Committee Meeting Agenda – May 18, 2022 Meeting

The Committee meeting will be held in person at 75 Federal Street, Boston, 5th floor conference room and via zoom webinar.  Registration for the zoom 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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Committee Meeting Agenda – February 22, 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 January 19, 2022 meeting
  2. Amicus Request(s)
    *Commonwealth v. Tate, SJC-13227
    *Commonwealth v. Nicholas Taylor, SJC-13206
  3. Contract – Post-Conviction Resource Attorneys
  4. Lease Approval – Temporary Space for Holyoke Office
  5. Monthly Financial Overview Report
  6. Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  7. FY 2023 Budget Update
  8. Chief Counsel Report

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2022 MHLD Appellate Certification Training Applications Open

The Mental Health Litigation Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is now accepting applications for the Mental Health Litigation Division (“MHLD”) Appellate Panel Certification Training

Qualifications:

Applicants must have the following minimum qualifications:

    • Demonstrated proficiency in legal research and writing
    • Demonstrated commitment to working on behalf of indigent individuals and/or people with disabilities

Desirable qualifications include:

    1. Two years of mental health trial experience;
    2. Primary authorship of two or more appellate briefs in other practice areas;
    3. A recent appellate clerkship, substantial editing experience for a law journal, or publication of a law journal article.

Admission into the training is based on qualifications and current availability of mentors, such that not all applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be admitted.

Required Training:

Admitted applicants must attend the virtual MHLD appellate training program that includes live (synchronous) Zoom sessions on the following dates, as well as completion of asynchronous assignments in between live sessions:

 

Day 1 – Tuesday, March 29, 2022 from 9:00 – 12:30

Day 2 – Friday, April 1, 2022 from 9:00 – 12:30

Day 3 – Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 9:00 – 12:30

Day 4 – Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 9:00 – 12:30

 

**Note that the total time commitment will approximate that of previous live trainings, i.e. approx.   21 hours.

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.

Application Submission Instructions:

To be considered, you must submit a completed application via e-mail to: ktalley@publiccounsel.net  by Friday, February 14, 2022. 

To download the full application, click here

Your application must include:

  1. Answers to all questions in the application
  2. A current resume;
  3. Two writing samples totaling no more than 100 pages.  If you are submitting a brief, please include the entire brief, including the cover page and tables of contents and authorities.  If your samples include the name or work of other attorneys, you must identify the portions you wrote and explain whether anyone else edited your work.

Further Information:

For further information regarding the appellate panel certification process, please contact Karen Talley at ktalley@publiccounsel.net.

Committee Meeting Agenda – January 19, 2022 Meeting

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

  • Approval of minutes of the December 16, 2021 meeting
  • Insurance Coverage for Bar Advocate Supervising Attorneys
  • Amicus Recommendation – Commonwealth v. Lindsay Hallinan, 1336CR3327
  • Training Department Presentation
  • Personnel Subcommittee Update
  • Monthly Financial Overview Report
  • Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  • Chief Counsel Report
  • Executive Session
    • Personnel Matters

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MHLD Guardianship Certification Training  Spring 2022

The Mental Health Litigation Division (MHLD) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is accepting applications for March 2022 Guardianship Certification Training  

Application deadline is January 18, 2022

A guardianship is a substantial deprivation of liberty – under guardianship an adult can no longer legally make their own decisions about many issues, including where to live, what medical treatment to accept or refuse, and other decisions people make every day. Because of this significant infringement on civil rights, respondents are entitled to court-appointed counsel. There is a great need for certified attorneys to represent these clients and it is rewarding work. You will get client contact, litigation experience, and the satisfaction of providing zealous, client-centered advocacy for some of the most misunderstood and disempowered people in the Commonwealth.

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 Tuesday January 18, 2022. MHLD will notify applicants by early February whether they have been admitted to the training program. The link to our online application is at the end of this announcement.

Training Format and Requirements: Please review all information below carefully to make sure the format and dates work for you considering your work/family/other obligations. It will be difficult to maintain a full workload while participating in this course, so please be mindful of the required time commitment. We suggest you hold these dates open pending notification of acceptance to the training.

The fully remote certification training will be a mix of live Zoom sessions and substantial self-directed learning through our online learning management system (Talent LMS).

The live sessions will be held from 1:00-4:00 PM on March 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, and 18Attorneys accepted into the training must also complete a half-day mock hearing on one of the following dates: March 28, 29, 30, 31 (morning and afternoon options, to be scheduled once registration is complete).

The self-directed learning will include watching recorded lectures and other videos, reading articles and cases, and completing written assignments and preparing for skills work. There will be brief pre-work before the training begins; the rest will be done in between the live sessions. You should expect 8-10 hours of this self-directed work per week, in addition to 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 guardianship case.

The cost of the training is $175, which includes all materials. After receiving confirmation that you have been accepted into the training, you will receive registration and payment instructions.

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 or need reasonable accommodations to complete the application, please email mruttenberg@publiccounsel.net

 

Spring 2022 Guardianship Certification Application (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.

Committee Meeting Agenda – December 16, 2021 Meeting

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

  • Approval of minutes of the November 18, 2021 meeting
  • Amicus Recommendation
    – Commonwealth v. Joseph Pope, SJC-13202
  • Personnel Policy – Extension of Use or Lose Policy (Reporting Only – No Vote Required)
  • Monthly Financial Overview Report
  • Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  • FY 2023 Budget Proposal – Initiative Request
  • Chief Counsel Report
  • Executive Session (if needed)

Registration is required to join the meeting

When: Dec 16, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Committee Meeting Agenda – November 18, 2021 Meeting

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

  • Approval of minutes of the October 21, 2021 meeting
  • Amicus Request(s)
    • Commonwealth v. M.S., A Juvenile, SJC-13200
  • Monthly Financial Overview Report
  • Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  • FY 2023 Budget Proposal – Maintenance Request
  • Chief Counsel Report
  • Executive Session
    • Litigation Matter

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2022 Calendar Year Committee Meeting Dates

All meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be held on the third Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted.

January 19th
February 16thFebruary 22nd – Tuesday
March 16th
April 13th – 2nd Wednesday of the month
May 18th
June 15thJune 14th – Tuesday
July 20th
NO AUGUST MEETING
September 21st
October 19th
November 16th
December 21st