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

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, asalois@publiccounsel.net.

CPCS Seeking Applications for Spring 2023 CAFL Trial Panel Certification Training

CPCS/CAFL is now accepting applications for its Spring 2023 CAFL Trial Panel Certification Training to represent children and parents in Care & Protection (C&P) cases and Children Requiring Assistance (CRA) cases.  The online training will include a combination of self-directed learning and live Zoom sessions two afternoons per week for a period of four weeks.  The training concludes with a full day, in-person mock hearing.

Attorneys accepted into this training will receive a “Certification Payment” of $5032 upon the following: 1) successful completion of the CAFL Trial Panel Certification Training; 2) receiving appointments on 12 care and protection cases; and 3) submission of 600 hours of billing on care and protection cases.

More information about the training and the application can be found here:  NOTICE:   Notice CAFL Trial Panel Training Spring 2023 and APPLICATION: Application CAFL Trial Panel Training Spring 2023 Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to attorneys who submit completed applications by Monday, February 6, 2023.  CPCS actively seeks to diversify its private attorney panel membership.

Message to CAFL Private Bar Attorneys Regarding CLEs for Fiscal Year 2023

CAFL will continue to approve webinars for CLE credit.  Please check the CPCS training calendar first to see if a program is approved for CAFL credit. If you would like to request credit for a program that is not on the calendar, please email cafltraining@publiccounsel.net.

Note about recordings of past trainings:  In addition to future training programs, attorneys can take advantage of the many recorded webinars approved for credit in prior years.  Recordings of CPCS trainings can be found on MyGideon.org.  If you are having trouble logging in to MyGideon, please email CAFLtraining@publiccounsel.net.  There are also recordings of approved webinars available on the websites of outside organizations such as MCLE, the Children’s Bureau, the NACC and the ABA.  You should use the use the CAFL Webinar Affirmation Form to submit proof that you watched a recorded webinar.

Procedures for Submitting Proof of Attendance at Live or Recorded Webinars

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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