Summer Jobs Spotlight: Nelson Mullins

For Lily Doyle, the BBA Summer Jobs Student hired by Nelson Mullins to support the firm’s work this summer, “intellectual property” was a new concept.

As she helped keep records relevant to some of the firm’s IP cases, she was always learning gaining new information from what she was filing.

“I learned a lot of terms and a lot of information from correspondence about how patents are done. It didn’t even dawn on me how these things happen,” she said.

One of the most exciting parts of her summer was learning that some attorneys at the firm went to the same high school as Doyle – Boston Latin School. She said she enjoyed hearing and relating to their personal stories spanning from their teen years to their current careers. On a daily basis, the attorneys’ team of assistants also made her feel very welcome, she said.

All of Doyle’s work experience prior to her summer at Nelson Mullins took place away from a desk. In the past, she did work outside, and held a position at the Museum of Fine Arts.

But working at a law firm helped to prepare her for future office experiences.

“I got a sense of a nine-to-five job for the first time. This is also my first job where I am the only person my age,” she said.

Doyle says she could see herself becoming a litigator in the future, because she finds litigation to be the most fascinating aspect of practicing law. She also enjoyed learning more about city government during the BBA’s mock city council hearing, which the students participated in by debating a fictional city ordinance.

“Working here was different than I expected. From the outside, law firms can seem bureaucratic and not as personal, but I saw the attorneys laugh with each other a lot and everyone seems very close. I’m glad I had the opportunity to learn more about the people,” she said.

VLP Announces July & August Honor Roll

Every Wednesday and Thursday volunteer attorneys assist landlords and tenants through the BBA Lawyer for a Day at the Boston Housing Court Program. VLP relies on volunteers to deliver pro bono services to those in need.

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation in July & August through Lawyer for the Day at the Boston Housing Court:

John M. Allen
Samuel Ames
Tristan Axelrod
Lisa Bernt
Roger Bertling
Stephanie Biggs
Jared Bishop
Larry Booz
Rebecca Brodie
Alyce Chen
Patrick J. Daly
Seth Davis
Maureen Jones Devine
Vikas Dhar
Julie Dick
Anna R. DiMaria
Sean Donovan
Pauline Edmonds
Michael G. Giarrusso
David Goldman
Sean Grammel
Steven Greenzang
Kelly Neubauer Griffin
James J. Heggie
Patricia Hennigan
Katherine Hughes
David P. Hunt
Maegan Hurley
Katherine Insogna
Jared Iverson
Jonas Jacobson
Sharon V. Jones
Elisia Lau
Helen Lee
Jacqueline Levy
Amy L. Lipman-White
Michael MacDonald
Caryn Mitchell-Munevar
Madelyn Morris
Greg Moscatel
Joanne Moses
Yavor Nechev
Andrew O’Laughlin
Nina Parker
Steven D. Pohl
Stephen Provazza
Jacob Raver
Brittany Rehmer
Lei Reilley
Lola Remy
Zaheer Samee
Kelly Schwartz
Evan R. Segal
Esmeralda Sema
Peter Shapland
Stephen Smith
Sara Suleman
Michael C. Sweet
Kevin Tagliaferri
Samuel E. Thompson
Sharon L. Toffler
William Valletta
Andrew Varshavsky
Teresa Jeanne Walsh
Lawrence A. Wind
Daniel Yuen

 

Summer Jobs Spotlight: Verrill Dana Offers Student Firsthand Legal Experience

Watching Verrill Dana partner Robin Murphy during a pro bono mediation session with a family going through a custody battle, BBA Summer Jobs Student Suzett Amado found herself engaged the whole time.

“Robin just got right to the point. She really listened to them and got them to agree without arguments,” Amado said, impressed.

When she began her summer in the BBA Summer Jobs Program, Amado said she expected the internship to involve a heavy load of administrative tasks. While she did her fair share of those, she said she was pleasantly surprised and grateful to have experienced some aspects of the legal profession firsthand, such as Murphy’s pro bono family law practice.

