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Job Locations US-MA-Lawrence
Posted Date 8 months ago(2/21/2020 2:30 PM)
The Mental Health Litigation Division (MHLD) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services has an opening for a Internship.  The internship will be located in Lawrence, MA.    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.  In fulfilling its mission, CPCS is committed to fostering diversity at all levels of the agency.  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 management and 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.   AGENCY OVERVIEW   CPCS is the state agency in Massachusetts responsible for providing an attorney when the state or federal constitution or a state statute requires the appointment of an attorney for a person who cannot afford to retain one.  The agency provides representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, guardianship, mental health, sexually dangerous person, and sex offender registry cases, as well as in appeals and post-conviction and post-judgment proceedings related to those matters.   POSITION OVERVIEW   The Mental Health Litigation Division is committed to protecting the legal and constitutional rights of citizens facing civil commitment to mental hospitals, Guardianships and involuntary treatment including the administration of anti-psychotic medications. We do this through four staffed offices and a panel of private attorneys. All of our attorneys receive training in issues relating to mental health and the statutory and constitutional rights of our clients. We also provide training to attorneys in other divisions in mental health issues. The Mental Health Litigation Division provides attorneys for civil commitment proceedings in the District Courts and the Boston Municipal Court as well as attorneys in the Probate and Family Courts for guardianships, substituted judgment proceedings, and cases involving the validation of health care proxies. Civil commitments are handled by both panel attorneys and staff attorneys, while all of the cases in Probate Court are handled by private panel attorneys. The Mental Health Litigation Division also houses the Alternative Commitment Unit, charged with defending clients who are subject to Sexually Dangerous Person Petitions.  
ID
2020-1871
Office / Unit
Lawrence, 15 Union Street, Suite 110, Lawrence MA 01840
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 2 years ago(1/25/2019 12:23 PM)
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is the state agency in Massachusetts responsible for providing legal services to indigent persons in civil and criminal matters where the laws of the Commonwealth or the state or federal constitution mandate that counsel be provided. This includes representation in adult criminal, juvenile delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare/state intervention, mental health, guardianships, civil commitments, sexually dangerous person and sex offender registry cases, as well as related appeals and post-conviction matters.   As part of its mission to provide holistic, client-centered representation, CPCS is looking to add to its Social Services Expert list.  In many cases our attorneys hire Social Services Experts to work as part of their client’s legal team.  Social Services Experts can provide essential professional expertise that can improve the client’s chances of successful litigation. The work produced by the Social Services Experts is considered the work product of the attorney and legal team. Please note that CPCS hires staff social workers who are employees of CPCS.  This posting is specifically for private Social Services Experts who wish to be retained as independent contractors.    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.  In fulfilling its mission, CPCS is committed to fostering diversity at all levels of the agency.  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 management and 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.
ID
2019-1717
Office / Unit
Administration
Job Locations US-MA-Malden
Posted Date 1 month ago(9/22/2020 12:04 PM)
The Malden District Court Office is seeking interns to be an integral part of our office and work closely with our team of dedicated attorneys, social service advocates, and investigators.   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.   Position Overview   The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is Massachusetts’ state-wide public defender organization. The Malden District Court Office defends people accused of misdemeanors and felonies in three District Courts in Middlesex County: the Cambridge District Court, the Malden District Court, and the Somerville District Court. We defend clients against a broad range of charges, including firearm offenses, drug charges, assault charges, theft offenses, and operating under the influence charges. We also advocate for clients in Mental Health Court, Drug Court, and Homeless Court programs. 
ID
2018-1615
Office / Unit
Malden-District
Job Locations US-MA-Worcester
Posted Date 3 years ago(12/7/2017 4:18 PM)
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is Massachusetts’ state-wide public defender organization. The Worcester District & Superior Court Office defends people accused of crimes ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies, including attempted murder in all 9 courts in the Worcester County: Clinton, Milford, Uxbridge, East Brookfield, Dudley, Leominster, Fitchburg, Gardner, Westborough and Worcester. We defend clients against a broad range of charges, including firearm offenses, sexual assaults, drug charges, minor and serious assaults, property offenses and theft offenses. We also advocate for clients in drug court.     Interns are an integral part of our office and work closely with our team of dedicated attorneys, social service advocates and investigators. Students qualified to appear in court under SJC Rule 3:03 will represent clients at arraignments, bail appeals, violation of probation hearings, and pretrial motions, all under the close supervision of experienced attorneys. Out-of-court work includes legal research and writing, case investigation, client meetings, and assisting attorneys with the preparation of trials. Students are also encouraged to attend court as often as they would like to observe motions and trials. Students will have the opportunity to produce a writing sample while working in our office.  The Worcester Court House contains both District and Superior Courts, which means students are able to observe trials ranging from OUI’s to murder.     Our office is committed to helping to prepare interns to be excellent public defenders. In essence, we treat our interns as new attorneys, and they are provided with their own caseload ranging from 6-12 clients.  They will research and write on potentially serious issues and assist more senior attorneys in preparation for trials, motions to suppress, motions to dismiss and more.    We offer a weekly “case crunch” for office attorneys and interns alike.  This is an opportunity for those with questions about how to tackle a case to present such questions to a group of attorneys within the office. Interns are also welcome to attend all office trainings and brainstorm sessions.  You will not just be a briefcase-carrying, copying intern in the Worcester office!   Our office is easily accessible via public transportation, so students are not required to have access to a car; however, it is recommended to have one to be able to get to the jail and outlying district courts. 
