The BBA’s Summer Jobs Program finished off with an exciting final week. On Wednesday, August 21, the Summer Jobs students participated in “Exploring Legal Careers,” a speed networking event designed to help them consider the various career paths open to them within the legal profession. In seven rounds of 15 minutes each, the students had the opportunity to meet with Manisha Bhatt, a senior staff attorney in the Family Law Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services; Karen Castaneda, an attorney for the Boston Public Schools’ Legal Advisors Office at the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston; Sam Faisal, a law student at Suffolk University Law School; Nigel Long, Corporate Counsel for Liberty Mutual; Mikerline Paul, a paralegal at the Volunteer Lawyers Project; Walter Rodriguez, an associate at Locke Lord LLP; and Christina Simpson of The Law Office of Christina Simpson, Esq. The students greatly enjoyed meeting with attorneys and legal professionals from a wide range of practice settings, and asked lots of questions about the speakers’ career paths and the advice they have for young people interested in the legal profession.
The next day, the students closed out the summer with
the Summer Jobs Celebration, where the students, their colleagues, and their
families celebrated the students’ accomplishments with a speaking program and
reception. The program started with BBA President-Elect
Christine Netski discussing the history of the Summer Jobs Program, which started
in 1993 when now-retired Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First
Circuit, Sandra Lynch, was a partner at Foley Hoag and the President of the BBA. She spearheaded the program in partnership
with the Mayor’s Office, and to-date the program has facilitated summer
internships in legal offices for hundreds of Boston high school students.
The audience then heard from student speaker Shakira Jean, a rising junior who interned at the Volunteer Lawyers Project this summer. Shakira discussed the challenges and rewards of working in a legal services office, and talked about how using empathy to put herself in the shoes of clients facing difficult situations had been an important skill set during her summer work. She ended her speech by saying, “If I have the opportunity to be able to do something about [unfairness in the justice system], then I’m going to take it. I just want to be there to make our justice system better and bring justice to people who may not have access to it.”
Following Shakira’s remarks, the students heard from
Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards, who represents Boston’s District 1. Councilor Edwards discussed her own journey
into the legal profession, community organizing, and city government. She noted that she was the first attorney in
her family and discussed the challenges she faced in feeling out of place during
her time in law school, saying “Statistics would have put me in a different place
than where I am right now… I didn’t know any lawyers… I felt like I had to
However, she talked about the shift that she made into community organizing after the 2008 recession, and how she felt that her career only truly came together when she was able to be her authentic self. She pointed to the legal protections for domestic workers that she helped to pass in her time as a community organizer, saying, “We had no money [for that advocacy work]… We did that being unapologetically ourselves, with the talents that we have.”
She also spoke about her campaign to be a Boston City Councilor, noting that her seat had never before been held by a person of color, and only by one other woman. However, she pointed to the strengths that she was able to bring to the table – and win the campaign on – by being her true self, saying that the Portuguese and Spanish language skills she gained as a community organizer; her background in a military family; and her commitment to knocking on doors and talking face-to-face with members of the community, all helped her connect with voters. She said, “All those ‘nos’ [that we heard], we used to run our campaign… I was doing things differently. And I could only do it because I was doing it as myself.” She encouraged the students to take this advice to heart, in whatever career paths they pursue, saying, “You can’t win without being your true self. The person who you’re faking will win – but not you.”
Following these inspiring remarks by Councilor Edwards,
the students and their guests headed upstairs for some refreshments to celebrate
the end of a successful summer!
Thank you to each law office that hired a student intern through the program, to our partners at the Private Industry Council and the Mayor’s Office, and, of course, to the 36 students who dedicated themselves to learning about the legal profession this summer – this program would not be possible without you!
With the summer flying by, the Boston public high school students participating in the BBA Summer Jobs Program have continued to gain professional skills working in legal offices throughout the city, and have participated in a number of exciting enrichment seminars hosted by the BBA!
Law 101 The students began their series of enrichment seminars hearing from attorneys Katie Stock of Miyares and Harrington, LLP, and Nicole Phe of Nelson Mullins, about the basics of the legal profession, including the path through law school, the functioning of the court system, and key legal terminology. The students then tested out their new knowledge in an exciting Jeopardy game!
Financial Aid: What You Need to Know On July 17, Daniel Forster, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Westfield State University, walked the students through the ins and outs of college financial aid, including FAFSA, different types of scholarships, work study, and student loans. This presentation made the complicated process of seeking college financial aid much more accessible.
John Adams Courthouse Tour The following week, the students took a tour of the John Adams Courthouse, learning about the historic building and the legacy of John Adams, particularly Adams’ representation of British soldiers following the Boston Massacre due to his conviction that even the most unpopular defendants must have a fair trial. The students had the opportunity to meet with Associate Justice Joseph M. Ditkoff of the Appeals Court, and asked him many questions about his career and the practice of law.
Financial Literacy At the end of July, the Summer Jobs students participated in a program on Financial Literacy, led by Bridget O’Sullivan Somogie and Jeremy Bardsley of the Massachusetts Securities Division. In order to increase the students’ awareness of basic financial skills, the presentation covered personal finance and budgeting; using credit and credit cards; and financing large purchases.
Consequences of Poor Financial Management at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Last week, thanks to a group of BBA volunteers and the Hon. Christopher J. Panos, the students had the opportunity to participate in a skit and mock trial that explained the processes at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The students first engaged in a mock meeting of creditors, with students playing the roles of “creditor” and “trustee,” and learning about the complications involved in declaring bankruptcy and its effect on one’s credit score. Students then met with Judge Panos and the Court clerks for a mock trial that discussed whether the bankrupt individual should have his car repossessed. Students were able to debate the pros and cons of the situation and asked many inquisitive questions, ultimately determining that the bankrupt individual would not be able to pay his creditor enough to keep the car. Many thanks to Judge Panos, the Court clerks, and attorneys Gary Cruickshank, Jessica Youngberg, Jonathan Horne, Alex Mattera, and Donald Lassman for making this experience such a success!
Mock City Council Hearing On August 14, attorney Sean Nehill of the Boston Planning & Development Agency led the students through a mock City Council hearing in the real Iannella City Council Chamber at Boston City Hall! The students learned about the workings of municipal government and had the chance to participate in a mock hearing debating the pros and cons of a fictitious ordinance that would ban non-resident motorized vehicles in the City of Boston, with only a few exceptions. The students broke into groups representing a community-based residents’ group, an environmental advocacy organization, a business association, and an interest group from the automobile industry, and came up with compelling arguments to represent their positions on the ordinance. They then presented their testimony to another group of students playing the City Councilors, who ultimately decided not to pass the ordinance. The hearing sparked a lively debrief discussion about civic engagement and the various ways in which students can advocate for issues that are important to them.
