State of Massachusetts Counsel to the Massachusetts Senate in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Purpose:The Senate Counsel is the Chief Legal Counsel for the Senate, providing advice to all Senators and staff on a host of topics. The Senate Counsel also manages the Office of Senate Counsel, comprised of attorneys and administrative assistants who support the Senate Counsel in providing thoughtful, accurate and timely advice.

Duties and Responsibilities:The Senate Counsel manages and reviews the work of the attorneys and administrative assistants in the Office of Senate Counsel. Legal advice provided by the Office of Senate Counsel includes, but is not limited to, the following subjects: constitutional law; legislative drafting; governance and transparency compliance; employment law; litigation; procurement contracts.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Review of all legislation presented on the Senate floor, including the annual budget, to ensure that the legislation is consistent with state and federal law and complies with legislative drafting conventions. Senate Counsel works with House Counsel to ensure that the final form of legislation is accurate and reflects the agreement of the bodies.

  • Provide opinions and advice to Senators and Senate staff on the requirements of the conflict of interest, campaign finance, open meeting and public records laws. The Office of Senate Counsel also provides training on these topics, drafts relevant disclosure forms and responds to record requests.

  • Provide assistance to Senators and Senate staff with legislative drafting and advice regarding the constitutionality of legislative proposals.

  • Provide advice concerning employment issues, including termination, workers' compensation and disability claims and assisting with the development of Senate employment policies. The Senate Counsel also conducts employment investigations when necessary and coordinates and conducts employment-related training.

  • Respond to all third-party discoveries on behalf of the Senate and representation of Senate employees who must appear in court as part of their official duties. The Senate Counsel works with the Attorney General's Office to defend the Senate in any legal action and may represent the Senate in court as a Special Assistant Attorney General when appropriate.

  • Negotiate, draft and review contracts for the procurement of goods and services on behalf of the Senate.

Job Qualifications:The Senate Counsel must be a graduate of an accredited law school and a member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar with outstanding academic and professional credentials.

The Senate Counsel position requires substantial experience and skill both as an attorney and as a manager. The Senate Counsel must have at least 15 years of legal experience, preferably in government service and working with elected officials, or in a position requiring in-depth knowledge of government. Exceptional analytical, research, written and oral communication skills are essential. The Senate Counsel must be able to communicate clearly with attorneys and non-attorneys. The Senate Counsel must be able to negotiate and foster consensus among disparate groups and experience with litigation is helpful. Some prior managerial experience is strongly preferred and some experience in political communications is helpful.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Inquiries regarding this position and status may be made to Office of Senate Counsel, attention Kathleen Hardaway atKathleen.Hardaway@masenate.gov.

Cover letters and resumes can be sent to:Senate.Counseladmin@masenate.gov.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Legal Services

Organization: *Senate

Title: Counsel to the Massachusetts Senate

Location: Massachusetts-Boston - State House

Requisition ID: 1900017V