ID
2017-1578
Office / Unit
Worcester-Superior
Job Locations US-MA-Hyannis
Posted Date 3 years ago(9/21/2017 10:37 AM)
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is a government agency providing 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 (CAFL) Division Cape and Islands Office has on going openings for Spring and Summer term student interns to assist staff attorneys who practice in Barnstable County/Plymouth Town Juvenile and Barnstable Probate Courts. CAFL provides zealous and creative advocacy for children and parents in child welfare proceedings, including termination of parental rights cases, Guardianship and Child Requiring Assistance proceedings.   Interns who are certified student attorneys under S.J.C. Rule 3.03 will have an opportunity to carry a small caseload of Child Requiring Assistance cases under supervision of a staff attorney. Please note that this internship is unpaid.   
ID
2017-1505
Office / Unit
Hyannis-CAFL
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 3 years ago(9/21/2017 10:39 AM)
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is the government agency providing representation to low-income clients in criminal cases, civil cases and administrative proceedings in which there is a right to counsel.   The Children and Family Law (CAFL) Division Boston Office seeks 2-3 law student summer interns to assist trial attorneys who practice in Cambridge and Boston, MA. CAFL provides zealous and creative advocacy for children and parents in child welfare proceedings, including termination of parental rights cases and Child Requiring Assistance (status offense) matters. The Boston CAFL Office is located near downtown Boston.   Please note that this internship is unpaid, but Boston CAFL is able to work with students on receiving externship credits or outside summer funding.    Interested candidates should supply: - Resume - Cover letter demonstrating skills and experiences relevant to our work
ID
2016-1499
Office / Unit
Boston-CAFL
Job Locations US-MA-Lowell
Posted Date 3 years ago(9/21/2017 10:46 AM)
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is a government agency providing 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 (CAFL) Division Lowell Office has on going openings for summer term student interns to assist staff attorneys. CAFL provides zealous and creative advocacy for children and parents in child welfare proceedings, including termination of parental rights cases and Child Requiring Assistance proceedings.   Interns who are certified student attorneys under S.J.C. Rule 3.03 will have an opportunity to carry a small caseload of Child Requiring Assistance cases under supervision of a staff attorney. Please note that this internship is unpaid.   
ID
2016-1489
Office / Unit
Lowell - CAFL
Job Locations US-MA-Worcester
Posted Date 1 year ago(9/30/2019 5:54 PM)
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is a government agency providing 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 (CAFL) Division has openings for student interns to assist staff attorneys. CAFL provides zealous and creative advocacy for children and parents in child welfare proceedings, including termination of parental rights cases and Child Requiring Assistance proceedings.   Interns who are certified student attorneys under S.J.C. Rule 3.03 will have an opportunity to carry a small caseload of Child Requiring Assistance cases under supervision of a staff attorney. Please note that this internship is unpaid. 
ID
2016-1475
Office / Unit
Worcester-CAFL
Job Locations US-MA-Fall River
Posted Date 3 years ago(10/12/2017 12:29 PM)
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is the government agency providing representation to low-income clients in criminal cases, civil cases and administrative proceedings in which there is a right to counsel.   The Children and Family Law (CAFL) Division Fall River Office seeks 2-3 law student summer interns to assist trial attorneys who practice in Bristol County.  CAFL provides zealous and creative advocacy for children and parents in child welfare proceedings, including termination of parental rights cases and Child Requiring Assistance (status offense) matters.   Please note that this internship is unpaid, but Fall River CAFL is able to work with students on receiving externship credits or outside summer funding.    Interested candidates should supply: - Resume - Cover letter demonstrating skills and experiences relevant to our work - Cover letter detailing specific interest in CAFL’s work and how the law student meets the qualifications listed above. - Student should also explain skills and experiences that are relevant to CAFL’s goals and advocacy. - Writing sample (not exceeding 5 pages).
ID
2016-1469
Office / Unit
Fall River-CAFL
Job Locations US-MA-Salem
Posted Date 3 years ago(9/21/2017 10:46 AM)
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is a government agency providing 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 (CAFL) Division Salem Office seeks 1 full-time fall intern for Fall 2017 to assist staff attorneys who practice in Essex Juvenile and Probate Courts. CAFL provides zealous and creative advocacy for children and parents in child welfare proceedings, including termination of parental rights cases and Child Requiring Assistance proceedings.   Interns who are certified student attorneys under S.J.C. Rule 3.03 will have an opportunity to carry a small caseload of Child Requiring Assistance cases under supervision of a staff attorney. The Salem CAFL Office is located in downtown Salem. Please note that this internship is unpaid. Though the start date of the internship is somewhat flexible, interns are expected to begin in Fall 2017. A minimum commitment of 10 weeks is expected.