Over the course of the summer, Amado expanded her legal vocabulary. She learned what a deposition was, and was eventually invited to sit in on one. Amado took BBA President Mark Smith’s advice from the Summer Jobs kickoff event, where he told the students to ask attorneys at their firm about their ‘war stories.’

“When I applied, I never expected to get as much one-on-one experience with attorneys. We get lunch sometimes, where I’ve gotten to talk to real people who have done things like work on murder cases, and that has been really interesting,” she said.

Amado said working at Verrill Dana has been a unique experience compared to past summer employment. Specifically, she said the firm is very organized and employees are expected to be professional, which has made her feel “more prepared to handle a 9-5 job.”

“I feel like I know better now what it means to have an office job, and answer phones and talk to people. I even got to have my name on my cubicle, which was really nice,” she said.

Out of the enrichment seminars the students attended each Wednesday, Amado said the mock city council hearing was her favorite. Led by former city council president and Nixon Peabody partner Larry DiCara, the students had the interactive experience of debating a hypothetical city ordinance.

“I knew that the city’s government existed, but it was cool to be a part of the discussion rather than sitting by and watching,” she said.

Amado, who just began her senior year at Boston Latin Academy, is interested in pursuing a career in law. While she doesn’t know what practice area she would like to focus on, she aspires to one day work as a district attorney.

“The Summer Jobs Program is a good opportunity for anyone who wants to go into law. You learn a lot interning at a law firm – especially a firm like Verrill Dana,” she said.

Volunteer for Citizenship Day 2017

Citizenship Day in Boston is the largest citizenship workshop in New England. This year, Project Citizenship*, the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, Goodwin Procter, and Eastern Bank are hosting the 4th annual event.

Since 2014, over 600 people have applied for citizenship on Citizenship Day in Boston. Project Citizenship expects to serve over 350 this year!

Citizenship Day in Boston provides free legal services to hundreds of immigrants but they are in need of volunteers for the event. Citizenship Day 2017 will take place on Saturday, September 23rd at the Reggie Lewis Center (1350 Tremont St. Roxbury, MA 02120). Volunteers will assist with a variety of tasks including assisting applicants with completing the 20-page application. Attendance is mandatory at one of Project Citizenship’s training sessions if you want to assist with completing the forms, even if you have volunteered at the event in the past.

To volunteer for the event and select which training you would like to attend, please fill out this form.

If you have any questions regarding the event, don’t hesitate to reach out to Project Citizenship at [email protected] or by phone at 617-694-5949.

*Project Citizenship is a 2017 Grantee of the Boston Bar Foundation.

Celebrating Another Successful Summer Jobs Program

With the end of August and the first day of school approaching, the BBA Summer Jobs Program wrapped up with a final celebration to congratulate the students on their accomplishments this summer.

Boston Bar Foundation Board of Trustees President Anthony Froio (Robins Kaplan LLP) emceed the event, thanking all of the law firms, government agencies, courts, and legal services organizations for introducing this summer’s 52 students to the legal profession. The students, their supervisors, special guests and program partners heard from Kemmara Bailey, a rising junior at New Mission High School, about her experience at Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP during the summer.

Bailey, an aspiring criminal justice lawyer, was first introduced to Conn Kavanaugh through the Boston Private Industry Council’s Job Shadow Day, an event for students to experience an organization during one morning in March. After meeting many courteous attorneys and office staff, Bailey felt Conn Kavanaugh would be a perfect fit for her Summer Jobs experience. Not surprisingly, Conn Kavanaugh felt the same way about the remarkable student. Bailey explained that the support and skills she gained during the summer only solidified her desire to become a lawyer. Echoing the experiences of the other students in the room, Bailey exemplified the importance of the Summer Jobs Program for introducing students to the career possibilities after high school.

New Mission High School student and Conn Kavanaugh Summer Intern, Kemmara Bailey, describes her experience in the program.

