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Daniel Bahls

Staff Attorney, Housing Unit

J.D., (magna cum laude), Boston University (2007)
B.A., Williams College (2004)

Daniel Bahls began his legal career at Legal Aid of Western Ohio as an AmeriCorps Foreclosure Defense attorney. Daniel joined Community Legal Aid in 2012. His areas of expertise include foreclosure and eviction defense and fair lending issues. Daniel provides regular trainings for housing practitioners and community groups.

Charles R. Casartello Jr.
Esq.
John A. Shea
Esq., President
Jonathan Mannina
Executive Director

J.D., Georgetown University Law School (1993)
B.A., Philosophy and Economics (magna cum laude), Georgetown University (1990)

Jonathan joined Legal Assistance Corp. of Central Mass. (LACCM) in 1998 as a staff attorney working on housing and homelessness issues. He began his tenure as Executive Director in April 2006, and continued in that role when LACCM and Western Mass. Legal Services combined to form Community Legal Aid (CLA) in 2011. As Executive Director, Jonathan leads and directs the overall operation of CLA in compliance with the policies and guidelines established by CLA’s Board of Directors. Before assuming the role of Executive Director, Jonathan served as LACCM’s Litigation Director, supervising and coordinating systemic litigation and litigating cases in both state and federal court. Before joining LACCM, Jonathan worked at Silver Golub & Teitell, a leading plaintiff-side firm in Connecticut, where he litigated employment discrimination, medical malpractice and complex personal injury cases at the trial and appellate level.

In 2014, Jonathan was appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) to serve on the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission. In 2012, Jonathan was elected to the Board of Trustees of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE). In 2011, he was appointed by the SJC to serve a three-year term on its Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services. In 2008, Jonathan was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Advisory Board. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Worcester County Bar Association since 2010. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance for many years and is the past chair of the City of Worcester’s Community Development Advisory Committee. Jonathan is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and Connecticut, in the U.S. District Courts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and in the First and Second Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Felicity Hardee
Esq.
Donna Agure
Eric J. Gouvin
Esq.
Hon. Herbert H. Hodos
(Ret.)
Susan Mailman
John T. McInnes
Esq.
Debra Moncrieffe
Secretary/Clerk
Todd Rodman
Esq.
Jonathan R. Sigel
Esq.
Faye Rachlin
Deputy Director

J.D. (cum laude), Boston College (1985)
M.A., Spanish, Middlebury College (1979)
B.A., Spanish & Political Science (cum laude), Brandeis University (1978)

Faye B. Rachlin has been a legal aid lawyer for over 25 years, specializing in eviction defense, protection of rent subsidies, and access to homeless shelter programs. Faye has extensive litigation experience, including winning several appeals in the Massachusetts Appeals Court and arguing two cases before the Supreme Judicial Court. In 2002, Faye received the Boston College Law School Judge David Nelson Public Interest Award in honor of her work in public service. In 2008, Faye was honored with the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Legal Services Award, which is given each year to a lawyer who has made a particularly significant or meaningful contribution to the provision of low-income legal services. Faye has served on the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission’s Housing Court subcommittee, the statewide Tenancy Preservation Program Advisory Board, and several Housing Court bench-bar committees. She has conducted numerous trainings on landlord-tenant law, published several articles on tenants’ rights and the effects of criminal conduct in the housing context, and taught civil rights litigation as an adjunct professor at Western New England University School of Law. Faye is fluent in Spanish and English. She is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and the U.S. District of Massachusetts.

Patricia Owen
Finance Director

Pat Owen worked at Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts for over 5 years before the program joined with Western Massachusetts Legal Services to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. As Fiscal Manager she manages all aspects of finance and many human resources responsibilities for CLA. She has 20 years of experience in accounting and financial reporting for non-profits, with a focus on those receiving federal grants. Pat worked for the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) for 18 years as a Project Accountant and later as the Accounting Manager. WOCCU received grants from USAID to create financial cooperatives in developing countries.

Peter Benjamin
Litigation Director

J.D., Columbia Law School (1975)
B.A., Cornell University (1971)

Peter Benjamin was, from 2009 to 2014, a partner at Benjamin & Bers in East Longmeadow, where his practice focused on the legal needs of elders and the disabled, including guardianship and conservatorship. Previously he was the managing attorney of Western Massachusetts Legal Services (WMLS) in Springfield. As a lawyer at WMLS from 1979 to 2009, he concentrated in legal problems of elders and in unemployment compensation, and litigated extensively in the Social Security, unemployment compensation and housing areas. Peter is a former adjunct professor at the Western New England University School of Law, has taught numerous continuing and community legal education programs and has written chapters of Legal Tactics, Estate Planning for Aging or Incapacitated Clients and other books.

Wendy Berg

Staff Attorney, Families and Children’s Unit

J.D., Western New England College School of Law (1989)
B.A., Sociology with Urban Studies emphasis, Occidental College (1977)

Wendy Berg worked at Western Massachusetts Legal Services (WMLS) for over 22 years before the program joined with Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. Wendy works in the family law unit and handles complex custody, divorce, support, visitation, and domestic abuse matters. Wendy worked in WMLS’ Holyoke office in the summer of 1986 as a legal intern, and then participated in the Western New England College School of Law student clinic program in WMLS’ Springfield office during the 1987-88 academic year. Wendy started WMLS’ first Mass. Bar Foundation-funded Family Law Advocacy Project in Franklin County in 1990 and was instrumental in the expansion of the project to Hampshire County. In addition, she was involved in the implementation of the MBF-funded limited representation project, created in collaboration with the Hampshire Probate and Family Court in 2002. The model project expanded to include the Franklin Probate and Family Court in 2003. Wendy has participated as a panelist in continuing education trainings and has served on the Hampshire Probate and Family Court mediation committee.

