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Lawyers Needed to Represent Parents and Children in State Intervention Cases

The Children and Family Law (CAFL) Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking qualified attorneys to represent children and indigent parents in care and protection/termination of parental rights and child requiring assistance cases in the Juvenile Court.

There is a significant shortage of CAFL attorneys in western Massachusetts. The need is most critical in the Springfield Juvenile Court. As a result we are particularly interested in applicants who are able to accept CAFL appointments in Springfield as soon as possible after successfully completing the certification training.

Admission to the seven day CAFL trial panel certification training is by application only. The training dates are September 24-26 and October 2 in Sturbridge and either October 3 & 4 in Boston or October 4 & 5 in Springfield followed by a one day mock hearing scheduled at locations throughout the state from October 15 to 17. Applicants with extensive trial experience may request a waiver of the trial skills portion of the training program (the last one and one-half days), and the mock hearing.

We will give preference to attorneys who commit to practicing in western Massachusetts and to attorneys who submit completed applications by Friday, July 20, 2018.

The application and training requirements can be found here: https://www.publiccounsel.net/wp-content/uploads/CAFL-Trial-Panel-Training-Application-Fall-2018.doc

SAMHSA Releases Recommendation Letter on the Treatment of Women with Substance Use Disorder and Their Infants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services responsible for issues of mental health and substance use, recently released a letter with recommendations for the treatment of pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorder and their infants. The text of the letter, containing many useful links, is available here: https://www.publiccounsel.net/cafl/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2017/08/SAMSHA-Dear-Colleague-Letter-2017-2.pdf