The Summer Jobs program will wrap up next week with a final speed
networking seminar titled Exploring Legal Careers, and then with the Summer
Jobs Celebration, where the students will be recognized for their
accomplishments this summer and hear remarks from keynote speaker Boston City
Councilor Lydia Edwards.
The BBA’s Summer Jobs Program is a partnership between the BBA, the
City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, and the Boston Private Industry
Council. Many thanks to the
participating law firms that have hired students this year, and to the Boston
Bar Foundation for funding six public interest positions through its M. Ellen
This summer, the BBA was proud to launch a new Diversity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program, aimed at providing outstanding law students with critical work experience through paid summer internships in public interest offices. In the pilot year, we were proud to partner with the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts, to provide this opportunity. Funding for these positions was provided by the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF), with the position at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office funded by a generous private donation, and the position at the Bankruptcy Court funded by the BBF’s Charles P. Normandin Fund.
The Fellowship saw a successful
first year, with law students Anna Cardoso (Boston University School of Law)
and Emaan Syed (Suffolk University Law School) contributing to the work of
these offices, participating in BBA professional development programs, and
meeting with attorney mentors. Read on
to learn about their experiences this summer in their own words!
If your office is in interested
in supporting or participating in this program, please reach out to Hannah Poor
End of Summer Reflection: Anna Cardoso Rising 2L, Boston University School of Law Summer Fellow, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
This summer, I had the pleasure
of interning in the Medicaid Fraud Division at Attorney General Maura Healey’s
Office. My division focuses exclusively on holding providers accountable for
defrauding our Medicaid system. I completed many research assignments and
attended hearings, depositions, and relator interviews focusing on evidentiary,
constitutional, and broader health law-related issues. Unique to my division, I
was asked to pick a topic to present to my bureau, which was certainly
nerve-wracking, but ended up being one of my favorite parts of the internship.
I consider my presentation to be a highlight of my summer and am particularly
proud of how many of the attorneys in my bureau emphasized that it was an
extremely difficult topic and that I had done an excellent job. The learning
curve here has been steep and challenging in the most rewarding way possible.
It is difficult to put into words how much I have learned. There has not been a
dull moment at this office or a day where I have not learned something new. I
knew I wanted to practice in the health care space, making access to care more
affordable, and my summer has affirmed my convictions. The office also had
programming for interns almost every day, and I particularly enjoyed our visit
to the Supreme Judicial Court.
This summer I attended the BBA’s
public interest summer kickoff breakfast, a program on what it is like to
practice in life sciences, and “Let’s Get Real,” a program about what it is
like to be a diverse attorney in Boston. These events have helped to set
realistic expectations and get to know attorneys and law students in Boston.
I cannot say enough good things
about either of my mentors. I was lucky enough to have one of them, Amanda
Morejon, on the same floor in a neighboring division and she has been a
constant source of support and guidance this summer. Amanda has encouraged me
all summer to exceed my own expectations and to trust in my intelligence and
capabilities as a future attorney. My other mentor, Gina Kwon, is one of the
prosecutors working on the largest opioid trafficking takedown in our office
and has taught me that there are no dumb questions, and all questions are worth
asking. Both my mentors are women lawyers whom I look up to and will maintain a
relationship with even after this summer.
Diversity and inclusion will
always be a goal that I am looking for ways to advance. Being a Latina in the
legal field means that when I become an attorney, my presence as a female
Latinx attorney will account for less than two percent of attorneys in the
United States, according to the Hispanic National Bar Association, a number
that can be disheartening at best, and frustratingly lonely at worst. Having
positions like this fellowship that I was fortunate enough to receive means
that Boston cares and wants to change this statistic. The sense of community
and the network that I have built in this office makes me confident that Boston
is changing into a better, more welcoming, and increasingly diverse place. I
know that I will soon be stepping into the role of mentoring first-year law
students and that doing my best work here has given me the knowledge and the
credibility to help other students get where I am, and to continue to pull them
up with me wherever I go next. I would like to thank everyone at the AGO, the
Boston Bar Association, and the Boston Bar Foundation for making this summer
possible—it has been amazing.
End of Summer Reflection: Emaan Syed Rising 3L, Suffolk University Law School Summer Fellow, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts
Through the BBA Diversity and
Inclusion Summer Fellowship, I interned for Judge Melvin S. Hoffman at the U.S.
Bankruptcy Court in Boston this summer. I was a judicial intern and conducted
legal research and analyzed diverse issues arising under the bankruptcy code. I
also drafted memoranda and observed Bankruptcy Court hearings, trials, and
proceedings that occurred multiple times a week.
I was able to learn a lot about
bankruptcy law, and from my courses, was able to see much of what I learned in
class, in real time in court hearings. I learned that bankruptcy law ties many
other aspects of law together, such as family law, real estate law, IP law, and
every other possible field of law that exists. Each case heard is unique; I
especially enjoyed seeing and conducting research for cases on matters that do
not have much ruling or background, that require further research and understanding
of bankruptcy law.
I met with my BBA mentor and
discussed succeeding in my internships and my law career. I was able to learn
from my mentor on how to search and narrow in on what field of law I want to
ultimately work in. It was valuable to me to have a helpful mentor giving me
the tools to succeed in my career and understanding my challenges as a student
navigating through the legal field.
Throughout my internship, I was
able to ask the judge and his clerks about questions I had about bankruptcy law
or about the hearings I attended. I appreciated the insight of the judge and
the clerks on all matters of bankruptcy law and litigating as an attorney.
During my internship, I attended
brown bag luncheon events at the Moakley Courthouse, where all the summer
interns for the federal courts were invited to discussions on several topics.
It was great to mingle with other federal court interns and learn of their
experiences as well.
I attended Boston Bar Association
events concerning bankruptcy law due to my interest in the subject. My first
event was the 29th annual Bench Meets Bar Conference. The event
included many of the Bankruptcy Court judges and members of the bankruptcy bar
to learn about the current and recent cases the judges were working on and analyze
key issues in bankruptcy law. I got to see many attorneys that practiced
bankruptcy law, along with many attorneys of the Bankruptcy Court. The event
allowed me to hear the other judges’ observations on key issues in bankruptcy
In addition, I attended another
BBA event at the Bankruptcy Court where I got to meet and talk to bankruptcy
attorneys about their careers. A common experience that most bankruptcy
attorneys shared was how they came to ultimately work in bankruptcy law. Most
of the attorneys did not start their careers planning to go into bankruptcy
law, but on their journey, found bankruptcy law and developed a passion for the
Through my summer internship at
the Bankruptcy Court, I learned there is an underlying human aspect to the law.
I gained an appreciation for litigation, learning the qualities of a successful
litigator and the etiquette of the court, in a fulfilling internship at the
U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Ahead of the July 2019 Uniform Bar Exam in Massachusetts, 14
attorneys provided coaching and guidance to individuals taking the bar exam.