Liz Campanale
Assistant Fiscal Manager

Liz joined Community Legal Aid in July 2012 and is responsible for processing payroll, accounts payable and reporting to several grant funding sources. Liz has worked in the insurance, manufacturing and non-profit industries and has over 15 years experience in non-profit social services accounting. She is also involved in the financial operations of the family’s automotive repair business.

Ines Diaz-Rodrigues

Intake Paralegal, Family Law Unit

A.A., Springfield Technical Community College

Ines Diaz-Rodriguez started her career in the legal field in 1975 in a clerical staff position in the Hampden County Housing Court clerk’s office. She then began legal aid work in 1977 at Western Mass. Legal Services in the Springfield office as a secretary. In 1997, she joined the Mass. Justice Project in Holyoke as an intake paralegal. At Community Legal Aid, Ines works in the Springfield office as the program’s intake paralegal in the family law unit.

Jennifer Dieringer
Managing Attorney, Northampton and Pittsfield

J.D., Northeastern University School of Law (1996)
B.A., Sociology, Haverford College (1989)

Jennifer Dieringer worked at Western Massachusetts Legal Services for over 12 years before the program joined with Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. Jennifer is the managing attorney of the Northampton and Pittsfield offices, and specializes in family and housing law. She has handled a number of appellate cases in both areas of law, served as faculty for continuing legal education seminars, and authored academic and practice-oriented publications. She has also taught in a number of law schools and undergraduate colleges and served as a law clerk for the probate and family judges in the four western Massachusetts counties.

Jane Edmonstone
Senior Supervising Attorney, Housing Unit

Senior Supervising Attorney, Housing Unit

J.D., Northeastern University School of Law (2007)
B.A., Law and Society (magna cum laude), American University (2003)

Jane Edmonstone worked at Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts for over 4 years before the program joined with Western Massachusetts Legal Services to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. Jane is a Staff Attorney in the Housing Unit, primarily handling fair housing and eviction defense issues. She provides know-your-rights trainings to tenants and community groups on a regular basis  During law school, Jane interned with the Civil Rights Division of Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, the Child Abuse Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the Boston law firm of Kotin, Crabtree & Strong. Prior to law school, Jane worked with the HIV/AIDS Services program at Tapestry Health in Springfield, MA. Jane is licensed to practice in Massachusetts.

Laura Gal

Staff Attorney, Family Unit

J.D., with honors, The George Washington University National Law Center (1995)
B.A., English, Dartmouth College (1991)

Laura W. Gal joined Community Legal Aid as a volunteer attorney in the Family Law Unit in 2010 and became a Staff Attorney in 2012. Laura began her legal career as a Skadden Fellow at the Family Advocacy Program of Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center), the first medical-legal partnership in the country. Under the two-year Fellowship, Laura created and implemented a legal services program for low-income grandparents raising their grandchildren. The project involved direct representation of clients in administrative proceedings and juvenile, probate & family, and housing court matters, as well as educational outreach in collaboration with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, city and two Councils on Aging, and local groups. Laura stayed on as a staff attorney at the Family Advocacy Program for a third year and then moved into private practice at Witmer, Karp, Warner & Thuotte, LLP in Boston, where she handled family law and franchise dispute cases.

Hon. Edward Ginsburg
Senior Supervising Attorney, Family Law Unit

J.D., Harvard Law School (1958)
Harvard College (1955)

Judge Edward Ginsburg worked at Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts for over 5 years before the program joined with Western Massachusetts Legal Services to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. Judge Ginsburg came to CLA after more than 25 years as a Probate & Family Court judge in Middlesex County, and 18 years’ experience as a sole practitioner and an attorney at the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. Judge Ginsburg led the Big Dig Cost Recovery Team and has been reappointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to a four-year term on the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee. In 2002, Judge Ginsburg created Senior Partners for Justice in order to recruit attorneys and retired judges to provide free legal services to low-income individuals in family law matters. He also established a scholarship fund to expand access to MCLE programs to private counsel who provide pro bono representation to low income clients.

In 2005, the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services awarded Judge Ginsburg the Adams Pro Bono Publico Award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to providing volunteer legal services for low-income and other disadvantaged communities. In 2004, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named him Lawyer of the Year, and in 2005, the Boston Sunday Globe named him Bostonian of the Year. Judge Ginsburg has taught as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University and Boston College law schools.

Carmen Gonzalez

Pro Bono Coordinator

Carmen Gonzalez worked at Western Massachusetts Legal Services (WMLS) and the Massachusetts Justice Project (MJP) for over 25 years before coming to CLA in January 2014. Carmen joined the staff at WMLS in 1988 as the part-time Secretary for the Volunteer Lawyers Service (VLS) and as the part-time Accounting Assistant. In 1990, she became the VLS Paralegal and continued in that capacity at the Mass. Justice Project and currently at Community Legal Aid. She assists clients in Central and Western Mass. with referrals to the private bar for assistance with their legal issues. She also coordinates the Uncontested Divorce Clinic in Hampden County and assists with the coordination of the Senior Partners for Justice Limited Assistance Representation Project at the Hampden County Probate Court.

Joshua Gutierrez

Staff Attorney, Housing Unit

J.D., Boston College Law School (2008)
B.A., Philosophy & Sociology (magna cum laude), Colby College (2004)

Joshua Gutierrez joined Community Legal Aid as a Staff Attorney in 2012 as part of the HomeCorps foreclosure defense team funded by the Office of the Attorney General. Prior to joining the Community Legal Aid staff, Joshua volunteered at CLA’s Worcester office, where he handled immigration and foreclosure matters. Joshua began his career in private practice, where he worked as a corporate and securities lawyer in the Boston office of a large national law firm. Joshua is licensed to practice in Massachusetts.

