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Description

Agency Overview:

The Massachusetts House of Representatives (“House”) is comprised of 160 independently elected Members, each representing a district of approximately 43,000 people.

Position Overview:

Under the direction of the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel provides legal counsel and policy analysis to the Chair of the Committee on a wide range of legislative issues, including legal research and analysis and drafting of, legislation, policy briefs, bill summaries, commission reports, legal memoranda, and supplementary materials. Assists in the development, drafting and presentation of policy and legislation and corresponds with constituents, advocates, other legislative offices, and the executive and judicial branches on matters of interest to the committee. May handle constituent services, communications responsibilities, and other duties as assigned.

Reports to:

Reports to the General Counsel of The Judiciary Committee.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Nothing in this job description restricts the Chair’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time for any reason.

Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

· Provide legal research and analysis and opinion on bills before the Committee and other topics of interest to the Chair;

· Analyze legislation pending before the Committee, including preparing bill summaries and legal memoranda, and make recommendations to the Chair;

· Draft legislation, including committee redrafts of bills, amendments, commission reports, and other supplementary materials as directed;

· Advise Committee staff regarding procedures and statutes that bear on matters before the Committee;

· Assist Chair and Committee General Counsel on legislative commissions as needed, including managing calendar, recording minutes, preserving records, and ensuring compliance with various procedural and statutory obligations;

· In consultation with Research Director, track Committee bills and legislative initiatives contained within the budget through the legislative process;

· Assure that the Committee timely administers bills assigned to the Committee in accordance with Joint, House, and Committee deadlines and rules;

· Assist Research Director to plan, organize, and facilitate Committee hearings, including collecting testimony, preparing hearing notices, and drafting legal briefs and other materials for Chair;

· Meet with government officials and other stakeholder and constituency groups regarding matters before the Committee;

· Respond to inquiries from legislators, staff, agency representatives, and constituency groups regarding bills before the Committee;

· Attend hearings, events and meetings on behalf of Chair;

· Prepare briefing materials for the Chair and create reference materials on topical issues;

· Draft talking points and other speaking materials for the Chair;

· Maintain files and archives of Committee materials;

· Utilize research data bases;

· Utilize Microsoft Office Suite;

· Able to operate in a fast-paced professional office environment; handle or operate standard office equipment, and occasionally lift up to 10 pounds.



Requirements

Required Skills/Attributes:

· Ability to interface and work with different communities and personalities in a professional and helpful manner;

· Ability to multi-task effectively, work independently and meet deadlines on short notice;

· Excellent research, analytical and interpersonal skills;

· Proficiency in legal research; experience with Westlaw preferred;

· Excellent writing and communication skills;

· Ability to communicate with members and colleagues effectively and provide and receive feedback professionally;

· Ability to use standard office equipment and technology;

· Demonstrated understanding of, and adherence to, legal privilege doctrines and confidentiality requirements for sensitive Committee materials, personally-identifiable information, and related documents and testimony; and

· Ability to follow-up and complete tasks.

Education/Experience Qualifications:

· J. D. from an accredited law school and admission to the Massachusetts Bar in good standing are required.

· Prior legislative or related work experience for elected or appointed officials, advocacy groups or non-profit organizations is preferred.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time, minimum of 37.5 hour per week position. Days of work are typically Monday through Friday. Hours vary and may include evening and weekend work to support the Committee’s legislative or constituent activities.

How to Apply

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Patrick Prendergast at Patrick.Prendergast@mahouse.gov.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58790471
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Position Title: Deputy General Counsel - The Judiciary Committee
  • Company Name: Massachusetts House of Representatives
  • Industry: Government
  • Discipline: General Counsel
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Juris Doctor
  • Min Experience: 1-2 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
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