The BBA’s Bar Exam Coaching Program matches coaches with bar applicants to support
them throughout the preparation process. Coaches keep applicants on track with
a study schedule and provide tips for managing time and stress.
This program focuses particularly on assisting applicants
who are retaking the bar exam in Massachusetts. Through this program, we hope to provide
support and community during the stressful and sometimes isolating experience
of studying for the bar exam. Thank you to all the coaches who provided support
Joshua Cohn, Holland & Knight LLP
Susan Corcoran, De Novo
Nickeisha Davidson, Massachusetts Probation Service
Emma Days, Ropes & Gray LLP
Anthony Faillaci, Burns & Levinson LLP
Tess Foley, WilmerHale
Caitlin Gossett, Massachusetts Department of Children & Families
D. Paul Koch, Jr., Finard Properties LLC
Kristy Lavigne, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Brendan Lowd, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo P.C.
Yakov Malkiel, White & Case LLP
Tracy Morong, Massachusetts State Ethics Commission
Christina Simpson, The Law Office of Christina Simpson
Conor Slattery, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford LLP
It’s not often attorneys can do justice while at the same time prevailing on a legal issue, particularly in a breach of privacy/emotional distress case. Recently, Attorney Steven Coren was able to accomplish both when a client was referred to Kerstein Coren & Lichtenstein LLP through the Boston Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral service. The client was a nurse at a major hospital who was hospitalized briefly in 2001 for psychiatric issues relating to her ailing marriage. She told a heart-rending tale that occurred in 2012 when she brought a post-divorce contempt action against her ex-husband over a parenting dispute involving their minor children.
During the contempt action, the sister-in-law of the plaintiff’s ex-husband accessed the plaintiff’s confidential 2001 psychiatric hospitalization records without the plaintiff’s knowledge or authorization and provided the records to the ex-husband. The sister-in-law accessed the records through her employment at a medical clinic.
The ex-husband orally communicated the contents of the plaintiff’s 2001 discharge diagnoses to a guardian ad litem (GAL), a psychotherapist appointed to investigate the parenting issue in the contempt proceeding. The ex-husband did not have the plaintiff’s consent or knowledge to obtain and communicate the information. The GAL wrote down the discharge diagnoses and included it in her report to the Court without the plaintiff’s knowledge or consent. As a Category F appointment, the GAL was required to obtain the plaintiff’s written consent to access this information and to notify the plaintiff of her intent to use it. The GAL did neither.
plaintiff learned about the access to her confidential psychiatric records at a
subsequent contempt hearing in open court. As a result of the invasion of her
privacy, she was subjected to continuing embarrassment, horror, shame, anxiety,
despair and dread. She also experienced physical symptoms including hair loss,
lack of sleep and loss of appetite.
normally would not take a garden-variety HIPAA or infliction of emotional
distress case because jury verdicts for emotional harm tend to be extremely low,”
said Coren “However, I thought this case had great optics for building outrage
among the jurors as the invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress
were intentional on the part of the ex-husband and the sister-in-law, and the
GAL’s conduct was unprofessional as well as illegal.” Coren admits he took the
case with his heart as well as with his head. “I felt I could right a wrong as
well as prosecute a legal claim for my client who could not afford to pay an attorney.”
Coren agreed to take the case on a contingency agreement with no expectation
that he would be compensated as there was no insurance available. “I feel that
every so often it is my obligation as a legal professional to seek justice and help
someone who cannot otherwise afford to pursue a claim.”
defendants ignored all invitations to settle and a three-day jury trial was
held in Boston Municipal Court in April 2019. The voir dire process was heavily
utilized by Coren and was instrumental in selecting a jury that he felt was
fair and impartial. The voir dire disclosed bias on the part of several
prospective jurors due to the plaintiff’s psychiatric hospitalization, the
reluctance of some to believe emotional distress had any monetary value and the
insistence of some in applying a much higher standard than a preponderance of
the evidence, and these jurors were struck for cause. Interestingly, Coren approved
the inclusion of two ex-convicts on the jury during voir dire because he sensed
empathy toward his client’s situation. During the damages phase of the trial,
he emphasized to these jurors that fear, dread and anxiety are not controllable
emotions and are very real to the person suffering from them.
the conclusion of the trial, the jury found the sister-in-law and ex-husband
acted intentionally in inflicting emotional distress and invading the plaintiff’s
privacy. The jury found them and the GAL liable for damages, which totaled $92,800
– an extraordinary amount for emotional damages
verdict by six citizens was an incredible validation to the plaintiff who
endured years of litigation pursuing the case. Coren’s reward was seeing the
tears of relief and the vindication on his client’s face. She is grateful to
the Boston Bar Association for referring her to an attorney who stuck with her
and made sure she got the justice she deserved.
Throughout the month of July, Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) panel attorneys volunteered their time to conduct training sessions on a variety of legal topics for new staff working in the BBA and especially our new intern for the LRS department. These trainings have been instrumental in helping our staff better understand the needs of attorneys we serve and ensuring we are conducting intake and screening calls efficiently to connect members of our community with the help they need.
This is what they had to say about the
“The LRS Trainings were so insightful both to my experience
here as the LRS Intern as well as for my future career goals. After hearing
from attorneys about their specific practice area, I am able to give informed
referrals to callers. Coming into this internship I knew that I had a passion
for Civil Rights and Torts Law. However, I did not expect to find that I am
also very interested in Employment and Consumer Law, something I may not have
stumbled upon until much later in life. I am extremely grateful to have had the
opportunity to speak with practicing attorneys and learn from them, not only
about what they do on a day to day basis, but also their career journeys and
personal interests. Each LRS training has been an inspiring moment that
continuously reaffirmed my passion to pursue law school and a career in the
“As the Section Programs Assistant, I have
the opportunity to sit in meetings, conferences, and many different programs
that are offered here at the BBA. As someone who has very limited knowledge on
different areas of law, this can be intimidating and confusing. However,
through the LRS trainings, I got to personally meet and talk with amazing
practicing attorneys and learn so much about how the different types of law can
be applied in everyday life. I have a passion for social justice and knowing
your rights and how the law can work on your side is the best way to implement
change.” – Jenna Kim
The trainings were organized by the
Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service, the largest public service
program of the Boston Bar Association, dedicated to helping members of the
public in need of assistance connecting with attorneys. We would like to
thank the following attorneys who volunteered their time to conduct training
sessions for the BBA’s new staff:
· Sara Attarchi (Simons Law Office) – Criminal Law · Joel Davidson (Law Offices of Joel R. Davidson) – Social Security, Health, & Disability · Morjieta Derisier (BayState Law Group, PLLC) – Landlord/Tenant & Real Estate · Benjamin Duggan (KJC Law Firm LLC) – Employment Law · Emily Amara Gordon (Amara Law, LLC) – Immigration Law · Carolyn Martello Spaulding (Blake & Associates) – Trusts & Estates · Daniel Occena (Occena Law P.C.) – Consumer Law & Bankruptcy Law · Joana Stathi (Atwood & Cherny P.C.) – Family Law · Jeremy Weltman (Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearig P.C.) – Torts, Personal Injury & Civil Rights
If you are interested in joining the BBA Lawyer Referral Service, or becoming involved in training sessions in the future, please contact Chane Vanes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since January 2019, more than 700 students heard from volunteer attorneys about the importance of finance and budgeting. The BBA is proud to have reached so many students through this statewide program and is grateful for the support of Chief Judge Melvin S. Hoffman, Judge Frank J. Bailey, Judge Joan N. Feeney (Ret.), Judge Elizabeth D. Katz, and Judge Christopher J. Panos, as well as the Hampden and Hampshire County Bar Associations.