Liza Harris

Secretary

Liza Harris worked at Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts for over 10 years before the program joined with Western Massachusetts Legal Services to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. Liza has worked as a bilingual secretary, receptionist and intake paralegal. Liza currently provides support for the Worcester Fair Housing Project, a joint project with the City of Worcester that protects the fair housing rights of Worcester County residents. Liza also provides general support in the office and oral and written translations for Spanish-speaking clients. Liza also worked for CLA’s LiveJustice web-based project as an intake paralegal, answering questions for tenants regarding their housing problems.

Judith Herberg

Receptionist

Judith Herberg worked at Western Massachusetts Legal Services  and its predecessor agency, Berkshire Legal Services, for over 42 years before the program joined with Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. Judith does intakes and provides support for the program’s Pittsfield office.

Candace Jaegle

Secretary

Candace Jaegle worked at Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts (LACCM) and the Massachusetts Justice Project (MJP) for over 25 years before coming to CLA in January 2014. Candace was the Executive Secretary for LACCM from 1988 until 1997, and worked at MJP as Administrative Secretary from 2007 until 2014. In 2007, while at MJP, Candace received the Distinguished Catholic Lay Person Award from the Thomas More Society for her work with the low-income community of Worcester County

Wendy Kane

Paralegal, Benefits Unit

B.A., History, Mary Baldwin Women’s College, Staunton, Virginia (1971)
B.S., Biology, Mary Baldwin Women’s College, Staunton, Virginia (1971)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2nd bachelor’s degree candidate

Wendy worked at Western Massachusetts Legal Services (WMLS) for over 30 years before the program joined with Legal Assistance of Central Mass. to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. She started work at WMLS as a VISTA volunteer in 1974, and worked for the next several years on food stamps issues. Wendy was then hired as a paralegal by WMLS in 1980. She specializes in assisting clients with public benefits issues, including food stamps, cash assistance benefits, unemployment, veterans services, social security, and Medicare. Wendy provides trainings with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) on basic benefits and food stamps, has served on several advisory boards on issues impacting low-income clients, and has been on the board of directors of Hampshire Community Action Council. Wendy was the first paralegal to receive the Mass. Law Reform Institute’s Brainard award for tireless and exceptional advocacy in November 2013 .

Sameea Kazmi

Staff Attorney, Benefits Unit

J.D. (cum laude), Suffolk University School of Law (1996)
B.A., International Relations, Mount Holyoke College (1992)

Sameea Kazmi worked for Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts for more than two years before the program joined with Western Massachusetts Legal Services to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. Sameea initially oversaw the organization’s Zarrow Homeless Advocacy Project, where she conducted outreach to the various homeless shelters and service providers throughout Worcester County and represented clients who were homeless and at risk of homelessness. In 2012, Sameea joined the Disability Benefits Unit and now represents clients in administrative hearings before the Social Security Administration. Prior to working at CLA, Sameea worked for several years at AXA Advisors, LLC in Troy, MI, managing a team responsible for creating and designing estate and financial planning marketing materials. During law school, she interned at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and at the Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain. She is fluent in Urdu and Hindi. Sameea is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Michigan.
 
Margery Kennard

Staff Attorney, Families and Children’s Unit

J.D., Pace University School of Law (2007)
B.A., (magna cum laude) University of Massachusetts at Boston (1989)

Margery Kennard worked at Western Massachusetts Legal Services (WMLS) for over four years before the program joined with Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. Marge’s first two years at WMLS were as the Medicare Advocacy Project paralegal. Margery entered law school in 2004 and returned to WMLS in 2008 as a family law attorney. Marge specializes in assisting domestic violence survivors with family law cases. In law school, she was a student attorney in the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and worked at Kuntz, Spagnuolo, & Murphy, an education law firm. 

Kebby Lee
Executive Assistant

M.B.A., Babson College (1992)
B.S., Babson College (1989)

Kebby E. Lee joined Community Legal Aid in February 2014. She has a long career of working with organizations that provide services to those in need. The list of organizations includes GFA Federal Credit Union, Girls Inc. and the government funded 21st Century afterschool program for at risk children. As well, she is an active volunteer in Worcester County: since 2006 she has mentored children grades Kindergarten through second through the House of Peace and Education in Gardner; and since 2009 she has been a volunteer doula, assisting laboring families non-medically, at Heywood Hospital in Gardner.

Hisham Leil
Managing Attorney, Springfield

J.D., University of New Hampshire School of Law (1997)
B.A., Communications Sciences, University of Connecticut (1991)

Hisham Leil worked at Western Massachusetts Legal Services for more than four years before the program joined Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. While serving as lead attorney for the immigrant justice project, Hisham directed the efforts of several partner agencies to provide legal services to hundreds of immigrant victims of domestic violence and crime, many of whom were facing imminent deportation and separation from their families. Hisham also trained and collaborated with numerous law enforcement, prosecution, shelter, and immigrant relief agency staff on matters relating to immigration law throughout Western Massachusetts. He has also appeared in local radio, television, and newspaper media and is a frequent lecturer at Western New England University School of Law on topics relating to immigration law. Prior to his career in legal services, Hisham was in private practice for nine years.

Patricia Walsh-Ollari

Coordinator, Volunteer Lawyers Service

Patricia Walsh-Ollari started her career in legal services at Western Massachusetts Legal Services in 1989, where she was the Program Paralegal for the Volunteer Lawyers Service (VLS) and was then promoted to Coordinator of VLS. In 1997, Pat began the same position at the Mass. Justice Project. Pat is now a VLS Coordinator at CLA, where she interviews clients, assesses their legal needs, and refers their cases to volunteer attorneys. She coordinates and participates in the Senior Partners for Justice-West programs and also organizes the recruitment and retention of volunteer attorneys through recognition events, receptions and trainings. Over the years, Pat has been member of a number of pro bono related committees, including the Foreclosure Task Force, The Pro Bono Alliance, the Massachusetts Pro Bono Coordinators Coalition, and the Pro Bono Legal Services Advisory Committee of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. In 2009, Pat was the first recipient of the annual John M. Greaney Award.

