The Boston Bar Association is pleased to announce the members of its 15th Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) Class. PILP participants connect with prominent community leaders at meetings and events, learn about the challenges confronting local organizations and take part in efforts to address specific community needs. After completing the 14-month program, graduates enter a growing network of over 180 accomplished alumni who provide mentoring and support to their successors. We look forward to working with these impressive attorneys over the coming year!
Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Genevieve Aguilar focuses her practice on representing corporations in a wide range of litigation matters, with primary emphasis on complex trial and appellate litigation, labor and employment issues and government investigations. Ms. Aguilar also maintains an active pro bono practice representing clients in a range of matters, including asylum, housing, and sealing criminal records. Ms. Aguilar has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Ms. Aguilar serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys. Additionally, Ms. Aguilar volunteers with Citizen Schools, coaching a mock trial program for middle school students at underperforming Boston schools. Ms. Aguilar also serves as a mentor to first-year law students through Boston Lawyer’s Group, whose mission is to support the efforts of its member organizations to identify, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color.
Prior to joining Choate in 2014, Ms. Aguilar worked in the Homicide Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, where she assisted in the prosecution of homicide cases.
Ms. Aguilar received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she received the Earle K. Shawe Labor Relations Award, and her B.A. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colorado College.
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
Erin is an Associate in Fragomen’s Boston office, where she works with clients across a variety of industries, including premier high-technology corporations. She has represented corporate and individual clients on a wide array of immigration matters, encompassing nonimmigrant petitions for a number of visa categories, and employment and family-based immigrant visa applications. Prior to joining Fragomen, Erin was an Associate in the immigration department of Mintz Levin, where she focused on preparing extraordinary ability and outstanding researcher petitions, national interest waivers, nonimmigrant visa petitions and adjustment of status applications. She has experience working with clients spanning a broad range of industries, including healthcare, research and development organizations, and multinational retail companies.
Erin is also the Pro Bono Coordinator in Fragomen’s Boston office, where she works with several organizations to provide representation to individuals needing immigration assistance. This includes representing unaccompanied minors in proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and helping unaccompanied minors and domestic violence survivors obtain permanent resident status. Erin has also coordinated citizenship clinics, staffed “Know Your Rights” community events, and held immigration compliance workshops for small business owners.
Erin received her B.A. from Alfred University and J.D. from New England School of Law, where she competed as a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court team.
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Chris Dodge is a senior associate at WilmerHale who focuses on complex litigation matters, including commercial and intellectual property trial litigation and appellate litigation. Chris maintains an active pro bono practice focusing on LGBT, voting rights, and electoral reform issues. He is a frequent volunteer at the Massachusetts Civil Appeals Clinic run by the Volunteer Lawyers Project. Chris is an active member of the Massachusetts LGBT Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association, where he serves on the steering committee of the Senior Associates Section.
Prior to working at WilmerHale, Mr. Dodge clerked for the Hon. Alison J. Nathan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and for the Hon. Chester J. Straub of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He obtained his B.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and his J.D., also magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law.
Foley Hoag LLP
Caroline Donovan is a litigator at Foley Hoag whose practice focuses on complex civil litigation in state and federal courts, where she regularly represents clients in cases involving contract disputes and business torts. In this capacity, she has successfully represented clients through trial, mediation, and arbitration. Caroline also advises clients in connection with internal and government investigations. She works with public companies, closely held corporations, and individuals, in a diverse array of industries.
Greater Boston Legal Services
Janette A. Ekanem is an attorney in the Employment Law Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) where she represents individuals in a variety of employment litigation matters in state and federal courts, and provides legal counsel for worker-owned cooperative businesses. Prior to joining GBLS, Janette practiced commercial real estate law at Kotin, Crabtree & Strong LLP. During law school, Janette served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland (Ret.) of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and as a law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office.
Janette is the Vice President for the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston as Chair of the Litigation Committee. Janette also serves on Clark University’s President Leadership Council, and as a judge for Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournaments. Additionally, Janette has served multiple terms on the Steering Committee of the Real Estate Section of the Boston Bar Association, the Boston Bar Foundation’s Summer Jobs Fundraising Committee, and the Community Service Committee of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association.
