Court and Community News

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
Superior Court seeks research attorney; Attorneys asked to evaluate Superior Court judges in Middlesex, Suffolk counties; Appeals Court vacancies announced


Superior Court seeks research attorney

The Massachusetts Superior Court is seeking to fill a research attorney position, serving all the justices of the Superior Court. This is a professional, permanent position within the Administrative Office of the Superior Court. 

Research attorneys assist the justices with legal research, writing and analysis; prepare draft decisions, research memoranda and other documents; analyze and research specific legal issues and questions for the judges; and may assist in training and oversight of other legal research staff and interns.

The position is expected to be based primarily in either Worcester or Springfield, but may be required to travel or transfer to other locations according to the needs of the court.

Requirements include membership in the Massachusetts bar (or actively applying), and excellent writing, communication and legal research skills. Preferred candidates will have at least two years of post-law school experience in a litigation context, with or without judicial clerkship experience, or be current judicial law clerks who are in the second year or more of their clerkships, particularly in the Massachusetts Superior Court. A reliable car and the willingness and ability to travel to courthouses throughout the commonwealth are requirements of the position. Research attorneys must reside in Massachusetts during the duration of their employment.

The start date will be as soon as possible. The starting salary is $75,085.09 per year.

The job posting will remain open until Dec. 5.

Click here for more information, including application instructions.


Attorneys asked to evaluate Superior Court judges in Middlesex, Suffolk counties

As part of the ongoing program to evaluate and enhance judicial performance, the Supreme Judicial Court is now sending questionnaires to attorneys to evaluate Superior Court judges in Middlesex and Suffolk counties.

Attorneys will receive an email invitation to use the confidential, encrypted evaluation website and are given a username and password. Evaluations can now be completed on a cellphone.

The Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee requests that attorneys who receive questionnaires complete and return them to the SJC as soon as possible, as the success of the evaluation program depends upon timely responses. A high rate of participation enables the committee to provide judges with fair and complete evaluations. Questionnaires will be accepted by the court through Dec. 22.

All responses are anonymous. The resulting reports are also confidential and are given only to the judge being evaluated and the chief justice of the Superior Court. The evaluation reports are then discussed in a meeting between the judge and the Superior Court chief justice and taken into account for the judge’s professional development.

Please direct any inquiries concerning questionnaires and evaluations to Mona Hochberg, SJC judicial performance evaluation coordinator, by email at


Appeals Court vacancies announced

The Judicial Nominating Commission has announced that the following Appeals Court vacancies are open for applications:

Hon. Peter W. Agnes Jr.
(April 11, 2020)

Hon. Sydney F. Hanlon
(June 30, 2020)

The application deadline for both positions is Friday, Dec. 13.

Click here for application instructions.