Staff Counsel II -Trial Panel Support Unit - CAFL - Boston
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking a skilled and experienced child welfare attorney to serve on the Children and Family Law Division’s (CAFL) Trial Panel Support Unit (TPSU). The TPSU provides leadership, oversight, and support to the 800-plus private attorneys who represent CPCS clients in family regulation/child welfare and other civil matters involving children, young adults, and their families.
Staff Counsel II in the TPSU help support private CAFL trial attorneys throughout the state to provide high-quality, zealous representation to children and indigent parents in all CAFL cases who represent CPCS clients in family regulation/child welfare and other civil matters involving children, young adults, and their families.
Staff Counsel II in the TPSU help support private CAFL trial attorneys throughout the state to provide high-quality, zealous representation to children and indigent parents in all CAFL cases.
We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals.
We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.
Courage • Accountability • Respect • Excellence
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MISSION STATEMENT
CPCS is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of our assigned clients through zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and the fullness of excellent legal representation. We are dedicated to building and maintaining strong professional relationships, while striving to accept, listen to and respect the diverse circumstances of each client, as we dedicate ourselves to meeting their individual needs. It is our CPCS mission to achieve these goals, and in furtherance thereof, we embrace and endorse diversity, equity and inclusion as our core values as we maintain a steadfast commitment to: (1) Ensure that CPCS management and staff members represent a broad range of human differences and experience; (2) Provide a work climate that is respectful and supports success; and (3) Promote the dignity and well-being of all staff members. CPCS leadership is responsible for ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion. The ability to achieve these goals with any level of certainty is ultimately the responsibility each member of the CPCS community.
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.
CHILDREN AND FAMILY LAW DIVISION OVERVIEW
CPCS’s Children and Family Law Division provides attorneys to children and adults in care and protection, termination of parental rights, child requiring assistance, and guardianship-of-a-minor cases, as well as in other civil matters involving children and young adults in which there is a right to an attorney. It also provides counsel in appeals of these cases. At the trial level, the vast majority of CAFL clients are represented by private attorneys who are part of CAFL’s trial panel, and most trial-level CAFL cases are heard in the Juvenile Court. On appeal, most CAFL clients are represented by private appellate attorneys on CAFL’s appellate panel.
The TPSU Staff Counsel II provides support and oversight to attorneys on CAFL’s private attorney trial panels while working to ensure that they are provided the resources and tools they need on behalf of their clients. As a member of the TPSU, the Staff Counsel II works with other members of the team to do a variety of things including overseeing the CAFL mentor program, answering advice calls from private trial panel members and working with the CAFL Resource Attorneys from each county to support the private panel attorneys.
The Staff Counsel II reports to the CAFL Trial Panel Director.