The Public Defender Division Appeals Unit is seeking interns. The Appeals Unit will typically hire one full-time student intern in the summer, and may hire one or more part-time student interns during the school year. Student interns will assist staff attorneys in researching legal issues and drafting arguments for inclusion in briefs filed in the Appeals Court and the 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 of the Internship
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is Massachusetts’ state-wide public defender organization. The Committee for Public Counsel Services provides legal representation in Massachusetts for those unable to afford an attorney in all matters in which the law requires the appointment of counsel. This includes representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, mental health, sexually dangerous person and sex offender registry cases, as well as related appeals and post-conviction matters.
The Appeals Unit provides legal representation and appellate advocacy for its indigent clients in the Massachusetts appellate courts and occasionally in federal court. The cases handled by the Appeals Unit are primarily post-conviction criminal cases, but also include interlocutory appeals (primarily from orders deciding motions to suppress evidence and motions to dismiss criminal charges). Post-conviction appellate cases usually involve clients convicted of serious felonies and sentenced to substantial periods of incarceration but may also include misdemeanor and other district court convictions.
All students who will have completed their first year of law school by the start of their internship are eligible to apply. This internship is best suited to students who enjoy legal research and writing, whose coursework demonstrates an interest in criminal law, and who share our commitment to providing all of our clients with excellent appellate representation.
In order to apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, including a list of references, transcript, and writing sample.
Please upload your transcript to the "Writing Sample 2" option under the "My Profile" option.
The Appeals Unit will typically hire one full-time student intern in the summer, and may hire one or more part-time student interns during the school year. Student interns will assist staff attorneys in researching legal issues and drafting arguments for inclusion in briefs filed in the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court. Students who are in the office on Monday afternoons will join our weekly staff meetings at which cases are discussed in detail, and summer interns will be invited to participate in a weekly brown bag lunch series hosted at CPCS’s Boston trial office. Students may be asked to join staff attorneys in client interviews in the office or to travel with staff attorneys to visit incarcerated clients. Students are invited to attend oral arguments whenever possible, although the Massachusetts appellate courts do not hear argument during July and August. Where possible, students will also be encouraged to attend trial court proceedings. Students are not required to have access to a car.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org