Amherst/ Northampton (CAFL) Directory

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Committee for Public Counsel Services
Children and Family Law Division

109 Main Street, First Floor
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 355-5210
Fax: (413) 586-0420


OUR TEAM


 Attorney-In-Charge

  Losmin Jimenez, (Send email

Losmin received her law degree with honors from the University of Florida College of Law. Losmin also has a Master of Science in European Politics and Policy from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations from Boston University. Losmin is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, and DC.

Losmin’s legal career has focused on public interest law in the areas of: family law, child welfare, unaccompanied children, immigration advocacy, appellate advocacy, and civil rights. Previous experience includes serving as the Project Director for Immigrant Justice at Advancement Project in DC, Senior Direct Representation Attorney at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) in Baltimore, Director of Advocacy for Children and Families at Maryland Legal Aid, Litigation Attorney at Americans for Immigrant Justice in Miami, and Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator for Three Rivers Legal Services.

Losmin served as faculty a webcast for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) in its first ever immigration webcast. Losmin is a member of the ABA Section of Litigation, Children’s Rights Litigation Committee, Right to Counsel Strategy Group. In 2013, she was appointed to the Legal Needs of Children Committee for The Florida Bar for a three-year term.

 

Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Cardenales, (Send Email)

Rebecca Cardenales joined CPCS in 2013 for the District Court office in Springfield. In 2014, Rebecca became the Administrative Assistant for the Amherst/Northampton CAFL office. She is responsible for the oversight of office administration. She has worked all of her career in private law sectors as a Paralegal. Rebecca is a graduate of Westfield State University and holds a Masters of Public Administration Degree. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal Studies, a Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies approved by the American Bar Association, and an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies all from Bay Path University.

Staff Attorneys

Jenny Crabbe,  (Send Email)

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Western New England University School of Law, Jenny joined the Amherst/Northampton CAFL Office in 2016. Prior to becoming an attorney she worked for over a decade in the areas of domestic and sexual violence, social services, crisis stabilization and case management in Franklin and Hampshire counties.

David Desrosiers,  (Send Email)

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Attorney Desrosiers joined the Amherst/Northampton CAFL office in 2015. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Vermont Law School.  He began his legal career in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and then departed to the New Mexico Public Defenders Office in Las Cruses.  There he served as a Public Defender in the Juvenile Division on cases involving drug offenses, rape, homicide and gang related violence.  He also served as a Law Clerk in Third Judicial District Court in Las Cruces.  David returned to Massachusetts in 2007 where he practiced at the South Coastal Counties Legal Services until 2010 in the areas of family and housing law.  In 2010 he opened his practice in Lenox where he concentrated on children and family law and worked in the Berkshire Juvenile and Probate courts.

 

Elaine M. Murphy, (Send Email)

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Elaine received her Juris Doctorate from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Huntington, NY where she graduated Cum Laude.  She is admitted to the bar in both New York and Massachusetts. Upon graduation, she was employed at Guercio and Guercio a boutique firm located in Farmington, NY whose focus remains Educational Law.  After relocating to Massachusetts she engaged in private practice in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties. Her private practice largely encompassed Child Welfare Law and Guardian ad Litem work – often times being called upon in that capacity as an Educational Advocate/Surrogate. Elaine is certified in Mediation and received JMAP appointments through the Hampden Court to address disrupted guardianships. She joined the Amherst/Northampton CAFL office in February of 2014.

Elizabeth R. Panico, (Send email)

Elizabeth joined the Amherst-Northampton CAFL office in August 2021 after working as a Law Clerk for approximately two years for the Connecticut Judicial Branch. While in this role, Elizabeth served as the Juvenile Coordinator for the Office of Legal Research, conducting research, writing memoranda of decision and editing work product for numerous Superior Court judges throughout the State of Connecticut. Elizabeth received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law and is admitted to the bar in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. During law school, Elizabeth interned with the Office of the Chief Public Defender, Child Protection Unit; the Children’s Law Center of Connecticut, Inc.; and the Center for Children’s Advocacy in Hartford, Connecticut.

 

Social Worker

        Sarah Berg, (Send Email)

Sarah Berg, MSW, is a Social Worker in the Amherst-Northampton CAFL office.  Prior to joining this office, she was working as a Social Worker in the Springfield CAFL office since March 2014.  Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of New Hampshire and her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College.  After earning her MSW, she moved to Denver, Colorado and spent four years working as an ongoing caseworker at the Denver Department of Human Services and then worked at a nonprofit law firm, Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, working with staff attorneys who were court-appointed to represent children and adolescents.

Social Worker

In Memory of Margaret Higgins 

Margaret Higgins, LICSW, previously served as the Social Worker for the Amherst/Northampton CAFL office. Prior to joining this office, Margaret served as the Social Worker for the Springfield CAFL office beginning her CPCS career in 1999. Margaret received a Master of Social Work degree from Adelphi University and was a member of The Academy of Certified Social Workers. In 2014, Margaret was honored with the inaugural Jane Addams Award for Outstanding Social Services Accomplishments. Margaret retired from CPCS in 2017 and passed away in 2018.


OUR COURTS & COMMUNITY


*Serving Franklin and Hampshire Counties

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The Amherst/Northampton Children and Family Law office established in 2011 serves Franklin/Hampshire county Juvenile Courts. Located in Western Massachusetts these counties are distinguished by differing topography and diverse populations. From vibrant Northampton and the Five College area to some of the most rural communities in the Commonwealth, our office sits in the heart of Northampton, Massachusetts.

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