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State of Massachusetts Assistant District Attorney, BMC Central and Veterans Treatment Court in Boston, Massachusetts

JOB TITLE:Assistant District Attorney, Boston Municipal Court/and/Veterans Treatment Court

REPORTS TO:Division Chief

COMPENSATION:Starting at $62,500 for attorneys admitted to the Bar

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POSITION PROFILE:

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office (SCDAO) is seeking a detail-oriented attorney dedicated to public service, committed to justice and fairness, and passionate about public safety to join its team as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) assigned to the Central Division of the Boston Municipal Court (BMC.) This ADA will be responsible for the vertical prosecution of upwards of 300 cases, handling all elements of the case from investigation and arraignment to discovery through motions and trial.

This ADA will carry a diverse case load, including narcotics distribution, motor vehicle offenses, unlawful firearm possession, domestic violence, insurance fraud, larceny by scheme, and violent felonies. This ADA will also participate in the Veterans Treatment Court, which is a coordinated effort among the SCDAO, the BMC, and the veterans’ services delivery system, that aims to improve public safety while helping defendants with a history of military service who are struggling with service-related substance use, mental health issues, and/or other co-occurring disorders.

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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Represent the Commonwealth at all stages of criminal prosecution (and certain civil matters as provided by statute) in the Central Division of the Boston Municipal Court. This includes, but is not limited to:

o Handling arraignments and corresponding motions such as bail requests, conditions of release, dangerousness hearings, and bail revocation hearings as appropriate;

o Conducting pre-trial hearings and conferences, and litigating evidentiary and non-evidentiary motions such as motions for discovery and motions to suppress;

o Handling trials, pleas, sentencing, and post-conviction matters;

o Handling cases in both the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court as assigned by the Chief of Appeals in conjunction with the Chief of District Courts.

  • Represent the Commonwealth in Veterans Treatment Court, including assessing defendants’ legal eligibility based on criminal history and current charges and collaborating with other stakeholders to create alternative sentencing options that will support veterans.

  • Work closely with victim witness advocates, law enforcement, court personnel, the defense bar, criminal justice agencies, community partners, and the public to ensure successful, holistic approach to prosecution that balances the safety and well-being of the victims, defendants, and communities we serve.

  • Review case files, applicable statutes and case law, victim information and input, and determine an appropriate recommendation for case resolution. Conference the same with defense counsel.

  • Keep abreast of court decisions and legislation affecting Massachusetts law and prepare written memoranda where appropriate.

  • Understand applicable rules, laws, and guidelines, including the Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence, and the mandates of the Victims’ Bill of Rights.

  • Review charging decisions made by law enforcement agencies and make appropriate recommendations and changes as needed. Review evidentiary reports, identify and interview victims and witnesses, prepare discovery, and provide discovery to defense counsel. Review case files, applicable statutes and case law, victim information and input, and determine an appropriate recommendation for case resolution. Conference the same with defense counsel.

  • Keep abreast of court decisions and legislation affecting Massachusetts law and prepare written memoranda where appropriate.

  • Understand applicable rules, laws, and guidelines, including the Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence, and the mandates of the Victims’ Bill of Rights.

OTHER DUTIES:

  • Attend trainings relevant to SCDAO functions.

  • Become familiar with, and follow, SCDAO personnel policies, particularly with regard to confidentiality, sexual harassment, drug-free workplace, and usage of information technology resources.

  • Become familiar with, and adhere to, the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct.

  • Exercise respectful and professional behavior and communication with the public, judicial and law enforcement personnel, and office staff.

  • Complete work assignments in a timely, accurate, and efficient manner.

  • Other related duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:Occasional supervision of student interns.

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PHYSICAL DEMANDS:Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.

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TRAVEL:ADAs are expected to travel from various sites, including but not limited to court house and law enforcement offices.

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EEO STATEMENT:

The SCDAO is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

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Required:

  • J.D. Degree from an accredited law school, and a member of good standing of the Massachusetts bar (or soon-to-be admitted to the Massachusetts bar);

  • Prior active duty service in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

Preferably, a veteran with deployment(s) to Iraq and/or Afghanistan with combat experience, and an Infantry and/or special operations military occupational specialty.

A copy of the applicant’s DD214 should be submitted with their resume and cover letter;

  • Demonstrated commitment to public service and a strong academic record;

  • Experience in written and oral advocacy and legal research, either academically or professionally; and

  • Capacity for fairness, a strong work ethic, ability to manage a highly demanding workload and a high-stress work environment, and sound problem-solving, crisis management, and decision-making skills.

Preferred:

  • Fluency or Conversational Abilities in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Mandarin or Cantonese Chinese, Portuguese, or Cape Verdean Creole;

  • Prior work experience in criminal law, in the form of a clerkship, job, or internship;

  • Litigation experience.

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PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR RESUME, COVER LETTER AND A WRITING SAMPLE WITH YOUR APPLICATION

Job: *Legal Services

Organization: *Suffolk DA

Title: Assistant District Attorney, BMC Central and Veterans Treatment Court

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-1 Bulfinch Place

Requisition ID: 2000043Z

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