Court and Community News

Thursday, June 30, 2022
Job openings: Staff counsel, senior staff counsel for the Supreme Judicial Court; Research attorney positions with the Superior Court and Land Court; Survey specialist for the Land Court


Job Openings

Staff counsel, senior staff counsel for the Supreme Judicial Court

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has two openings in the Office of Chief Staff Counsel, each of which may be filled with either a staff counsel or a senior staff counsel, depending upon the qualifications and experience of the applicant.

The primary function of the office is to provide legal advice and support to the justices in all facets of the court’s appellate business, including the selection of the cases to be considered by the court, preparation for oral argument, and disposition of cases. The office also serves as a general legal resource for the justices and other offices of the court by providing research and advice on substantive and procedural legal issues, drafting orders and opinions for the justices’ consideration, and reviewing and commenting on orders and opinions drafted by others.

Minimum requirements include membership in the Massachusetts bar and three to five years of experience practicing law (which may include service as a judicial law clerk).

Click here for more information and application instructions.


Research attorney positions with the
Superior Court and Land Court

The Massachusetts Trial Court currently has four openings for research attorneys, three in the Superior Court and one in the Land Court. The positions with the Superior Court are expected to be based primarily in Lawrence, Worcester and Brockton, while the Land Court position will be based in Boston.

Research attorneys analyze and research legal issues and questions for the justices of their respective court and its administrative office, prepare legal memoranda, and draft judicial decisions and other documents. 

The positions require two years of post-law school, professional legal work experience, with a prior post-graduate judicial clerkship preferred. For the Land Court position, prior experience as a Land Court law clerk is preferred.

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Survey specialist for the Land Court

The Land Court is seeking to hire a survey specialist who will be responsible for performing a variety of duties related to the production of plans for the Survey Division of the Land Court.

The position is part of a series in which employees are hired at the entry level and are then eligible for reclassification to higher-level position titles when they meet certain requirements. Duties at the entry level include producing simple Land Court plans using a computer-aided design system, editing plans prepared by others, and completing Survey Division processing of decree plans sent to registries.

For the entry-level position, registration as a land surveyor is preferred but not required. The position requires a basic knowledge of surveying practices and skills, including a good understanding of trigonometry, geometry and legal survey terminology, acquired by two years of relevant experience in surveying.

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