Court and Community News

Thursday, July 28, 2022
Opening on SJC Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct; New Juvenile Court rules for first offense determinations; Comments sought on reappointment of federal public defender; Job opening: Trial Court manager of workplace rights and compliance


Opening on SJC Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct

The justices of the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) invite applications for appointment to the Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct. This committee advises the court on all issues and proposals relating to the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct, and reports to the SJC Rules Committee.

There is one position available for a three-year term with the possibility of reappointment to a second, consecutive term.

The justices seek applicants from diverse backgrounds across the commonwealth who are willing to devote their time and energy to the committee's work and who have experience in dealing with ethical issues involving the practice of law. 

Committee members are expected to attend all meetings, the scheduling of which varies with the committee's work. Members may also be assigned to subcommittees that meet more frequently than does the full committee. Outside of meetings, members may conduct research and draft materials in support of the committee's work.

Applicants should submit a resume and a letter describing their experience and interest in serving on the committee by Wednesday, Aug. 31, to Chip Phinney, deputy legal counsel, at Questions about the application process may also be addressed to him.


New Juvenile Court rules for first offense determinations

The Supreme Judicial Court has approved and promulgated new Juvenile Court Rules for First Offense Determinations and Hearings Held Pursuant to Commonwealth v. Wallace W., 482 Mass. 789 (2019) (effective Oct. 1, 2022).

Click here to view the new rules.


Comments sought on reappointment of
federal public defender

The current term of office of Eric Vos, federal public defender for the District of Puerto
Rico, is due to expire on April 10, 2023. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
is considering the reappointment of Vos to a new four-year term of office subject to public notice and opportunity for public comment. Upon reappointment, the incumbent would continue to perform the duties of his office as specified in The Criminal Justice Act of 1964, as amended, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A.

Members of the bar and the public are invited to submit comments for consideration by
the Court of Appeals regarding the reappointment of Vos to a new term of office. Comments should be submitted in the form of a PDF letter attached to an email to Susan J. Goldberg, circuit executive, at Comments must be received by Monday, Aug. 22, and will be kept confidential if requested. 


Job Opening

Trial Court manager of workplace rights and compliance

The Trial Court Office of Workplace Rights and Compliance is seeking to hire a manager of workplace rights and compliance. Working for the director of the office, the manager is responsible for supporting the administration of the Trial Court’s Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment and its Complaint Procedures, along with the Plan for Equal and Fair Employment, and for ensuring that all Trial Court employment activities are in compliance with the plan as well as all state and federal laws and regulations.

The manager conducts investigations related to allegations of discrimination in any form within the Trial Court; drafts a variety of written reports and investigative summaries; and works closely with appointing authorities and the chief justice and deputy court administrators of the seven Trial Court departments, the commissioners of Probation and Jury, and the directors of the Office of Court Management. The manager also provides advice and guidance to appointing authorities and may engage in informal resolution and formal mediation to resolve issues.

The position requires a bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant professional experience advancing workplace diversity. A master’s degree or law degree is also preferred.

Click here for more information and application instructions.