This past year, over 100 volunteers taught in 9 schools and addressed
the interns participating in the U.S. District Court’s Nelson Fellowship and
the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program. Prior to the first sessions, the M. Ellen
Carpenter Financial Literacy Committee updated the materials provided to the
students, which include discussions on credit card spending, budgeting, and
financing “large purchases,” including automobiles, furniture, renting an
apartment, and paying for college.
Thank you to all this year’s volunteers who made the program
Hon. Frank J. Bailey, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts
Ana Balcarcel, Charles River Associates
Joseph Baldiga, Mirick O’Connell
Jeremy Bardsley, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Joshua Beiser, Liberty Mutual Group
Tamarah Belczyk, Audax Management Company, LLC
Janet Bostwick, Janet E. Bostwick, PC
Christopher Candon, Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA
Ariel Clemmer, Hampden County Bar Association
Michele Collins, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
Gary Cruickshank, Law Office of Gary W. Cruickshank
Kathleen Cruickshank, Murphy & King
Elizabeth Downing, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Julie Evrard, Liberty Mutual Group
Hon. Joan N. Feeney (Ret.)
Kate Foley, Mirick O’Connell
Eric Forni, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Maya French, Office of the Inspector General of Massachusetts
Jessica Galimberti, ACCION International
Henry Geberth, Hendel, Collins & O’Connor, P.C.
Robert Girvan, Weiner Law Firm, PC
Lane Goldberg, Goldberg Law
Pamela Harbeson, Board of Bar Overseers
Lee Harrington, Nixon Peabody LLP
William Harrington, U.S. Department of Justice – Office of the U.S. Trustee
Rachel Hershfang, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Hon. Melvin S. Hoffman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts
Jonathan Horne, Murtha Cullina
Hon. Elizabeth D. Katz, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts
Ryan Kelley, Pierce Atwood, LLP
Justin Kesselman, Arent Fox
Anna Kordan, Liberty Mutual Group
Eric Kornblum, Law Office of Eric D. Kornblum
Cory Lamz, Buoy Health, Inc.
Donald Lassman, Law Office of Donald R. Lassman
Maren Law, Attorney at Law
Amy Lipman, White, Lipman & White
Lisa Lippiello, Olin Lippiello LLP
John Loughnane, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
David Madoff, Madoff & Khoury LLP
Nora Marantz, Liberty Mutual Group
Alex Mattera, Partridge, Snow & Hahn LLP
Rose Miller, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
René Moniz, Partridge, Snow & Hahn, LLP
Catherine Neijstrom, Gilmore, Rees & Carlson P.C.
Andrea O’Connor, Hendel, Collins & O’Connor, P.C.
David Ostrander, Ostrander Law Office
Bridget O’Sullivan Somogie, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Securities Division
Maureen Pachucki, Liberty Mutual Group
Gregory Pakhladzhyan, American Student Assistance
Hon. Christopher J. Panos, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts
Danielle Panos, Liberty Mutual Group
Steffani Pelton Nicholson, Madoff & Khoury LLP
Steven Pohl, Brown Rudnick LLP
Nestor Ramirez, Liberty Mutual Group
Louis Robin, Law Offices of Louis S. Robin
Alex Rodolakis, Fletcher Tilton, PC
Douglas Rosner, Goulston & Storrs PC
Adam Ruttenberg, Arent Fox
Natalie Sawyer, Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management
Mary Sharon, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts
Rosa Sierra, Brown Rudnick LLP
Jacob Simon, Simon Law
Christina Simpson, The Law Office of Christina Simpson
Stephen Smith, National Association of Consumer Advocates
Leslie Storm, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts
Leslie Su, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts
Erica Sullivan, Liberty Mutual Group
Jennifer Tracy, Liberty Mutual Group
Christina Turgeon, Law Office of Christina M. Turgeon
Steven Veenema, Murphy & King
Steven Weiss, Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, PC
Thomas Wilson, Dunn & Wilson
Keri Wintle, Duane Morris LLP
Jessica Youngberg, Veterans Legal Services
David Zou, Harvard Kennedy School
On Monday, July 21, as part of the BBA’s Service Innovation Project on Dismantling the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline, attorneys Paula Bagger (Law Office of Paula M. Bagger LLC) and Erin Brummer (Fragomen) met with middle and high schoolers at Brookview House shelter to discuss the students’ rights with regards to school discipline. In particular, the attorneys ensured that students knew that, following a 2018 settlement agreement between Greater Boston Legal Services and Boston Public Schools, the rights of students around suspension from school had been expanded.
The attorneys discussed how important it is that students
who are suspended receive a letter detailing the reasoning behind their
suspension and the length of time a suspension is in effect. They also
emphasized that students have the right to a suspension hearing and the ability
to appeal suspensions that they disagree with.
Students asked insightful questions about suspensions, such
as whether they are allowed to be on school grounds during the time of the
suspension. They also asked the attorneys about their rights around school detention
and about the consequences of being truant.
Many thanks to Attorney Bagger and Attorney Brummer for their help in spreading the word about students’ rights, and to the students at Brookview for an engaging discussion!
The BBA’s Service Innovation Project on Dismantling the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation’s Burnes Innovation in Service Fund.
Criminal records are often an obstacle to qualified individuals obtaining housing or employment. And since having a job and a permanent place to live are correlated with successful re-entry, individuals with a publicly-accessible CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) record have greater rates of recidivism.
The Boston Bar Association highlighted
the importance of reforms to the length of time that people must wait before
their CORI can be sealed, along with other key criminal justice reforms, in our
2017 report No Time to
Wait: Recommendations for a Fair and Efficient Criminal
Justice System. The report advocated
for a reduction in the amount of time individuals must wait to seal their CORI
records. In 2018 the Massachusetts Legislature, with the support of Governor
Charlie Baker, did indeed reduce the waiting time to seal criminal records; the
previous wait time of five years to seal misdemeanors was reduced to three
years, and the wait time of ten years to seal felonies was reduced to seven
This past February, the BBA launched a
CORI Sealing Pilot Project in partnership with Greater Boston
Legal Services. The project relies on
volunteer attorneys, who assist low-income clients in obtaining, reviewing,
and, if eligible, sealing and expunging their CORI records. So far, the CORI Sealing
Clinic has helped more than 50 individuals seeking to seal their criminal
records. This is a critical service, as sealing can remove or mitigate the
barrier that CORI records pose to obtaining housing and employment. Thank you to our partners, Pepper
Hamilton LLP and Sullivan
& Worcester LLP for collaborating
with us on this project and engaging their attorneys as volunteers.
