Committee Meeting Agenda – November 16, 2022

The meeting will be REMOTE starting at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is required – details below.

1. Approval of minutes of the October 19, 2022 meeting

2. Legal Action

a. Amicus recommendation for Commonwealth v. Juan Gaviria,
Appeals Court No. 20-P-182
Supreme Judicial Court No. FAR-29037

b. Amicus report out Commonwealth v. Carlos Guardado, SJC-13315

3. Possible settlement in Larocque v. Turco

4. Monthly Financial Overview Report

5. Commitments $10,000 and Over Report

6. Chief Counsel Report

7. POST Commission update

This meeting is REMOTE ONLY

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Committee Meeting Agenda – October 19, 2022

The meeting will be hybrid starting at 5:30 p.m. at 75 Federal Street, 5th floor conference room.  If joining virtually, registration is required – details below.

1. Approval of minutes of the September 21, 2022 meeting

2. Legal – Request for Committee Action

  • Amicus request, Commonwealth v. Sheldon Mattis SJC-11693, Commonwealth v. Jason Robinson SJC-09265
  • Amicus letter in support of application for further appellate review of Commonwealth v. Santana, 101 Mass.App.Ct. 690 (2022)
  • Amicus request, Fonjia v. Garland, No. 22-1625 (1st Circuit)
  • Motion to Intervene with Respect to Protective Order in Joined Middlesex “Hinton Whole Lab” cases (Com. v. Reginald Remy, 0681CR00155; Com. v. Justin Deprospro, 0781CR00294; Com. v. Israel Cedeno-Martinez, 0381CR01623; and Com. v. Ricky Simmons, 0481CR01176)
  • Request for Authorization to Settle Class Action Lawsuit, Coe v. SORB

3. Monthly Financial Overview Report

4. Commitments $10,000 and Over Report

5. Human Resources presentation on CPCS recruitment efforts

6. Chief Counsel Report

7. Executive Session

  • Personnel matters

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Committee Meeting Agenda – September 21, 2022 meeting

The meeting will be hybrid starting at 5:30 p.m.  at 75 Federal Street, 5th floor conference room.  If joining virtually, registration is required – details below.

  1. Approval of minutes of the July20, 2022 meeting
  2. Contract – Special Education Advocacy Attorney Mentors
  3. Insurance Coverage for Board of Bar Overseer Actions
  4. Assigned Counsel Manual – Update
  5. Facilities Request
  6. Monthly Financial Overview Report
  7. Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  8. Election of Officers
  9. Chief Counsel Report

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Committee Meeting Agenda – July 20, 2022 Meeting

The meeting will be held virtually beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is required – details below.

  • Approval of minutes of the June 14, 2022 meeting
  • Amicus Request(s)
    • Commonwealth v. Correia, SJC-13223
    • Commonwealth v. DiBenedetto, 13253
    • Commonwealth v. Shiner, Appeals Court No. 2019-P-0758
    • Commonwealth v. Jerome Jarrett, SJC-13243
    • Commonwealth v. Watt, SJC-13279
    • James B. Carver v. Carol A. Mici & another, SJC-13247
    • Martin McCauley v. Nelson Alves & another, SJC-13296
    • Haaland v. Brackeen, U.S. Supreme Court No. 21-376
  • Lease Approval – Springfield Office
  • Monthly Financial Overview Report
  • Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  • FY 2023 Budget Update
  • Counsel Shortage Update
  • Chief Counsel Report

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Committee Meeting Agenda – June 14, 2022 Meeting

The meeting will be held virtually beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is required – details below.

  • Approval of minutes of the May 18, 2022 meeting
  • Amicus Request(s) – Commonwealth v. Edwards (SJC-13242)
  • Court Cost Vendor Manual Update
  • Court Cost Vendor Rate Increase
  • Contract(s)
    • FY 2023 MH Regional Coordinators
    • FY 2023 Bar Advocate Programs
    • FY 2023 Provision of Legal Services to Dukes and Nantucket Counties
  • Contract – Public Consulting Group
  • Child Client Contact Performance Standard – Update Only
  • Monthly Financial Overview Report
  • Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  • FY 2023 Commitments Over $25,000 for Preapproval
  • FY 2023 Budget Update
  • Chief Counsel Report

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CPCS CERTIFICATION TRAINING TO REPRESENT PEOPLE FACING CIVIL COMMITMENT AND RELATED FORCED MEDICATION PETITIONS – FALL 2022

The Mental Health Litigation Division (MHLD) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking qualified attorneys to represent clients in civil commitment and forced medication cases in District and Boston Municipal Courts. In Massachusetts, people experiencing psychiatric distress can be involuntarily detained at psychiatric facilities, committed for up to six months or a year, and treated with anti-psychotic medications against their wishes. These substantial deprivations of liberty entitle people to court-appointed counsel to ensure that all their rights under the law are protected. Civil commitment cases offer frequent and fast-paced litigation experience, client contact, and the satisfaction of providing zealous client-centered advocacy to people who are marginalized because of their mental health challenges.

NEW INCENTIVE! CERTIFICATION PAYMENT: You will be eligible for a “Certification Payment” in the amount of $2,372.50 if you successfully complete the entire course, and within one year of completion you take at least ten (10) civil commitment cases and bill at least 200 hours.

Application Submission:

Admission to the MHLD trial panel is by application only. All attorneys who accept CPCS assignments are required to maintain professional liability insurance. Completed applications must be submitted by the new extended deadline of Monday, August 8, 2022. MHLD will notify applicants by August 19 whether they have been admitted to the training program and with further instructions about how to register. The link to our online application is at the end of this announcement.