Following Bailey, the event’s guests heard from Wousthanya Dumornay, a former Summer Jobs Program participant now working at Locke Lord LLP as a Recruiting Coordinator. Dumornay recounted her experience interning at Locke Lord (then Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP) while a student at John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. She emphasized the significance of the relationships she formed with her colleagues and supervisors during that summer. She credited those positive relationships as the catalyst for her return to Locke Lord after high school and encouraged the students in the room to maintain the contacts formed during their time in the program. Dumornay is one of many program participants who’ve gone on to work in the legal field and she is an inspiring example for the students who’ve just completed the program.

Wousthanya Dumornay recounts her time in the Summer Jobs Program and provides advice to this year’s outgoing participants.

The celebration concluded with the students and guests enjoying a reception and viewing pictures from the summer. To view the Celebration PowerPoint and meet all of the students, please click here.

Students from 19 Boston public high schools convene for the celebration of a successful summer.

The BBA is grateful to its program partners, the Boston Private Industry Council and the City of Boston Mayor’s Office. Additionally, we’d like to again thank the 35 organizations that hired students for the summer and the over 15 program sponsors whose donations supported students working at legal services organizations and government offices.

Summer Jobs Students Learn Financial Responsibility

The final Enrichment Seminars for the BBA’s Summer Jobs students centered on making responsible financial decisions and planning for the future. First, the students heard from Dan Forster, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Westfield State University, on the basics regarding college financial aid and admissions. Most of the Summer Jobs students are rising juniors and seniors currently considering their options after graduation and navigating the world of student loans. Forster reviewed how to calculate the expected financial need for each school based on the total cost of attendance and what one can expect to pay before considering loan options. In addition to financial aid, Foster oversees Westfield State’s admissions office and fielded the students’ many questions about what universities are looking for in potential students. While there’s no one answer for every student and every college, Forster stressed the importance of doing well in high school to signal to colleges potential future success. With so many options out there, Forster also stressed that there is a college out there that will meet the needs of each student financially, academically, and socially. After the session, students noted how useful it was to have an open dialogue and hear information very relevant to their lives.

At their last seminar for the summer, the students visited the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Boston as part of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program to learn about the consequences of filing for bankruptcy. The students participated in a mock 341 meeting and mock relief from stay hearing, which introduced them to the types of questions one may have to answer during the bankruptcy process. They learned that student loan debt is nearly impossible to discharge through bankruptcy. Most importantly, the students had an opportunity to ask Chief Judge Melvin Hoffman questions about bankruptcy, and hear firsthand about what it’s like to be a judge in federal court. With many aspiring lawyers in the Summer Jobs Program, the students enjoyed learning the attributes of a good candidate for judgeship.

Attorneys John Loughnane (Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP), Jessica Youngberg (Veterans Legal Services), Kathleen Cruickshank (Murphy & King), Ethan Jeffery (Murphy & King), and Doug Rosner (Goulston & Storrs P.C.) led the mock 341 hearing in the U.S Bankruptcy Court’s historic library.

Chief Judge Melvin S. Hoffman discusses facts presented during the mock relief from stay hearing with students Jennie Chang, Lily Kelly, Jackson Petrella, and Simone Gerald-Burns.

Society of Fellows Members Celebrate a Successful Year at Summer Receptions

This summer, it has been a delight to host members of the Boston Bar Foundation Society of Fellows for a series of events to celebrate the positive impact that this group of attorneys has in the Greater Boston community.

In June, the Fellows enjoyed a reception at the Museum of Fine Arts to close out the program year. Attendees enjoyed an exclusive tour of the museum’s exhibits, and the afternoon offered beautiful weather in the MFA’s outdoor courtyard. BBF President Tony Froio thanked the Fellows for their dedication and the good work they have done on behalf of the Foundation’s grantee organizations.

