The 6 BBA DEI Summer Fellows all started work in in early June. We checked in and asked “What are you most looking forward to this summer over the course of your Fellowship?”
I am most excited to apply my legal research and writing skills to real world scenarios and see how what I have learned this past year translates into actual practice. I am also very excited to network with the other fellowship recipients as well as BBA members and learn more about the various practice areas of law. Because most law schools have been fully remote this past year, I feel like I have been in a bit of a bubble and am eager to meet people and talk about our experiences in school and in practice.
I am most excited to work with my attorney supervisor to gain a better understanding of how the MCAD resolves discrimination complaints. By engaging in legal research and writing, I hope to become a stronger advocate for future clients.
This summer over the course of my Fellowship placement I am looking forward to being able to witness progressive prosecution firsthand while I work with the Chelsea District Court Division. I am also excited to finally be able to work on something that I am truly passionate about, criminal justice reform. Being able to work in such a progressive legal environment where I can see firsthand how these new policies directly impact individuals and communities is an experience that I know will help me hone the skills needed to [SN1] contribute to ongoing conversations that can truly bring about criminal justice reform. I know that what I learn and what I experience will stay with me for the rest of my legal career.
I am most excited about meeting attorneys in the Boston CPCS office and engaging in their community efforts by providing great defense to indigent people. I am looking forward to the diverse environment that Boston brings and seeing it fill the Boston CPCS office. I am ready to learn new things and how to become the best public defender I can be by being mentored from those in CPCS.
I am most interested in learning more about issues consumers are facing, since bankruptcy covers such a diverse set of consumer issues! I am also excited to get to write about some of these topics and attend hearings!
I am one week into my Fellowship at the Massachusetts’s Office of the Attorney General, and I have already had an amazing experience! The meaningful and substantive work of the office has challenged me to employ the knowledge and skills that I have developed during my first year of law school. Particularly, my Law Practice class at Boston College, where Professor Mary Ann Chirba was exceptional at teaching me how to draft memos and briefs, has been critical in my ability to perform in this role. In my first week, I participated in a moot court to help an attorney prepare for an Appeals Court argument, and I have met with several attorneys to receive feedback and direction. I look forward to building mentor relationships with attorneys throughout the office that will hopefully last beyond this Fellowship. I am also excited to expand my personal community by getting to know other Fellows and Interns.
Funding for the position with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General has been provided by the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF) Beacon Fund. The position at the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General has been sponsored by the Foley Hoag Foundation. The position at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts is made possible by the Charles P. Normandin Fund, the position at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) is made possible through the law firm Pierce Atwood, and the position at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is sponsored by the law firm Nutter. For more information about how to support the BBF, please contact Solana Goss at email@example.com.
The Boston Bar Association is pleased to announce our “Active Duty Military and Veterans Forum” has changed to the “Veterans and Servicemembers Law Forum”. We believe this name change more accurately describes its membership.
The co-chairs highlighted the need to replace “active duty military” with “servicemembers” because the term servicemembers is both more inclusive and accurate for the forum. Servicemembers was selected because it is defined in the Servicemember Civil Release Act (SCRA) as including, but not limited to, all Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, and Coast Guard forces. This includes reservists and national guard who are often active but may not have been recalled to full-time duty.
The Forum was formed in 2014 in order to, “further pro bono and public service initiatives that support [servicemembers]…, spotlight legal needs, serve as a network for current and former servicemembers in the legal profession and their families, and advise the BBA’s Lawyer Referral Service on its Military & Veterans Legal Help Line.” There are currently over two hundred active members of the Forum and the group annually hosts networking lunches and trainings on legal issues specific to Veterans and Servicemembers. The proposed name change would help clarify the inclusion of all servicemembers and those that support them, which upholds the goals and practices of the Forum.
If you are interested in learning more about this forum, please contact Doug Newton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re already looking
to summer here at the BBA and are gearing up for our Summer Jobs Program. The
program is an integral part of Mayor Walsh’s Summer Jobs Initiative to hire
over 10,000 Boston teens each summer. With the help of over 24 law offices, our
program is one of the top eight largest private sector employers in the city.