The Boston Bar Association’s CORI
Sealing Clinic takes place the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00
p.m. at the Boston Municipal Court – Central Division (24 New Chardon Street, 2nd
Floor). The clinic would not be possible without the help of our volunteer
attorneys. These attorneys can have a life-changing impact when they assist in
sealing records. Volunteering also allows attorneys to connect with fellow
practitioners and gain clinic experience in a new area of law.
Volunteers will be trained in
advance on CORI laws and procedures and are able to sign up for the clinic
dates that work best for their schedules. If you are interested in
volunteering, please contact Hannah Poor at email@example.com.
The BBA is
pleased to welcome 23 attorneys to the 2019-2020 Public Interest Leadership
Program (PILP). PILP promotes civic
engagement and public service by advancing the leadership role of lawyers in
service to their community, their profession, and the Commonwealth. This impressive group of new lawyers, all in
practice for 10 years or less, will join a growing network of PILP participants
past and present, and will spend the next year developing leadership skills and
pursuing public service initiatives. You
can read about this year’s class below.
Charlie Ahern is Assistant Counsel in the Office of the Senate
Counsel to the Massachusetts State Senate.
After graduating from Boston College with a double major in political
science and Slavic studies, he began his career as a legislative aide to State
Representative Kevin Honan, who is the chair of the Legislature’s Committee on
Housing and represents the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston. Shortly
before entering Suffolk University Law School’s night program in the fall of
2013, Charlie started a job as an assistant at the government relations firm
Murphy Donoghue Partners, where he advised clients from a variety of industries
on navigating the legislative and regulatory processes in Massachusetts.
Upon graduating law school, he was promoted to an associate position at
Murphy Donoghue Partners; however, he wanted to use his law degree to go back
to the State House and continue his career in public service. In January 2019 he accepted the job of Assistant
Counsel in the Office of the Senate Counsel. In his current role, he works with the offices
of all 40 state senators and advises them on issues such as legislative
drafting, constitutional law, and compliance with the state’s ethics laws. He
hopes that his participation in PILP will open the door to further
opportunities to get involved in pro bono and public service work.
Julianne Campbell is an Assistant District Attorney in the
Appellate Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. In this
capacity, she represents the Commonwealth in a wide variety of post-conviction
criminal litigation and interlocutory matters in the Supreme Judicial Court,
Appeals Court, and trial courts.
Julianne also works closely in support of the Homicide Unit and other
felony trial units, providing legal and strategic assistance to trial Assistant
District Attorneys prior to and during the trial phase of prosecutions.
Before joining the Appellate Division, Julianne served as the
supervising Assistant District Attorney in the South Boston Division of the
Boston Municipal Court. As a prosecutor
in the district and municipal courts, she represented the Commonwealth in
pending criminal cases from arraignment through trial throughout Suffolk
County. Prior to joining the Suffolk
County District Attorney’s Office in 2015, Julianne was an Assistant District
Attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office.
Julianne received her J.D., summa
cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School, where she was a note editor
of the Suffolk University Law Review.
Julianne earned her B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross.
Andrea Carrillo is a Staff Attorney in the
Family Law Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), a non-profit
organization that provides free legal assistance and representation on civil
matters to hundreds of the neediest residents in the city of Boston and 31
surrounding cities and towns. Andrea represents survivors of domestic
violence in highly contested custody and divorce cases, with the aim of
empowering them so that they can take back a sense of controland
agency in their lives.
Prior to joining GBLS, Andrea was
a Staff Attorney at Community Legal Aid, serving Central and Western Central
Massachusetts, where she represented low-income individuals in family,
consumer, bankruptcy, and housing matters. As a pro bono attorney for De
Novo, Andrea began her legal career by representing a Spanish-speaking
Salvadoran woman in a removal hearing and won asylum for the client within four
months. Prior to practicing law, Andrea worked at CoachArt in Los Angeles
and served as a Planning Commissioner Vice Chair in her hometown, Baldwin
Andrea is a graduate of Boston University School
of Law, where she served as the Fundraising Co-Chair of the Public Interest
Project, a non-profit dedicated to help law students fund summer internships in
public interest, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of
California, San Diego. Andrea currently serves as a member of the
Steering Committee of the Women of Color Committee for the Women’s Bar
Association, a member of the legal services subcommittee of the Supreme
Judicial Court Steering Committee on Lawyer Well-Being, and a Clerk for the
Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys.
Edmund Donnelly currently serves as Area Manager for External
Affairs, State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for AT&T Services,
Inc. In this role, Edmund plays a lead
role in municipal engagement on permitting and siting issues related to
wireless technology. Additionally, in this role, Edmund facilitates the public
policy advocacy of the company at all levels of state government for
Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Edmund
also leads AT&T’s community engagement efforts to bring training sessions
to local senior centers across Massachusetts to teach seniors how to avoid
consumer scams and develop their skills with technology.
Prior to AT&T, Edmund served as the Deputy Director of the
Massachusetts Broadband Institute, a state quasi-public agency working in
partnership with the Administration of Governor Charlie Baker to expand access
to broadband in 54 communities in western and north central Massachusetts. Edmund also served as an Assistant Attorney
General in the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General from 2010-2015,
serving in the Trial Division and in the Policy & Government Division. Edmund also served as a Special Assistant
District Attorney in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court. Edmund started his career in the
Massachusetts legislature, where he worked from 2004-2010, including during law
school, holding various staff positions for two members of the Democratic
leadership of the House of Representatives.
Edmund currently volunteers with Veterans Legal Services, providing pro
bono representation. In addition, Edmund volunteers as a youth hockey, Little
League, and soccer coach in the town of Andover. Edmund is a graduate of Georgetown University
and New England School of Law.
Robert Foster is an Associate at Meehan, Boyle, Black &
Bogdanow, P.C., where he represents plaintiffs in personal injury matters,
primarily those arising out of catastrophic injury or wrongful death. Rob
focuses much of his practice on trial litigation, but is also heavily involved
in complex brief writing and appellate matters at the firm. He began his time
at Meehan Boyle as a “co-op” student while in law school at Northeastern
University School of Law, where he received the Social Justice Scholarship
Award in recognition of his outstanding academic achievement and his commitment
to public interest work. He has significant experience in litigation, having
worked for the United States Attorney’s Office in Portland, Maine, and with the
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston. He also served as a
Judicial Intern with the Honorable Raymond Brassard in Norfolk County Superior
Court. Rob is a 2008 graduate of Colby College, where he received his B.A. in
English, and a 2016 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.