BBF President Tony Froio at the Museum of Fine Arts reception in June

In July, we were honored to have former Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, now at Choate, Hall & Stewart, join us for a reception at our building at 16 Beacon Street. The BBF presented Chief Justice Marshall with its Public Service Award at January’s Adams Benefit. Chief Justice Marshall gathered with other Fellows to hear remarks from Ryan Sakoda. Ryan is a staff attorney at Committee for Public Counsel Services, and he spoke firsthand about the BBF’s vital role supporting effective legal aid initiatives such as the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program and the Reentry Education Program.

Chief Justice Marshall and Ryan Sakoda of CPCS

Later that month, Junior Fellows gathered at Battery Park in downtown Boston to relax and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres with members of the BBA’s New Lawyers Section. Christopher Somma (PIB Law) delivered a short, energetic speech about the great opportunities he has gotten through the Junior Fellows program and the importance of engaging in meaningful public service as a young attorney.

Shawn Lu and Jesse Boodoo at Battery Park

As September nears, we can’t wait to see what the Fellows accomplish in the year ahead! To learn more about how you can become a part of this core group of BBF supporters, please contact Carolyn Mitchell at c[email protected] or (617) 778-1932.

PILP Alumni Meet and Mingle with Incoming PILP Class

Earlier this month, the incoming Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) participants attended an orientation meeting to review the year ahead. Orientation was followed by a reception for PILP alumni to meet the new class and provide advice for the upcoming year.

The incoming class joins a network of over 150 attorneys who’ve pledged their time to promote public service and civic engagement in their communities.

To meet the incoming class, click here.

Summer Jobs Students Learn About Legal Careers; Civic Engagement

Since we last caught up with the Summer Jobs Program, the students participated in a speed networking seminar, meeting attorneys and legal staff from a wide variety of practice areas and fields. This provided the students a chance to ask questions about particular career paths and hear advice for a young person considering law school in the future. Ashley Berger (Student, Suffolk University Law School), Lurleen Gannon (First Deputy General Counsel, MBTA), Michael Kippins (Associate, Prince Lobel Tye LLP), Natasha Lewis (Supervising Staff Attorney, Volunteer Lawyers Project), Daniel McGarry (Paralegal, Robins Kaplan), and Sammy Nabulsi (Assistant, Corporation Counsel, City of Boston) all spoke to the students about their experiences and reinforced Tidwell’s remarks at the Kickoff that there’s no one clear path to becoming a lawyer or working in law. For many of the students, this is one of their favorite seminars because it exposes them to work they might not see in their office.

This week, the students were introduced to the importance of local government by participating in a mock Boston City Council hearing with past City Council president, Larry DiCara (Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP). DiCara described what it was like being the youngest person appointed to City Council and how much he enjoyed serving his city. For their mock hearing, the students broke into various interest groups to discuss a hypothetical curfew of 9:00 PM for teens 16 years old and younger. After hearing arguments from all sides, the students appointed to the mock council voted to keep the curfew but raise the time it’s implemented each day to 11:00 PM. After the seminar, one student noted that the mock hearing was good practice to participate in local government.

 

Meet the 2017-2018 PILP Class

The Boston Bar Association is pleased to announce the members of its 14th Public Interest Leadership Program Class. We look forward to working with these impressive attorneys over the coming year!

Alissa Brill
Volunteer Lawyers Project

Alissa is a staff attorney at the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, where she represents and assists low-income clients in the greater Boston area in family law and guardianship matters, as well as leads trainings for pro bono attorneys who take on cases through the VLP. She supervises legal clinics for pro se litigants at the Edward Brooke Courthouse and Middlesex Probate & Family Court. During law school, Alissa had co-op placements clerking for justices of Norfolk Probate & Family Court, appealing Social Security Administration disability cases with the Elder, Health & Disability Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services, in-house in the business law department of Takeda Oncology and practicing civil litigation at Lurie Friedman LLP. She also represented clients in 209A abuse prevention order hearings as a student attorney in Northeastern’s Domestic Violence Clinic. Alissa is a proud Big Sister through Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston and volunteers with various non-profits. She received her B.A. from the University of Rochester and J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

Marley Ann Brumme
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Marley Ann Brumme represents a wide variety of U.S. and international clients in commercial, securities and health care fraud litigation. Ms. Brumme has represented clients in disputes relating to securities and corporate law matters, contractual issues, class actions, the False Claims Act, mutual fund fees and constitutional issues. These disputes take place in federal and state courts throughout the country and through all phases of litigation, including trial, and in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association.

