updated: January 2, 2008
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Boston Bar Association Names 9 New Public Interest Leaders

Affirming its commitment to develop the next generation of civic leaders, the Boston Bar Association today named 9 lawyers as the newest members of the BBA’s prestigious Public Interest Leadership Program.  Established in 2003, the 12 month program provides its members with a unique opportunity to develop key leadership skills and fosters the professional relationships that are essential to success.  In its 4th year, the Public Interest Leadership Program, designed for lawyers with who have been in practice for 10 years or less, is evolving into a network where members both new and old can benefit from the experience and leadership of their predecessors.

"The goal of the Public Interest Leadership Program is to help some of our brightest young lawyers become the leaders of tomorrow," said BBA president Jack Cinquegrana.  "The program is beginning to resonate not only throughout the Boston lawyer community, but throughout the entire city, transforming a one year program into a life long commitment to helping Boston grow and prosper."

Nominated by their employers for their outstanding commitment to public service and pro bono work, the new members of the Public Interest Leadership Program come from all walks of Boston legal life; private law firms, legal service agencies, and the Office of the Attorney General.  The highly selective and diverse membership ensures that participants will benefit from a vast array of unique experiences and perspectives, and also that the message of the program will be spread across the city.

The 2006-2007 Public Interest Leaders will be provided with an insider’s view of a large scope of civic and charitable opportunities in Greater Boston.  They will spend up to 25 hours a month participating in meetings and workshops with prominent community leaders, developing insight into the challenges confronting local organizations, and learning from past Public Interest Leaders who act as mentors and teachers for the future leaders of Boston.

BBA 2006-2007 Public Interest Leadership Program

Philip J. Catanzano
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C.

Mr. Catanzano, an associate at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C., has a wealth of experience and a passion for serving the youth of our community.  His pro bono work includes domestic violence, immigration, and special education work.  Following law school, Mr. Catanzano served a fellowship with the Youth Advocacy Project, representing indigent juveniles in delinquency proceedings.  His work experience also includes service for the United States Department of State; an internship with the Honorable Timothy Gailey; and clerking with the United States Attorney’s Office.  Mr. Catanzano received a B.S. from Northeastern University, a M.Ed. from the Boston College Lynch School of Education; and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Jennifer V. Doran
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP

Ms. Doran, an associate at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP, has a strong track record of public interest involvement.  In law school, she interned with Health Law Advocates.  Combined with her role as articles editor for the American Journal of Law and Medicine, Ms. Doran developed a strong interest in health law policy.  Within her firm, Ms. Doran has mentored new associates and presented educational seminars.  She served as co-chair of the Young Lawyers Committee of the Boston Bar Association Bankruptcy Section from 2004-2006 and is a member of the National Alumni Schools Committee.  Ms. Doran received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Jeffrey Gleason
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Mr. Gleason, an associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, has a proven dedication to pro bono work and community service.  His pro bono experience includes participating in the representation of Guantanamo Bay detainees; working on a federal civil rights suit; representing a nonprofit organization; and working in a legal services clinic while in law school.  His community service experience includes participation as a mock trial mentor to high school students in the Citizen Schools/Discovering Justice legal apprenticeship program.  In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Gleason’s professional experience includes teaching legal writing, oral argument and research through Harvard Law School’s Board of Student Advisors, serving as a teaching fellow at Harvard College, and teaching at St. Albans School.  He holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Sheryl A. Howard
Foley Hoag LLP

Ms. Howard, an associate at Foley Hoag LLP has been involved in a variety of significant pro bono and community service activities. In addition to a practice which includes representation of cities, town, schools, and universities, she has pro bono experience in housing, civil rights, trusts and estates, and environmental issues.  Ms. Howard has also been a reading volunteer in her firm’s Power Lunch Program through Boston Partners in Education and a reviewer of grant applications for the Foley Hoag Foundation.  She was a recipient of the Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts’ Robert B. Fraser Award for Pro Bono Excellence and named a 2005 and 2006 Massachusetts Rising Star in Boston Magazine.  Ms. Howard received a B.A. from Smith College and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.

Naomi Meyer
Greater Boston Legal Services

Ms. Meyer, an attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services, has seen her public interest work extend across the United States and beyond.  Working in the Welfare Law Unit, she provides legal assistance to clients applying for or receiving public assistance and food stamps.  Her legal service experience also includes work with the Consumers Union, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and Public Advocates in San Francisco, California.  Prior to law school, Ms. Meyer served as Assistant Director/Development Coordinator at Man, Education & New Technologies, an organization that promoted minority education in Czech schools in Prague, Czech Republic.  Ms. Myer received a B.A from Harvard University, an M.P.P. from Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley, and a J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.

Jesse I. Redlener
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Mr. Redlener, an associate at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, has been an active volunteer with the Boston Bar Association.  He is currently a co-chair of the New Lawyers Committee of the BBA’s Bankruptcy Section and has been a panelist on the BBA’s Bankruptcy "Nuts and Bolts" seminar.  Mr. Redlener has also served as a volunteer in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court/BBA Financial Literacy Program, teaching courses to high school students at Dorchester’s Academy of Public Service and through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.  Mr. Redlener served as a law clerk to the Honorable Henry J. Boroff, and Judicial Intern to the Honorable Stuart M. Bernstein.  He received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Edward Rice
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association

Mr. Rice, a staff attorney at the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, has dedicated his legal career to public service work.  Mr. Rice represents clients and also trains and consults with pro bono attorneys that handle housing cases.  During law school, he received a Partners in Human Rights Education Fellowship. Mr. Rice has experience coordinating several inter-organizational initiatives involving federal agencies, community groups, labor organizations, community service nonprofit organizations, and legal services organizations.  He was a National Association for Public Interest Law Equal Justice Works Fellow and co-founded MIRA, a Latino community service nonprofit organization.  He received a B.S. from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Lucinda V. Rivera
Law Office of Lucinda V. Rivera

Ms. Rivera, a Bar Advocate at the Law Office of Lucinda V. Rivera, has demonstrated a commitment to public service, criminal justice and a strong interest in civic participation.  As a Bar Advocate, she represents indigent clients through all phases of criminal defense cases.  Ms. Rivera is a member of the Suffolk Lawyers for Justice panel and the Committee for Public Counsel Services’ Appeals Court panel.  She served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.  Her political experience includes service as a legislative aide to both Senate President Thomas F. Birmingham and Congressman Michael E. Capuano.  Ms. Rivera received a Certificate in Business Administration from Harvard University Extension School, a B.S. from Emmanuel College, a Certificate in French from Alliance Francaise, Mexico City, Mexico, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Jennifer A. Serafyn
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Ms. Serafyn, an associate at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, has an impressive array of pro bono service and community involvement projects.  She has dedicated more than 200 pro bono hours to representing a developmentally disabled client in Federal Court.  Prior to law School Ms. Serafyn served in two political campaigns and worked as a legislative intern to Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II.  She currently is a lecturer at Boston University School of Law and is involved with a number of civic organizations including the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Judicial Council, Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, Boston University School of Law Young Alumni Council and the Boston College Alumni Association.   Ms. Serafyn received a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.


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