Court and Community News

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020
Apply for an upcoming vacancy on the SJC; CPCS accepting nominations for annual awards; SSA seeks applications for assistant regional counsel


Apply for an upcoming vacancy on the SJC

Hon. Barbara A. Lenk has announced that she is retiring from the Supreme Judicial Court on Aug. 17, 2020. The SJC Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications for the upcoming vacancy. Applications will be accepted through noon on Monday, March 16. 

Click here for the application and important instructions from the Judicial Nominating Commission.


CPCS accepting nominations for annual awards

The Committee for Public Counsel Services is currently accepting nominations for its annual awards, which will be presented on May 14 at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston.

All nominations should be submitted no later than March 3 to Ms. Denise Simonini, Executive Assistant to the Chief Counsel, Committee for Public Counsel Services, 44 Bromfield St., Boston, MA 02108; by fax to 617-988-8495; or by email to Nominations must include a written explanation of why the nominee should be honored. 

Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:
  • Jane Addams Award for Outstanding Social Service Accomplishments
  • Jay D. Blitzman Award for Youth Advocacy
  • Carol A. Donovan Award for Exceptional Advocacy
  • Edward J. Duggan Award for Outstanding Service
  • Paul J. Liacos Mental Health Advocacy Award
  • Thurgood Marshall Award
  • Teresa McParland Award for Operational Excellence
  • Maura Mellen Administrative Professional Award
  • Maria Souto–Armand Goyette Investigator Award
  • Margaret Winchester Award for Child Welfare Advocacy
Click here for award descriptions and more information.


SSA seeks applications for assistant regional counsel

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA's) Office of the General Counsel in Boston is now soliciting applications for assistant regional counsel positions.

SSA attorneys partner with the Department of Justice to represent the SSA in civil disability cases, and other types of litigation, before federal district, bankruptcy, and appellate courts in multiple federal jurisdictions in New England and elsewhere as special assistant U.S. attorneys. They represent the SSA in labor and employment cases before the federal district and appellate courts, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and third-party arbitrators. They also conduct investigations of various matters, including harassment complaints, claims of civil rights violations, and the conduct of disability claimants’ representatives before the agency. 

For the full job description, which includes salary information, application instructions and required qualifications, email Administrative Officer Susan Cooney at