Linda Boss

Secretary

Linda Boss worked at Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts for over 20 years before the program joined with Western Massachusetts Legal Services to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. Linda has worked on the Probate Court Lawyer for the Day Program as well as the Medicare Program, and she currently provides support to the Families and Children Unit. 

Rachel Shannon Brown

Staff Attorney, Elder Unit

J.D., Boston College Law School (2004)
B.A., Linguistics & Cognitive Science (magna cum laude), Brandeis University (2001) 

 

Rachel Shannon Brown worked at Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts for over five years before the program joined with Western Massachusetts Legal Services to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. Rachel is a Staff Attorney in the Elder Unit, where she handles Medicare, housing, and public benefits cases, among other elder law issues. Rachel is active in CLA's Diversity and Equity Committee and is a member of the Worcester County Bar Association. Before coming to LACCM, Rachel was a law clerk at Greater Boston Legal Services, where she worked on a class action lawsuit against the MBTA under the Americans with Disabilities Act and represented clients in MassHealth and Medicare matters. Rachel also interned at Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services (now Prisoners’ Legal Services), the Boston Medical Center Domestic Violence Project, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the City Attorney Prosecutor’s office in Columbus, Ohio. Rachel is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and the U.S. District of Massachusetts.

Judith McLellan

Receptionist

Judith McLellan worked for Western Massachusetts Legal Services and the Massachusetts Justice Project for more than 28 years before coming to CLA in January 2014. Judy does intakes and provides support in CLA’s Springfield and Northampton offices.  Judy also provides support to CLA’s five-county Volunteers Lawyers Service, and assists with oral and written translations for Spanish-speaking clients.

Ray Mestre

Staff Attorney, Housing Unit

J.D., George Washington University (1990)
B.A., International Relations, Tufts University (1986)

Ray Mestre worked at Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts for over 20 years before the program joined with Western Massachusetts Legal Services to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. He has worked in all of the program’s practice units, and is now a Senior Attorney in the Housing Unit and part of the HomeCorps foreclosure defense team funded by the Office of the Attorney General. Ray’s areas of specialization include civil litigation, consumer rights, housing matters, guardianship defense, public benefits, and protection against elder abuse. Ray also conducts trainings for other advocates and service providers on the financial exploitation of elders. Ray’s extensive community and volunteer experience includes serving as a past member of the Boards of Directors of the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance and Centro Las Americas, and as a member of the Worcester County Bar Association’s Committee on Services to the Poor & Homeless. Ray is also a former coach of the Westborough Softball League. Ray is licensed to practice in Massachusetts.

Susan O'Connor

Paralegal, Benefits Unit

B.A., Psychology, Rutgers University
Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies, College of Our Lady of the Elms

Susan O’Connor worked at Western Massachusetts Legal Services for over 6 years before the program joined with Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. Susan represents clients in disability appeals before the Social Security Administration. She also assists disability recipients with issues affecting their payments. Susan serves as a resource to staff in CLA’s Western offices and outside attorneys regarding disability benefits and the effects of income, assets, and proposed legal agreements on clients’ eligibility and payments.

Mildred Otero

Receptionist/Secretary

Mildred Otero worked at Western Massachusetts Legal Services for over 36 years before the program joined with Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. Along with providing general support for the Springfield office, Millie handles front-desk inquiries in English and Spanish. She also interprets and translates for Spanish-speaking clients. Millie also assists with solving computer problems for advocates.

Christina Paradiso
Senior Supervising Attorney, Family Law Unit

J.D., Boston University School of Law (1996)
B.A., Political Sociology, Boston University (1992)

Christina (Tina) Paradiso worked at Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts for over 5 years before the program joined with Western Massachusetts Legal Services to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. Tina Paradiso is a senior supervising attorney in the Family Law Unit of Community Legal Aid (CLA).  She handles complex divorce, custody, support, visitation, and abuse prevention matters at the trial and appellate level, and supervises all family law work at CLA.  In 2006, Tina was chosen to serve on the Trial Court’s Child Support Guidelines Task Force to evaluate and redesign the Commonwealth’s Child Support Guidelines.  In 2012, Tina was asked to serve on Governor Patrick’s Working Group on Child-Centered Family Laws.  Tina received the Women of Justice Award in 2009 in recognition of her meaningful and inspiring contributions in the fields of social justice and advocacy.  Tina is currently the co-chair of the Worcester County Bar Association’s Family Law Section.   

Before joining CLA, Tina was a staff attorney at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Division, where she was also a special assistant district attorney for nonsupport crimes.  In that capacity, she successfully prosecuted many high-profile cases.  Tina has participated as a lecturer, panelist, and author in numerous continuing legal education programs.  

 

 

Frances Reyes

Receptionist

Francisca Reyes worked at Western Massachusetts Legal Services for over eight years before the program joined with Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Mass to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. She provides support for the Northampton office, handles front-desk inquiries, and does oral interpretations and written translations for Spanish-speaking clients. Francisca also conducts intakes for new clients. She previously worked in private law firms as a legal assistant for over ten years.

Corrine Ryan

Staff Attorney, Benefits Unit

J.D., (cum laude), Georgetown University Law Center (2013)
A.B., English (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), College of the Holy Cross (2010)

Corrine joined Community Legal Aid’s Springfield office in August 2013. She represents claimants seeking disability benefits before the Social Security Administration and handles appeals to the federal district court. During law school, Corrine worked in Washington DC at the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, a nonprofit organization that advocates for people with developmental disabilities. Corrine is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and the U.S. District of Massachusetts. 