Ms. Brumme also assists clients in connection with complex regulatory investigations, including enforcement matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice.

Ms. Brumme has an active pro bono practice. Recently, she successfully briefed and argued a motion for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, enjoining the state from enforcing a marriage license restriction that violated the Fourteenth Amendment rights of immigrants. She also has represented clients as part of Clemency Project 2014 and in proceedings before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Early in her career, Ms. Brumme also was involved in a civil rights litigation challenging the termination of public housing voucher benefits — work for which she was recognized with a 2012 Connecticut Legal Services Pro Bono Award.

David A. Chorney
Donoghue Barrett & Singal

David A. Chorney is a health law associate at Donoghue Barrett & Singal where he represents hospitals, managed care organizations, clinics, nursing homes, home health agencies, physician groups, assisted living residences, and ambulatory surgery centers. His representative matters include hospital and corporate mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and affiliations, advising clients on medical peer review issues, taxable and tax-exempt financing, hospital operations, policies and procedures, Board of Registration in Medicine investigations, Medicare and Medicaid, and medical education.  David also provides general business and corporate legal services on a wide range of issues, such as day-to-day business strategy, regulatory and corporate compliance, vendor contracting, HIPAA, medical staff credentialing, healthcare fraud and abuse, contracting, and employment law.

While in law school, at Suffolk University Law School, David was a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy at the Office of the Governor’s Legal Counsel and served as the co-Lead Articles editor of the Journal of Health & Biomedical Law. David attended Muhlenberg College, where he received a B.A. in International Studies and Russian Studies.  David received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Lauren Corbett
Beck Reed Riden LLP

Lauren is an associate in the litigation group of Beck Reed Riden LLP. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on trade secret and noncompete disputes. Lauren also advises both individuals and corporations on noncompete, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements, as well as employee mobility.

Lauren is an active member of the Boston Bar Association, where she serves on the Practical Skills Committee of the New Lawyers Section. She also a member of the Boston Attorneys’ Networking Group.

Lauren received her JD from Boston University School of Law. During law school, Lauren co-founded the Entrepreneurship and Finance Club and represented indigent clients through the Employment Rights Clinic. Lauren was also a published member of the International Law Journal

Joshua M. Daniels

Josh Daniels is an appellate attorney with experience litigating cases in a wide variety of legal areas, including constitutional law, environmental law, criminal cases, and class actions. He was recently a member of Goodwin Procter’s Boston office, where he practiced for more than 7 years and devoted many hours to various pro bono and public interest litigation matters, including successful First Amendment challenges to anti-panhandling ordinances enacted by the cities of Worcester, MA and Portland, ME, postconviction challenges to criminal convictions, and authoring amicus briefs and other work in support of the recent challenges to the legality of the Trump administration’s “travel ban” executive orders.  Josh is a member of the Steering Committee of the BBA’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section and a regular volunteer with the Massachusetts Appeals Court’s Civil Appeals Clinic.

Gregory Dorchak
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts

Gregory Dorchak is a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Rights Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. He was previously a Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Greg earned a Ph.D. in rhetorical theory from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he taught courses on critical rhetorical theory and public policy. Greg currently still teaches a course on public policy in the University of Massachusetts University Without Walls program. Greg also graduated from Syracuse University, where he studied journalism, rhetorical theory, and history, and Northeastern University, where he earned his J.D.

