Attorney (Law Clerk to Full Commission) – Boston, MA 02108

General Statement of Duties

The Attorney will serve as a Law Clerk to the Full Commission and will be responsible for appellate level legal research and writing concerning issues presented by Full Commission appeals of Hearing Officer and Commission decisions. Under the direction and supervision of the General Counsel, the Law Clerk will be partially responsible for review and management of the Full Commission docket and addressing thoroughly and expeditiously the issues raised in a large docket of administrative appeals. The position will primarily involve the review of administrative records, evaluation of legal issues and the preparation of recommendations and draft decisions for the Full Commission under the supervision of the General Counsel. The position will also include providing advice to agency staff on legal matters and support to the Office of the General Counsel.

Detailed Duties

Thorough review of agency administrative records which include pleadings, hearing decisions, exhibits, transcripts, and appellate briefs for the purpose of recommending whether a Hearing Decision should be affirmed, modified or remanded to the fact-finder.

Extensive legal research and writing on appellate issues and particularly the anti-discrimination statutes under the Commission’s jurisdiction and other laws as may arise.

Collaboration and frequent consultation with MCAD legal staff to ensure the consistent and accurate application of agency rules, regulations, statutory interpretation and relevant case law for recommended decisions.

Drafting and editing of recommended decisions accurately and expeditiously for efficient review and recommendation by the General Counsel to the Full Commission.

Assisting the Office of the General Counsel in the management of the Full Commission appeals docket including setting priorities and target dates for recommended decisions and ensuring target dates are met.

Working with agency legal interns on research and writing and other projects as needed.

Providing other legal research and writing support to the Office of the General Counsel as needed, including occasional assistance with the drafting of agency regulations, guidelines and policy.

Providing support to the Office of the General Counsel, including review of case files and evidence, preparation of discovery, legal memoranda and support for the prosecution of Commission Counsel cases and defense of agency decisions.

Provide information to the public by answering inquiries as assigned.

All other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of theory, principles and practices of law.

Juris Doctorate (JD) degree

Member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar

Knowledge of procedures followed in courtroom and administrative proceedings.

Knowledge of the methods and ability to conduct legal research and technical report writing.

Ability to read and interpret legal documents and apply the law, rules and regulations governing agency operations.

Ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment.

Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of people.

Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to clearly and concisely express thoughts and develop ideas in a logical manner.

Ability to use a computer to conduct research, manage databases, and produce written documents.

Ability to lead or work with cross-functional project teams.

Ability to manage multiple projects and project teams.

Ability to exercise discretion in safeguarding information through compliance with rules of disclosure.

Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of subordinates, and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determining the need for and recommending disciplinary action.

Preferred Qualifications

Three or more years of civil litigation or law clerk experience at trial or appellate level.

Experience with appellate legal writing, including briefs and legal memoranda.

Judicial internship.

Knowledge of theory, principles and practices of administrative law, the law of housing discrimination, employment law and the law of employment discrimination.

Knowledge of M.G.L. c.30A and the legal standards governing administrative appeals.


This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Please no phone calls.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, admission to the Massachusetts Bar and some experience in legal research, legal writing, and legal procedures and processes.

Incumbents may be required to have the ability to travel throughout the

Commonwealth and to all MCAD locations (Boston, New Bedford, Worcester and Springfield).

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.
Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Official Title
: Counsel I

Primary Location
: United States-Massachusetts-Boston-1 Ashburton Place

: Legal Services

: Commission Against Discrimination

: Full-time

: Day

Job Posting
: Nov 14, 2019, 11:00:00 PM

Number of Openings
: 1

: 63,780.86 – 92,381.90 Yearly

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator
: Michael Memmolo – 617-994-6124

Bargaining Unit
: 06-NAGE – Professional Admin.

: No


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe To Newsletter
Be the first to get latest updates and exclusive content straight to your email inbox.
Stay Updated
Give it a try, you can unsubscribe anytime.