Jeffrey Sakol

Staff Attorney, Families & Children Unit

J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School (1990)
B.S., Political Science, The Ohio State University (1987)

Jeffrey N. Sakol worked at Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts for over 4 years before the program joined with Western Massachusetts Legal Services to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. Jeff is a Staff Attorney in the Families and Children Unit handling complex divorce, custody, support, visitation, and domestic abuse prevention matters. After graduating law school, Jeff began his career as a prosecutor in Illinois, serving in both the criminal and civil divisions. In 1992, he entered private practice in Chicago, concentrating in Family Law, Child Support and Custody. Jeff was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts in 2007.

Dianne Sandman

Senior Paralegal

B.A. Liberal Studies (cum laude) & certification in Paralegal Studies, Anna Maria College (1980)

Dianne worked at Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts for over 30 years before the program joined with Western Massachusetts Legal Services to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. She started work at Central Mass. Legal Services in September 1981 as a volunteer in the elder unit. She was hired as a an advocacy paralegal in February 1982, focusing primarily on elder law. She served as coordinator of the elder unit for many years prior to being promoted to Senior Paralegal. She has served on numerous committees and advisory boards including the Mass. Bar Elder Law Committee, Supreme Judicial Court Gender Bias Study, Anna Maria College Paralegal Studies Advisory Board, Central Mass. Area on Aging Advisory Board (serving as Vice Chair and Chairperson for several years) and the Attorney General’s Elder Abuse Roundtable. Dianne was named Advocate of the Year in May 2003 at the Worcester County Bar Association’s Equal Justice Reception. Dianne has served as a resource to staff and community agencies on elder law issues. She has conducted many trainings and presented at conferences on a variety of elder issues including elder abuse, guardianship, MassHealth, Medicare, housing, government benefits and advance directives.

Blanca Santiago

Intake Paralegal, Housing Unit

Blanca Santiago worked at Western Massachusetts Legal Services (WMLS) and the Massachusetts Justice Project (MJP) for more than 34 years before coming to CLA in January 2014. Blanca joined WMLS in 1976 as a Secretary and, except for a three-year absence, worked there until 1999 when she became an Intake Paralegal for MJP’s hotline service, assisting callers with questions about benefits, housing, family law, unemployment, and disability. Blanca also assists with the Volunteers for Justice Program in Housing Court, where volunteers help tenants with eviction cases. At CLA, Blanca is an Intake Paralegal for the Housing Unit. 

Paul Schack

Staff Attorney, Housing Unit

J.D. (cum laude), Boston University (1984)
B.A., (magna cum laude), Case Western Reserve University (1978)

Paul Schack worked at Western Massachusetts Legal Services (WMLS) for over 17 years before the program joined with Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Mass. to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. He has also been in private practice, representing clients in criminal defense, family law, landlord/tenant matters, and consumer law. Paul began his legal career in 1984 at North Shore Community Action Programs administering one of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s local consumer protection programs. Paul’s areas of expertise include eviction defense and public and subsidized housing admissions cases. Paul also has experience in public benefits and unemployment cases. Paul has extensive litigation experience, including appeals in the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court. Paul has conducted legal clinics and has provided training for volunteers and community education for agencies and client groups. Paul served on the Housing Court Committee of the Supreme Judicial Court’s Access to Justice Commission. Paul is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and the U.S. District of Massachusetts.

Gordon Shaw
Director of Client Access

J.D., Northeastern University School of Law (1990)

Gordon Shaw worked for Massachusetts Justice Project (MJP) for more than 15 years before the program joined Community Legal Aid in 2014. At Community Legal Aid, Gordon became the first Director of Client Access. After he received his law degree in 1990 from Northeastern University School of Law, Gordon served two years as a judicial law clerk to the Massachusetts Superior Court (the second year, as the Deputy Chief Law Clerk). He then spent several years in private practice prior to joining MJP as a staff attorney in 1998, then Managing Attorney in 2005 and Executive Director in 2011. From 1996 to 2000, he served as co-chair for Hampshire County Reinventing Justice, a task force charged with examining how to make the justice system more accessible.

Maureen St. Cyr

Staff Attorney, Housing Unit

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School (2011)
M.A., Queen’s University, Belfast (2007)
A.B., (magna cum laude), Kenyon College (2004)

Maureen R. St. Cyr joined Community Legal Aid in September 2012. Maureen is a Staff Attorney in the Housing Unit, practicing in the area of housing and lending discrimination. Prior to joining Community Legal Aid, Maureen was a law clerk for the Vermont Superior Court. During law school, Maureen interned at the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Before law school, Maureen was a project assistant at Jones Day in Columbus, Ohio, where she was a member of the trial team that litigated the fair housing case, Kennedy v. City of Zanesville (S.D. Ohio).

Priscilla Sotak

Intake Paralegal, Elder Unit

B.A., Spanish (summa cum laude), Dickinson College

Priscilla Sotak worked for the Massachusetts Justice Project (MJP) for more than 14 years before the program joined Community Legal Aid in 2014. Priscilla started her career in legal services in 1999 as the assistant to the coordinator of MJP’s Volunteer Lawyers Service. She became a paralegal in that program in 2002 and was MJP’s Equal Justice Award recipient in 2004. Priscilla started to specialize in elder law when she became MJP’s paralegal for the Massachusetts Senior Legal Helpline. At CLA, she is an intake paralegal for the Elder Law Unit. Priscilla speaks Spanish and some Portuguese.

