The BBA is pleased to welcome these attorneys to the 2020-2021 Public Interest Leadership Program. Meet this impressive group of new lawyers, in practice for 10 years or less, below. Joining a growing network of PILP alumni, the 2020-2021 PILP class will spend the next year developing leadership skills and pursuing public service initiatives.

PILP Class 2020-2021

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  • Gavin Alexander

    Gavin Alexander
    Mass. Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being

    Gavin Alexander is the first-ever full-time Fellow of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being. From 2013 until the fall of 2020, Gavin was a Corporate Associate at Ropes & Gray LLP, and before then, he served as a law clerk for former SJC Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants. He has also served as a Co-Chair of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National LGBT Bar Association. He presently serves on the Boston Bar Association's Diversity & Inclusion Section Steering Committee, the American Bar Association Commission on Legal Assistance Programs' Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, the Board of Directors of The Leadership Brainery (a non-profit organized to help first-generation and diverse college student leaders prepare for and gain access to top graduate and professional schools), and the Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants Access to Justice Fund Advisory Committee.

    Gavin is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Law School.

  • Cathleen Augusto

    Cathleen Augusto
    Associate at Arrowood LLP

    Cathleen Augusto is an Associate at Arrowood LLP where she focuses on Civil Litigation, primarily in the areas of employment, commercial, and professional malpractice.

    Cathleen is a Co-Chair of the New Lawyers Forum at the Boston Bar Association and enjoys volunteering with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

    Cathleen is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School.

  • Tristan Axelrod

    Tristan Axelrod
    Brown Rudnick

    Tristan Axelrod is an Associate at Brown Rudnick, where he concentrates his practice on bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings and related litigation.   

    Through his work with various non-profit organizations, Tristan provides legal assistance, on a pro bono basis, to individuals who are unable to afford private counsel in connection with bankruptcy and housing matters.

    Tristan is a graduate of Middlebury College, Boston University, and Boston College Law School.

  • Jim Barakat

    Jim Barakat
    Committee for Public Counsel Services

    Jim Barakat is a Staff Attorney at the Committee for Public Counsel Services Children and Family Law Division. 

    After graduating from law school, Jim provided pro bono legal services for the New England Innocence Project. 

    Jim is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and New England Law | Boston.

  • Stephen Bartlett

    Stephen Bartlett
    Foley Hoag

    Stephen Bartlett is an Associate at Foley Hoag in the firm's Administrative Law Department.

    Steve is an active member of the firm's pro bono program and has represented dozens of domestic violence survivors in obtaining orders of protection against their abusers.

    Steve is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School.

  • Allison Belanger

    Allison Belanger
    Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

    Allison Belanger is an Associate at Krokidas & Bluestein LLP and part of the firm's litigation group. She specializes in advising non-profit and public service sector clients in health care and education .

    Allison oversees Krokidas & Bluestein's participation in Northeastern's co-op program where she supervises and mentors students participating in the program.

    Allison is a graduate of State University of New York at Albany and Northeastern University School of Law.

  • Michael Bergquist

    Michael Bergquist
    Massachusetts School Building Authority

    Michael Bergquist is a Staff Attorney for the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA).

    Prior to joining the MSBA, Michael worked as a Policy Analyst in the Office of the State Treasurer and Receiver General. Michael has been volunteering as a tax preparer with Boston Medical Center's StreetCred Program, as part of the IRS VITA program, since 2017 and served on the Northeastern Young Alumni Advisory Board from 2018-2020.

    Michael is a graduate of Northeastern University and Suffolk University Law School.

  • Samuel Bombaugh

    Samuel Bombaugh
    Sullivan & Worcester

    Samuel Bombaugh is an Associate at Sullivan & Worcester, where he advises public and private clients in a range of corporate matters and financing transactions.

    Sam was a fellow in the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy and a representative on Northeastern Law's Alumni Board. In 2020, he was awarded the Volunteer Lawyers Project Denis Maguire Pro Bono Award.

