Committee for Public Counsel Services Internship - 2018 CAFL Boston - Fall Semester in Boston, Massachusetts
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:
Cover letter demonstrating skills and experiences relevant to our work
Rising 2L or 3L at an accredited law school
Commitment to providing direct legal services to low-income clients
Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently
Strong oral and written skills
Ability to work full-time (35 hours per week)
Proficiency in foreign language preferred, but not required
Participate in intern training on child welfare law and trial skills
Significant client contact through client interviews and home/placement visits
Case investigation to assist with trial preparation
Service advocacy on behalf of clients
Legal research and writing in preparation for motion argument, custody hearings and termination of parental rights trials, or on novel legal issues before the Court
Reviewing pre-trial discovery and Department of Children and Families (DCF) case files
Attendance at and participation in education-related matters on behalf of clients, such as suspension hearings and IEP meetings
Appearances in Juvenile Court on behalf of Child Requiring Assistance clients, if certified under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3.03 (rising 3Ls only)
Post: careers: 12/14/2016
Salary: Unpaid Internship
External Company URL: www.publiccounsel.net
Street: One Congress Street