LAW GUARDIAN PANEL
HOW TO APPLY TO BECOME A PANEL ATTORNEY:
Download and complete the appropriate panel application. Submit a completed application and corresponding attachments: Certificate of Good Standing, Malpractice Insurance Binder, and at least 4 CLE Certificates in the area of law you are joining, to the SCACP office directly or by email to: email@example.com
Please Note: Panel attorneys are not employed by the Suffolk County Assigned Counsel Plan, but rather are independent contractors of the SCACP.
Important Application Submission Instructions:
1. Download the PDF to your computer.
2. Open the PDF using Adobe Acrobat Reader, not your internet browser (right click -> open with). Click here to get Adobe Reader.
3. Fill out the form in Adobe Reader, when finished - click "file -> save as", and save it to a place you will remember.
4. Attach the newly saved PDF to your email and send completed forms to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In November, 2004, the Assigned Counsel Plan and the Law Guardian Panel began an “Attorney-of-the-Day” system in Family Court. This system was designed to cover the assignment of neglect, abuse and termination of parental rights cases only; all other Family Court matters will be discussed below.
Members of the 18-b Panel who are also presently members of the Law Guardian Panel form the group of “Attorneys of the Day” Any other member of the 18B Panel or any new applicant must be approved by a Family Panel Screening
Eligibility for this group is similar to the requirements for the Felony Panel in Criminal Courts. All attorneys must be admitted at least five (5) years or show “exceptional circumstances” justifying their eligibility; must show a familiarity with abuse, neglect and/or termination of parental rights cases; and must submit a resume, which must include the year and department of admission to the bar, educational background, work history, experience and training in family law; their experiences with these types of cases, including the Courts and judges before whom they have appeared, as well as information concerning any trials in this area of practice; a record of continuing legal education courses attended over
the previous four years in the area of Family Law and any other factor which the applicants believe will reflect upon their ability to represent respondents facing these charges. “Exceptional circumstances” may include, but are not limited to,
experience in Family Law through a position with a Legal Aid Society, Public Defenders Office or County Attorney’s Office where the applicant has practiced primarily in the area of Family Law and shows familiarity with these types of proceedings.
An additional requirement is that after approval by the Bar Association’s Screening Committee, the applicant must make application to and be approved for membership in the Law Guardian Panel. After acceptance by both panels, the
attorney will be placed in the next rotational calendar.