    Samuel is a graduate of the University of Louisville and Northeastern University School of Law.

  • Morgan Brown

    Morgan Brown
    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

    Morgan Brown is an Associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she is a member of the technology transactions group focusing on the life sciences industry.

    Morgan has worked with the Family Law Project, which provides legal services to domestic violence survivors. She is currently a member of her firm’s pro bono committee. Morgan is also a member of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys.

    Morgan is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Michigan Law School.

  • Amanda Carney

    Amanda Carney
    Greenberg Traurig

    Amanda Carney is an Associate at Greenberg Traurig, where she focuses on commercial litigation and employment matters.

    She has provided pro bono legal services through her involvement with a national organization advocating for children in immigration proceedings. Amanda also serves as the firm's fundraising co-captain for the Greater Boston Legal Services Associates Fund Drive.

    Amanda is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Suffolk University Law School.

  • Courtney Caruso

    Courtney Caruso
    Hogan Lovells

    Courtney Caruso is a Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells, where her practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense.

    Prior to joining the firm, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jennifer C. Boal in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Courtney serves on the Generation Citizen Massachusetts Board, the Dana Hall School Board of Trustees, and the Boston Chamber of Commerce, Talent Development and Retention Leadership Council.

    Courtney is a graduate of Washington University and Harvard Law School.

  • Simon Cataldo

    Simon Cataldo
    Ashcroft Law Firm

    Simon Cataldo is a Partner at Ashcroft Law Firm, where his practice focuses on government investigations and election law.

    Prior to joining the firm, Simon served as a Trial Attorney at the Public Integrity Section of the United States Department of Justice. In 2016, Simon served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. Simon was also a special education math teacher in Harlem with Teach for America and was awarded the Amgen Fellowship for leadership in math and science.

    Simon is a graduate of Colorado College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

  • Diana Chiang

    Diana Chiang
    National Grid

    Diana Chiang serves as Counsel for National Grid and her practice mainly focuses on regulatory compliance.

    Prior to working at National Grid, Diana was a clerk for a magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court in the District of New Jersey. Diana is also a regular volunteer at Ricesticks and Tea, a food pantry that distributes ethnically appropriate food to low income families.

    Diana is a graduate of Brandeis University and Northeastern University School of Law.

  • Jared Cohen

    Jared Cohen
    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    Jared Cohen is an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.

    Before joining the AG's office, Jared worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County DA's Office and as a litigation associate at WilmerHale. He also clerked for Judge Barbara Crabb of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

    Jared is a graduate of Cornell University and Boston University School of Law.

  • Ethan Crawford

    Ethan Crawford
    Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

    Ethan Crawford is Commission Counsel at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD).

    Ethan previously worked as an Attorney Advisor at the Commission before transitioning to Commission Counsel. Prior to joining the Commission, Ethan worked as a Staff Attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services, Mental Health Litigation Division where he assisted indigent clients in their mental health matters.

    Ethan is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and Boston College Law School.

  • Schuyler Daum

    Schuyler Daum
    Committee for Public Counsel Service

    Schuyler Daum is a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Rya W. Zobel of the United States Courts-District of Massachusetts.

    Prior to becoming a Judicial Law Clerk, Schuyler was a Public Defender with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, where she won the Peter J. Muse award for best defense attorney. She also volunteers regularly with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.

    Schuyler is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard University School of Law.

  • Daniel Fishman

    Daniel Fishman
    Morgan Brown & Joy

    Daniel Fishman is an associate at Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP where his practice focuses on labor and employment law.

    Daniel has provided pro bono services for low-income individuals facing debt collection and clients in immigration matters. He also serves on the board of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action and as an elected member of Brookline’s Town Meeting. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Daniel was a legislative aide to Kathi-Anne Reinstein in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

    Daniel is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Boston College Law School.

