The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is the state Public Defender agency in Massachusetts. We at the Norwood Superior Court Trial office represent adults accused of superior-court only felony offenses in superior court and district courts in Norfolk County (Quincy, Brookline, Dedham, Wrentham, Stoughton).
Interns will be supervised by veteran attorneys and will have the opportunity to work on serious felony cases. They may participate in investigations, research complex issues of law, and brainstorm theories of defense. Interns may also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with attorneys, preparing for suppression hearings, and drafting motions to dismiss and other trial motions. Interns may assist attorneys, attend court hearings in Norfolk Superior Court and district courts, and may have the opportunity to visit and interview clients who are imprisoned.
Our office is MBTA-accessible.
Law students who have completed, or are enrolled in, an evidence or trial practice class, and who have an expressed interest in indigent defense and advocating for marginalized people.
Please submit a resume, letter of interest, and writing sample to apply.
Interns work directly with attorneys, investigators, and social service advocates on the following:
- Interviewing clients (interns must agree to keep confidential all information involving client representation, and the work they perform
on behalf of our clients)
- Attending court appearances and preparing for court hearings
- Representing clients at arraignment and arguing for their release from imprisonment (if 3:03 certified)
- Conducting legal research
- Drafting pretrial motions, affidavits and legal memoranda
- Investigating cases (including visiting the locations of alleged offenses and interviewing witnesses)
- Assisting in office projects related to criminal defense