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Title: Research Attorney
Pay Grade: 18
Starting Pay: $ 78,501.47 (as of July 3, 2022 COLA increase $80,071.49)
Departmental Mission Statement: The Land Court’s mission is to provide an accessible forum where specialized expertise is applied to resolve disputes involving the ownership, development, and use of real property throughout the Commonwealth. The judges and staff are committed to serving the public and the real estate and trial bars in a respectful, efficient manner by issuing decisions that are equitable and legally well-reasoned, and by providing readily available, reliable guidance to property owners and registries of deeds regarding registered land transactions.
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.
To apply, applicants must complete the Trial Court online application and upload to their Profile, (1) a cover letter or statement of interest, and (2) a resume.
If selected for an interview, applicants should be prepared to submit, (1) an official law school transcript, (2) a writing sample, and (3) a list of references.
Position Summary: The Research Attorney is a professional position within the Land Court. This position involves analyzing and researching legal issues and questions for the justices of the Land Court and the Administrative Office, including preparing legal memoranda, and drafting judicial decisions and other documents. An employee is hired at the Research Attorney I level and is eligible for reclassification to the Research Attorney II level upon meeting the requirements of that level. The position title reverts to the entry level Research Attorney I position title when there is a vacancy.
Research Attorney I: This is the entry level position title within this series. An employee is expected to perform the full range of legal duties of this position and to train for the next higher level.
Research Attorney II: This is the second level position title within this series. An employee is expected to perform more complex and varied legal duties which require more knowledge of case law and court policies and procedures.
Work is performed under the general direction of the Departmental Chief Justice or his or her designee, and the Deputy Court Administrator, and is evaluated for professional competence and conformity to policy.
Duties: Research Attorney I Duties:
Research Attorney II Duties:
Ethics and Values: Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Land Court Department and the Trial Court.
Mission: Understands, upholds, and communicates the Trial Court and Land Court missions.
Applied Knowledge: Understands legal research methodology and sources, prepares legal memoranda and other documents. Familiarity with court rules, policies and procedures.
Problem Solving: Accurately identifies and addresses legal issues within the department and initiates corrective action.
Continuous Learning: Demonstrates a commitment to continuously improve himself or herself through professional development.
Commitment to Diversity: Promotes an environment of diversity through understanding, respect, and positive communication with persons of varied racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds.
Customer Service: Fosters a departmental environment emphasizing conduct that is courteous and professional toward both Trial Court employees and the public.
Collaboration: Works with others cooperatively, and promotes teamwork, contributing to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.
Minimum Requirements: Research Attorney I Requirements:
Research Attorney II Requirements:
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