Please join us for an informational session on the upcoming training for the Children and Family Law (“CAFL”) panel of the Committee for Public Services (“CPCS”). CAFL attorneys work as private attorney compensated by CPCS and take on cases involving state intervention in families. Massachusetts courts, especially in Western Massachusetts, are experiencing a severe shortage of attorneys to handle this crucially important work. All indigent parents and children who are facing family separation due to state intervention are entitled to counsel under the Massachusetts constitution. Consequently, the lack of counsel creates a constitutional crisis.
CAFL attorneys do important social justice work and obtain valuable trial experience as panel members. CAFL matches new attorneys with a mentor to facilitate entry into this important practice. Members of the Massachusetts bar, as well as those who be joining the bar in January, are welcome to apply for the upcoming training. The training will take place remotely between January 28 and March 17, 2021.