What We Do
The Training Coordinator is responsible for managing the allocation of agency resources to insure that CPCS meets the training needs of all attorneys handling CPCS cases, both public and private counsel, as well as the training needs of all other public counsel staff. Training is provided in a variety of areas including, but not limited to: substantive legal issues, trial and oral argument skills, investigation, social service matters, brief writing, management matters, supervision skills and technology issues. The Training Coordinator fosters cross disciplinary training, is responsible for the CPCS Annual Training Conference, and designs and delivers management and supervision training.
Training on substantive matters is provided by the three CPCS Training Units and a variety of specialty units. The Criminal Defense Training Unit focuses on adult criminal matters; the CAFL Training Unit addresses children and family law matters; the YAD Training Unit concentrates on juvenile delinquency, youthful offender and juvenile life without parole matters; the Mental Health Litigation Division provides training on commitment and guardianship matters; the Immigration Impact Unit focuses on the potential immigration consequences of criminal convictions; the Alternative Commitment and Registration Support Unit provides training on Sexual Offender Registry (SORB) and Sexually Dangerous Person (SDP) matters; the Private Counsel Post Conviction Unit addresses criminal appellate matters; the EdLaw Project provides instruction on school issues; the CPCS Innocence Program concentrates on forensic and new trial issues; the Revocation Advocacy Panel trains attorneys representing juveniles committed to the Department of Youth Service who are facing a return to custody as a result of the revocation of their Grants of Conditional Liberty; the Forensic Services Unit provides training on forensic issues.
COURSES QUALIFYING FOR CPCS CLE CREDIT
Private attorneys certified to represent CPCS clients in a variety of matters are required to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credits to maintain certification. CPCS grants CLE credits for many programs conducted by CPCS, MCLE, the Social Law Library, the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, as well as many other organizations. Check the Training Calendar for programs qualifying for CPCS CLE credit.
HOW TO OBTAIN CPCS CLE CREDIT APPROVAL FOR OFFERED COURSE
If you would like to CPCS to grant CLE credits for a course you intend to offer, please contact the appropriate panel representatives. Note that in many cases CPCS will approve a course for CLE credits for more than one panel. For courses relevant to the practice of:
- Criminal Law trial practitioners, contact Carol Beck, Director Criminal Trial Support Unit;
- Criminal Law appellate practitioners, contact Donald Bronstein, Director of Criminal Appeals;
- Children and Family Law practitioners, contact Amy Karp, Director CAFL Training Unit;
- Delinquency and Youthful Offender practitioners, contact Erica Cushna, YAD Trial Panel Director;
- Mental Health practitioners, contact Karen Talley, Assistant Director, Mental Health Litigation Division;
- Sexual Offender Registry and Sexually Dangerous Person practitioners, contact Larni Levy, Director, Alternative Commitment and Registration Support Unit.
HOW TO BECOME CERTIFIED TO REPRESENT CPCS CLIENTS
If you are an attorney and wish to accept appointments of CPCS cases, you must first be certified by CPCS in the area(s) in which you seek to practice. CPCS certifies attorneys to accept cases in the following areas:
- District Court criminal cases;
- Superior Court criminal cases;
- Murder cases;
- Criminal Appeals and Post Conviction matters;
- Delinquency matters;
- Youthful Offender cases;
- Grant of Conditional Liberty Revocation cases (clients facing return to Department of Youth Services custody);
- Children and Family Law cases (including Children Requiring Assistance and Care and Protection Matters;
- Children and Family Law appeals;
- Mental Health cases (including commitment and guardianship proceedings);
- Sexual Offender Registry matters;
- Sexually Dangerous Person cases;