Monthly Archives: September 2017

Link

The CPCS Mental Health Litigation Division is now accepting applications for its 3 day Civil Commitment Certification Training taking place November 2, 3 and 17, 2017.  The training will be held at the Brockton CPCS office, 144 Main Street, 1st floor conference room on the following dates:

Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Friday, November 3, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Friday, November 17, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

To apply, please click on the link to download the application here.

Deadline to submit the application is October 12, 2017.

Applicants to the program must be accepted prior to registering for the training.

For further information about the Mental Health Litigation Division Civil Commitment Certification Training process, please contact Joe Robinson at 617-910-5784, jrobinson@publiccounsel.net or Paulette Marie at 617-910-5844, pmarie@publiccounsel.net

REPRESENTING CHILDREN IN CHILD REQUIRING ASSISTANCE (CRA) CASES CPCS CERTIFICATION TRAINING

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 2018 February CRA Training Application can be found in the link below:
2018 February CRA Application

CPCS Alerts Media of Petition Seeking Relief from Convictions Tainted by Amherst Lab Chemist and the Misconduct of Two Assistant Attorneys General

Upon filing a petition at the SJC that seeks relief for the thousands whose cases were tainted by Amherst Drug Lab Chemist Sonia Farak and further exacerbated by the misconduct of two assistant attorneys general, CPCS sent out the following press release:

CPCS Files Petition Seeking Relief from Convictions Tainted by Amherst Lab Chemist and the Misconduct of Two Assistant Attorneys General

 (Boston) – Today the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) filed a petition in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on behalf of thousands of potential clients, requesting that the Court dismiss with prejudice every case tainted by the misconduct uncovered recently at the Amherst Drug Laboratory by chemist, Sonia Farak.  This action comes after the dismissal of thousands of other convictions tainted by another state laboratory employee, Annie Dookhan. Continue reading

Mental Health Litigation Appellate Certification Training – Fall 2017

The CPCS Mental Health Litigation Division is now accepting applications for its 3 day Appellate  Certification Training taking place in the Fall of 2017.  The training will take place at the Registry of Deeds in Worcester over the course of three days**:

Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 from 9:00 – 4:30

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 from 9:00 – 4:30

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 from 9:00 – 4:30

Applicants to the program need to be accepted prior to registering for the training.

** Day One (11/6/17) will be an overview of mental health trial proceedings.  Experienced mental health panel members may apply to waive this first day, or they may choose to attend for a “refresher” on mental health litigation.

To apply, please download the application from our website available HERE.

Deadline to submit the application is September 30,  2017.

Further Information:

For further information regarding the appellate panel certification process, please contact Karen Talley at (508) 583-0560 or ktalley@publiccounsel.net.