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Paralegal - 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:$30,000.00 to $30,000.00 Annually

Paralegal - Innocence Project

Paralegal - Innocence Project
Agency Name:Middlesex District Attorney's Office
Official Title:Paralegal - Innocence Project
Functional Title:Paralegal - Innocence Project
Occupational Group:Secretaries/Admin Assistants
Position Type:Not Given
Full-Time or Part-Time:Full-Time
Salary Range:$30,000.00 to $30,000.00 Annually
Bargaining Unit:N/A
Number Of Vacancies:1
Facility Location:The primary work location will most likely be located in the MDAO office in either Woburn or Cambridge.
Application Deadline:12-20-2013
Apply Online:No
Posting ID:J38774

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 position for a period of 18 months.

Position Funding:

This position is solely funded by a grant.

Position Estimated Duration:

This position is funded for 18 months from the start date but in no event will the position continue beyond 9/30/15. 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.


This paralegal will work under the direction of the Project ADA on projects and assignments to develop and implement best practice protocols to identify appropriate case types for further investigation by the Project Team.

This includes efforts 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
? Review electronic material
? Assist in the implementation of new methods to organize and manage such information
? Develop and follow research trails using internal and external tools and databases
? Conduct research
? Assist with the preparation of grant financial and project narratives and reports
? Develop comparative materials for best practices
? Copy, collate, and distribute training materials; reports and other material
? Provide administrative support to the 278A Group
? Perform other administrative tasks as necessary
? Assist in preparing trial and motion materials as requested
? Other tasks as assigned from time to time



? Bachelor?s degree and/or previous paralegal experience preferred, especially as a litigation paralegal

? Position requires regular computer usage. Strong computer skills and the ability to use and adapt to a variety of software programs a must

? Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite - especially Word and Excel

? Knowledge of legal terminology and principles

? The ability to perform general legal research

? Self starter, with proven ability to work independently and as part of a team with the ability to multi- task in a high volume, fast paced environment

? Outstanding interpersonal skills and workplace etiquette

? 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

? A background check is required


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.

The MDAO provides the ability to accrue up to two weeks of paid vacation leave per year, up to 3 personal days of leave per year (depending upon the quarter of the year that one?s employment begins), 11 recognized state / federal paid holidays, and the opportunity to accrue up to 9.375 hours of paid sick leave per month.

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.

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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