  • Patrice Dixon

    Patrice Dixon
    Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    Patrice Dixon is Employment and Labor Counsel for MassDOT and the MBTA.

    Patrice is President-Elect of the Massachusetts Black Women Attorney Bar Association.  She is also a member of the Boston Bar Association's Government Lawyer's Advisory Committee and volunteers with the Boys & Girls Club of Boston. Patrice has also received Judge Reginald Lindsey's Public Service award.

    Patrice is a graduate of University of South Florida and Northeastern University School of Law. 

  • Wesley Gee

    Wesley Gee
    Arent Fox

    Wesley Gee is an Associate at Arent Fox. He represents clients on a wide variety of sports, fashion, entertainment, and other corporate matters.

    Wesley is a member of Arent Fox's Pro Bono Committee. In 2019, Wesley was awarded with the firm's Albert Arent Pro Bono Award for outstanding commitment to community service and pro bono interests. 

    Wesley is a graduate of University of Maryland and Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America.

  • Lauren Godles Milgroom

    Lauren Godles Milgroom
    Block & Leviton

    Lauren Godles Milgroom is an Associate at Block & Leviton in their shareholder litigation practice.

    Before joining Block & Leviton, Lauren served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Denise Casper on the United States District Court of Massachusetts. Lauren is also active in Block & Leviton's Pro Bono cases, working to assist various legal service providers in immigration matters.

    Lauren is a graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Law School.

  • Shamus Hyland

    Shamus Hyland
    City of Boston

    Shamus Hyland is Assistant Corporate Counsel for the City of Boston.

    While in law school Shamus worked at Duke’s Children’s Law Clinic where he assisted families in getting access to educational alternatives in low-income areas of North Carolina. He also worked on a study of vouchers for private schools in North Carolina, published by the Clinic, entitled Characteristics of North Carolina Private Schools. This report would later be cited in a North Carolina Superior Court case regarding school vouchers. Shamus has continued his pro bono service throughout his career, volunteering at multiple organizations such as Kids in Need of Defense, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and Veterans Legal Services.

    Shamus is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Duke University School of Law.

  • Danielle Johnson

    Danielle Johnson
    Greater Boston Legal Services

    Danielle Johnson is a Staff Attorney in the Housing Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS).

    Prior to her work in the Housing Unit at GBLS, Danielle worked in the Elder, Health and Disability Unit at GBLS. She is also a published author in the Boston Bar Journal and the Boston Globe. Her published work discusses the need for diversity in the legal community.

    Danielle is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park, Georgetown University, and Suffolk University Law School.

  • Lisabeth Jorgensen

    Lisabeth Jorgensen
    MetroWest Legal Services

    Lisabeth Jorgensen is the Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime (CLAVC) Staff Attorney at MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS), a position funded by the Massachusetts Office for Victim's Assistance (MOVA).

    Prior to joining MWLS in 2019, Lisabeth was a public interest attorney in New York for five years. She served as the Staff Attorney for the Public Utility Law Project ("PULP"), a consumer rights non-profit. She began her legal career as a Legislative Fellow at the New York State Senate.

    Lisabeth is a graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts and New York Law School.

  • Jocelyn Keider

    Jocelyn Keider
    WilmerHale

    Jocelyn Keider is a Senior Associate at WilmerHale, where she is a litigator with a focus on matters pertaining to complex civil cases and internal corporate and government investigations.

    Jocelyn is a member of the Women's Bar Association and the Domestic and Sexual Violence Council. In connection with her pro bono work, she serves as a volunteer attorney for the Victim Rights Law Center's Rape Survivor's Law Project and the Women's Bar Foundation's Family Law Project.

    Jocelyn is a graduate of University of California, at Los Angeles and Harvard Law School.

