Daily Archives: December 19, 2019

John Lozada Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

John Lozada, Equity and Inclusion Director for CPCS.

John Lozada, the Equity and Inclusion Director for the Committee for Public Counsel Services, was named this year’s recipient of the Lucia Mayerson-David Lifetime Achievement Award at El Jolgorio Navideño, the largest Latino holiday gala in New England.

Lozada was given the award during a reception on Dec. 14.

“A trailblazer in Boston and throughout the commonwealth, John Lozada has been a tireless advocate for the Latino Community throughout his impressive career,” reads a statement, announcing the award. “A successful attorney, John has used his talents and knowledge to advocate for more Latino judges on the federal bench with the late Senator Ted Kennedy, to champion civil rights at MassDOT, and now ensuring that CPCS is an inclusive environment for its staff and clients.”

Money raised through El Jolgorio Navideño support the TAG Latino Program of UMass Boston, which has provided a culturally sustaining pipeline to college for Latino students since 1985. The event is put on by the TAG Association, Inc., nonprofit organization that serves the Latino community of Greater Boston.

Certification Training to Represent Children in Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) Cases

The Children and Family Law Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking qualified attorneys to represent children in Child Requiring Assistance cases in the Juvenile Court.  Admission to the CRA panel is by application only and requires completion of a two-day training.  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.

The CRA Certification Training will take place on February 26th & 27th, 2020 at Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608. We ask all applicants to also hold February 28th as a snow date. The training will run 9:00 – 5:00 each day.  Attorneys currently on the CPCS list to represent youth in delinquency proceedings may have portions of the training waived (i.e., sessions on adolescent development, school law, etc.).

Applications must be received no later than January 13, 2020.

More information and the application can be found here.

DO YOU WANT TO PROTECT THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF PEOPLE FACING GUARDIANSHIP PETITIONS? APPLY TO JOIN THE MENTAL HEALTH LITIGATION DIVISION TRIAL PANEL AND REPRESENT RESPONDENTS IN PROBATE COURT.

The Mental Health Litigation Division (MHLD) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is now accepting applications to the spring 2020 Guardianship Certification Training.

A guardianship is a substantial deprivation of liberty – under guardianship the person can no longer legally make their own decisions about many issues, including where to live, what medical treatment to accept or refuse, and other decisions adults make every day. Because of this significant infringement on civil rights, respondents are entitled to court-appointed counsel. There is a great need for certified attorneys to represent these clients and it is rewarding work. Effective advocacy by attorneys can make a real difference in these cases. You will get client contact, litigation experience, and the satisfaction of knowing that the some of the most vulnerable people in the Commonwealth had a lawyer to fight for their rights.

This certification training will be held at Community Legal Aid in Worcester on March 16, 19, 20 (8:45 a.m. to 5:00 each day) and March 31, 2020. March 31st will be mock trials (schedule to be determined depending on number of accepted applicants).

The deadline to apply is February 10, 2020. There is no cost to apply, but the cost of the training upon registration is $125.00. Applicants must be accepted into the program in order to register. We will notify everyone of acceptance status after February 10, 2020; please allow up to ten (10) days after the application deadline before inquiring about status.

Note that it is expected that you will promptly commence your mental health practice and to take at least one mental health case within six (6) months of successful completion of this certification program.

Please click here to apply

In order to submit your application you must press Submit at the bottom left hand side, below the signature. If you are not able to complete the application at one time you may press the Save button, on the bottom right hand side, and you will receive a link to use when you are ready to complete the application.

For more information about the Mental Health Litigation Division Guardianship Certification Training or for questions about the application, please contact Miriam Ruttenberg at (617) 910-5782 or mruttenberg@publiccounsel.net