Justin Kesselman
Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP

Justin is an Associate in Posternak’s Litigation Department and Bankruptcy Group.  Justin’s practice is focused on finding practical, efficient, and creative solutions to business problems.  He has represented clients in resolving disputes over commercial contracts, fiduciary duties, fraudulent transfers, security interests, taxation, trademark rights, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.  A significant portion of his time is devoted to the representation of debtors, creditors, and estate fiduciaries both in bankruptcy court and out-of-court insolvency situations.  Justin has experience investigating causes of insolvency, selling distressed assets, negotiating with creditors, administering assignments for the benefit of creditors, and assisting other affected parties in navigating the bankruptcy process.

Justin serves as co-chair of the BBA’s New Bankruptcy Lawyers Committee and has volunteered his time for a number of educational outreach programs, including the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, Read to a Child, Law Day in the Schools, and Discovering Justice: Stand Up For Your Rights.  Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  Justin is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and New England School of Law.  Prior to attending law school, he managed a large regional restaurant and brewery for several years.

Michael Kippins
Prince Lobel Tye LLP

Michael A. Kippins is a litigation associate at Prince Lobel Tye LLP, where he represents individuals and businesses in state and federal courts.  He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York, and his practice encompasses a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including business torts, contract and employment disputes, and insurance defense.

In addition to being a member of the Boston Bar Association, Michael is a Co-Chair of the Student Support Committee for the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston Friends Council.

Prior to joining Prince Lobel, Michael served as a judicial clerk to Justice Margot Botsford of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Justice R. Malcolm Graham of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.  Michael earned his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and his B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.

Michael Licker
Foley Hoag LLP

Michael is an associate in Foley Hoag’s Litigation Department, where he focuses his practice on white collar crime and government investigations, securities litigation and other complex civil litigation. He has represented clients at trial and argued in both state and federal court and successfully presented oral argument on behalf of a client to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, resulting in the lower court’s decision being overturned. He has also represented companies, and their executives, in government and internal investigations relating to health care, accounting, insider trading and obstruction of justice. His civil litigation practice includes representing clients in state and federal courts in matters involving RICO, the False Claims Act, the Massachusetts Uniform Securities Act, breach of fiduciary claims and other complex litigation matters.  Michael also served four months as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County.

Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Michael served as a law clerk to the Hon. James E. Duggan of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. During law school, he worked as a law clerk for Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Honorable Paul Higginbotham of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

Jessica Lisak
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Jessica Lisak is a Senior Associate in the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.  She represents public companies and financial institutions in connection with government investigations and securities litigation in state and federal courts.  Jessica maintains an active pro bono practice and has represented clients in a range of matters, including asylum, housing, public benefits, sealing criminal records, and resolving outstanding warrants.  She is a member of WilmerHale’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee and also serves as coordinator of WilmerHale’s Biannual Legal Clinics, which are organized in partnership with the Massachusetts Lawyers Clearinghouse.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Jessica interned at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston.  Jessica is a graduate of Boston College, where she received her B.A. in Philosophy and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.  She also received her M.S. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and her J.D. from Boston University, where she graduated cum laude.

Sammy Nabulsi
City of Boston Law Department

After graduating from Suffolk University Law School in May 2014, Sammy served as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court.  During his time as a law clerk, Sammy rotated between the Superior Courthouses in Suffolk County, Norfolk County and Bristol County, clerking for several Justices.

In August 2015, Sammy joined the City of Boston’s Law Department as Assistant Corporation Counsel.  Sammy provides legal counsel to several cabinet members of the Walsh Administration and their departments, including Environment, Immigrant Advancement, Fair Housing, Women’s Advancement, Inspectional Services Department, Arts & Culture, Tourism, Sports & Entertainment, and the Licensing Board.  Sammy also represents the City in environmental, historical preservation, and zoning litigation.

Prior to graduating from Suffolk Law, Sammy interned in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts with Judge Timothy Hillman and in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit with Judge Juan Torruella.  After his second year of law school, Sammy was a Summer Associate with the law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough and was a legal interaction intern for the legal startup, Mootus, Inc.