Janette holds a B.A. in Government and International Relations, Magna Cum Laude, and a Master of Public Administration from Clark University. She received her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law.
Lynda Freshman is Senior Legal Counsel at BlueWave Solar, a solar development and fintech company. She advises BlueWave on proactive compliance with laws and regulations applicable to community solar, consumer lending, data privacy, and business operations. In addition, Lynda analyzes regulatory requirements for expansion into new markets, designs products to meet strategic initiatives, negotiates commercial transactions, and enhances the company’s policies and procedures for a comprehensive compliance management program.
Prior to joining BlueWave, Lynda spent time in government as an Assistant Attorney General with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and as an intern with the Department of Justice, the Honorable Denise J. Casper of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the U.S. Department of State.
Lynda is also an active volunteer in the Boston community. On Saturday mornings, she can be found volunteering at the Boston Public Library, where she teaches English as a Second Language. In addition, she serves as a mentor for law students and undergraduate students through the Boston Lawyers Group, and is a member of the Boston Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association, and New England Women in Energy and the Environment.
Lynda is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She received her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, M.A. from Stanford University as a Hugh & Josephine Knowles Fellow, and J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law.
Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, City of Boston
Alex joined the Administration of Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston in 2014. He is currently the Senior Policy Manager in the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development. Previous to this, he served as a Policy Analyst for Mayor Walsh’s Chief of Policy. Prior to his time in the City, Alex served as a Policy Analyst for Governor Deval L. Patrick. He is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and Boston College.
Alex grew up in North Quincy, MA, and now lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife, Lauren. Lauren and Alex met in Sacramento, CA, while the two were completing their service in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps where they worked with homeless individuals at a local Non-Profit Organization, Loaves and Fishes. They are proud season ticket holders of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and Boston College Football. Alex and Lauren are also active theater-goers and enjoy taking in shows in Boston and New York. For the past two years, Alex has served as the Chair of The Sports Museum’s Young Leaders Council.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice
Sophia joined the Lawyers’ Committee as a Staff Attorney in July 2016. As an experienced litigator, Sophia handles a broad range of civil rights matters. Sophia actively represents people of color and immigrant women to protect their rights in the workplace and in the community. Most recently, she filed a landmark sexual harassment lawsuit against a prominent national restaurant chain expanding #MeToo to #YoTambien. She also successfully resolved a precedent-setting racial profiling matter creating a blueprint for police departments across the country to implement comprehensive implicit bias and search/seizure training. Additionally, Sophia has a growing practice focused on dismantling barriers to diversity in public agencies. Her work is regularly featured in publications such as the New York Times and the Boston Globe.
Prior to joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Sophia was a Staff Attorney with AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, New England’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization. There, she represented low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS in a wide range of issues and advised the organization on legal matters.
Sophia is a graduate of Boston College Law School, where she served on the National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University. Sophia currently serves as the chair of the Women of Color Committee for the Women’s Bar Association, and the secretary of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the Boston Chapter of the NAACP.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Hillary Harnett is an attorney with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Office of Regional Counsel in Boston. Hillary represents HUD in a wide array of affirmative and defensive cases including fair housing enforcement actions, federal tort claims, breach of contract disputes, and employment litigation. She also provides legal advice on HUD’s multifamily housing, public housing, fair housing, community development, and health care programs.
Prior to joining HUD, Hillary served as a law clerk to Justice Mark Green of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Hillary received her law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she was a managing editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University.
Holland & Knight LLP
Mr. Hasenfus graduated from Suffolk University Law School (summa cum laude) where he taught constitutional law to inner-city high school students as a Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Fellow, as well as privacy education to middle school students in Cambridge, Mass. He also represented indigent juveniles as a Rule 3:03 student attorney through his participation in the Juvenile Defenders Clinic.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Hasenfus was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps where he deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently volunteers as a mentor to veterans participating in treatment at the Boston Veterans Treatment Court and actively provides pro bono representation to service members, veterans and their families with the unique legal challenges they face before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and with state law issues.
Within the Holland & Knight, Mr. Hasenfus serves on the Boston office’s Hiring Committee and as national co-vice chair of the firm’s Veterans Group.