The program is a long-time partnership between the BBA, the City of Boston,Boston
Public Schools, and the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC),
and provides students who attend public high schools in the city of Boston with
the chance to gain professional experience and earn a paycheck.
seeking legal offices that have the capacity to hire and support a youth intern
for seven weeks over the summer. Our Summer Jobs students have a successful
record of helping with many tasks in a busy professional environment, including
data-entry, filing, research, receptionist duties, and more. Many of the
students selected for the program have prior work experience and all are
invested in learning more about the legal profession. We encourage you to
contact us to find out how hiring a student can make a difference, for them and
for your office!
upcoming year of the program will run from Monday, July 6th, 2020 to
Friday, August 21st, 2020. We are asking that students be paid
$13.75 per hour. We also ask that employers contribute a $150 administrative
fee to the BBA.
If your office is
interested in providing a Boston public high school student with a meaningful
professional experience over the upcoming summer, please complete the online form
at this link. Please
contact Doug Newton at email@example.com
with any questions.
Donna Patalano, General Counsel for Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins’s Office, recently spoke to the Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) about what criminal justice reform looks like on the ground in Suffolk County. Specifically, Ms. Patalano discussed recent steps the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office has taken to implement reform-minded policies and procedures that aim to protect the community, while simultaneously addressing the underlying issues that often lead to recidivism.
Ms. Patalano explained that many of these policies have been codified in The Rollins Memo. The memo, released in March 2019, outlines the office-wide goals of minimizing the impact of the criminal justice system and reducing racial and socioeconomic disparities. Additionally, the memo presents specific guidelines for the prosecution of some of the most common- but least serious- criminal offenses in Suffolk County’s district and municipal courts. One of the guidelines contained within the memo is “The List of 15,” which is a list of low-level offenses where the presumption is that those charges should be declined or dismissed by prosecutors pre-arraignment and without conditions. The declination and diversion guidelines also provide for prosecutors to exercise their discretion and continue arraignment of charges for diversion or conditional dismissal. Furthermore, prosecutors may still arraign a defendant for a charge on “The List of 15” due to an aggravating factor or an identifiable exception to the presumption of dismissal.
With respect to cash bail, Ms. Patalano explained that the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office has adopted a presumptive recommendation of release on personal recognizance for all individuals who are not charged with an offense that is eligible for detention under M.G.L. c. 276, §58A. For those defendants who are charged with Section 58A eligible offenses, there is still a presumption of release on personal recognizance unless prosecutors feel there are no conditions of release that would ensure the safety of an individual or the community.
Finally, Ms. Patalano discussed upcoming initiatives within District Attorney Rollins’s office. The first of those initiatives is the Project for Unsolved Suffolk Homicides. This was created to offer a fresh set of eyes and renewed interest on unsolved homicide cases in Suffolk County, as well as to express the office’s deep commitment to residents who have lost a loved one to violence. Additionally, Ms. Patalano passionately described the creation of a new Conviction Integrity Bureau within the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. This bureau is designed to review the integrity of prior convictions, pending criminal cases, sentencing, and law enforcement involvement.
To learn more about District Attorney Rollins’s office, visit https://www.suffolkdistrictattorney.com/
Meeting Recap provided by PILP Member Julianne Campbell.
its first meeting on September 5th, the 2019-2020 PILP Class heard
from two sets of speakers on the topic of criminal justice reform.
the class heard from Emily Fish on behalf of Roca, which is a Boston-based
organization, founded in 1988 with a unique crime-intervention program that
focuses on the riskiest of at-risk residents, the community’s most troubled
young men ages 17-24 who won’t take part in other programs and are the most
resistant to change. Roca’s Intervention Model serves approximately 850 young
men annually out of five hubs statewide – Chelsea, Lynn, Boston, Holyoke, and
Springfield. Emily is the director of the Roca site in Lynn.
