Appellate Practice Tools and Resources

Join the CAFL Appellate Panel

The Committee for Public Counsel Services is now accepting applications for the CAFL appellate panel certification training. Applicants must be admitted to the Massachusetts bar or be eligible for admission by December 12, 2022.

Admission into the training is competitive and not all applicants will be admitted. All admitted applicants must attend the four-day CAFL appellate training program scheduled for January 31, February 2, 7 and 9, 2023.  The training, which will be conducted by Zoom, and will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. There will also be an orientation by Zoom on January 25, 2023 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. The agency actively seeks to diversify its private attorney panel membership.  The application can be found here:

CAFL appellate panel Application – 2023 training

CAFL appellate panel recruitment Notice – 2023 Training

CAFL appellate panel attorneys are compensated at $85/hour. If you have any questions about the CAFL Appellate Panel or the certification training please contact Abigail Salois, CAFL Appellate Panel Support Unit Supervising Attorney,

Appellate Practice Tools and Resources

Appellate Packet for Trial Attorneys


If you have any questions, please contact CAFL Appellate Panel Supervising Staff Attorney, Abigail Salois at, or CAFL Trial Panel Director, Drew Don at


Children and Family Law (CAFL) attorneys can access additional substantive practice information on the CPCS page of

Instructions on how to obtain access My Gideon

The Law

CAFL Appellate Practice

CAFL Administration

Appellate Bulletins and Other Releases

Brief-Writing Tips


In Order of Appearance in an Appellate Brief

General Writing Tips (Grammar, Punctuation, Etc.) (with lots of CAFL appellate examples)

Training Materials, Models, Research


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