Previously, Mr. Hasenfus was a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Trainor of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
Foundation Medicine, Inc.
Susanna A. Jones is a Compliance Associate at Foundation Medicine, Inc., a medical device company offering comprehensive genomic profiling services for individuals diagnosed with cancer. She specializes in diverse corporate and healthcare matters, including HIPAA conformity, fraud and abuse compliance, risk management, data privacy, internal audit, promotional review, patient advocacy, risk assessments, and transparency reporting. Prior to joining Foundation Medicine’s Compliance Department, Ms. Jones held various finance, accounting, and general corporate compliance roles for local biotechnology companies, in both the private and post-IPO environments.
Ms. Jones has devoted substantial time to volunteer and pro bono projects in the United States and internationally. After her second year of law school, she lived in Kampala, Uganda, working for a legal non-profit which represented juveniles held in detention centers. She has worked on disaster relief projects domestically and in the Philippines. Ms. Jones has also worked with local non-profits, schools, small businesses, and orphanages in Haiti, South Africa, Colombia, and Guatemala. Additionally, she traveled to France to volunteer with a humanitarian NGO in its efforts to support the refugee and migrant community in Calais. Most recently, she worked in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and its surrounding communities with a local non-profit committed to empowering and educating vulnerable women and children.
Ms. Jones is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she received her B.A. in Political Science, cum laude with Honors in the Liberal Arts. She received her J.D. from New England Law | Boston and her M.B.A. from Suffolk University.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Noah J. Kaufman is an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he advises clients in appellate, antitrust, and general litigation matters. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Noah served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Noah also previously served as a member of the adjunct faculty at Northeastern University School of Law and Suffolk University Law School, where he taught Legal Research and Writing.
Noah maintains an active pro bono practice and regularly represents survivors of domestic violence in trial and appellate proceedings against their abusers.
The EdLaw Project
Elizabeth is a Skadden Fellow with the EdLaw Project, a partnership between the Youth Advocacy Foundation and the Committee for Public Council Services that provides educational advocacy to court involved youth in Massachusetts. Prior to law school, Elizabeth ran a high school transition program that supported young people in north Philadelphia with their high school applications and soft skill development. During law school she founded the Penn Law Youth Advocacy Project, which provided mitigation and reentry support to young people being charged in the adult criminal justice system. She joined the EdLaw project in September, 2017. As a Skadden Fellow with EdLaw Elizabeth provides young people involved in the juvenile delinquency system with post-disposition representation on matters such as school discipline, academic failure, and undetected specials needs. She earned her J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School and her B.A. from Haverford College. She is the recipient of the Toll Public Interest Excellence in Leadership Award and the Benjamin Jones Award for Humanity and the Law.
Volunteer Lawyers Project
Natasha Lewis is a staff attorney at the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP), where she is a supervising attorney at Eastern Region Legal Intake (ERLI). At ERLI, she supervises advocates who provide intake, information, referrals and advice to low-income clients in the greater Boston area in a myriad of civil legal aid areas, including housing, family, consumer, employment and public benefits law. She finds the work she does to be selfishly rewarding because while she has the incredible opportunity to educate clients and provide them with services they otherwise would not have and inform them of their rights, she is also educating herself. Natasha participates in both the Family Law and Guardianship Clinics that VLP offers, as well as provides representation in 209A Abuse Prevention Order hearings and Unemployment Insurance hearings.
She graduated magna cum laude from Fitchburg State College and worked as a Program Manager in the electronics field for seven years before pursuing her dream of becoming an attorney. Natasha attended New England Law| Boston and was the recipient of the President Anna E. Hirsch Award for ‘dedicated service to fellow students, the law school, and the legal profession’ at graduation. During law school, she was a Barbri representative, became the Chair of the Communications Committee of the Student Bar Association and was the Day Vice President of the Student Bar Association in her third year. She also interned with Greater Boston Legal Services in the Family Law Units’ Divorce Workgroup working with victims of domestic violence providing representation in domestic relations matters including divorce, child support, custody and visitation.
