Court and Community News

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022
CPCS offers CAFL Trial Panel training this fall; Cloherty selected as chair of Criminal Justice Act Board; DOJ seeks applications for Attorney General's Honors Program; Job openings: Three positions with KP Law PC


CPCS offers CAFL Trial Panel
training this fall

The Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is now accepting applications for its fall 2022 CAFL Trial Panel Certification Training to represent children and parents in care and protection and children requiring assistance cases.

The online training will include a combination of self-directed learning and live Zoom sessions two afternoons per week for a period of four weeks.  The training concludes with a full-day, in-person mock hearing. 

Zoom training days are Aug. 31 from 2-4 p.m.; Sept. 6, 9, 12, 15, 19, 22, 28 and 30 from 1-4:30 p.m.; and Oct. 6 from 2-4:30 p.m. The full-day mock hearing will be scheduled on Oct. 11, 12 or 13.  Participants will receive a “certification payment” of $5,032 upon the following: 1) successful completion of the training; and within one year of completing the training, 2) receiving appointments on 12 care and protection cases; and 3) submission of 600 hours of billing on care and protection cases.

For more information about this training and to download the application, go to the CPCS website and click on "Training Notice" and "Application." Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to attorneys who submit completed applications by Monday, Aug. 15. CPCS actively seeks to diversify its private attorney panel membership.


Cloherty selected as chair of Criminal Justice Act Board 

On June 24, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts selected Daniel J. Cloherty to serve a two-year term as chair of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Board.

Cloherty is a graduate of Harvard University and received his J.D. from the University of
California-Berkeley School of Law. He began his legal career at a criminal defense firm in Washington, D.C., before relocating to Boston. From 2002 to 2003, Cloherty served as a special assistant federal defender in the District of Massachusetts. He has been a member of the CJA Panel in this district since 2007, and a member of the CJA Board since 2017. Cloherty is currently a partner at Todd & Weld LLP and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Cloherty succeeds outgoing CJA Board Chair Jessica Hedges, whose term expired this year in accordance with the term limitation provisions set forth in the district’s CJA Plan. During her six-plus years of service, Hedges oversaw recruitment efforts for the CJA Panels in Boston, Worcester and Springfield; initiated substantial revisions to the district’s CJA Plan; worked with the federal defender to provide regular trainings to the panel; and undertook a major overhaul of the district’s CJA Mentorship Program. Hedges will continue to serve on the CJA Board in her capacity as the CJA panel attorney district representative for Massachusetts.

The CJA Board assists the court in the selection and administration of the CJA Panel, a slate of attorneys who are authorized to accept court appointments on behalf of indigent defendants. The board advises the court on matters pertaining to the practices and policies of the court. The board also serves a liaison function, in cooperation with the Federal Public Defender's Office, raising with the court matters of concern
to the criminal defense bar. 


DOJ seeks applications for Attorney
General's Honors Program

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management has announced that the Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) application is now open.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday, Sept. 6. Applications must be submitted via the online application. Opportunities include permanent and term-limited entry-level attorney positions, and paid summer legal internships. 
Detailed information about the HP and SLIP, including offices participating and the number of available positions, can be found at:

Information about all of DOJ’s legal hiring programs, including experienced attorney hiring and volunteer internships, is online here.

Job Openings

Three positions with KP Law PC

KP Law PC, a municipal/public sector law firm located in Boston, is accepting applications for the following three positions:

General municipal attorney

Applicants should have 1-3 years of experience in general municipal law, including public records, regulatory compliance and administrative hearings, with a prior judicial clerkship preferred.

Municipal land use attorney

Applicants should have 3-5 years of experience in zoning, subdivision control, wetlands and related real estate transactional work, with a background in both permitting and litigation.

Real estate attorney

Applicants must have at least five years of experience in a wide variety of real estate matters, including purchase-and-sale agreements, land development agreements, leases, title issues, closings and affordable housing.

All three positions require excellent writing, research and communication skills, along with the ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment. Portables are not required. The firm is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample in confidence to