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What we do:

We fight injustice. The mission of the Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is to ensure that criminal defendants are given the fundamental protections of the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Massachusetts Constitution. We believe that every defendant should not only receive zealous advocacy but respect and dignity as they deal with the potential loss of their liberty.

We stand with the voiceless. The Public Defender Division is committed to meeting the needs of clients in Massachusetts in all their diversity.  We are dedicated to providing zealous advocacy, community oriented defense and protection of fundamental constitutional and human rights. Our staff encompasses a broad range of human differences and abilities including but not limited to: age, ethnicity, gender, geographic origin, race, faith, religion, and progressive values; and are committed to utilizing them to best serve our clients.


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Public Defender News

CPCS Honors the Best in Indigent Defense – 2017 Awards Ceremony May 2, 2017 - On Tuesday, April 25, 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 […]
CPCS Public Defender Receives MBA Access to Justice Award May 22, 2015 - On May 7, 2015, the Massachusetts Bar Association presented Ben Evans, a supervising attorney in the Public Defender Division’s Fall River office with the prestigious Access to Justice Defender Award. After graduating from law school in 2005, Ben started as a staff attorney in the New Bedford office. Ben has been a supervising attorney in […]
In Memoriam: Pamela Webb February 22, 2015 - On January 31, 2015, longtime CPCS employee, Pamela Jean Webb of Springfield, unexpectedly passed away. Pam worked as an Administrative Assistant at CPCS for 32 years. Here is a fond remembrance of Pam from Alan Rubin, the Attorney in Charge of the Northampton office. “After working for several years in the Springfield office, Pam came […]
CPCS is a “Champion of Justice” February 13, 2015 - On January 30, 2015, the Roger Williams University School of Law held its inaugural Champion of Justice dinner at the Providence Biltmore Hotel in Rhode Island. The law school presented the Committee for Public Counsel Services with its 2015 Community Partner Champion Award in recognition of CPCS’s “impact and accomplishments” in supporting the law school’s […]
Agreement Reached on Conditions at Bridgewater State Hospital December 17, 2014 - An independent monitoring group will open an office inside troubled Bridgewater State Hospital for the next two years to make sure that prison guards and clinicians continue reducing their use of isolation and physical restraints on mentally ill patients, under a deal with the state that averts a lawsuit. Read entire Globe Article which includes […]