Q&A

Questions and AnswersIn this area of the site, you can find answers to non-legal questions about the human side of lawyering.  Answers are written by licensed clinicians with the purpose of providing information, and are not a substitute for a clinical evaluation.

We do not post responses to questions that seem to be frivolous or unrelated to our mission, or that don’t seem to be from Massachusetts lawyers, law students, judges (or family members). We have no way to check back with you, because of the mechanism that keeps this anonymous.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT AN ANONYMOUS QUESTION

or click any of the topics in the above list to access a wealth of information accumulated in years of archived Q&A columns.


CURRENT QUESTION(S) OF THE WEEK

[A reminder to those who have sent questions about how to function as a lawyer, such as the proper way of setting up a contingency fee arrangement — this is not the function of LCL — we would suggest instead trying our sister program, masslomap.org.]  We’d really appreciate more questions about human issues of lawyers, which is our field, and fewer legalistic issues.

NEED TO REPORT TO CPCS?

QUESTION:

What should a bar applicant do when she realizes something in her law school application’s resume is wrong?

ANSWER:  

While we are more likely to dispense behavioral health recommendations than input of this kind, LCL may be able to be of some assistance given more specifics. Our clinician Barbara Bowe is our main liaison with law schools and deans of students – you may want to give her a call or arrange to meet with her for a free, confidential consultation.


LAW SCHOOL OBSTACLES, 2 YEARS INTO RECOVERY

QUESTION:

I am a private attorney on a CAFL panel.I am being arraigned on Assault & Battery against a neighbor c.265 § 13A(a). Am I required to report this to CPCS? And, if yes, when?

ANSWER:  

LCL’s purview is actually the area of wellness, mental health, career satisfaction, and the like, so this question is really not for us. But you can refer to the CPCA Assigned Counsel Manual, Paragraph 3 (Notice of Complaints or Potential Conflicts), which we are told says:

“An attorney certified or approved to take assignments in CPCS cases, whether through the Private Counsel Division, the Children and Family Law (CAFL) Division, the Public Defender Division, the Youth Advocacy Department, or the Mental Health Litigation Unit, shall notify the appropriate Deputy Chief Counsel (Deputy) or Director

within three business days of learning of any of the following:

  1. The attorney has been charged in any criminal complaint or indictment….”.
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