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Assistant Attorney General

Boston, MA
Full Time
Job #: 200000JY Exp.: 3+ Years
The Appeals Division within the Criminal Bureau defends Massachusetts convictions, criminal justice officials, and criminal laws and practices, in state and federal courts. Specifically, the Division strives to uphold convictions secured by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) when they are challenged in the Massachusetts Trial Court, Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court. It also responds to all challenges in federal court to convictions obtained by the AGO and District Attorney’s Offices, whether through habeas corpus actions, direct appeals, or otherwise. Additionally, the Division represents Massachusetts agencies and officials when they are sued or subpoenaed in relation to criminal justice matters.

Primary Duties
: An Assistant Attorney General in the Appeals Division handles a large caseload of criminal and civil matters, routinely appearing in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Such matters include: appeals and post-conviction matters in the Superior, Appeals, and Supreme Judicial Courts of the Commonwealth in connection with criminal cases prosecuted at the trial level by Assistant Attorneys General; federal habeas corpus actions in the United States District Court challenging Massachusetts convictions; appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from the grant or denial of habeas corpus relief; the representation of judges, clerks, probation officers, prosecutors, and other officials and agencies when they are sued civilly or subpoenaed to provide documents or testimony based on official actions undertaken during the criminal justice process; and the defense of statutes, rules, practices, and procedures concerning all aspects of the criminal justice system when they are challenged on constitutional or other grounds. Such an individual also contributes to criminal investigations, trial teams, policy initiatives, and amicus activity.

Position Type: Full-Time/Exempt
Salary: Salary is based on JD year and experience.

Application Instructions:
To apply for this position, visit the Employment and Recruitment Portal of the Attorney General’s Office at: and apply directly.

You will be asked to submit a cover letter and resume when applying for this position. The application deadline is February 16, 2020.

Please note:
There are two Assistant Attorney General positions in the Appeals Division posted at this time. Interested applicants are invited to apply for both this position, and the position described in posting #20-055.

Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We will gladly assist applicants who are in need of an accommodation. For assistance, contact the Human Resources Division at (617) 963-2041.

Do not select MassCareers “apply online” option to apply for this position. Applications submitted via this MassCareers website are not received by our Office.


  • Position Requirements: Applicants must be practicing attorneys who are admitted to the Massachusetts bar; have obtained or be eligible for admission to the bar of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; possess the ability to handle a large, varied caseload and complex cases; have relevant experience (preferably three or more years) in appellate practice or other litigation having heavy emphasis on written and oral advocacy; and be committed to the ethical practice of law. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a connection to the people and communities we serve, and an interest in supporting a respectful and inclusive work environment.

Closing Date: 16th February, 2020

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