Currently, Natasha manages both the Annual and Summer Unemployment Insurance Project in collaboration with Greater Boston Legal Services. She also manages the advice panels at ERLI, which include client consultations by volunteer attorneys in the areas of family law, housing, employment and trust and estates. Natasha is VLPs’ chairperson for the state-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council. Outside of the office, she is working toward learning how to be successful in the world of real estate as she recently obtained her Attorney Broker license.
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Joe Lucia is an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office’s Trial Division where he defends lawsuits brought against the Commonwealth and its agencies. Prior to being sworn in as an AAG in 2014, Joe worked for four and a half years as an Associate in the Litigation Department of Foley Hoag LLP. Joe has served as a law clerk to both the Honorable Ariane D. Vuono of the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Honorable Margaret Hinkle of the Massachusetts Superior Court. A native of Dorchester, Joe is a 2008 graduate of Boston College Law School, a 2003 graduate of Williams College and a 1999 graduate of Boston Latin School.
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Micah is an associate in Nutter McClennen & Fish’s Litigation Department. He represents clients in a variety of litigation matters, particularly in intellectual property litigation. He also has experience assisting clients with patent prosecution, intellectual property portfolio development, and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office post-grant proceedings. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was a software engineer at IBM, where he developed hardware management functions within the i5 operating system. Micah is also committed to pro bono work. Working with the Victim Rights Law Center or the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Pro Bono initiative, he has assisted several pro bono clients in obtaining abuse prevention orders. In addition, he has represented clients in immigration and asylum proceedings. Micah attended Stanford University and Washington University School of Law.
Office of Senate Counsel, Massachusetts Senate
John is an Assistant Senate Counsel in the Massachusetts Senate, where he reviews legislation to ensure that it is constitutional and legally sound and advises Senators on legal and legislative matters as they arise. Prior to his time in the Office of Senate Counsel, John served as Counsel to Congresswoman Katherine Clark in both the Massachusetts Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, helping her to draft and pass legislation to protect children from abuse, to improve the criminal justice system and to ameliorate the harm caused by the opioid crisis.
John lives in Malden with his fiancée, Lauren Fowler, where he serves on the board of the Malden Teen Enrichment Center, as a trustee of the Malden Public Library and as Ward 1 Chair for the Malden Democratic City Committee. He received his B.A. in English from Merrimack College and his J.D. from Boston College Law School.
Ropes & Gray LLP
Emily Oldshue is an associate in the capital markets group at Ropes & Gray. Emily focuses primarily on advising public and private companies, investment banks and investment funds in mergers and acquisitions and private equity and capital markets transactions. Emily also advises clients on corporate governance, commercial law matters and securities law compliance and reporting. Emily represents clients in a variety of industries, including life sciences, healthcare, energy, technology, manufacturing and retail.
Emily also spends significant time on pro bono matters, including representation of clients through Ropes & Gray’s partnership with Medical Legal Partnership | Boston and as a leader of the firm’s Transgender ID Project, in which the firm has partnered with GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) to represent clients as they navigate the process of obtaining legal name change orders and updating their state and federal identification documents.
Emily is a graduate of Wellesley Colley and Yale Law School and was recently named one of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.
JRI Health Law Institute
Rebekah is a Staff Attorney at JRI Health Law Institute where she represents individuals living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS with the goal of improving client health. JRI Health Law Institute is a statewide nonprofit that provides free legal assistance in partnership with individuals and the community to achieve the health and justice we all deserve. Rebekah strives to provide culturally competent, client-centered, trauma-informed legal services to all clients. Rebekah’s practice is primarily focused on helping clients with SSI/SSDI appeals, public benefits, eviction defense, fair housing litigation, CORI sealing and estate planning.
