Boston Bar Association

Deputy Chief Counsel

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(MA) Committee for Public Counsel Services
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
12 days ago



The Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as Deputy Chief Counsel of the Mental Health Litigation Division.


CPCS is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of our assigned clients through zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and the fullness of excellent legal representation.  We are dedicated to building and maintaining strong professional relationships, while striving to accept, listen to and respect the diverse circumstances of each client, as we dedicate ourselves to meeting their individual needs.  It is our CPCS mission to achieve these goals, and in furtherance thereof, we embrace and endorse diversity, equity and inclusion as our core values as we maintain a steadfast commitment to: (1) Ensure that CPCS management and staff members represent a broad range of human differences and experience; (2) Provide a work climate that is respectful and supports success; and (3) Promote the dignity and well-being of all staff members. CPCS leadership is responsible for ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion. The ability to achieve these goals with any level of certainty is ultimately the responsibility each member of the CPCS community.


The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS)
 is the state agency in Massachusetts responsible for providing an attorney when the state or federal constitution or a state statute requires the appointment of an attorney for a person who cannot afford to retain one.  The agency provides representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, guardianship, mental health, sexually dangerous person, and sex offender registry cases, as well as in appeals and post-conviction and post-judgment proceedings related to those matters.

The Mental Health Litigation Division (MHLD)
provides trial and appellate representation to indigent persons when petitions seeking commitment to public or private psychiatric facilities and petitions seeking to impose guardianships, including authorization to administer or terminate "extraordinary" medical treatment, are filed against them. In commitment proceedings, representation is provided either by MHLD staff attorneys or by private attorneys certified by MHLD to accept such assignments. Most of the representation in guardianship proceedings is provided by MHLD-certified private attorneys.

The clients we represent are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters we address. This reality creates a critical need for CPCS attorneys to be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, gender and/or gender preferences, abilities and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.


The Deputy Chief Counsel must have the vision and perseverance to lead a dedicated, experienced, and skilled group of defenders, social workers, and administrative personnel in achieving an ever-improving quality of advocacy, deeper engagement with clients and their communities, and steadily improving outcomes for clients. The Deputy Chief Counsel will oversee all aspects of the Mental Health Litigation Division including the selection, certification, and, working with the Training Chief, training of panel attorneys, the Administration staff, and the staff Commitment Units. The Deputy Chief Counsel will directly oversee the management team of the MHLD, including the Trial Panel Director, Director of Mental Health Appeals, Managing Director, and director of Social Service Advocacy. 

The Deputy Chief Counsel of the Mental Health Litigation Division reports to the Chief Counsel and is a member of CPCS Senior Leadership, which develops and implements agency fiscal, operational, human resource, and legislative policies.


  • Be a member in good standing of the Massachusetts bar, or be licensed in another jurisdiction and eligible to practice in Massachusetts under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04;
  • Have at least ten (10) years of litigation experience, five (5) years of which must be in the practice of mental health law;
  • Have at least five (5) years of supervision/management experience, including supervision of legal and support staff; and,
  • Access to a personal computer with home internet access sufficient to work remotely.


CPCS offers a competitive compensation, benefits, and pension package; a diverse and inclusive culture; colleagues and co-workers who are committed to and passionate about their work; and the opportunity to serve.  Salary Range:  $140,000 - $155,000.


The position will be posted until filled, however preference will be given to candidates who apply prior to May 23, 2022.


Please go to for further information, including additional position responsibilities and detailed qualifications, and instructions on how to apply.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 63101217
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Company Name For Job: (MA) Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • Position Title: Deputy Chief Counsel
  • Industry: Legal Services
  • Role: In-House Counsel
  • Job Type: Full-Time

The Committee for Public Counsel Services provides legal representation in Massachusetts for those unable to afford an attorney in all matters in which the law requires the appointment of counsel. This includes representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, mental health, sexually dangerous person and sex offender registry cases, as well as related appeals and post-conviction matters.

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