Jan Stiefel
Senior Supervising Attorney, Elder Unit and Benefits Unit

J.D., Rutgers University School of Law - Newark (1984)
B.A., Hampshire College (1979)

Jan Stiefel worked for Western Massachusetts Legal Services (WMLS) for over 23 years before the program joined with Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. While working for WMLS, Jan served as a staff attorney providing assistance to elders with Older Americans Act funding from local home care agencies. In this capacity she was the recipient of the Franklin County Home Care Corporation Area Agency on Aging’s Quinn-Manwell-Cevasco Elder Advocacy Award in 2004 for her service to elders in need of legal representation. She also staffed the Housing Court Intervention Project, where she assisted tenants with their eviction cases. Jan assumed the position of Senior Supervising Attorney for the Benefits, Elder and Employment Unit at CLA in 2011. She first joined legal services after completing a clerkship with the New Hampshire Superior Court in 1985 when she was hired as a staff attorney for the newly-funded Medicare Advocacy Project at Greater Boston Legal Services.

Uri Strauss

Staff Attorney, Housing Unit

J.D., (magna cum laude) Case Western Reserve University School of Law (2009)
M.A., Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2006)
B.A., Linguistics (honours), York University (1997)

Uri Strauss joined Community Legal Aid in 2012. He is a Staff Attorney in the Housing Unit, where he worlks as part of the HomeCorps foreclosure defense team funded by the Office of the Attorney General. Prior to joining CLA, Uri worked for the Western Massachusetts office of the American Friends Service Committee, where he focused on foreclosure and civil rights matters; the Service Employees International Union, where he was involved with campaigns to win recognition for hospital workers; and the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, where he handled discrimination, immigration and tax matters. Uri also interned in Greater Boston Legal Services’ Employment Unit, where he handled unemployment insurance, FMLA, tax, and wage and hour cases. Uri is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and the U.S. District of Massachusetts. 

Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham
Managing Attorney, Worcester

J.D., Boston University School of Law (2002)
B.A., Political Science and French Literature, Boston College (1995)

Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham worked at Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts for over 7 years before the program joined with Western Massachusetts Legal Services to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. From 2002-2004, Valerie was an attorney in the benefits unit, handling welfare matters, employment issues, and MassHealth cases. In 2004 Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham received the Innovations in Legal Services Award in recognition of her vision in creating the Family Advocates of Central Massachusetts, LACCM’s medical-legal collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

From 2004-2007 Valerie was the Regional Training Director at the Center for Legal Aid Education, a Boston-based organization that provides continuing education and training to equal justice attorneys and staff across the country.

In her position as Director of Training and Professional Development from 2007-2011, Valerie planned, provided and coordinated training and professional development for all staff.

She also oversees CLA’s Family Advocates of Central Massachusetts program.

Valerie is fluent in Spanish and French. She is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and the U.S. District of Massachusetts.

Livia Gonzalez
Amanda Winalski

Staff Attorney, Housing Unit

LL.M., Animal Law (magna cum laude), Lewis & Clark Law School (2013)

J.D., (magna cum laude), Boston University School of Law (2007)

B.A., English & History (summa cum laude), Temple University (2004)

Amanda Winalski joined Community Legal Aid in 2014 as part of the HomeCorps foreclosure defense team funded by the Office of the Attorney General. Prior to joining CLA, Amanda worked as a commercial litigator. During law school, she was a student attorney in the Civil Litigation Clinical Program, interned with the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office, and worked as a summer associate at a law firm. She was also a Note Editor on the Public Interest Law Journal. Following five years of private practice, Amanda returned to school to obtain an LL.M. and transition to public interest work. Amanda was a student attorney in the Animal Law Clinic, where she represented nonprofits and worked on animal protection issues. She is a volunteer literacy tutor. Amanda is licensed to practice in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island (inactive), and the U.S. District Court of Connecticut.

Anita Conte
J.D., Western New England University School of Law
B.A., University of Massachusetts, cum laude
 

Anita joined Community Legal Aid’s Worcester office as pro bono coordinator 2014. Before joining Community Legal Aid, Anita worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Revenue, Office of Child Support Enforcement in Springfield, and Worcester MA for over six years as a member of the litigation unit responsible for assisting legal counsel in establishing and enforcing child support orders in the Probate and Family Court. At DOR/CSE Anita was selected to assist implementing a statewide pilot project targeting interstate child support orders, and worked on a special federal grant project analyzing data regarding child support orders to establish better outcomeson behalf of children living in poverty. Anita also worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance in Northampton MA for six years as a financial assistance social worker helping local families establish viable independence plans. Anita’s professional life reflects her commitment to collaboration among professionals on behalf of those most vulnerable in our community.  

 

Kristen Williams

Staff Attorney, Foreclosure Unit

J.D., Boston College School of Law (2013)

B.A., Political Science and Psychology (cum laude), Williams College (2010)

Kristen Williams started working in CLA's Worecester office in 2015 as a disability benefits attorney. Previously, Kristen served as an AmeriCorps Attorney in the Housing Unit in CLA's Northampton office assisting tenents in their eviction cases in Housing Court. Prior to coming to CLA, Kristen worked as a research assistant at Boston College Law School and previously was a legal intern at the University of Massachusetts Office of the General Counsel and a legal intern at the Redevelopment Authority for the City of Philadelphia. She is licensed to practice in Massachusetts.

Andrew Felper
Grants Manager

M.S., Nonprofit Management, Northeastern University (2013)
B.S., Communications, Boston University (2007)

Andrew Felper joined Community Legal Aid in 2014 as the Grants Manager. Prior to joining CLA, Andrew was a Grants Writer & Specialist at Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) where he wrote grant proposals and designed programs for the agency's antipoverty efforts, including fuel assistance, elder services, summer youth employment, financial literacy, and ABCD’s two alternative high schools. At ABCD, he took the lead on writing a successful proposal to the Walmart Foundation for ABCD’s substance abuse recovery high school, the first grant to be awarded by Walmart to the organization. Prior to ABCD, Andrew worked as a Development & Communications Consultant for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay in Boston and, before that, he was a Program Director at Spectrum Health Systems. Andrew is a contributing writer for Spare Change News, the nation’s oldest street newspaper based out of Boston.