Jessica Galimberti is Associate General Counsel at Accion, a
global non-profit committed to creating a financially inclusive world with a
pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. She has more
than twelve years of experience providing legal advice and support to non-profit,
for-profit, and government actors, with a focus on international development
and cross-border legal issues. Jessica’s responsibilities at Accion include
advising management and staff on corporate, transactional and compliance
matters and leading the organization’s enterprise risk management program. She
also manages the production, dissemination and forthcoming release of a second
edition of the “Client Protection Principles: Model Law and Commentary for
Financial Consumer Protection” to promote strong financial consumer protection
legal frameworks for underserved populations.
Prior to joining Accion, Jessica served as in-house counsel for a
passport and ID solutions provider, where she advised on international
contracting, compliance, and corporate restructuring matters. She previously
volunteered with non-profits advancing the social and economic rights of the Greater
Boston Brazilian community and advocating for equal educational opportunity for
low-income, immigrant, and language minority children. She also assisted in the
prosecution of consumer and securities fraud class action cases before law
Jessica earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School and her B.A., cum
laude, in Political Science and Business Studies from New York University.
She is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts. Jessica
currently serves on the board of The Welcome Project, a community organization based
in Somerville, MA, that builds the collective power of immigrants to
participate in and shape community decisions. She has been an active member of
the Boston Bar Association since 2015.
Richard Goulding is a Corporate Associate at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP. His practice focuses on general corporate and business law, with an emphasis in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, securities, and corporate finance. Rick provides practical legal advice to his clients on a wide array of legal matters ranging from day-to-day operational questions to sophisticated financings and strategic expansion. He is also a member of Hinckley Allen’s Business Aviation Group and specializes in the areas of aviation, commercial, and real estate finance, serving as legal adviser to institutional lenders and borrowers in senior and subordinated debt financing and equipment leasing transactions. Rick also represents large financial institutions that provide trustee and agency services in secured and unsecured financing transactions, with a concentration on domestic and international project finance, corporate and municipal debt, mergers and acquisitions, and asset-backed securitizations.
Rick graduated from Boston College High School in 2004, Boston College
in 2008, and Suffolk University Law School in 2014. Before joining Hinckley
Allen, Rick worked as a Corporate Associate at Sullivan & Worcester LLP and
Legal Counsel at the Publicis Groupe.
Prior to law school, Rick worked as a White House intern on the National
Economic Council in the Executive Office of the President of the United States,
and currently serves on the Norwell Economic Development Committee.
Naitasia Hensey is an Assistant Vice President, Associate
Counsel at State Street Corporation where she primarily works in drafting and
negotiating contracts and other contract specific issues. She also handles
legal matters relating to institutional client-based services for multiple
areas of the company. Her work ranges from drafting third-party custody
contracts to negotiating event and sponsorship agreements, with the occasional
(fun) deep dive contracts remediation project. Prior to joining State Street,
Naitasia’s career focused largely on contract drafting, negotiation, and
management in the fields of healthcare, financial services, real estate,
regulatory & compliance, and intellectual property.
Naitasia’s involvement with the Boston Bar Association began as a
student. Since then she has found a home at the BBA and has enjoyed returning
for optional continued legal education and fellowship. Recently, opportunities
arose to serve on the 2019 Casino Night Steering Committee and as a
Member-At-Large on the Diversity & Inclusion Section Steering Committee and
she happily joined those teams.
Naitasia is committed to pro bono and community service work. She
volunteers with Project Citizenship to help immigration applicants, engages in
various community outreach efforts through her role as Justice of the Phi Alpha
Delta Boston Alumni Chapter, and interned at Halfar refugee and asylum camp in
Malta while in law school.
Naitasia is a graduate of Stetson University where she studied
psychology and communications, and then went on to receive an MBA from the
University of Phoenix while working full time. After relocating to
Massachusetts for the love of seasons, Naitasia pursued a J.D. with a
concentration in Intellectual Property law from New England Law | Boston as a
Charles Hamilton Houston Scholarship recipient and graduated receiving the
President Anna E. Hirsch Award for “dedicated service to fellow students, the
law school, and the legal profession.” She is now licensed to practice in the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Meryum Khan is an Assistant Attorney General in the Fair Labor
Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. The Fair Labor
Division enforces certain laws that enhance the economic security of vulnerable
workers, including the minimum wage, timely payment of wages, overtime, and
child labor laws. Previously, Meryum worked as a labor and employment associate
at KP Law. Meryum began her legal career as a staff attorney for the Boston
Police Department, where she provided legal counsel to the command staff and
represented the Department in employment-related proceedings.
Meryum is an active member of the South Asian Bar Association of
Greater Boston (“SABA”), and volunteers with the SABA “Know Your Rights”
program to provide legal trainings for South Asian community leaders. She is
also an active member of the New England Muslim Bar Association. Having spent
most of her career in public service, Meryum is dedicated to community
engagement and advocacy.
Meryum is a 2011 graduate of Suffolk University Law School, a 2008
graduate of Syracuse University, and a 2004 graduate of Acton-Boxborough
Regional High School.
Tallulah Knopp is a Staff Attorney at the Volunteer Lawyers
Project (VLP), where she practices in the areas of consumer and employment law.
Tallulah represents consumers in defending debt collection cases and represents
workers in bringing affirmative cases for unpaid wages. In addition, she
mentors volunteers and new attorneys who provide pro bono representation to VLP
clients in consumer and employment cases. During law school, Tallulah worked
for the plaintiff-side employment firm, Fair Work, P.C. Tallulah attended
Northeastern University School of Law and always knew that she would go into
public interest work. Prior to law school, Tallulah worked in the restaurant
industry and was a worker-member of the Restaurant Opportunity Center (ROC), a
group that advocates for restaurant workers through organizing and policy work.
Tallulah was raised in Cambridge, MA, where she still lives today with her
husband and daughter.
Cory Lamz serves as in-house counsel and Data Privacy Officer to
Buoy Health, Inc., a company that uses A.I. to help users start their health care
journey on the right foot. Cory manages the Legal team at Buoy, including
digital health, data privacy, intellectual property, product development,
regulatory compliance, employment, and transactional matters, as well as
government affairs and public policy efforts. Cory earned his J.D. from
Northeastern University School of Law, with concentrations in Intellectual
Property and Innovation, Business and Commercial Law, and Law and Economic
Development. During law school, Cory was a member of the law review and various
student organizations. Cory earned his MS, focused on data, creative economies,
and new product development within the music industry, also from Northeastern.
Previously Cory worked on the legal team at a weather data startup and as a
legal intern at Duane Morris LLP, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, Autodesk,
Inc., Vibe Lab (formerly the Creative Footprint Project), and GLAAD. Before law
school, Cory worked as a journalist in Denver, Colorado. He earned his BA in
journalism and digital media from the University of Denver.
