JUDICIAL COURT APPOINTS NEW MEMBERS
TO THE COMMITTEE FOR PUBLIC COUNSEL SERVICES
Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court recently announced
the appointments of three new members to the Committee for
Public Counsel Services (CPCS).
In accordance with G.L. c. 211D, § 1, the Committee for Public
Counsel Services is composed of fifteen members appointed
by the Supreme Judicial Court for three-year terms. The Committee
plans, coordinates, and oversees the delivery of legal services
to indigent clients in criminal and certain non-criminal matters.
The new appointees are attorneys Ann V. Crowley of Beverly,
a sole practitioner in Salem; Derege B. Demissie of Jamaica
Plain, a partner in the Cambridge law firm of Doherty &
Demissie; and Judith L. Lindahl of Cambridge, a sole practitioner
in Boston. The terms of Ms. Crowley and Ms. Lindahl will expire
on March 1, 2005. The term of Mr. Demissie, who is completing
the balance of a term, will expire on March 1, 2004.
Ms. Crowley has been in private practice since 1988. Prior
to becoming a sole practitioner, she worked at the Peabody
firm of Kamens and Harris for four years. She began her legal
career as an Assistant District Attorney in Essex County in
1979, and served in that position until she joined Kamens
and Harris in 1982. Ms. Crowley received a J.D. from Boston
College Law School and a B.A. from Clark University.
Mr. Demissie has been a partner in the Cambridge law firm
of Doherty & Demissie since 2000. From 1998 until 2000,
he served in the Roxbury Defenders Unit of the Committee for
Public Counsel Services. He also worked at the Boston law
firm of Grayer & Dilday from 1996 to 1998. He is a member
of the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Black Lawyers
Association, the American Bar Association, and the Board of
Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services. Mr. Demissie holds
a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, where he was a
member of the editorial board of the Transnational Law Review,
and a B.A. from George Mason University.
Ms. Lindahl has been a sole practitioner since
1983. Upon graduating from law school in 1974, she served
on the Massachusetts Defenders Committee
until she entered private practice. She belongs to the Massachusetts
Bar Association, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and
the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She
is also a member and past president of the Massachusetts Association
of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Ms. Lindahl earned her J.D.
from Harvard Law School, and her B.A. from Cornell.