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Committee Meeting Agenda – July 15, 2021 Meeting

The meeting will be held virtually beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is required – details below.

  • Approval of minutes of the June 17, 2021 meeting
  • Amicus Request(s)
    *Commonwealth v. Richard Comenzo, SJC-13119
    *Rodriguez v.  Massachusetts Parole Board
  • Commitments Report
  • Monthly Financial Overview Report
  • FY 2022 Budget Update
  • Chief Counsel Report

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When: Jul 15, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Committee Meeting Agenda – June 17, 2021 Meeting

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is required – details below

  1. Approval of minutes of the May 19, 2021 meeting
  2. Amicus Recommendation(s)
    1. Commonwealth v. Curran, SJC-13093
    2. Commonwealth v. Huang, SJC-11575
  3. Contracts:
    1. FY 2022 Bar Advocate Programs
    2. FY 2022 Provision of Legal Services to Dukes and Nantucket Counties
    3. FY 2022 Supervising Attorneys
    4. FY 2022-FY 2023 CAFL Resource Attorneys
    5. IT Security
  4. Monthly Financial Overview Report
  5. Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  6. FY 2022 Obligations over $25,000 for Preapproval
  7. Chief Counsel Report

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Committee Meeting Agenda – May 19, 2021 Meeting

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is required – details below.

  • Approval of minutes of the April 15, 2021 meeting
  • Amicus Request – Commonwealth v. Ernest Monell – FAR-28219
  • Contract – FY 2022 Juvenile Supervising Attorney
  • Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  • Monthly Financial Overview Report
  • FY 2022 Budget Update
  • Personnel Subcommittee Update
  • Chief Counsel Report
  • Executive Session
    *Equity Adjustment
    *Staff Supplemental Payment Proposal

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    When: May 19, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Topic: CPCS Committee Meeting
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Committee Meeting Agenda – April 15, 2021 Meeting

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is required

  • Approval of minutes of the March 16, 2021 meeting
  • Amicus Request(s)
    *Commonwealth McDermott, SJC-13091 – Reporting Only
    *Commonwealth Bailey-Sweeting, SJC-13086 – Reporting Only
    *Arnold Emma Massachusetts Parole Board, No. SJC-12954
  • CAFL Emergency Declaration – Franklin-Hampshire County
  • Monthly Financial Overview Report
  • Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  • Chief Counsel Report
  • Executive Session
    *Litigation Matters

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When: Apr 15, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: CPCS Committee Meeting – April 15, 2021

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Committee Meeting Agenda – March 16, 2021 Meeting

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is required

  • Approval of minutes of the February 17, 2021 meeting
  • Amicus Request(s)
    • Commonwealth D.W., a juvenile, SJC-12954
    • Commonwealth E.V., a juvenile, SJ-2021-0044
    • Commonwealth Karen K., a juvenile, FAR 28101
  • Social Services Update
  • Contract – Anti-Racism Training
  • Temporary Leave Policy Change
  • C&P Cases – Modifying Eligibility Criteria for Emergency Rate
  • Lease – Worcester Office
  • Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  • Monthly Financial Overview Report
  • Social Services Update
  • Chief Counsel Report

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Committee Meeting Agenda – February 17, 2021 Meeting

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is required.

  1. Approval of minutes of the January 21, 2021 meeting
  2. Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  3. Monthly Financial Overview Report
  4. FY 2022 Budget Request – Initiative
  5. Chief Counsel Report
  6. Executive Session
    • Litigation Matter

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Committee Meeting Agenda – January 21, 2021 Meeting

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is required.

  • Approval of minutes of the December 17, 2020 meeting
  • Audit and Oversight Overview
  • Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  • Monthly Financial Overview Report
  • COVID-19 Update
  • Chief Counsel Report

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Hello,

As you may have already seen, the state – responding to a joint request from CPCS and the Massachusetts Bar Association – has added defense attorneys and other “court system workers” to Phase 2 of the vaccination priority list. The decision to add defense attorneys to the Phase 2 designation came over the weekend in response to a joint letter (See: Attached) we sent to Gov. Charlie Baker on Jan. 6.

We appreciate that the governor and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services quickly responded to our request. We also owe a debt of gratitude to MBA leadership, which continues to support the work that we do, and was ready and willing to stand with us as we made this request.

More information about the vaccine priority list can be found here. We are seeking more clarifying information from HHS and the governor’s office, including: the full list of defense attorneys and support staff involved in Phase 2 and where we fall on the priority list once the state enters the Phase 2 portion of the priority list. As of now, it is anticipated that Phase 2 distribution will occur during February and March. We will provide you with more information as it becomes available.

In seeking Phase 2 designation, our letter to the governor and HHS pointed out that defense attorneys and our supporting professionals both help maintain the critical infrastructure necessary to the ongoing operation of the judicial system to assure public safety. We also noted the enormous backlog of cases, and the fact that defense attorneys and supporting professionals must be ready to enter courthouses, jails and prisons as soon as possible to facilitate the operation of the judicial system.

It is clear that the state took our concerns seriously. Once again, I want to thank the MBA for its guidance and support in this ever-important campaign.

I look forward to providing more information as it comes in. Until then, stay safe, and thank you for all of the hard work you put in on behalf of our clients.

Anthony J. Benedetti
Chief Counsel
Committee for Public Counsel Services

Committee Meeting Agenda – December 17, 2020 Meeting

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2020.  Registration is required to attend the meeting.

  1. Approval of minutes of the November 19, 2020 meeting
  2. Amicus Request(s)
    1. Doe No. 7346 v. Sex Offender Registry Board, SJC-13032
  3. CAFL Counsel Shortage – emergency language
  4. Monthly Financial Overview Report
  5. Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  6. FY 2021 Budget Update
  7. FY 2022 Budget Proposal – Maintenance Request
  8. Chief Counsel Report

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When: Dec 17, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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