The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is the state agency in Massachusetts responsible for providing legal services to the poor in civil and criminal matters where the laws of the Commonwealth or the state or federal constitution mandate that counsel be provided. We represent adults accused of felony and misdemeanor offenses. We also represent low income clients who face civil commitment based on mental illness or alcohol or other sustance abuse.
We offer law student interns a variety of experiences and assignments, supervised by veteran attorneys, as well as valuable training. Interns with our office have successfully argued in court for the release of our clients at arraignment, as well as motions to dismiss, bail appeals, section 35 hearings, probation surrender hearings, and motions to suppress.
Law students who have successfully completed or are enrolled in an evidence or trial practice class, with the written approval by their Dean, may represent clients under the supervision of a staff public defender in court per SJC Rule 3:03.
Interns work directly with attorneys, investigators, and social service advocates on the following: