Counsel I - Southern Region
Company: State of Massachusetts
Posted on: June 12, 2021
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
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- File responsive pleadings, motions, notices, memoranda, briefs
and other legal action in a timely manner, under the supervision of
- 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
- 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
- Participate in training and professional development
- 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
- 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
- Ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment, and handle
- Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of
- 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
- Ability to attend statewide trainings/meetings at various
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
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
Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid Motor
Vehicle Drivers License at a Class level specific to
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females,
minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly
encouraged to apply.
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