Daily Archives: July 1, 2019

CERTIFICATION TRAINING TO REPRESENT CHILDREN AND PARENTS IN TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS & CHILD REQUIRING ASSISTANCE CASES

The Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking qualified attorneys to represent children and indigent parents in care and protection/termination of parental rights and child requiring assistance cases in the Juvenile Court. The first four days of the training (September 12-13 and September 19-20) will be presented at MCLE, 10 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108.  The next two days, applicants are able to choose between September 25 & 26, which will be presented at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) 10 Winter Place, Boston, or September 26 & 27, which will be presented at the Massachusetts Bar Association, 1441 Main Street, Springfield. One-day mock hearings will be scheduled throughout the state on October 7, 10 and 11, 2019.

There is a significant shortage of CAFL lawyers in western Massachusetts.  The need is most critical in the Springfield Juvenile Court.  As a result, we are particularly interested in applicants who are able to accept CAFL appointments in Springfield as soon as possible after successfully completing the certification training.

Application Submission:  Admission to the CAFL trial panel is by application only.  Applicants must be members of the Massachusetts Bar or be admitted to the Bar of another state and be eligible to practice law in Massachusetts.  All attorneys who accept CPCS assignments are required to maintain malpractice insurance.

We will give preference to attorneys who commit to practicing in western Massachusetts and to attorneys who submit completed applications by Monday, July 22, 2019. We will continue to accept applications after that date, particularly from those planning to practice in western Massachusetts.

More information and the application can be found here.