Prior to joining JRI Health Law Institute, Rebekah worked at Community Legal Aid, first as an AmeriCorps Attorney and later as a Staff Attorney in the Housing Unit. At Community Legal Aid Rebekah was a medical legal partnership attorney for a Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund grant, where she partnered with medical providers and community-based organizations in an effort to address and reduce pediatric asthma in the City of Worcester. She received her B.S. from Bryant University and J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Abbigail W. Shirk
MetroWest Legal Services
Abbigail W. Shirk is a Staff Attorney at Metrowest Legal Services where she specializes in domestic violence advocacy in family and immigration law matters. Prior to MetroWest Legal Services, Abbigail worked as a staff attorney for DoVE Inc. (Domestic Violence Ended) and Greater Boston Legal Services where she won her first trial during law school. As a Program Manager for Thurston County Family Justice Center in Olympia, Washington, she managed comprehensive, multi-disciplinary team of professionals serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence in housing, advocacy, and criminal justice matters. During that time, she chaired the Thurston County Domestic Violence Task Force and ensured federal grant compliance with the Office of Violence Against Women. She also helped launch the first camping and mentoring initiative in Washington state for children exposed to domestic violence, as part of Camp HOPE America.
Abbigail is a graduate of University of Southern Maine where she studied political science and was awarded the Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship to study in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She later studied Arab-American relations in Amman, Jordan, and served as an NGO Observer for the National Institute of Military Justice in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She is a graduate of New England Law | Boston, where she graduated cum laude and was a Sandra Day O’Connor Merit Scholar. Abbigail is licensed in Massachusetts and Washington state.
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Jared is an associate in the corporate and health care practice groups at Hinckley Allen. He advises large and small businesses on mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiation, and commercial leasing matters. Jared also serves as outside counsel to medical and dental practices, providing guidance on buy-sell arrangements, regulatory issues, and transaction structure. He is an active member of the Boston Bar Association’s Health Law and New Lawyers Sections, and a member of the Boston Bar Foundation Junior Fellows Society. Additionally, he volunteers with the New England chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, and is a member of the Executive Board of Boston Young Healthcare Professionals.
Jared received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. While in law school, he served as a legal intern to the pro se law clerk of the Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court, to the Elder, Health, and Disability Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, and to the office of the General Counsel at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. An active member of the law school’s Student Government Association (SGA) and President of the SGA during his third year, Jared received the Sylvia Beinecke Robinson Award for significant contributions to student life. Most recently, he chaired the Student-Alumni Relations Committee of the Boston University School of Law Young Alumni Council.
Prior to law school, Jared worked in senior care administration and operations at an Assisted Living Residence and Specialized Care Residence in the Greater Boston area. He received his B.A. from Emory University, and is a proud native of Peabody, Massachusetts.
State Street Bank & Trust Company
Ying Wang is Associate Counsel at State Street Bank & Trust Company, where she practices financial services law and specializes in contract drafting, review, negotiation, and distribution services. She is also a Judge Advocate General (JAG) Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, providing legal assistance to military service members on a diverse range of topics as well as supporting legal operations to national strategy during peacetime, contingencies, and war.
Ying grew up in Boston and remains active in her community. She currently volunteers for Boston’s Community Preservation Committee, Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s SPARK Boston Council, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Asian American Commission, and New Leaders Council. Ying is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Emerson College (magna cum laude), and New England Law | Boston, where she was Editor-in-Chief of “Due Process” and received the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship for demonstrated commitment to public service and providing legal assistance to underrepresented individuals and communities in the state.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Lavinia is an Associate in the litigation section of Mintz Levin where her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation across a variety of areas, including securities litigation, shareholder suits and insurance disputes in both state and federal court. Lavinia is also active in the firm’s pro bono practice, focusing on representing survivors of human trafficking in criminal matters and post-conviction relief proceedings. Lavinia recently assisted in advocating for the passage of legislation in Massachusetts to streamline the procedure for human trafficking survivors to seek to vacate criminal convictions related to their trafficking. She is the current co-chair of the BBA Human Trafficking Sub-Committee of the Delivery of Legal Services Steering Committee.
Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Lavinia was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and before that clerked for the Honorable Francis X. Spina of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Lavinia graduated first in her class from Boston College Law School and upon graduation received the Philip Joseph Privitera ’95 Award for outstanding scholarship and exceptional contribution to the law school community.
Prior to law school, Lavinia worked first as the community education and youth violence prevention program coordinator and later as the development director for WISE, a New Hampshire–based nonprofit serving victims of domestic and sexual violence. Lavinia is a 2004 graduate of Dartmouth College where she earned her B.A. in Philosophy.