Nancy Bennett

Deputy Chief Counsel, Private Counsel Division

Committee for Public Counsel Services

44 Bromfield Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

617-988-8428 | Fax: 617-988-8495


Nancy Bennett is Deputy Chief Counsel for the Private Counsel Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), Boston, MA.  Beginning as a staff public defender handling felony trials from 1981 - 89, Bennett has since been engaged in developing systems for statewide oversight of the more than 2000 private attorneys who provide over 90% of the criminal defense representation to the indigent in Massachusetts.  These systems include certification requirements, performance standards, mentoring, performance evaluations of private counsel, affirmative action to increase the ethnic and linguistic diversity of assigned counsel, required continuing legal education and client complaint investigation.

Bennett is a contributing author to E. Blumenson, ed., Massachusetts Criminal Defense, Butterworth Legal Publishers, 1990, and has been guest faculty annually at Harvard Law School's Trial Advocacy Workshop 1993 - 2005.  A member of the American Council of Chief Defenders, Bennett has been a presenter at the NLADA Annual Conferences 2006 - 2008.  Bennett earned her B.A. at Yale University and her J.D degree at Northeastern University School of Law. 

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