  • Erin Knight

    Erin Knight
    Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

    Erin Knight is an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals Unit at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. As an ADA, Erin’s main focus is representing the Commonwealth in various post-conviction and interlocutory proceedings before the Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts Appeals Court, and the Suffolk Superior Court. Erin also assists with trial matters at the Superior Court level, and provides legal and strategic advice to all units of the office.

    Erin is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Massachusetts Law Review and previously clerked for the Honorable William J. Meade of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

    Erin is a graduate of Springfield College and Suffolk University Law School.

  • David Libardoni

    David Libardoni
    Nutter

    David Libardoni is an Associate at Nutter, where he practices in the firm's Real Estate Department and is a member of the firm's Development, Land Use and Permitting practice group.

    David has worked with Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston and the Volunteer Lawyers Project to represent pro bono clients in landlord-tenant disputes, as well as other nonprofit organizations seeking real estate advice and expertise.

    David is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston College Law School.

  • Courtney Libon

    Courtney Libon
    De Novo Center for Justice and Healing

    Courtney Libon is the Housing and Disability Supervisor at De Novo Center for Justice and Healing.

    Prior to working at De Novo, Courtney was a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of New York where she defended evictions and tenants in related benefits work. Courtney was also the Vice President of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (ALAA-UWA 2325). She currently serves on the Real Estate Public Service Committee of the Boston Bar Association.

    Courtney is a graduate of Bard College and Fordham University School of Law 

  • Meghan MacKenzie

    Meghan MacKenzie
    Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General

    Meghan MacKenzie is Associate Counsel for the Civil Recovery Unit (CRU) of the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General.

    Prior to joining the Office of the Inspector General, Meghan worked for the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General in the consumer protection division.  She is also a dedicated volunteer with Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts.

    Meghan is a graduate of Bowdoin College, the University of Edinburgh, and Northeastern University School of Law.

  • Annie Malo

    Annie Malo
    Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Annie Malo is an Associate at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, focusing her practice on real estate.

    Annie has a deep commitment to her volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity of Lawrence, MA and Northeast Arc, where she utilizes her expertise in real estate matters to assist these organizations in their important work.

    Annie is a graduate of Tulane University, University of Richmond Robins School of Business, and University of Richmond School of Law.

  • Victoria Morte

    Victoria Morte
    Parker Gallini

    Victoria Morte is an Associate at Parker Gallini, where she advises individuals and corporate clients of all sizes, across multiple industries, on Immigration matters.

    Victoria has used her immigration expertise to provide pro bono legal support to individuals needing assistance through organizations including Project Citizenship, ACLU Massachusetts, and Rian Immigrant Center (formerly Irish International Immigrant Center).

    Victoria is a graduate of Boston College and Northeastern University School of Law.

  • Tejal Patel

    Tejal Patel
    Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy

    Tejal Patel is an Associate at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, where she represents corporate clients on a wide array of immigration matters, including nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions for several visa categories.

    Tejal has provided pro bono legal support for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), as an advocate of migrant children, as well as Project Citizenship. She has also lent her expertise in multiple speaking engagements.

    Tejal is a graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the University of Connecticut, School of Law.

  • Brian Reichart

    Brian Reichart
    Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

    Brian Reichart is a Staff Attorney at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) as a member of the Websites Project Team.

    Prior to joining MLRI, Brian was a clinical teaching fellow and supervising attorney at The Community Justice Project, a legal clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. While attending law school, Brian served as Chief of Staff at a global non-profit organization and, later, a technology trade association.

    Brian is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Law.

  • Lauren Sampson

    Lauren Sampson
    Lawyers for Civil Rights

    Lauren Sampson is a Staff Attorney at Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR). Lauren coordinates LCR's Racial Justice & Climate Project, a new practice area focusing on climate resilience and environmental justice in low-income communities of color and immigrant communities.

    Prior to joining LCR, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice John Dooley (Ret.) of the Vermont Supreme Court. Lauren currently serves on the Board of Directors of Boston CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which advocates on behalf of court-involved children.

