Committee for Public Counsel Services

CAFL Appellate Panel Training & Certification Application - May 2018

US-MA-Boston
ID
2017-1575
# of Openings
1
Posted Date
11/27/2017
Type
Regular Full-Time
Post End Date
3/23/2018

Overview

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is seeking private attorneys to join the Children and Family Law (CAFL) Division appellate panel.  CAFL appeals are appeals of final judgments in care and protection, termination of parental rights, guardianship of a minor, contested adoption, and other child welfare proceedings.  Most cases concern intervention by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families in family life.  The work of the CAFL appellate panel attorneys includes interviewing and visiting clients, conducting legal research, writing motions and briefs, and arguing cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court.

 

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MISSION STATEMENT

CPCS is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of its clients by providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and excellent representation.  We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs.  In striving always to achieve those goals, CPCS embraces diversity and inclusion as core values and is steadfast in our commitment to:  (1) ensuring that CPCS staff members represent a broad range of human difference and experience; (2) providing a work climate that is respectful and that supports success; and (3) promoting the dignity and well-being of all staff members. CPCS's leadership is responsible for ensuring excellence, diversity, and inclusion. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.

 

 

Overview:

 

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is seeking private attorneys to join the Children and Family Law (CAFL) Division appellate panel.  CAFL appeals are appeals of final judgments in care and protection, termination of parental rights, guardianship of a minor, contested adoption, and other child welfare proceedings.  Most cases concern intervention by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families in family life.  The work of the CAFL appellate panel attorneys includes interviewing and visiting clients, conducting legal research, writing motions and briefs, and arguing cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court.  Private panel attorneys handle the vast majority of CAFL appeals; other CAFL appeals are handled by the CAFL Appellate (staff) Unit.  This posting is not for a staff position; it is for private attorneys to obtain certification to receive, and be compensated for, CAFL appellate appointments.  Compensation is $55/hour.  New CAFL appellate attorneys receive free mentoring for several years.  Private panel attorneys submit bills to CPCS and must agree to follow all billing and other requirements set forth in the CPCS Assigned Counsel Manual, available at: 

 

https://www.publiccounsel.net/assigned-counsel-manual/

 

Kindly direct any questions to Andrew Cohen, CAFL Director of Appellate Panel, at: acohen@publiccounsel.net.

 

 

Applications:

 

Applications are due on March 23, 2018, but will be accepted on a rolling basis until the training is filled.  Applications are available at: https://www.publiccounsel.net/cafl/training/

Qualifications

Qualifications:

 

Applicants must have the following minimum qualifications:

 

  • Demonstrated proficiency in legal research and writing; and
  • At least one of the following:
    • Two years of child welfare trial experience;
    • Primary authorship of two or more appellate briefs in other subjects;
    • A recent appellate clerkship, substantial editing experience for a law journal, publication of a law journal article, or other substantial research and writing experience.

Applicants must be admitted to the Massachusetts bar or be eligible for admission by June 30, 2018. 

 

Admission into the training is competitive and not all applicants will be admitted.  All admitted applicants must attend the three-day CAFL appellate training program scheduled for May 1, 2, and 3, 2018, at the office of Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. 

 

The agency actively seeks to diversify its private attorney panel membership.

 

EEO Statement

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other applicable federal and state statutes and organizational policies.  Applicants who have questions about equal employment opportunity or who need reasonable accommodations can contact the Director of Human Resources Management, Lisa Bacon, at lbacon@publiccounsel.net

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