explained in vivid detail Roca’s program of relentless outreach to at-risk
youth, and the transformational relationships that Roca’s youth workers form to
encourage behavioral change. She described how Roca partners with other
institutional actors – courts, probation departments, police, employers, and
others – to support young people who might be resistant to change or subject to
relapse. She showed detailed data demonstrating the history of trauma,
substance use disorder, and behavioral health problems that many Roca clients
have experienced, and explained how an investment in successful programs like
Roca can avoid greater costs and crime down the road by disrupting the cycle of
incarceration and poverty. Finally, she explained what reforms Roca would like
to see to the criminal justice system, including: raising the age of juvenile
court jurisdiction, reducing the number of probation conditions, creating specialized
“young adult courts,” and requiring specialized trainings for police officers
Stephanie Friends Holt and Meagen Monahan presented on behalf of Victim Rights
Law Center, which is a bi-coastal organization providing free, comprehensive
legal services for sexual assault survivors in Massachusetts and Oregon.
Both Stephanie and Meagen serve as staff attorneys at VRLC, providing a wide
spectrum of legal services throughout Massachusetts.
and Meagen emphasized the wide-ranging nature of the services needed by sexual
assault survivors. Many survivors require assistance in obtaining
protection orders under M.G.L. c. 209A and c. 258E and on protecting personal
privacy as part of the criminal process, but also assistance on a broad range
of other matters. Stephanie and Meagen explained that sexual assault
frequently impacts survivors’ housing and employment, and requires survivors to
walk a fine line between protecting their own privacy but also obtaining
necessary accommodations. Survivors in various stages of the immigration
process also face a wide range of ramifications that call for VRLC’s expert
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!
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.
On Monday, June 24th, the Delivery of Legal Services Section and Law Student Forum hosted a Summer Kickoff Breakfast for Law Students and New Lawyers Exploring Public Interest Careers and Pro Bono Opportunities. Over 80 people attended the networking breakfast, which offered an opportunity for new lawyers and law students to talk with attorneys from non-profit organizations that provide legal services, as well as attorneys who work in government agencies and those who coordinate pro bono efforts at law firms. Whether the law students and new lawyers were considering careers in the public interest, or seeking pro bono opportunities, it was a great chance to connect with attorneys experienced in those areas. Thanks to all who attended!
This time last year, we spoke with Emily Oldshue at Ropes & Gray about the firm’s Transgender ID clinic, a partnership with GLAD that offers pro bono legal assistance to transgender individuals navigating the process of legally changing their name and gender marker on official documents.
Last June, Ropes attorneys had assisted 300 transgender individuals, and parents of transgender children, with updating records such as birth certificates, driver’s licenses, passports, mortgage titles, voter registration and more.
Today, Oldshue was proud to report that the clinic has matched more than 600 pro bono clients with over 200 attorney volunteers. Attorneys in all of the firm’s U.S. offices, and four out of five of its offices outside of the United States, have participated in the project.
“The response and participation that we have seen from the Ropes & Gray community in the past year have continued to be overwhelmingly positive. The involvement of so many attorneys, from all of our U.S. offices, as well as globally, has allowed us to match another 300 individuals with attorney teams ready to help them navigate the process,” Oldshue said.
Oldshue, an associate in Ropes & Gray’s capital markets group, has been involved with the clinic since its inception. Last year she was named one of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.
The clinic currently covers all of New England, and Oldshue and her colleagues are hoping to expand to new cities in the coming years, domestically and abroad.
You can read the original Beyond the Billable piece on the Ropes & Gray Transgender ID Clinic here.
Summer is right around the corner and over 30 students will have the opportunity to learn more about the legal profession and gain critical office experience at legal offices around the city. The 23 below organizations have pledged to hire at least one student in 2018 and will provide teens a stepping stone for a future career.Boston Planning & Development Agency
Burns & Levinson
Chu, Ring & Hazel
Holland & Knight
Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
Nutter McClennen & Fish
Ropes & Gray
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen
Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers
We encourage you to contact us to find out how hiring a student can make a difference, for them and for your office! For more information on the program, please click here. If your office is interested in hiring a student over the summer, please contact Cassandra Shavney at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.