 

Claudia Castro

Claudia Castro joined Community Legal Aid in 2014 as a Receptionist in the Worcester office. Claudia is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Prior to coming to CLA, Claudia was a Medical Interpreter at the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center.

Board
Eileen Messier
Human Resource Manager
Marla Lopez

B.A., Paralegal/Legal Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (1996)

Marla joined CLA in the spring of 2015. She works as a paralegal for the housing and elder units. Marla has experience in immirgration law, personal injury law, and social security law. Previously, she worked at The Legal Aid Society in the Bronx as a housing paralegal and at the Essex County Legal Services in New Jersey as a paralegal for the SSDI and SSI project. 

Lucille B. Brennan
Esq.
Jacob Kelley
David H. Murphy
Esq.
Arose W. Nielsen
Esq.
Sheryl W. O'Connell
CFA, Treasurer
Danielle L. Williams
Esq.
Janet Vo

Harry H. Dow Fellow, Harry H. Dow Asian Outreach Project

J.D. Suffolk University Law School, cum laude (2015)

B.A. History and Asian American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston, cum laude (2008)

Janet started working for Community Legal Aid in 2015 as the Harry H. Dow fellow.  She is fluent in Vietnamese, and previously worked as a summer legal intern at Natural Justice in Malaysia and at Cochingyan & Peralta Law Offices in the Phillipines. She also worked as a legal intern at a domestic violence shelter called Finex House and was a student attorney with Suffolk University Law School's Education Advocacy Clinic during her third year of law school.

Evelyn Cortez

Evelyn started working at CLA in the fall of 2014. Evelyn provides clerical support and coverage for the front desk at CLA. She is also fluent in both English and Spanish. Previously, she worked as a secretary at the Committee for Public Counsel Services. 

Elizabeth Alfred

J.D., New England Law Boston (2012)

B.A., Theater, Smith College (2000)

Elizabeth joined CLA in December 2015 as a Zarrow Fellow in the Worcester office. Previously, she was an AmeriCorps attorney for CLA in Northampton where she worked in eviction defense. She previously worked with families in the Emergency Assistance shelter program at Greater Boston Legal Services and at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. 

Danielle DeWinter
Blair Komar
Catherine Kay

Senior Supervising Attorney, Civil Legal Aid to Victims of Crime program

J.D., Boston University (1985)
B.A., History, Smith College (1981)

Catherine first joined CLA in February 2016 in the family law unit in Northampton. Prior to that, she worked for fifteen years at SEMLAC-New Bedford and WMLS Pittsfield and Northhampton. From 1987 through 2000, she was on staff at Western Massachusetts Legal Services, which was later merged into CLA, in housing benefits, family law, and elder law. She has taught Legal Services Clinic and Poverty Law at the Western New England University School of Law. She returned to CLA in 2017.

Besiders her career in law, she has taught music, directing adult and youth choral groups. Most recently, she worked with her husband in his business, the State Street Fruit Store and Cooper's Corner.

Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies

J.D., Leadership Scholarship Recipient, Roger Williams University School of Law (2007)

B.A., Psychology (magna cum laude), Rhode Island College (2002)

Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies worked at Central West Justice Center as a Benefits and Medical-Legal Partnership attorney prior to joining Community Legal Aid in 2015.  Currently, she oversees the day-to-day operations of Community Legal Aid’s medical legal partnership with UMass Memorial Health Care that addresses the unmet health-harming legal needs of low-income families through a new pro bono initiative.  Her areas of practice include public benefits, housing and family law.  As a former Bart Gordon Fellow with South Coastal Counties Legal Services, she focused on promoting diversity and breaking down barriers created by structural racism.  Weayonnoh has also co-facilitated a Health Systems and Policy Course at Brown University Medical School and taught a civic engagement law based course as an adjunct professor at the Community College of Rhode Island.  She is a proud AmeriCorps alumna.

Liliana Atanacio
Douglas Brown
Esq.
Shelena Bernard
Janice Cook
Esq.
Katrina Conley
Michael Morelli

B.A., (cum laude) History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Michael Morelli served as an AmeriCorps Paralegal through the Massachusetts Legal Assistance for Self-Sufficiency Program (MLASSP) for three years before joining Community Legal Aid (CLA) as a Paralegal in July 2013.  Michael is currently a Paralegal in the Benefits Unit at CLA and assists clients with public benefits issues, including SNAP/food stamps, cash assistance benefits, unemployment, veterans services, MassHealth and Medicare.  Michael has provided benefits trainings for several social service agencies throughout Berkshire County and currently serves on the DTA advisory board, which address issues impacting low-income clients.

Lauren Schaal

Staff Attorney, Family Unit

J.D., Boston College Law, cum laude (2016)
B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
 
Lauren joined Community Legal Aid in 2016 as a Family Law Staff Attorney. She attended Boston College Law School, during which she interned at Casa Myrna Vazquez, a domestic violence organization in Boston, MA. She served as a 3:03 Certified Student Attorney for family legal issues. Additionally, she was a Legal Advocate at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center for two years, as well as a Student Attorney for the Boston College Rights Advocacy Project.
 
Lauren is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and New York.

 

Daniel Margolis
Development Associate

M.S., Nonprofit Management, Northeastern University (2017)
B.A., Political Science, Brooklyn College, City University of New York (2012)
A.A., Liberal Arts, Kirkwood Community College (1998)

Daniel Margolis joined Community Legal Aid in 2016 as Development Associate. He has worked with nonprofits, both in progam and development capacities, for more than 15 years. Most recently, he served as program director at the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, where he helped to build an after-school mentorship program for at-risk youth in the city of Brockton. Born and raised in Worcester, he spent just over a decade working in development at several social justice organizations in New York City. While in New York, Daniel also worked in fundraising and organizing capacities for several Congressional and local electoral campaigns. In addition, he has functioned as a writer and editor, including at Oxford University Press, where he assisted in editing the groundbreaking Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, to which he also contributed. His writing was recognized by "Project Censored" for shining a light on the abuse of workers making Apple products in China.

