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)

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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

Committee Meeting Agenda – October 21, 2021 Meeting

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

  1. Approval of minutes of the September 14, 2021 meeting
  2. Amicus Request(s)
    • Commonwealth Christopher DeJesus, SJC-13171
    • Commonwealth Jerron Perry, SJC-13144
    • Commonwealth T. G.-A., A Juvenile, Appeals Court No. 2021-P-0380
  3. Psychologist and Psychiatrist Experts Rate Increase
  4. Monthly Financial Overview Report
  5. Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  6. Meeting Dates for Calendar Year 2022
  7. Chief Counsel Report
  8. Executive Session
    • Personnel Matters

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Committee Meeting Agenda – September 14, 2021 Meeting

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

  1. Approval of minutes of the July 15, 2021 meeting
  2. CLE Reimbursement Request
  3. Amicus Request(s)
    *Commonwealth v.  Daveiga, SJC-13147
    *Commonwealth v.  Dufresne, SJC-13123 (Reporting Only – No Vote Required)
  4. Murder List Qualifications – Amendment
  5. Commitments $10,000 and Over Report
  6. Monthly Financial Overview Report
  7. FY 2022 Budget Update
  8. Litigation Update
  9. Hampden County Counsel Update
    *Memo Update
    *Letter to SJC Single Justice Wendlandt
    *Affidavit of Rose King, Director of Criminal Trials
    *Affidavit of James Dixon, Managing Director
  10. Chief Counsel Report

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Cuthbert Wins ABA Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award

CPCS’s Youth Advocacy Division is so happy to announce that Maryellen Cuthbert has been awarded the ABA Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award.

Maryellen’s service to the solo practitioners and children of Middlesex County Massachusetts is heroic and legendary. Maryellen Cuthbert has spent over three decades in private practice as a tireless fighter for the rights of the indigent in both criminal and civil cases. She is a member of eight CPCS panels, including the Superior Court, Youthful Offender, and Children and Family Law panels, and she has demonstrated remarkable creativity, courage, and tenacity in fighting for her clients’ rights and needs, not only in the courtroom, but also in their lives.

Maryellen was among the original five Juvenile Delinquency/Youthful Offender Regional Coordinators in Massachusetts, providing extensive training, mentoring, and supervision to juvenile defense attorneys in the private bar. Since 2007, she has been a Juvenile Supervising Attorney in Middlesex County, where she also serves as a Resource Attorney to the private bar. As Juvenile Supervising Attorney, Maryellen has developed training materials and programs for both the public and private counsel divisions, and she has frequently taught at MCLE, the Suffolk Law School’s Annual Trainings, CPCS sponsored events, and local school groups. She also serves as a liaison to the judges, courthouse staff, community programs, the public and private bar, the bar advocate program, YAD and CPCS.

At a recent MBA Conference, in response to a question from the audience as to what UTEC (United Teen Equity Center) looks for in a lawyer, the UTEC Street Workers and Staff replied simply, “Maryellen Cuthbert.” They went on to describe how Maryellen responds to their calls at all hours, any day of the week; she has driven out to meet with clients in the middle of the night when alerted to issues involving a new incident or arrest, and she has stayed with them until the issue is resolved. Thanks to her, young people have been inspired to turn their lives around; not only does she provide top-notch legal skills, but her dedication to her clients has often motivated them to complete their education, hold down a job, and stay off the streets. She has lead by example and taught her attorneys to do the same.

She is also an outstanding trial attorney – a fighter and a winner – often trying back-to-back cases to juries with excellent results. In 2017, she represented a juvenile in an OUI case; when her motion to suppress was denied, she paid her way to attend an appeals training in New Orleans, and upon her return, she appealed, re-wrote her motion, and won the case for her client. Another client’s case was transferred to Superior Court this year; Maryellen preserved all of the issues for appeal, and then went on to win the jury trial in Superior Court.

As a solo practitioner since 1984, Maryellen has developed a wealth of experience trying cases at all levels, and she has used her talent and experience to assist in developing policy proposals for juvenile justice. She also serves as a Board Member of the Middlesex Defense Attorneys, Inc., as a member of the Juvenile Delinquency Advisory Committee in Massachusetts.

Maryellen also has a flair for making legal trainings for the bar she supervises informative, fun, and tasty. Her trainings at her home are legendary – she brings the entire community of private and public attorneys, judges, and other professionals into her home for outstanding trainings and equally mind-blowing meals. She also manages to squeeze trainings into every available hour of the day – her 1-hour “brown bag” trainings on specific legal issues usually include her provision of enough pizza, salad, and dessert to feed the entire county.

Maryellen works around the clock, and for her lifetime, not only to provide her own clients with cutting-edge representation, but also to ensure that all attorneys in Massachusetts have access to her as a resource, as a colleague, and as a leader in the community. We are extremely lucky to have her, and we are very proud of her.

We are extremely lucky to have Maryellen as a comrade, leader, and coach for all of us who aspire to improve the quality of representation to youth in Massachusetts and throughout the country.