Training Format and Requirements: Please review this carefully to make sure this format and the dates work for you considering your work/family/other obligations.

 

This intensive mini course is a fully remote training with a mix of live online (Zoom) sessions and substantial online learning through our learning management system (Talent LMS).

The live Zoom sessions will be held 1:00-4:00 PM on the following dates: September 13, 16, 20, 23, 30, and from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on October 4. Please note the time between the fourth and fifth sessions is longer than the others, and the last session is scheduled earlier in the day, to accommodate those who observe the High Holidays.

Attorneys accepted into the training must also complete a mock hearing for one half-day on either October 13, 14, 17, 18 (to be scheduled once the class registration is complete).

The online learning will include watching recorded lectures and other videos, reading articles and cases, and completing some quizzes and written assignments. Some of this work must be completed before the training begins; the rest must be done between the live sessions. You should expect up to 8-10 hours of this online work per week; this is in addition to the time in the live sessions. The live sessions include discussions and small group skills exercises that you prepare for in advance. The course concludes with a mock trial on Zoom where you will be able to practice what you learned in the first part of the course and get constructive feedback from experienced mental health attorneys before taking your first commitment case.

The registration fee for the training is $175*, which includes all materials. Please do not submit payment until after receiving confirmation that you have been accepted into the training, at which point you will receive payment and registration instructions.

Certification Requirements:

Certification Requirements:

Certification is based on successful completion of the training course, including all live sessions, all required materials in the learning management system, and a mock trial. Attorneys who have successfully completed the course training requirements are provisionally certified and assigned a mentor. Attorneys are expected to take at least three cases in their first six months on the panel and maintain an active mental health practice. During the period of the attorney’s provisional certification, the attorney must work cooperatively with the mentor as required by the MHLD Mentor Program requirements. The mentor will periodically report to the MHLD Trial Support Unit about the attorney’s progress towards full MHLD panel certification.

If you have any questions, please email MHLD Training Director Miriam Ruttenberg at mruttenberg@publiccounsel.net.

 

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO APPLY (no fee to submit application)

Note: to submit your application, you must press “Submit” at the bottom left-hand side, below the signature. If you are not able to complete the application in one sitting you may press the “Save” button, on the bottom right-hand side, and you will receive a link to use when you are ready to complete the application. Your application must be complete in order to be considered.

If you need reasonable accommodations in order to complete the application, please email mruttenberg@publiccounsel.net or call (617) 910-5782

*We do not want the cost of this training to be a barrier for interested attorneys who are dedicated to representing our clients against petitions for commitment and forced medication. If the cost of this training would be a financial hardship, please contact Miriam Ruttenberg when you submit your application to discuss a confidential fee waiver.

CPCS 2022 AWARDS CEREMONY

On Wednesday, May 11, 2022 CPCS had the pleasure of honoring exceptional members of our community – attorneys from the public and private counsel divisions, as well as a social worker, investigator and administrative professional – who work tirelessly to insure that CPCS meets our mission:  to fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals; to zealously advocate for the rights of individuals; and to promote just public policy to protect the rights of all. Continue reading

Committee Meeting Agenda – May 18, 2022 Meeting

UPDATE – The Committee meeting will be held completely virtual.  Registration for the zoom webinar is below.

  1. Approval of minutes of the April 13, 2022 meeting
  2. Contracts
    *Post-Conviction Resource Attorneys
    *CAFL Resource Attorneys
  3. Amicus Request(s)
    *Commonwealth v.  Dones, SJC-13271
    *Commonwealth v. B.P., A Juvenile, 2022-P-0147
  4. Sick Leave Bank Change
  5. Monthly Financial Overview Report
  6. Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  7. Mileage Rate Increase
  8. FY 2023 Budget Update
  9. Chief Counsel Report
  10. Executive Session
    *Personnel Issues

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Committee Meeting Agenda – April 13, 2022 Meeting

The meeting will be held virtually beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is required – details below.

  1. Approval of minutes of the March 16, 2022 meeting
  2. Amicus Requests
    *Commonwealth Robert Silva-Prentice, FAR-28707
    *Russo v. Cummings, SJ-2002-0071
    *22-16-03, Matter of Cisneros
    *Springfield Courthouse Litigation
  3.  Contracts
    *FY 2023 Bar Advocate Program Supervising Attorney Contracts
    *FY 2023 Juvenile Supervising Attorney Contracts
  4. Lease Renewals – Brockton Offices
  5. Monthly Financial Overview Report
  6. FY 2023 Budget Update
  7. Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  8. Western Mass. Counsel Crisis – Special Master Report
  9. Chief Counsel Report

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Committee Meeting Agenda – March 16, 2022 Meeting

The meeting will be held virtually beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is required – details below.

  1. Approval of minutes of the February 22, 2022 meeting
  2. Amicus Request(s)
    1. Commonwealth v. Rambert, Appeals Court No. 2021-P-0649;
      Supreme Judicial Court No. DAR-28716
      (Reporting Only – Approved by Executive Committee)
  3. CAFL Counsel Crisis – Proposed Incentive Program
  4. Lease Approvals
    1. Fall River
    2. New Bedford
    3. Roxbury – Malcolm X. Blvd.
    4. Roxbury – Palmer Street
  5. Monthly Financial Overview Report
  6. Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  7. Chief Counsel Report

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