News from the courts/agencies

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Boal reappointed U.S. Magistrate Judge; Social Security Administration Office seeks attorney advisers

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Boal reappointed U.S. Magistrate Judge

The  Judges  of  the  United  States  District  Court  for  the District of Massachusetts  have  reappointed Magistrate Judge Jennifer C. Boal to a new term commencing May 3, 2018, upon the recommendation of a merit selection panel appointed  pursuant to the order dated Jan. 22, 2018. Boal was first appointed to be a United States magistrate judge by the court for an eight-year term that commenced on May 3, 2010. From 2014 to 2017, she served as chief magistrate judge for the district.

As a magistrate  judge, Boal presides over pretrial matters in all types of civil cases filed in Federal Court and, with the consent of the parties, presides over jury and jury-waived civil cases through judgment. She also presides over pretrial matters in criminal felony cases, and handles petty offenses, misdemeanor and extradition cases through trial and sentencing. In addition, the magistrate judges in Massachusetts are the principal  mediators in the District Court’s pretrial mediation program, which is available to all civil litigants free of charge.

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ATTORNEY ADVISER

Recruitment Bulletin-OHO-01-2018
The Office of Hearings Operations, Region I, Social Security Administration, is seeking attorneys to work in its Boston, Mass. Hearing Office. Attorney advisers perform a variety of activities related to the hearings and appeals process. The incumbent will prepare cases for hearing, perform post-hearing development, and formulate comprehensive decisions based on instructions from administrative law judges.

ATTORNEY ADVISERS (TEMPORARY – NOT TO EXCEED 4 YEARS – MAY BECOME PERMANENT)

Recruitment Bulletin-OHO-02-2018
The Office of Hearings Operations, Region I, Social Security Administration, is seeking attorneys to work in its Lawrence-Springfield, Mass.; Hartford-New Haven, Conn.; Portland, Maine; and Providence, R.I. hearing offices. Attorney advisers perform a variety of activities related to the hearings and appeals process. The incumbent will prepare cases for hearing, perform post-hearing development, and formulate comprehensive decisions based on instructions from administrative law judges. 

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Applicants for both positions must have:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Excellent research and writing skills  
  • A law degree and be members in good standing of a state bar
  • One year of relevant legal experience
  • Proof of current state bar membership 
  • The ability to pass a security background check if selected

Your application package must include a resume, law school transcripts, proof of a current state bar membership, a current e-mail address, the recruitment bulletin number listed above, the location you are applying for and it should be postmarked no later than April 26, 2018. In addition, applicants may be asked to provide a writing sample and submit to a timed writing test.

Mail to: Social Security Administration, Center for Human Resources, Attention: Agnes Rico, JFK Federal Building, Room 2175, Boston, MA 02203. For additional information, call Agnes Rico at (617) 565-9241.