In addition to his practice, Sammy is currently the Clerk for the New England Muslim Bar Association and is an active member of the Boston Bar Association’s New Lawyers Section and Government Lawyers Forum. He has also presented before the Boston Bar Association and Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association.

Sammy currently resides in Roxbury with his wife, Fatima, and newborn son, Naji.

Kimberly Parr
Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Administrative Law Division

Kim is an Assistant Attorney General in the Administrative Law Division of the Office of Attorney General Maura Healey.  She primarily represents the Commonwealth, its officers and agencies in cases challenging state laws, regulations, and agency actions.  Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Kim was an associate in the litigation department of Mintz Levin, where she worked on commercial and business litigation, and insurance coverage disputes.  While at Mintz Levin, Kim also maintained an active pro bono practice and assisted in creating the Commonwealth’s first pro bono program and clinic devoted to appellate issues, which continues to operate at the Appeals Court each week.  Shortly after graduating from BU Law, Kim served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert J. Cordy (ret.) of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Boston University and currently lives in Natick, Massachusetts.

Carla Reeves
Goulston & Storrs PC

Carla Reeves is a litigation associate at Goulston & Storrs PC, where her practice is focused on employment litigation and counseling.  Carla represents employers in state and federal court, administrative proceedings, and mediations involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, employee misclassification, tortious interference, and breach of non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements.  She also provides counseling to employers of all sizes in a broad range of employment matters.

Carla has devoted substantial time to providing pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations in need.  Her pro bono work includes providing employment advice and representation to non-profit organizations, and representing low-income domestic violence survivors in divorce proceedings through the Women’s Bar Foundation’s Family Law Project for Battered Women.

Carla received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish Language and Literature from Union College (NY) and her Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School.

Anne Sheldon
DOVE, Inc.

Anne Sheldon is a Staff Attorney at DOVE, Inc. (Domestic Violence Ended) where she represents survivors of domestic violence in family law and restraining order matters.  DOVE is a nonprofit that provides comprehensive domestic violence services in Norfolk County. Anne loves providing legal services in a multiservice setting where she know her clients can access the holistic services they need to find peace and safety in their lives. Before law school, Anne worked in public policy at a few nonprofit organizations in both Massachusetts and Maine. As a community organizer for the Maine Women’s Lobby, she worked on issues such as paid sick time, abortion rights and public benefits. She also worked for two years as a public policy assistant at Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women in Boston, where she engaged clients and staff on policy issues affecting poor and homeless women at the legislature. Anne attended Northeastern University School of Law and Bates College.


Rachel Smit
Fair Work, P.C.

Rachel is an associate at Fair Work, P.C., where she represents plaintiffs in wage & hour class actions and in individual cases of discrimination and retaliation. Prior to joining Fair Work, Rachel worked at Greater Boston Legal Services, where she represented primarily immigrant employees and provided legal support to community-based organizations and coalitions advocating for immigrant worker rights.  Rachel’s work at GBLS was funded by the Skadden Fellowship Program (sometimes referred to as the “Legal Peace Corps”).

Rachel is a graduate of Boston University School of Law, where she was awarded the Warren S. Gilford Humanity and Law Prize for her commitment to public service.  Prior to law school, Rachel worked on state health policy and in local government.  She holds a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University, where she concentrated in economics and public policy, and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology from Carleton College.

Having grown up in the heartland, Rachel is happy to discuss “What’s the Matter with Kansas” with just about anyone.

Nicholas Stabile
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Nick is an associate in Nutter’s Private Client Department. Clients rely on Nick for counsel on a wide range of estate planning matters, including straightforward estate planning for young individuals and families to sophisticated plans focusing on minimizing estate and gift taxes. Fiduciaries and family members frequently engage Nick to represent them in probate courts across Massachusetts, administer estates and trusts, and appoint guardians and conservators for minors, incapacitated persons, and persons with disabilities. As a member of Nutter’s Diversity Action Committee, Nick leads the firm’s efforts to create a more inclusive and dynamic community and workplace. Nick serves as chair of the Leadership Council of Playworks New England, an organization harnessing the impact of play and physical activity to improve learning, decrease conflicts, and help young students develop leadership skills. Nick is a graduate of Bucknell University and Boston College Law School, where he was an executive editor of The Uniform Commercial Code Reporter-Digest, provided community legal services with the Legal Assistance Bureau, and received the John D. O’Reilly, Jr. Award for contribution to the law school community through service to its students.