Cory is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and New York. He is a
volunteer mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and a
member of the New York State Bar Association, the National LGBT Bar
Association, and the Boston Bar Association, where he is a member of the New
Lawyers Forum and the Diversity & Inclusion Section Steering Committee. He
is also the co-founder of Boston’s only recreational inner tube water polo
league, Boston ITWP.
ThyThy Le is an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the City of
Boston Law Department, where she is committed to providing the City with
unparalleled legal counsel with a focus on procurement and complex real estate
transactions. ThyThy provides counsel
for city-wide goods and service contracts as well as construction contracts for
capital improvements and maintenance of City property. Through her work and
belief that education is the cornerstone to ensuring that the City yields the
highest public benefit at all stages of procurement, she provides procurement
training to citywide departments. She continues to lead the effort on
procurement through oversight of the City’s standard contract documents and
practices, in coordination with other integral City departments to guarantee the
utmost level of protection to the City in any given transaction. In addition,
ThyThy represents the City in real estate transactions including acquisitions,
dispositions, and leasing. She most notably handled a complex transaction to
establish and construct a memorial park in a collaborative effort involving
state agencies and non-profit organizations from beginning to close.
Prior to representing the City of Boston, ThyThy worked as counsel for
a Fidelity National Financial real estate title insurance company where she
advised on title issues and insurability, and handled closings for numerous
multi-million-dollar commercial transactions. To meet the fast-paced nature and
demands of real estate, she was committed to provide clients with innovative
solutions in addressing title and insurability issues to attain skillful
execution and expeditious transactions.
As a longtime East Boston resident, ThyThy received her J.D., cum
laude, from Suffolk University Law School, graduated summa cum laude
from Northeastern University, and is a graduate of Boston Latin Academy, one of
Boston’s prestigious exam preparatory schools.
David Lyons is an Associate at Anderson & Kreiger LLP, where
his practice focuses on environmental and land use law, as well as litigation
on behalf of state agencies and municipalities. He has helped to secure
complex environmental permits, litigated under a diverse array of state and
federal environmental and employment statutes, and advised towns on adopting
new local legislation. David’s diverse pro bono practice has included
advising non-profits on environmental clean-ups, assisting individuals with
their immigration matters and claims for welfare benefits, and litigating
claims for access to public records.
David earned a B.A. from Yale University in 2008 and a J.D. from
Columbia University in 2014. Before law school, he worked on several
political campaigns and as a legislative aide for a member of Congress.
At Columbia, David served as the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journal of
Environmental Law and assisted several environmental non-profits through
the school’s Environmental Law Clinic. He also interned for a judge on
the Southern District of New York. After law school, David worked in the
San Francisco office of a large international law firm.
David joined the Cambridge Conservation Commission in 2018, and he is Junior
Fellow of the Boston Bar Foundation’s Society of Fellows.
Mathilda McGee-Tubb is
an associate in the litigation section at Mintz. Her practice focuses on complex commercial
litigation and arbitration across a variety of areas and industries, including
particular emphasis on defending class actions and serving clients in the
education sector. Mathilda also has an
active pro bono practice and was awarded the 2019 Richard Mintz Pro Bono
Award. She has worked on a variety of
immigration matters in a pro bono capacity, including developing impact
lawsuits in federal court, helping an immigrant secure release from ICE custody
after nearly a year of detention, and representing non-citizens seeking Special
Immigration Juvenile status. In
addition, she has assisted Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) in filing briefs of
amici curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court, for which she was awarded LCR’s Pro
Bono Award twice.
Prior to joining Mintz, Mathilda served as a
judicial law clerk, first to the Honorable Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts
Supreme Judicial Court, and then to the Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock of the
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She also spent several years working in the
central administration of Columbia University on university policy,
communications, and events, as well as on providing services and programs for
U.S. military veterans.
Mathilda serves as a gubernatorial appointee
on the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the regional planning agency serving
metro Boston, and as an at-large member of the Oberlin Alumni Leadership
Council. She is a graduate of Boston
College Law School, where she served as the editor-in-chief of the Boston
College Law Review. She also holds an
M.A. from Teachers College at Columbia University in sociology and education,
with a focus on educational policy, and a B.A. from Oberlin College.
Meisinger is an administrative law attorney in the
Boston office of Foley Hoag LLP. He
counsels clients on a variety of regulatory questions, in such contexts as
healthcare, data privacy, and energy.
Jeremy has substantial experience in advising
healthcare providers, insurers, and related entities on both Massachusetts
healthcare regulations and federal Medicare and Medicaid regulations. Jeremy’s data privacy and security work
focuses on helping emerging and established companies in developing privacy
policies, information security policies, and similar documents, both
proactively and in response to government and other investigations. Jeremy also
has significant experience in assisting clients under investigation by federal
and state regulatory agencies.
Jeremy’s pro bono experience has centered
around assisting the victims of violent crimes in obtaining protective orders
under G.L. c. 209A and G.L. c. 258E, as well as in opposing motions seeking
discovery of medical, counseling, and other private records in criminal
proceedings. Jeremy has also assisted
victims of violence from outside the United States in the process of procuring
release from immigration detention and obtaining asylum relief in federal
immigration court. Along with several
attorneys from other Boston law firms, Jeremy assists in the administration of
the Massachusetts Appeals Court’s Civil Appeals Clinic, which provides weekly
office hours to low-income, pro se
litigants attempting to navigate the appeals process at all stages.
Jeremy is a member of the Boston Bar
Association, and is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and Harvard
Yavor Nechev is a senior
associate in the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Group at WilmerHale,
where he focuses his practice on complex litigation matters in state and
federal courts and regulatory enforcement matters before the SEC and various
other state and federal regulatory agencies.
Yavor has represented algorithmic trading firms in SEC enforcement
matters and insurance companies in nationwide class action litigation. He is a frequent volunteer at the Volunteer
Lawyers Project’s Lawyer for a Day Program at the Boston Housing Court and
represents veterans in matters before discharge review boards. He also helps manage WilmerHale’s legal
clinics for the homeless, in conjunction with Lawyers Clearinghouse, and serves
as a mentor for law students through the Boston Lawyers Group.
Prior to WilmerHale, Yavor interned for the Hon. William G. Young of
the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from New York University, and his J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law
School, where he was a member of the Boston College Law Review and served as a
student attorney at the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau.
Yavor was born in Bulgaria and grew up in Nashville, TN, and Boulder,
CO. He and his wife, Elizabeth, now live
in the South End in Boston and are expecting a baby boy in October.
