices that strengthen and support diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Efficient, effective, and accountable resolution of disputes;
  • Prompt and courteous service to the public by committed and dedicated professionals utilizing best practices in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.

The Massachusetts Trial Court is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and provides equal opportunity in state employment to all persons. No person shall be denied equal access because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, military or veteran status, physical/mental disability; or genetic information. If you need a reasonable accommodation, or have any questions or concerns about being afforded fair and equal treatment, please contact the HR Benefits Team at reasonableaccommodation@jud.state.ma.us.

Court Service Center Staff Attorney - Greenfield

  • 495390
  • Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States, 01301
  • Exec Off & Office of Court Mgt
  • Legal/Attorney
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Nov 28 2022 at 23:55 EST

Title: Court Service Center Staff Attorney - Greenfield

Pay Grade: Grade 17

Starting Pay: $73,753.54/Yr.

Departmental Mission Statement: The Court Services and Law Libraries Department is responsible for providing key court services to support the administration of justice and advance access to justice in the Trial Court. These services include the Court Service Centers, the Trial Court Law Libraries, and the Judicial Response System.

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/court-services-law-libraries-department

Notes: This position is designated as a union position and is covered by the Collective
Bargaining Agreement with O.P.E.I.U., Local 6.

Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Summary: Working within the Court Services and Law Libraries Department of the Office of Court Management, a Court Service Center Staff Attorney provides accurate legal information and court assistance for self-represented litigants and other members of the public to achieve better access to the Massachusetts justice system. All Court Service Center Staff Attorneys use professional legal experience and knowledge of social service agencies and organizations to provide self-represented litigants with the resources they need to navigate the court system and best address their issues. This position is responsible for assisting on an array of court information, forms, resources, and referral. The Staff Attorney also answers questions, reviews documents, and directs self-represented litigants and members of the public to the proper court office for additional assistance as appropriate.

The Staff Attorney responsibilities will also include an educational component and other outreach activities in areas of family law, housing law, small claims, record sealing, and a variety of other court related matters. A Staff Attorney will also be expected to host workshop for assisting self-represented litigants in communities as needed. Through collaboration with local legal service providers and other social services, litigants seeking assistance at the Court Service Center are put in contact with the proper resources external to the court by the Manager and staff, achieving the goal of improving the lives of the public being served.

Supervision Received: Receives general direction from the Court Service Center Manager in performing duties in accordance with established guidelines.

Duties:

  • Assists in the daily operations of a Court Service Center including:
  • Assists self-represented litigants to gain access to Trial Court services by providing legal and procedural information;
  • Under the direction of the Court Service Center Manager, implements strategies to increase the impact and efficiency of all court related services made available at the Court Service Center;
  • Assists in the development, management, and evaluation of new initiatives to enhance the services provided to self-represented litigants;
  • Contributes to the development of service related, user-friendly informational materials and online content to supplement the support provided at the Court Service Center;
  • Provides information and explanations about a variety of court processes, court rules, official documents, and forms;
  • Reviews completed court forms and papers being submitted to court divisions for adherence to court rules and protocols;
  • Triages visitors to the center and makes referrals as appropriate;
  • Ensures access for limited English proficient litigants and members of the public;
  • Participates in regular meetings with the staff of the Court Service Center, as well as court officials from local area court divisions representing all Trial Court Departments in an effort to improve coordination and effectiveness;
  • Assists in initiating data driven best practices to improve efficiencies and meet metric related benchmarks and goals;
  • Ensures that data is captured, and statistical evaluation is conducted, including updating intake spreadsheets, performing data backup, and assisting in the preparation of statistical reports; and
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Job Competencies: All applicants must be able, through the interview process, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following areas:
Ethics and Values: Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Massachusetts Trial Court.
Mission: Understands, upholds, and communicates the Court Services and Law Libraries Department mission.
Applied Knowledge: Ability to provide accurate legal information and court assistance for self-represented litigants other members of the public for improving access to justice.
Problem Solving: Accurately can assesses operational and administrative problems in the Court Service Center and develop feasible solutions.
Customer Service: Conducts oneself in a courteous and professional manner to users of the Court Service Center. Responsive to the needs of self-represented litigants.
Collaboration: Works with others cooperatively, accepts feedback, demonstrates a willingness to be a team player, and contributes to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.
Communications: Excellent oral and written communication skills to maximize the effectiveness of the Court Service Center; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with court officials, judges, and community resources is critical.
Continuous Learning: Demonstrates a commitment to continuously improving himself or herself through professional development.

Minimum Requirements: These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for the position of Court Service Center Staff Attorney:

  • A Law Degree and admission to the Massachusetts Bar;
  • Skills and abilities acquired through a minimum of Two (2) years of relevant work experience such as case related experience within a Trial Court division, with legal service providers, social service agencies, and related allied service resources;
  • Considerable knowledge of relevant state statutes, court rules and case law that prescribe the authority of the court and an ability to interpret and apply them to the cases before the court;
  • Considerable knowledge of court procedures, legal documents, and laws pertaining to the court;
  • Considerable knowledge of the work and role of legal service providers, social service state agencies, and related community resources;
  • Knowledge of and ability to use personal computers and related business software such as Microsoft Office;
  • Bilingual skills are preferred;
  • Knowledge of the organization, functions, jurisdiction and authority of the court;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with Judges, court officials, attorneys, court employees and the general public;
  • Demonstrate ability to remain responsive to local court departments and ensure multi-lingual access to court related services;
  • Ability to identify and resolve customer service and queuing issues experienced at the Court Service Center;
  • Ability to utilize data to monitor trends operational efficiency of a customer service operation;
  • Demonstrated ability to independently initiate action, complete assignments and to handle multiple assignments simultaneously;
  • Exceptional skills in using multi-media techniques: social media, web-based initiatives and digital resources to access and use local resources for referrals;
  • Knowledge of procedures the types of resources and services available to librarians and library users;
  • Ability to reach with hands and arms, bend, crouch, climb stairs, and lift materials weighing up to 30 pounds;
  • Considerable knowledge of court policies and procedures and demonstrated ability to apply those policies to inquiries;
  • Demonstrated ability to independently complete assignments and to handle multiple assignments; and
  • Demonstrated ability to identify problems and to develop feasible solutions; and to properly route them for appropriate resolution when necessary; and
  • Ability to exercise judgment and to work without close supervision.

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