Committee for Public Counsel Services

  • Internship - 2018 Summer CAFL Appellate Panel Support Unit

    Job Locations US-MA-Boston
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    Unpaid Internship
  • Overview

    The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is the government agency that provides representation to indigent clients in criminal cases, civil cases and administrative proceedings in which there is a right to counsel.  The Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) Appellate Panel Support Unit seeks 2 law student summer interns.  


    The CAFL Appellate Panel Support Unit provides research, writing, and training support for CAFL trial and appellate attorneys in state intervention child custody proceedings, including termination of parental rights cases.  Student interns help with legal and social science research and writing.  They also observe child welfare trial proceedings in the juvenile courts and appellate proceedings in the Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court.  Student interns may also work with attorneys in the Boston CAFL trial office, helping those attorneys with case-related matters.


    The CAFL Appellate Panel Support Unit is located in downtown Boston. 


    Please note that this internship is unpaid. The start date and weekly hour requirements are flexible, but the internship should comprise at least 17.5 hours/week, and a minimum commitment of 8 weeks is expected.  Preference is given to students who can work 35 hours per week for a 10-week period.


    • Student in good standing at an accredited law school 
    • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently and meet deadlines
    • Strong analytical, research and writing skills


    Interested candidates should supply:

    • Resume
    • Cover letter detailing specific interest in CAFL’s work and how students meet enumerated qualifications
    • Writing sample (not exceeding 10 pages)


    • Perform legal research on a variety of trial, appellate, and child welfare legal and social science issues, and draft memoranda and motions on various issues
    • Assist trial attorneys with research and writing on their cases
    • Serve as a panel member for appellate moot courts
    • Observe trial proceedings in the juvenile court and the probate and family court, as well as oral arguments in Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court
    • Assist staff attorneys with statewide trainings to address systemic issues 


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