Jessica Alfano Powell is an Associate in the Real Estate
Department at Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP. She advises nonprofit
organizations, operating companies, and developers in commercial real estate
and financing transactions, as well as in zoning, permitting, and other land
use matters. Jessica has dedicated a significant amount of time to pro bono
projects, including representation of a U.S. Army Veteran before the U.S. Court
of Appeals for Veterans Claims, for which she was recognized with a Civil
Rights Pro Bono Recognition Award from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
and Economic Justice. In addition, she
regularly advises pro bono clients in transactional real estate and land use
Jessica serves on the Real Estate Bar Association’s planning committee
for its annual fundraiser for Women’s Lunch Place and served as a co-captain of
Nutter’s Associates Fund Drive for Greater Boston Legal Services for several
years. After the birth of her son, Jessica donated several thousand ounces of
milk to Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, a nonprofit community milk bank that
provides donated human milk to babies in fragile health throughout the
Jessica received her J.D., magna cum laude, from New England
School of Law and her B.A. in Economics from Tufts University. During law school,
she clerked with the Honorable Robert B. Collings at the U.S. District Court of
Massachusetts and Commissioner Frank J. Scharaffa at the Massachusetts
Appellate Tax Board. Jessica grew up on the North Shore and presently resides
in Saugus with her husband, Mike, and their young son, Jamison.
David Rangaviz is a staff attorney in the Appeals Unit of the
Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS). His practice consists of indigent
defense in post-conviction proceedings, primarily before the Massachusetts
Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court. He currently serves as a member
of the BBA’s Criminal Law Section and as co-chair of the amicus committee for
the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He clerked for
Justice Barbara Lenk of the Supreme Judicial Court, Magistrate Judge John
Conroy of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, and Judge Kent
Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Before joining
CPCS, Dave worked as a trial attorney at the Maryland Office of the Public
Defender and in private practice at Zalkind, Duncan, & Bernstein LLP.
He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Brown University.
Blair M. Rinne is an associate in Brown Rudnick’s White Collar
Defense & Government Investigations Group.
As a member of the White Collar Group, Blair advises clients on complex
internal investigations and represents corporations and individuals in criminal
and civil investigations and related litigation. Prior to joining the White Collar Group,
Blair was an associate in Brown Rudnick’s Commercial Litigation Group for four
years. She handled complex contract
disputes and intellectual property matters.
She also represented clients in several zoning appeals and real estate
matters in Massachusetts state court.
Blair has also maintained an active pro bono practice. She represents clients before the United
States Immigration Court and the United States Citizenship and Immigration
Services in matters referred from Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). Blair has also participated in KIND’s Expert
Panel alongside other attorneys in the Boston area.
Blair has a dual J.D./M.B.A. from Boston College. While at Boston College Law School, Blair was
a Note Editor for the Journal of Law & Social Justice (formerly the Third
World Law Journal). Prior to law school,
Blair worked as a litigation clerk at Finnegan in Washington, D.C., where she
assisted with a complex patent infringement trial and prepared for numerous
Sajid Shahriar is an Equal Opportunity Specialist at the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the Office of Fair Housing
and Equal Opportunity, where he enforces the Fair Housing Act and related
federal civil rights laws in the New England region.
Sajid graduated from Boston College Law School in 2016 and became a
Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) at HUD before converting to a permanent
position in 2018. During his time as a PMF, Sajid conducted a six-month
rotation at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, Civil
Rights Unit, where he gained valuable experience investigating systemic civil
rights cases involving sexual harassment, housing, education, employment,
healthcare, and voting accessibility. At HUD, Sajid monitors grant programs,
investigates complaints of housing discrimination against protected classes,
and negotiates conciliation agreements between parties.
Sajid is also the Executive Vice President of his regional union, AFGE
Local 3258, and represents AFGE as a Vice President to the Massachusetts
AFL-CIO Executive Council. In 2019, Sajid was honored to be chosen as Senator
Elizabeth Warren’s guest to the State of the Union Address, representing
federal workers affected by the government shutdown.
In his spare time, Sajid volunteers as a community organizer with the
nonpartisan Greater Boston Interfaith Organization around issues like criminal
justice reform, healthcare, and immigration. Sajid also sits on the board of
the New England Muslim Bar Association, which has collaborated with the BBA to
conduct networking and educational events for Muslim lawyers and allies.
Prior to law school, Sajid worked in the nonprofit health industry as a
development coordinator in the Greater Washington, D.C., area. Sajid attended
Northwestern University and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science.
Dave Soutter is an associate in the Litigation and Enforcement
Practice Group at Ropes & Gray. Dave focuses primarily on securities class
actions, government investigations, internal investigations and the Foreign
Corrupt Practices Act. Dave represents clients in a variety of industries,
including pharmaceuticals, healthcare, medical devices, private equity and
Dave also spends significant time on pro bono matters, including
representation of clients through Ropes & Gray’s partnerships with Veterans
Legal Services, Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project, Lambda
Legal, and Project Citizenship. Dave, working with Lambda Legal, successfully
challenged Puerto Rico’s ban on correcting the gender marker on the birth
certificates of transgender individuals. In addition to ongoing pro bono work,
Dave is currently assisting a homeless client with sealing his CORI so he can
obtain better employment and stable housing.
Dave is a graduate of the George Washington University and Suffolk
University Law School. He is also a
Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves.
Sharona Sternberg is a litigation associate at Sunstein Kann
Murphy & Timbers, an IP boutique located in downtown Boston. She
concentrates in intellectual property litigation and trademark clearance,
registration and enforcement. She has been involved in numerous patent,
trademark, and trade secret litigations in federal court and has represented
multiple clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the
Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Prior to joining Sunstein, Sharona worked at
Willkie Farr in New York City as a litigation associate with a broad-based
general commercial practice. Her clients have included well-known
pharmaceutical, software, medical device, and international e-commerce
companies. Sharona has worked on a variety of pro bono matters, including
intellectual property, domestic violence and divorce, and asylum cases, and is
extremely active in her Jewish community. She is also the mother of three
little boys, which keeps her on her toes. Sharona has a law degree from Harvard
Law School and a B.A. in English literature from Barnard College.
Katherine Stock is an associate at Miyares and Harrington, where
she works with towns and private clients on a wide range of environmental, land
use, and municipal issues. In this role,
she has represented municipalities in administrative proceedings before the
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Public
Utilities, as well as Massachusetts trial courts. Katie also advises municipalities on
democracy and open government issues.
Prior to joining M&H, Katie was both an intern and a volunteer
attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation.
Katie’s past work also includes internships for the Honorable Nathaniel
Gorton of the Federal District Court of Massachusetts, the U.S. Department of
Justice in the Environmental and Natural Resources Division, and the Klavens
Law Group, a clean energy practice.
Katie is also an active member of the BBA, having served as the New
Lawyers Liaison to the Environmental and Energy Law Section. She has
participated in several volunteer programs through the organization.
Katie holds a B.A. in Political Science from Northeastern University, magna
cum laude, and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law
School. She received her J.D from
Northeastern University School of Law.