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Job Title: EdLaw Project - Staff Counsel 1
Company Name: Committee for Public Counsel Services
Location: Flexible in MA, MA United States
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 02/20/2024
Expire Date: 04/20/2024
Job Categories: Legal
Job Description
EdLaw Project - Staff Counsel 1

This position may be seated anywhere in the Commonwealth in available CPCS office space. Preference for applicants willing to sit outside of metro Boston.


The duties of the Staff Counsel I include, but are not limited to:

Providing direct support to delinquency and child welfare attorneys through advisory case support, requests for assistance, and ongoing regionally based training;
Meeting with clients and conducting intake interviews;
Providing direct representation in all areas of education advocacy including school-based meetings, special education team meetings, school discipline hearings and appeals (including possible appeals to district and superior court), state complaints, and other collateral consequences of school failure;
Providing direct representation in administrative hearings before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals;
Maintaining strong working relationships with the local Juvenile Court, Probation, DYS, DCF, DESE, community agencies, and other stakeholders in the Juvenile and Child Welfare systems;
Participating in state and local coalitions to drive education policy reform;
Keeping up to date on practice issues and emerging laws to be able to provide appropriate and timely training and assisting with researching, preparing, and publishing training materials, legal outlines, practice guides, and practice advisories;
Conducting legal research and writing, including preparing papers for National conferences, with publishing opportunities;
Mentoring attorneys from area law firms on pro bono education matters;
Working on projects related to improving legal representation and outcomes for court involved children;
Assisting with the creation of annual plans for education advocacy training programs and projects; and,
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications & Requirements

Attorneys must be committed to serving a culturally diverse, low-income population and must be eligible to practice law in Massachusetts, either as a member of the Massachusetts bar in good standing, as a law school graduate under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:03, or as the member of the bar of another jurisdiction eligible to engage in limited Massachusetts practice under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04;
Access to an automobile in order to travel to courts, clients, and school locations that are not easily accessible by public transportation; and,
Access to a personal computer with home internet access sufficient to work remotely.

0-5 years’ experience with education law;
Experience with education advocacy;
Experience with the juvenile court system;
Experience with a community-oriented defender practice;
Ability to provide trauma informed and culturally competent representation;
Knowledge of adolescent development;
A demonstrated commitment to social justice issues and experience working with individuals of diverse backgrounds;
Knowledge of positive youth development;
Knowledge of state and local resources of use to youth defendants;
Understanding of juvenile legal practice and policy issues;
Experience with the child welfare system;
Experience working with children and youth; and,
Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred.
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Company Name: Committee for Public Counsel Services
Company Description:
AGENCY OVERVIEW CPCS is the state agency in Massachusetts responsible for providing an attorney when the state or federal constitution or a state statute requires the appointment of an attorney for a person who cannot afford to retain one. The agency provides representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, family regulation, guardianship, mental health, sexually dangerous person, and sex offender registry cases, as well as in appeals and post-conviction and post-judgment proceedings related to those matters. 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. EDLAW OVERVIEW The EdLaw Project is a dynamic team-oriented group that provides a wide variety of experiences to the attorneys who work here from direct client representation to work on policies that affect the practice of education law across the Commonwealth. We are a supportive and cohesive team and have strong relationships across CPCS with attorneys and social workers alike. EdLaw provides the opportunity for attorneys to work specifically at the intersection of school and court, an intersection that often leads a student on the path to future involvement in the criminal legal system.
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