 

Guinevere Vanhorne
Shari Bai
Dana Doyle

Staff Attorney, Family Law Unit

J.D., 1998, Western New England School of Law
B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Potsdam

Dana is a certified mediator, certified conciliator, collaborative law attorney, parenting coordinator, and guardian ad litum investigator, and has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1998.

Prior to joining the family law unit at CLA in 2017, she worked as a solo practitioner at the Berkshire Mediation Group (2012-2017), as an associate at Cianflone and Ciaflone, P.C. (2005-2012) and Gobel and Hollister, P.C. (2002-2005), and at Western Massachusetts Legal Services (1998-2002).

She is a member of the Berkshire County Bar Association's executive committee and probate bench/bar committee, and the Pittsfield Licensing Board. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Freeman Center and of the Massachusetts Justice Project.

Nicole Cardamone

Staff Attorney, Education Law Project

J.D., Boston College Law School cum laude (2016)
B.A., Boston College, International Studies magna cum laude

Prior to joining Community Legal Aid in 2017, Nicole was a research assistant at the Greater Boston Legal Services housing unit. During her second year of law school, she was a certified Supreme Judicial Court rule 3:03 law student intern through her school's Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project. During law school, she also interned with the GBLS housing unit, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, and the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project.

For a year after attaining her B.A., Nicole worked at Raphael House, a shelter for families experiencing homelessness in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, as part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Labrie Dillon
Alyssa Golden

Fair Housing Testing Coordinator

J.D., Roger Williams University School of Law, 2014
B.A., Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Historical, Social, and Cultural Studies, Union Institute and University 

Prior to joining CLA, Alyssa practiced law in Fall River, Mass., as a staff attorney with the Committee for Public Councel Services, defending individuals charged with crimes in the district court. Briefly after that, she represented children and parents in care and protection cases in juvenile court in Worcester County. Before attending law school, Alyssa worked for nearly ten years in the field of domestic and sexual violence survivor advocacy in a variety of capacities.

Donna E. Richardson
Office Manager

1994, B.A. in Liberal Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Donna worked at UMass Memorial Medical Center for eight years, where she started as a buyer concentrating on capital equipment. She then moved into contract management before joining CLA's staff on March 6, 2017.

Meredith Palmer

Staff Attorney, Family Law Unit

J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 2010
M.P.H., University of South Carolina School of Public Health, 2006

Admitted to the New York State Bar in 2011, Meredith started working with Community Legal Aid in early 2017. Prior to that, she was a Staff Attorney at the Children's Law Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she represented children in custody, visitation, paternity, and family offense proceedings. In 2011, she was the Fair Courts Project Manager at Lambda Legal, where she managed a project aimed at countering harmful attacks against the judiciary that threaten LGBT and HIV-affected civil rights.

While in law school, Meredith was an LGBT Advocacy Fellow at Hofstra. While studying for her M.P.H., Meredith focused on LGBTQ health issues in her work.

Robert D. Cox Jr. Esq.
Caitlyn Byers

J.D., Boston University School of Law, 2015
B.A., Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Miami University, 2012

Before joining CLA's fair housing unity in 2017, Caitlyn worked at the Disability Law Center doing fair housing work. While in law school, she interned at Greater Boston Legal Services, working on SSDI, SSSI, Medicare, and Medicaid issues. She was also an intern at DLC, where she worked on the Bridgewater investigation.

Candria Gray
Timothy F. Murphy
Esq.
Angelina P. Stafford
Esq.
Jodi Miller
Esq.
Rebecca Lopez
Julie Dick
Julie Dick

Staff Attorney, Family Law

J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 2016
B.A., Political Science, Classical Humanities, The Ohio State University, 2013

Julie Dick was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar and will be sitting for the New York Bar in 2017. Before joining CLA in early July of 2017, she was practicing pro bono family law and guardianship through the Volunteer Lawyer's Project and the Women's Bar Foundation. She also spent time as a legal intern for GLAD: GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders, and as a law clerk with the Franklin County Public Defenders office in Columbus, Ohio.

She is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Women's Bar Association.

Jeannette Hernandez
Unique Rodriguez
CRobinson
Eliza Schafler

J.D., New York University School of Law, 2013
B.A. in Literature, Yale University, 2009

Before joining CLA as a staff attorney in mid-2017, Eliza was a staff attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles, where she focused on eviction defense and that organization’s medical-legal partnership. Before that, she was an Equal Justice Works fellow at Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc., also in Los Angeles. She is a member of the California State Bar.

Amanda Montel

J.D., Northeastern University, 2016
B.A. in Women’s Studies and Psychology, Miami University, 2008

Before joining the public benefits unit at CLA as a staff attorney, Amanda was a clerk at the Massachusetts Appeals Court. During law school, she interned at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Massachusetts ACLU, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, and the AIDS Action Committee.

Amanda Montel

J.D., Northeastern University, 2016
B.A. in Women’s Studies and Psychology, Miami University, 2008

Before joining the public benefits unit at CLA as a staff attorney, Amanda was a clerk at the Massachusetts Appeals Court. During law school, she interned at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Massachusetts ACLU, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, and the AIDS Action Committee.

Amanda Montel

J.D., Northeastern University, 2016
B.A. in Women’s Studies and Psychology, Miami University, 2008

Before joining the public benefits unit at CLA as a staff attorney, Amanda was a clerk at the Massachusetts Appeals Court. During law school, she interned at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Massachusetts ACLU, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, and the AIDS Action Committee.