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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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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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CPCS Committee Meeting Agenda – November 19, 2020 Meeting

  • Approval of minutes of the October 15, 2020 meeting
  • Amicus Request(s)
    • C.M. v. Commissioner of Dep’t of Children & Family, SJC-13015
    • Commonwealth v. Jenks, SJC-13016
    • Silva v. Barr, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, No. 20-1593
    • Sign on in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Prohibit New Asylum Rule Expanding Criminal Bars from Going into Effect (Informational Purpose Only – Approved by Executive Committee on November 2, 2020)
    • Commonwealth v. Concepcion, SJC-12382 (Informational Purpose Only – Approved by Executive Committee on November 12, 2020)
  • FY 2020 Attrition Statistics
  • Calendar Year 2021 Meeting Dates
  • Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  • Monthly Financial Overview Report
  • FY 2021 Budget Update
  • Chief Counsel Report
  • Executive Session
    • Litigation Matter

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Committee Meeting Agenda – October 15, 2020 Meeting

  1. Approval of minutes of the September 17, 2020 meeting
  2. Amicus Request(s)
    • Commonwealth v. Sharma, 2020-P-0550
    • Commonwealth v. Hinds, SJC-12953
  1. Temporary Leave Policy Change
  2. Commitment $10,000 and Over Report
  3. Monthly Financial Overview Report
  4. Breathalyzer Litigation Update
  5. Equity and Inclusion Director Update
  6. Chief Counsel Report
  7. Executive Session

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When: Oct 15, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Committee Meeting Agenda – September 17, 2020 Meeting

Due to social distancing, the Committee will be conducting all matters virtually

  1. Approval of minutes of the July 15, 2020 meeting
  2. Amicus Request(s)
    1. Commonwealth v. T.J., A Juvenile, SJC-12986
    2. Commonwealth v. Keith Winfield, 2019-P-871 (Reporting Only)
  3. Monthly Financial Overview Report
  4. Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  5. COVID-19 Status Update
  6. Litigation Update:
    1. Carasquillo
    2. DOC
    3. City of Springfield
  7. Chief Counsel Report

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