Internship - 2020 CAFL Appellate Unit

Committee for Public Counsel Services

Worcester, MA 01613

Posted 1 month ago

Job Description

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the public defender agency for Massachusetts, seeks attorneys to represent children and parents in child welfare cases. CPCS provides legal representation for those unable to afford an attorney. The Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) provides legal representation to children and indigent parents in child welfare matters, including care and protection (C&P) proceedings, children requiring assistance (CRA) cases, actions to terminate parental rights, guardianship-of-a-minor cases, and any other child custody proceeding where the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is a party or where the court is considering granting custody to DCF.


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


CAFL AU provides zealous and creative appellate advocacy for children and parents in state intervention child custody proceedings, including termination of parental rights cases. CAFL AU also assists CAFL trial staff in interlocutory appeals and in addressing systemic issues.

CAFL AU is located in Worcester.

Please note that this internship is unpaid. The start date and weekly hour requirements are flexible, but the internship should comprise at least 17.5 hours/week and a minimum commitment of 8 weeks is expected.


+ 2L or 3L at accredited law school

+ Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently and meet deadlines

+ Strong analytical, research and writing skills


Students interested in applying for an internship may do so on a rolling basis. Along with a current resume or CV, students should include a 1-page cover letter explaining their interest and goals for the internship experience. In their cover letters, students must specify (a) whether they will be seeking academic credit through an internship course, and (b) the number of hours and desired duration for their internship. Students should also include a brief recommendation note from a faculty member (the student’s main advisor or mentor), indicating that the student is academically prepared for the internship and supported in their decision to apply.


+ Assist staff attorneys in record compilation and review, legal research, and drafting of appellate briefs and petitions for further appellate review

+ Proofread drafts of briefs and motions

+ Serve as panel member for moot courts

+ Observe arguments in Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court

+ Draft memoranda of law addressing systemic and novel issues

+ Assist in preparation of petitions for interlocutory relief

+ Assist staff attorneys with statewide trainings to address systemic issues

EEO Statement

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

ID: 2016-1497

Post: careers: 12/7/2016

Salary: Unpaid Internship

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