News from the courts/agencies

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Notice of proposed adoption of Local Rule 18.0; State Ethics Commission seeks general counsel and legal division chief

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Notice of proposed adoption of Local Rule 18.0

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit intends to adopt the attached proposed Local Rule 18.0. An explanation for the proposed local rule follows.

In order to ensure the orderly presentation of issues placed before this court in immigration cases and to preserve the court's ability to make considered decisions in such cases, the court proposes to adopt the following local rule, which would apply to petitions for review and appeals from district court habeas proceedings. For such cases, the proposed rule would require the government to file a notice identifying the earliest date upon which removal of a petitioner might be made and establish that the clerk will enter an administrative order staying removal for ten business days when a first motion for stay of removal is timely filed.

The Court of Appeals invites public comment on the proposed adoption of this local rule. Comments should be received by March 7, 2018 and addressed to:

Office of the Clerk
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
United States Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way, Suite 2500
Boston, MA 02210

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State Ethics Commission seeks general counsel and legal division chief

The Massachusetts State Ethics Commission seeks highly qualified candidates for the position of general counsel and legal division chief.

The General Counsel/Legal Division Chief is the Commission’s chief legal officer and manages the Commission’s Legal Division and its staff of five attorneys and one administrative assistant.

The General Counsel/Legal Division Chief performs, and supervises the Legal Division attorneys as they perform, duties including providing written and oral advice concerning the state conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws, drafting commission opinions and advisories, serving as legal advisor to the commission during adjudicatory proceedings, and representing the commission in court. Additional duties include reviewing municipal counsel opinions, advising the executive director and the commission on legal issues affecting the agency, and conducting public education seminars. The general counsel/legal division chief reports to the commission and the executive director.

The general counsel/legal division chief position requires substantial experience and skill both as an attorney and as a manager. Candidates must have at least eight years of legal practice experience, including significant experience in civil litigation, and familiarity with administrative law and practice and state regulations. At least three years of substantial management experience is strongly preferred. Knowledge of Massachusetts state, county, and municipal government; of the public records and open meeting laws; of employment law; and of the state conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws is also strongly preferred. Candidates must have outstanding leadership, analytical, research, and written and oral communication skills.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office and the ability to learn and use the commission’s case management application is required. Must have a J.D. degree and be a member in good standing of the Massachusetts bar. The position’s salary range is $85,000 to $125,000 annually.

Persons interested in being considered for the general counsel/legal division chief position should submit a cover letter and resume in confidence to the attention of David A. Wilson, executive director, at resume@state.ma.us by March 9, 2018. Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

The State Ethics Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.