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Assistant District Attorney (Part-Time) - Innocence Project

Police Force:Middlesex District Attorney's Office, Massachusett
Location:The primary work location will most likely be located in the MDAO office in either Woburn or Cambridge.
Salary:$24,000.00 to $24,000.00 Annually

Assistant District Attorney (Part-Time) - Innocence Project

Assistant District Attorney (Part-Time) - Innocence Project
Agency Name:Middlesex District Attorney's Office
Official Title:Assistant District Attorney (Part-Time) - Innocence Project
Functional Title:Assistant District Attorney (Part-Time) - Innocence Project
Occupational Group:Legal
Position Type:Not Given
Full-Time or Part-Time:Part-Time
Salary Range:$24,000.00 to $24,000.00 Annually
Bargaining Unit:N/A
Shift:Day
Confidential:No
Number Of Vacancies:1
City/Town:Woburn
Region:METRO BOSTON
Facility Location:The primary work location will most likely be located in the MDAO office in either Woburn or Cambridge.
Application Deadline:12-27-2013
Apply Online:No
Posting ID:J38765
Duties:

About the Project:

In partnership with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Suffolk County District Attorney?s Office, the Middlesex Superior Court Clerk?s Office, and the New England Innocence Project, the Middlesex District Attorney?s Office has been awarded a United States Department of Justice grant under the FY 13 Postconviction DNA Testing Assistance Program. The collaborative group proposes to form a MGL c. 278A Working Group to collectively implement the Commonwealth?s newly enacted innocence law, improve our ability to identify viable innocence claims in serious violent felonies involving the possibility of DNA testing, and improve access to evidence testing in such cases.

The Project aims to: 1) facilitate efficient evaluation of violent felony convictions involving the possibility of post-conviction DNA testing by streamlining defense and prosecution access to lab, police and court documents needed to conduct meaningful case review; 2) identify and implement best practices for documenting and storing evidence in a manner that preserves it for future testing; 3) provide additional staffing for prosecutors and clerks to locate documentary and key biological evidence and conduct case review; and 4) help effect DNA analysis of appropriate biological evidence.

About the Grant:

The grant award is scheduled to start as soon as January 2014 and will end September 30, 2015. Within this time frame the MDAO has received funding for this part-time position for a period of 18 months.

Position Funding:

This position is solely funded by a grant.

Annualized part-time salary (18.75 hours/week; Exempt) of $24,000 paid bi-weekly as per MDAO payroll procedure. Days and hours worked may be negotiated, however, this is not a telecommuting position and requires flexibility in order to attend meetings with the 278A Working Group and with other partner agencies.

For the 18 month grant duration there is the opportunity to earn a maximum of $36,000. Employment ends when grant expires on 9/30/15 or after 18 months, whichever comes first.

This is not a contract position. It is an at-will position funded by a grant.


The ADA will work as part of a team within the MDAO and with the various partner agencies under the direction and supervision of the MDAO Innocence Project Lead.

This ADA will work under the direction of the Innocence Project Lead and will have supervisory responsibility for the project paralegal.

Position Estimated Duration:

This position is funded for 18 months from the start date but in no event will the position continue beyond September 30, 2015.

Responsibilities:

? Assume primary role in assisting the MDAO to develop and implement the Innocence Project within
its office
? Work internally with the MDAO Innocence Project Lead, the Chief of Homicide, the First Assistant
District Attorney, and other members of the MDAO Leadership Team
? Develop appropriate systems, trainings and procedures for the MDAO to identify appropriate cases
for consideration and inclusion
? Dedicate significant time to case review related to specific cases and fact patterns
? Serve leadership role in 278A Working Group with external partners, internal colleagues and others in
order to develop and implement the Project
? Fulfill major role in reviewing and recommending improvements for locating, documenting and storing trial exhibits, physical evidence, court records, police and lab records and other case files
? Provide legal analysis of cases with respect to this new area of the law, draw conclusions and write legal memoranda utilizing legal research skills
? Serve as resident expert on new Massachusetts DNA law
? Assist in training and implementing the post-conviction DNA access and protocols
? Represent the Commonwealth on these matters in court, as required
? Other assignments as required.

Other responsibilities involve supervising and working with the Project Paralegal to:

? Improve methods to locate, document and store trial exhibits, physical evidence, court records, police reports, lab records and prosecution files
? Review paper files in storage
? Compile and analyze case documents

Qualifications:

Requirements:

? Must have a JD degree and be a member of the Massachusetts Bar in good standing
? Significant prior experience in the criminal practice of law and appellate advocacy in Massachusetts
? Ability to conduct legal research and develop thorough analysis
? Proven oral advocacy, written communication and presentation skills
? Understanding of DNA and scientific evidence
? Excellent organizational skills, project completion skills with a strong attention to detail
? A sincere interest in the public sector, the work of the MDAO, an overall understanding of the Criminal Justice System and the role of the prosecution
? The sensitive and confidential nature of our work requires strong personal character, integrity, judgment, maturity, and the ability to maintain confidentiality
? A valid Massachusetts driver?s license, as limited travel within the Greater Boston area and across Middlesex County may be required from time to time.
? Strong computer skills using Microsoft office Suite
? A background check is required

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Requirements:

? Prior experience working on grant funded projects and preparing requisite grant documentation

? Demonstrated ability formulating policy development

Comments:

The Middlesex District Attorney?s Office (MDAO) serves the largest county in New England, covering 54 diverse cities and towns. We prosecute more than 35,000 cases a year in 12 district courts, 4 juvenile courts and 2 superior courts.

Our core mission is to protect and serve the people who work, live, and raise their families in Middlesex County. Assistant District Attorneys, Victim Witness Advocates, Paralegals, and other talented professionals pursue this mission through exhaustive investigations, unassailable prosecutions, and compassionate victim advocacy.

We are also committed to innovative crime prevention and intervention initiatives. Our staff partners with community groups, social service providers, medical professionals, private industry leaders, and law enforcement officers to address a variety of public safety issues.

MDAO Benefits
The MDAO is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package to its employees. The specific components and eligibility may vary based upon position classification, hours worked per week, and other variables. Therefore, specific benefits for this position may be discussed as part of the interview and offer process.

The overall benefits available include: Paid Vacation, Sick and Personal Leave Time; Health, Dental and Vision Insurance through the Commonwealth's Group Insurance Commission and a pre-tax Health Savings Account optional plan. In addition the MDAO provides employees the opportunity to elect Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Deferred Compensation Savings, Tuition Remission, a Pre-tax Commuter Account, along with other programs.

MDAO employees also participate in the Commonwealth's State Retirement Plan, which can become a defined benefit plan for those that both vest and subsequently retire from state service.

All benefits are pro-rated as this is a part-time position.

Commitment to Diversity

District Attorney Ryan is committed to building a diverse staff and has formed both internal and external diversity committees to help attract, hire, retain and promote the very best staff, diverse in background and perspective, while helping formulate and guide policy and decision making, and pursue the mission of the office. The MDAO is an equal opportunity employer.

The MDAO is an equal opportunity employer.

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ClosingDate:12/27/2013
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Job ID:34130

 

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