    Lauren is a graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Law.

  • Samantha Shusterman

    Samantha Shusterman
    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    Samantha Shusterman is an Assistant Attorney General in the MA Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division.

    Before practicing as an attorney, Sam held various positions as a senior government manager in the Commonwealth at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Office for Refugees and Immigrants, and the Office of Governor Deval Patrick.

    Samanatha is a graduate of Boston University, University of Massachusetts, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, and Boston College Law School.

  • Erin K. Staab

    Erin K. Staab
    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    Erin K. Staab is an Assistant Attorney General in the Fair Labor Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.

    Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, Erin worked as a litigation associate at the law firms Proskauer Rose LLP where she was awarded the Golden Gavel for exemplary pro bono service. She was also formerly a New York City public school teacher. Erin currently serves on the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Steering Committee.

    Erin is a graduate of Penn State University, the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and University of Pennsylvania Law School.

  • Katherine Stark

    Katherine Stark
    Troutman Pepper

    Katherine Stark an Associate at Troutman Pepper, focusing on health sciences and white-collar litigation and investigations matters.

    Katherine's pro bono work includes defending tenants facing eviction in housing court, representing individuals seeking asylum in immigration court, and being part of a team that successfully secured the granting of a habeas corpus petition for a client detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    Katherine is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School.

  • Michael Steinberg

    Michael Steinberg
    Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Michael Steinberg is an Associate at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where his practice focuses on labor and employment.

    Michael had volunteered with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) as well as Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Dereka Crosby Foundation.

    Michael is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston University School of Law.

  • Pamela Swanson

    Pamela Swanson
    Nixon Peabody

    Pamela Swanson is an Associate at Nixon Peabody, where she is an associate in the firms Community Development Finance group.

    Pamela serves as the Boston Bar Association's New Lawyers Section liaison to the Real Estate Section. She also volunteers extensively with the Election Protection national hotline providing extensive training to volunteers.

    Pamela is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Northeastern University School of Law.

  • Nigel Tamton

    Nigel Tamton
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

    Nigel Tamton is an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, in the firm's Litigation Group.

    Prior to his legal practice, Nigel was a kindergarten teacher for Teach for America in an underserved community in Colorado. During his time at Skadden, Nigel has also represented clients in pro bono matters ranging from wrongful conviction to asylum cases.

    Nigel is a graduate of Boston University and Columbia Law School.

  • Melanie Todman

    Melanie Todman
    Nelson Mullins

    Melanie Todman is a Partner at Nelson Mullins, where she focuses her practice primarily on complex civil litigation, internal governmental investigations, and advising and representing state government entities.

    Melanie is Chair of the Massachusetts Appleseed Board of Directors and is a City Awake Delegate for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Her work with legal services began in law school when she assisted individuals in need who were experiencing foreclosure and bankruptcy as a result of the 2008 financial crisis.

    Melanie is a graduate of the School for International Training, Ireland, Peace and Conflict Studies; Carleton College; and New York University School of Law.

  • Laticia Walker-Simpson

    Laticia Walker-Simpson
    Greater Boston Legal Services

    Laticia Walker- Simpson is an Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services, focusing on Housing Law- specifically Eviction Defense and EA Shelter.

    Prior to working for GBLS, Latcia began her housing practice at HomeStart Inc. Laticia's legal career has been solely focused on Public Interest and serving the community. 

    She is a graduate of Roger Williams University and New England Law | Boston.

  • Emma Wright

    Emma Wright
    Ropes & Gray

    Emma Wright is an Associate at Ropes & Gray in the Private Client Group.

    Emma also has extensive experience handling pro bono matters at Ropes.  She has represented asylum seekers, victims of gender and domestic violence, veterans, and nonprofits. She also serves as the Associate Chair for Ropes' Medical Legal Partnership, where she oversees the case management of a variety of pro bono matters.

    Emma is a graduate of Providence College and Boston University School of Law.