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Defending Emerging Adults

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Lawyers leave with an understanding of the developmental complexities of Emerging Adults (18-25 year olds) and how to shift their representation to more holistic and developmentally appropriate advocacy to achieve better legal and life outcomes for their clients. Focused on the representation of Emerging Adult clients in the adult criminal court system but contains information relevant to all practice areas.

Target Audience:

Defense Lawyers representing Emerging Adults in Massachusetts Criminal Court


Training Modules and Dates:

Module 1: Introduction to Emerging Adult Development

Moderator: Katharine Klubock, January 12, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

Introduces participants to this unique age group by providing a mix of national and local experts in the field, the strong voice of clients involved in the (in)justice system, and a discussion of adolescent development theory.


Module 2: Positive Youth Development as a Model for Holistic Representation

Moderator: Melanie Roberts, January 19, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

Explains Positive Youth Development as a model for holistic representation for Emerging Adults. Attorneys explore the importance of understanding the DCF and DYS systems, educational rights, and the importance of collaborating with social workers to get the best outcomes for their clients


Module 3: Emerging Adult Case Law Primer

Moderator: Laura Alfring, January 26, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

This session provides a case primer for developments in Emerging Adult Law in Massachusetts and across the United States, practical information about using relevant science in litigation and how to create a solid record to preserve issues for appeal.


Module 4: Emerging Adults In Criminal Practice

Moderator: Lipou Laliemthavisay, January 27, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

Participants apply what they have learned in the previous sessions in an interactive skills session addressing motions in limine, jury instructions, voir dire questions, sentencing/mitigation, voluntariness and theory development.




CLE Requirements Reinstated for FY2021

⚠ COVID-19 Crisis Updates [7/7/2020]: 

CPCS CLE requirements for panel attorneys are once again in effect.  See the CPCS Training Calendar for CPCS sponsored and CLE approved webinars.  You may contact your appropriate panel head to determine whether credit will be given for trainings offered that are not sponsored by CPCS. We will be offering frequent remote training opportunities so that you may continue your professional development and meet  the CLE requirements to maintain your panel certification.

Subsequent Offenses Webinar


If your client is charged and convicted of being a repeat offender, the sentences can be much longer and the collateral consequences much greater. Learn and review strategies for defending “subsequent offense” cases. This is a great training for someone who wants to transition from District to Superior Court practice or for the more experienced practitioner who is looking for additional tools and tactics to improve case outcomes.

Presenter: Mike Tumposky, Esq. (Boston, MA)

To Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sd-qhqDwjHteWOE8DUKn71kFeH-fLH3FE

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Zealous Zooming: Effective Advocacy in Virtual Court

1.5 CLE (Adult Criminal, Criminal Appeals, CAFL, YAD, YAD appeals, MHLD, SORB/SDP

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5IVAby8VTNiWn5L7bsp1Uw

Join us for a primer on using ZOOM video conferencing, specifically for trial attorneys. We will be discussing:

  • how to login to a Zoom meeting,
  • how to configure your settings, on a phone, computer or tablet
  • how to participate in a Zoom meeting/training/hearing,
  • using the chat function,
  • Zoom etiquette
  • How to look good/better on Zoom and
  • Some basic litigation strategies issues
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How to Identify, Obtain, and Utilize Social Service Experts in Criminal Defense Matters

2 CLE: —


The District Court Committee and the Criminal Law Committee of the WCBA will be hosting an online training discussing the process of identifying and hiring the proper social service expert to assist in criminal defense matters, on June 4, 2020 from 1-3 pm.

This presentation will be free to WCBA members. Kristin Dame, CPCS Private Counsel Division’s Director of Private Social Work Services will provide an overview of private Social Services Expert vendors, how to identify the right one for certain tasks, and detail the limits of what these workers may or may not be able to do in certain cases. Murray Kohn, Esq., CPCS Appeals, will discuss how to obtain funds for those services. There will also be discussion of how social service experts can assist attorneys with COVID related parole request. Social Service Experts will be present to introduce themselves to attorneys and discuss the areas in which they can provide assistance.


This presentation will last approximately 90 minutes followed by time for questions. 2 CLE credits will be provided.

Register on GoToTraining

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Immigration Consequences of Criminal Conduct

2 CLE:  Adult Criminal, Criminal Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

CPCS Webinar: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Conduct
Monday, June 15
10 pm – 12pm

In this refresher training, Jen Klein and Claire Valentin from the Immigration Impact Unit will review of the basics of immigration consequences of criminal conduct. The training will cover immigration enforcement as a result of criminal conduct as well as the criminal grounds of inadmissibility and deportability.


The training builds on the May 8 and May 15th training “Life of an Immigration Case for the Criminal Defense Practitioner” (now on MyGideon as a recording), and is also appropriate for any attorney looking to brush up on how to advise noncitizen clients facing criminal charges.



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Representing Clients in End-of-Life Cases: What, Why, and How

Curious about the recent MHLD listserv discussion on end-of-life issues?
Do you want to learn more about what respondent’s counsel should be doing in these cases?

Join us for a webinar that includes a presentation by MHLD Staff Attorney Paulette Marie on the law and practice for DNR/DNI casesincluding informed consent, substituted judgment, and other important principles for counsel’s zealous representation. This will be followed by interactive breakout sessions where we will discuss a brief fact pattern you will receive in advance.

You will learn about, or refresh your knowledge of,the fundamentals of these cases and hone your analytic skills in the interactive breakout discussions by brainstorming with your colleagues.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpdOygqDwoE9wCk0ZCkdGidQZEtN5LxMpC

This webinar is eligible for 2 MHLD credits—you must participate in the lecture and breakout discussion groups. Registration is limited.

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Representing Veterans: Much More than Diversion & Treatment Courts

CLE:  1.5 for Adult Criminal, Criminal Appeals, CAFL; 1 for Mental Health Litigation

This webinar will be led by Jason Thomas, the Veterans Program Coordinator for the Trial Court, who is a veteran himself (a current reservist) and a former public defender.


This training will enable participants to identify and understand the resources available to veteran clients, with a particular focus on accessing the resources provided by the federal department of Veterans Affairs and the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services. Mr. Thomas will also provide an overview of the military in general and transitioning out of the military, and will discuss diversion options and the Veterans’ Treatment Courts.

Representing Veterans: Much More than Diversion & Treatment Courts
June 4, 2020, 1pm to 2:30 pm
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Litigating Section 35: Pandemic Edition (3:00pm)

May 26, 2020
3:00 pm ( also available at 1:30pm )
1 CLE for Adult Criminal, Criminal Appeals, Mental Health Litigation, Juvenile/YAD, Juvenile/YAD appeals

To Register:

The COVID-19 pandemic poses special risks to the lives, health, and constitutional rights of respondents facing commitment pursuant to G.L.c. 123, Section 35. Our zealous advocacy for these vulnerable clients is more important than ever. This webinar is intended to assist you in representing respondents during these difficult times. It will cover:

  • a refresher on the basics: the criteria for commitment, the applicable standard and rules of evidence
  • the state of treatment and social distancing at the facilities
  • how to demand due process during these remote hearings
  • special concerns for Section 35 clients
  • choosing between current options for appeal