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Apply to join the CPCS Children and Family Law Division Appellate Panel; Office space available at Wellesley law firm


Apply to join the CPCS Children and Family Law Division Appellate Panel

The Committee for Public Counsel Services is accepting applications from private attorneys interested in completing certification training for 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. 

Applicants must have demonstrated proficiency in legal research and writing, along with at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Two years of child welfare trial experience.
  • Primary authorship of two or more appellate briefs in other subjects.
  • A recent judicial 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 Oct. 31. Admission into the training is competitive, and not all applicants will be admitted. The agency actively seeks to diversify its private attorney panel membership.

All admitted applicants must attend the four-day CAFL appellate training program scheduled for Nov. 8, 10, 15 and 18. The trainings, which will be conducted by Zoom, will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. There will also be an orientation by Zoom on Nov. 4 from 4 to 5 p.m.  

Applications are due on Oct. 1, but will be accepted on a rolling basis until the training is filled. Click here for the application and more information.


Office space available at Wellesley law firm

Windowed offices are available within a collegial and collaborative Wellesley law firm, Kerstein, Coren & Lichtenstein LLP. The sublet offers the use of a reception area, conference space, a full kitchen, a shared copier/scanner and ample free parking, as well as convenient access to the Mass. Pike and Routes 128, 9 and 16.

Contact if interested.