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CPCS, Prince Lobel Create Walter B. Prince Fellowship - The Committee for Public Counsel Services and Boston law firm Prince Lobel have joined together to create the Walter B. Prince Fellowship – a one-year program that provides financial and training support to an outstanding attorney at the beginning of their career. The fellowship was created this year to honor the legacy of firm co-founder […]
Rodriguez Named to El Mundo Boston 30 under 30 List - Anna Shaddae Rodriguez, a staff attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services, has been named to the El Mundo Boston Latino 30 under 30 list. El Mundo annually awards “young individuals making an impact on the Massachusetts Latino community in a variety of fields. … The list serves to highlight the growing and invaluable […]
High Court Outlines New Showup Procedures - Police officers are required to give specific instructions to witnesses before they attempt to identify a suspect during the immediate aftermath of an alleged crime, according to a high court decision outlining the new protocol. The Supreme Judicial Court, siding with an argument made by Committee for Public Counsel Services attorneys, expanded a prior ruling […]
Committee Meeting Agenda – November 20, 2019 Meeting - AGENDA Executive Session:  *FY 2020 Compensation Proposal – Discussion of Chief Counsel and Manager Salaries Open Session: FY 2020 Compensation Proposal – Committee Vote on Chief Counsel and Manager Salaries Pursuant to Line Item 0321-1500 in Section 2 of Chapter 41 of the Acts of 2019 (FY 2020 General Appropriation Law) Approval of minutes of […]
Public Defenders Seek Fair Retirement Classification - Prosecutors and public defenders have stressful jobs, and both are frequently placed face-to-face with the trauma that inevitably surfaces when working in the criminal justice system.  But when it comes to retirement, assistant district attorneys and those who work for the Committee for Public Counsel Services are treated much differently. Prosecutors receive enhanced retirement benefits, […]
CPCS Leaders, International Guest Tour Child Welfare Center - Committee for Public Counsel Services Youth Advocacy Division leaders toured a Bay State child welfare and juvenile justice center with an international guest and showcased some model residential and educational programming for children and youth. Mona Igram, the attorney in charge of the Committee for Public Counsel Services’ Youth Advocacy Division office in Lowell, and Josh Dohan, […]
SJC: School Assembly Amendment Applies Retroactively - Legislation geared toward keeping kids out of the school-to-prison pipeline by prohibiting criminal proceedings against juvenile students for “disturbing a school assembly” based on in-school conduct must be applied retroactively to cases pending when the law was enacted, according to a recent high court decision. The Supreme Judicial Court, siding with the position of the […]
Boston Globe Shines Light on Impact of DCF Office Moves - The Department of Children and Families has recently moved some of its field offices from city centers to areas that are not as accessible to parents who have lost custody of their children and are attempting to participate in visits with their children. The Boston Globe’s Kay Lazar chronicled this concerning trend in a recent article, […]
Seeking Counsel for Child Welfare Appeals - The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is seeking private attorneys to join the Children and Family Law (CAFL) Division appellate panel.  CAFL appeals are appeals of final judgments in care and protection, termination of parental rights, guardianship of a minor, contested adoption, and other child welfare proceedings.  Most cases concern intervention by the Massachusetts […]
CPCS Attorney Wins Leadership Award - Mona Igram, the attorney in charge of the Committee for Public Counsel Services’ Youth Advocacy Division office in Lowell, has been honored with the Lawrence Bar Association’s Leadership Award. The award is given yearly to an attorney “who serves not only their clients and other constituents, but also generously gives back by donating services, money, […]