CAFL Training

Amy Karp, Training Director
Katharine Klubock, Supervising Attorney
Elizabeth Broderick, Legal Training Attorney
Katrina Krywonis, Legal Training Attorney
Rebecca Amdemariam, Legal Training Attorney
Erin Fuller, Administrative Assistant

CAFL Appellate Panel Training (May 17-May 26, 2022)

CPCS is now accepting applications for its Spring 2022 CAFL Appellate panel Certification Training to represent children and parents in care and protection/termination of parental rights, guardianship of a minor, and private adoption appeals.  The online training includes a mix of substantial self-directed learning and live Zoom sessions two mornings a week for two weeks. There will be a short orientiation on May 11, 2022, from 4:00 – 5:00 PM. The deadline for applications is April 4, 2022.  The agency actively seeks to diversify its private attorney panel membership.

For more information about the training and to download the notice and application

CAFL Trial Panel Training (March 17- May 3rd)

CPCS is still accepting applications for its Spring 2022 CAFL Trial Panel Certification Training to represent children and parents in care and protection/termination of parental rights cases.  The on line training includes a mix of substantial self-directed learning and live Zoom sessions two mornings a week for four weeks.  The training concludes with two half-day mock hearings in the morning. Preference will be given to attorneys who submit applications by January 28th and who commit to accepting cases in central and western Massachusetts, where we currently have an attorney shortage. The agency actively seeks to diversify its private attorney panel membership.

For more information about the training and to download the application download the following: Training Notice and Application.

** Please note that as of July 1, 2021, the rate of payment for work billed on CAFL cases (excluding Child Requiring Assistance cases) has been increased to $75/hr.  

Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) Training (February 16 & 28; March 3, 2022)

CAFL is now accepting applications for its Winter 2022 Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) Certification Training to represent children in CRA cases in the Juvenile Court.  The on line training is a mix of substantial self directed learning and live Zoom sessions.  The Zoom sessions will be held 2:00-5:00 on February 16, February 28 and March 3, 2022.  The agency actively seeks to diversify its private attorney panel membership.  The application deadline has been extended to January 30, 2022.

For more information and to download the application, click [here]

Message to CAFL Private Bar Attorneys Regarding CLEs for Fiscal Year 2022

Beginning July 1, CAFL will no longer maintain a separate list of approved CLEs on the CAFL training web page.  Instead all CAFL and CPCS sponsored trainings, as well as all approved CLES sponsored by other organizations, can be found on the CPCS agency wide Training Department Calendar. The calendar will allow you to see what programs are being offered and what’s approved for credit by all of our practice areas, meaning you only have to check one place to learn about the latest offerings and approved CLEs.

Procedures for Submitting Proof of Attendance at Live or Recorded Webinars

CAFL will continue to approve webinars for CLE credit.  If you attend a program sponsored by CPCS or by another entity that provides a certificate or other proof of attendance, please email the certificate to  CAFL Certification Coordinator, Rita Caso at rcaso@publiccounsel.net.

For situations where you are not able to obtain a certificate from the sponsor we will continue to use the CAFL Webinar Affirmation Form. Please submit the completed affirmation form to rcaso@publiccounsel.net.

This form should be used only in the following circumstances:

  1. You watched a recording of a CAFL-approved webinar that was presented by CPCS;
  2. You watched a CAFL-approved live webinar sponsored by an outside entity, and the entity does not provide a certificate or other documentation of the attendees’ participation in the webinar; or
  3.  You watched a recording of a CAFL-approved webinar sponsored by an outside entity.

Please check the CAFL list of approved webinars first to see if a program is approved for credit. If you would like to request credit for a program that is not on the list, please email cafltraining@publiccounsel.net.

We hope to see you all in person in the not too distant future!

Sincerely, CAFL Training

CAFL Approved Webinars for FY2021

CAFL Approved Webinars for FY2022

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