Alexis P. Theriault
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP

Alexis is a litigation associate at Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP, where she has a diverse civil and commercial litigation practice. She concentrates her practice in the areas of complex business litigation, professional liability, and employment law. Alexis also frequently represents and advises insurance companies in cases involving bad faith claims, high-exposure losses, and losses that present unusual or challenging coverage issues. In her pro bono work, Alexis successfully represented the mother of two minor children in a hotly contested custody dispute through the Women’s Bar Foundation’s Family Law Project. She also volunteers her time judging Boston-area high school students competing in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project’s Moot Court Competition and helping to coach Suffolk University Law School’s National Moot Court Team.

Alexis is very active within the Boston legal community, serving as the liaison from the Boston Bar Association’s New Lawyers Section to the Business and Commercial Litigation Section and as a member of the steering committee for the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association’s Young Lawyers Division. In her capacity as a Junior Fellow of the Boston Bar Foundation’s Society of Fellows, she has served on several steering committees for BBF events and co-chaired the 2017 Casino Night event. Alexis is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and Suffolk University Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude and was an editor of the Suffolk University Law Review.

Jessica Wall
Anderson & Kreiger LLP

Jessica Wall is an associate at Anderson & Kreiger LLP, where she advises clients on environmental, litigation, airport, and municipal issues.  She has represented public and private sector clients in matters involving permitting, regulatory compliance, land use, and other complex commercial and regulatory issues.  Jessica also maintains an active pro bono practice.  She is the former liaison between the BBA’s Environmental Law and New Lawyers Committees, and has been recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star for multiple years.

Jessica received her B.A. in History from Brown University and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law.  At BU Law, Jessica was an Executive Editor for the Public Interest Law Journal.  She also served as a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental Enforcement Section, and interned for judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

John Weaver
McLane Middleton Professional Association

John Frank Weaver is an attorney with McLane Middleton Professional Association, based in Woburn and Boston, Massachusetts. He has a diverse practice that focuses on real estate, telecommunications, and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles, and drones. In his real estate practice, John assists clients to navigate land use permitting, draft leases, sell and acquire real estate, obtain financing, and negotiate title insurance policies. John has devoted substantial time to pro bono clients who need assistance with real estate matters, including fighting foreclosures, negotiating disputes with landlords, and securing affordable housing. In the telecommunications field, John has extensive experience working with carriers and tower companies to permit and lease wireless facilities, while also advising on relevant local, state, and federal regulations. As an emerging technologies lawyer, John has advised a wide range of companies – from startups to international corporations – on regulatory and legal issues unique to those technologies, including data privacy concerns, regulations governing drones, internet of things infrastructure deployment, and state legislation affecting self-driving cars.

John is the author of Robots Are People Too, released by Praeger Publishing, which explores legal issues implicated by autonomous technology and artificial intelligence, and a contributing writer at Slate magazine, where his articles focus on similar issues. John is also a sought after speaker on topics related to law and emerging technologies, and has been interviewed by The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and the Boston Business Journal, among other media outlets.

Mark Zglobicki
Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General

Mark is an Associate General Counsel for the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General. As a member of the Legal Division, he assists with matters related to employment, ethics, and internal policies and procedures. He also assists with investigations into fraud, waste and abuse in the expenditure of public funds. Prior to joining the Inspector General’s Office, Mark served as a volunteer attorney for the Court Service Center within the Boston Municipal Court. Mark is a graduate of Binghamton University and Suffolk University Law School.