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Counsel I - Southern Region

Company: State of Massachusetts
Location: Taunton
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Agency Overview

The Department of Revenue's core mission is to collect the revenues required to support the business of the Commonwealth, to make a difference in the lives of children by enforcing the financial responsibilities of parenthood, and to assist Massachusetts cities and towns in sound and efficient fiscal management.

Vision Statement Our vision is to conduct our operations in a manner that inspires public confidence in government by administering and enforcing tax, child support and municipal finance laws in ways that are innovative, customer-focused and transparent.

Division Overview

The mission of the Department of Revenue's Child Support Enforcement Division is to protect the economic well-being of the Commonwealth's children by enforcing the financial responsibilities of parenthood. Effective child support enforcement is an essential part of the larger effort by the Commonwealth and the federal government to promote families' economic self-sufficiency.

DOR/CSE's core functions are to establish paternity, and establish, enforce and modify child support and health insurance orders. Much of our success depends on collaborations with a wide variety of state agencies and private entities.

Counsel I - Southern Region

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue's Child Support Enforcement Division seeks two attorneys for Counsel I positions assigned to the Southern Regional Office located in Taunton.


The individuals selected for the position will:

  • Assess, process, and litigate a high volume of cases accurately and timely in order to establish paternity, and establish, modify and enforce orders for child support and health insurance in compliance with statutory and procedural requirements, state and federal timelines, and agency policies and procedures.
  • Prepare for court action by conferring with regional staff to obtain necessary case information and documents; performing necessary legal research and analysis; drafting and signing complaints; preparing case summaries, and organizing case information.
  • Appear in probate and family court as assigned on behalf of the agency to establish paternity; establish, modify and enforce child support obligations; and represent the agency in defensive litigation.
  • Advocate DOR's interests in a legally sound manner by correctly interpreting and applying state and federal laws, statutes and regulations regarding child support enforcement, and agency policies.
  • Review case inventory on a regular and consistent basis to control inventory and minimize backlogs, including referring cases to appropriate regional staff when legal action is not pursuable.
  • Determine the best means to inform customers concerning what actions the agency will or will not take on their cases, risks (including physical or emotional risks related to domestic violence), time frames, and what actions the customer needs to take to cooperate with the agency.
  • Identify means to resolve disputes between customers and the agency.
  • File responsive pleadings, motions, notices, memoranda, briefs and other legal action in a timely manner, under the supervision of Regional Counsel.
  • Serves as in house CSE counsel by responding to inquiries from internal and external CSE customers, including, but not limited to, providing legal case consultation to CSE managers and staff; informing judges, private counsel, and other customers of DOR policy and procedures; and delivering quality legal services to CSE litigants.
  • Treat litigants with dignity and respect at all times and handle confrontation in a professional manner.
  • Promote and foster a positive image of the agency and its representatives.
  • Participate in training and professional development opportunities.
  • Participate in state-wide workgroups and special projects.


  • Member in good standing with the Massachusetts Bar.
  • Knowledge of theory, principles, and practices of law
  • Knowledge of procedures followed in courtroom and administrative proceedings.
  • Experience in family law/domestic relations.
  • Knowledge of the methods and ability to conduct legal research and write reports.
  • Ability to read and interpret legal documents, and apply the law, rules and regulations governing operations.
  • Strong research and oral advocacy skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and to clearly and concisely express thoughts and develop ideas in a logical manner.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment, and handle confidential assignments.
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to convey information and explain actions to customers with varying expectations, needs, cultures, and languages.
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure in high volume office and court environments.
  • Ability to use a computer to conduct research, manage databases, and produce written documents.
  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism and commitment.
  • Ability to attend statewide trainings/meetings at various locations.

Pre-hire Process

An external candidate recommended for a position with the Department of Revenue will be subject to a background check that includes checks for: state and federal tax compliance; child support compliance; education verification; Massachusetts CORI checks; criminal background checks in state(s) of current and previous residence/employment; validation of eligibility to work in the United States; and national fingerprint-based criminal background checks.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

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 a current and valid Motor Vehicle Drivers License at a Class level specific to assignment.

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

Keywords: State of Massachusetts, Taunton , Counsel I - Southern Region, Other , Taunton, Massachusetts

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