Children and Family Law Division is Seeking Mentors

The Children and Family Law Division is currently seeking experienced panel attorneys to serve as mentors in all regions in the Commonwealth. Mentoring is an excellent opportunity for experienced CAFL practitioners to work closely with newly trained attorneys in an effort to support their courtroom and advocacy skills.

Mentors facilitate the professional growth of newly certified attorneys by helping them learn substantive law, court rules and procedures and improve their legal skills through experience, instruction and feedback. Mentors and mentees are required to meet before mentees take on their first case assignments. Mentors must be available to meet frequently with new mentees to review cases and professional development goals. Mentors must have sufficient time to meet with mentees, answer questions and observe the mentee in court.

The CAFL Administrative Office provides direct oversight of the mentoring program. Mentors must attend quarterly mentor meetings with CAFL Administrative staff. Mentors are required to keep contemporaneous time records of their activities. Mentors are required to provide Administrative staff with a brief written status update on mentee progress bi-annually.

Applicants should be CAFL certified and have a minimum of four (4) years of experience representing children and parents in state intervention proceedings. Applicants must have significant litigation experience. Applicants should be able to establish and maintain good relationships with court personnel, members of the bar and the CAFL Administrative Office. Applicants must be available to attend an all-day mentor training on July 20, 2017, in Boston.

To apply, please email a statement of interest (specifying the courts in which you are interested in working), a current resume, and a legal writing sample by June 23, 2017, to CAFLattorney@publiccounsel.net