ID
2016-1467
Office / Unit
Salem-CAFL
Job Locations US-MA-Pittsfield
Posted Date 4 years ago(9/21/2016 11:01 AM)
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is a government agency providing 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 (CAFL) Division has openings for student interns to assist staff attorneys. CAFL provides zealous and creative advocacy for children and parents in child welfare proceedings, including termination of parental rights cases and Child Requiring Assistance proceedings.   Interns who are certified student attorneys under S.J.C. Rule 3.03 will have an opportunity to carry a small caseload of Child Requiring Assistance cases under supervision of a staff attorney. Please note that this internship is unpaid.
ID
2016-1466
Office / Unit
Pittsfield-CAFL
Job Locations US-MA-Brockton
Posted Date 4 years ago(6/8/2016 1:28 PM)
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is a government agency providing 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 (CAFL) Division Brockton Office has on going openings for summer, fall and winter term student interns to assist staff attorneys who practice in Plymouth and Norfolk County Juvenile and Probate Courts. CAFL provides zealous and creative advocacy for children and parents in child welfare proceedings, including termination of parental rights cases and Child Requiring Assistance proceedings.   Interns who are certified student attorneys under S.J.C. Rule 3.03 will have an opportunity to carry a small caseload of Child Requiring Assistance cases under supervision of a staff attorney. Please note that this internship is unpaid. 
ID
2016-1458
Office / Unit
Brockton-CAFL
Job Locations US-MA-Quincy
Posted Date 5 years ago(9/10/2015 8:50 AM)
CPCS Quincy Office   The CPCS Norfolk Trial Unit, the Norfolk County Public Defender Division Office, represents clients in misdemeanor and felony criminal matters in five courts in Norfolk County. We defend a broad range of cases, including all offenses except for Murder, in both District Court and Superior Court.  We also advocate for clients in various capacities in mental health court, veteran’s court, and drug court programs.   Students will work closely with our team of dedicated and passionate attorneys, social service advocates, investigators, and administrative assistants. Students qualified to appear in court under SJC Rule 3:03 can usually represent (with supervision) clients at arraignments, bail appeals, motions to dismiss, motions to suppress, and more.  Occasionally, students may have the opportunity to assist on trials.  All student work is done under the supervision of an experienced attorney.  Students are also encouraged to attend court as much as they can, given their other assignments, to observe motions and trials. In-office work includes legal research and writing, case investigation, client meetings, and assisting attorneys to prepare for trials.  Interns will leave with multiple projects to utilize as writing samples and with a written review to use for a reference. At the beginning of the internship, there is mandatory attendance at an intensive, multi-day training.   Schedule   Summer interns must be able to commit to a full Monday-Friday schedule, and be available from mid-May through mid-August. NOTE that our summer internship slots fill up very quickly, possibly even before January, so apply early. For the other seasons (during the school sessions), we give preference to those who can commit to a full time schedule. However, the fall, winter, and spring students must be able to devote at least two full days per week to the internship.    Unpaid Internships   All internships at CPCS are unpaid.  We strongly encourage students to pursue all funding sources available to students performing internships at public service agencies, including through their school or a federal work-study fellowship.   Transportation   Our office is located in Quincy.  We are in Quincy Center (accessible by walking from the Quincy Center station) at 1515 Hancock Street, Suite 401. Parking in the area is limited and often costs money. We handle matters in the Quincy, Stoughton, Wrentham, and Dedham District Courts, and in Norfolk Superior Court. The main jails are in Dedham for males, and South Bay in Boston for females, but we do have clients in various other institutions throughout the Commonwealth.  Although a car is not a requirement for an internship, having your own means of transport will allow you to have a much more valuable and broader range of experience, as you can then participate in/observe in the outlying courts and/or visit clients in jail, with an Attorney
ID
2015-1360
Office / Unit
Quincy-District
Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 5 years ago(9/9/2015 11:20 AM)
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 wherethe laws of the Commonwealth or the state or the federal constitution mandate that counsel be provided. The Youth Advocacy Division represents juveniles in delinquency and youthful offender matters.    We offer law student interns a variety of experiences and assignments, supervised by veteran attorneys, as well as valuable training.  Interns who are certified under SJC Rule 3:03 have successfully argued in court for the release of our clients at arraignment, as well as motions to dismiss.  Law students who are not 3:03 certified assist attorneys in case preparation which includes research and writing motions and memoranda of law.   At times we also offer internships to undergraduates to work on special projects.
ID
2015-1354
Office / Unit
YAD Administration