SAVE THE DATE: The CPCS Annual Training Conference will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 8:00-5:00 at the DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester. Advance Registration is Required.
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND
THE COMMITTEE FOR PUBLIC COUNSEL SERVICES 2017 AWARDS CEREMONY
TO HONOR MEMBERS OF OUR STAFF AND PRIVATE BAR
JOHN ADAMS COURTHOUSE, PEMBERTON SQUARE, BOSTON
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017 — 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Jane Addams Award for Outstanding Social Service Accomplishments
Jay D. Blitzman Award for Youth Advocacy
Laura Chrismer Edmonds
Carol A. Donovan Award for Exceptional Advocacy
Lisa M. Kavanaugh
Edward J. Duggan Private Counsel Award for Outstanding Service
Andrew S. Crouch
Edward J. Duggan Public Counsel Award for Outstanding Service
Paul J. Liacos Mental Health Advocacy Award
Brandon L. Campbell
Thurgood Marshall Award
Derege B. Demissie
Maura Mellen Administrative Professional Award
Jessie Altagracia Brito
Maria Souto-Armand Goyette Investigator Award
Margaret Winchester Child Welfare Advocacy Award
Sarah E. Schooley
RECEPTION TO FOLLOW AWARD CEREMONY — PLEASE RSVP HERE
The Impressive Top-to-Bottom Makeover of the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice System http://nationswell.com/massachusetts-juvenile-criminal-justice-makeover/
Child Requiring Assistance Certification Training
CAFL is currently accepting applications for our Child Requiring Assistance Certification Training to be held on July 18 and 19, 2017 at the offices of Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. For additional information and an application, please click on the link below. The application deadline is May 1, 2017. For additional information and a link to the application, please visit CAFL Training.
Each year, the Committee for Public Counsel Services recognizes the work of individuals who dedicate their careers to overcoming injustice, and championing the cause of zealous representation and effective assistance of counsel.
A listing of the past award recipients from 1998 through 2016 can be found here: Award Recipients – 1998 – 2016.
Please see the attached link to view the Innocence Program Holiday letter: 2016 Holiday newsletter
All meetings will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, except where noted.
- January 25 (4th Wednesday)
- February 15
- March 15
- April 12 (2nd Wednesday)
- May 17
- June 21
- July 19
- August — NO MEETING
- September 20
- October 18
- November 15
- December 20
CAFL is currently accepting applications for our Appellate Panel Certification Training to be held on May 22, 23, and 24, 2017 at the offices of Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. The application deadline is April 7, 2017. For additional information and a link to the application, please visit CAFL Training.
In December 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Two parts of the amended ESEA are particularly relevant to children in foster care: Title I, which now provides school stability rights for children in foster care, and Title IX, the McKinney-Vento statute. Some of the changes to McKinney-Vento went into effect in October 2016. The Title I changes related to foster care are effective December 10, 2016. Additional information is posted under “Trial Resources – Education” on the CAFL site. Or you can click here to go directly to the ESSA information page.
DCF is in the process of rewriting its regulations. The agency anticipates submitting between one and four sets of proposed changes to the Secretary of State every two weeks during the next several months. In total, they are planning on publishing 19 new or revised CMR sections. CPCS will be submitting comments on each section, and we encourage private bar to submit comments as well. We will be posting proposed sections on the CAFL site as we receive them. Please click here for additional information and links to the proposed regulations.