Daniel Nagin, Clinical Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Legal Services Center & Veterans Legal Clinic; Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education, Harvard Law School
Roger Bertling, Senior Clinical Instructor, Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic and Lecturer on Law
Yan Cao, Attorney and Fellow, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Eileen Connor, Director of Litigation, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Stephanie Davidson, Clinical Instructor, Family Law and Domestic Violence Unit
Julia Devanthéry, Attorney and Clinical Instructor, Housing Clinic
T. Keith Fogg, Visiting Professor of Law and Director, Federal Tax Clinic
Ebony Griffin, Faculty Assistant
Betsy Gwin, Clinical Instructor, DAV Charitable Service Trust Fellow, and Associate Director, Veterans Legal Clinic
Alec Harris, Attorney, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Tamar Hoffman, Paralegal Advocate, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Jessica Jiménez, Paralegal Advocate, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Dale Kensinger, Volunteer Attorney, Federal Tax Clinic
Tamara E. Kolz Griffin, Clinical Instructor and Associate Director, Estate Planning Clinic
Erica Kyzmir-McKeon, Attorney, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Isabel Lima, Case and Business Manager
Deanne Loonin, Attorney, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Amanda Mangaser Savage, Attorney, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Julie McCormack, Senior Clinical Instructor and Director, Safety Net Project
Maureen E. McDonagh, Managing Attorney Director, Housing Law Clinic/Lecturer on Law, Post Foreclosure Eviction Defense Housing Clinic
Toby Merrill, Clinical Instructor in the Predatory Lending Practice; Director, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Frank Moran, Volunteer Attorney, Veterans Legal Clinic
Dana Montalto, Attorney and Senior Clinical Fellow, Veterans Legal Clinic
Nnena Odim, Clinical Instructor, Family and Children’s Law Practice Unit
Audrey Patten, Attorney and Clinical Fellow, Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic
Anna Pierce, Director of Administration
Victoria Roytenberg, Attorney, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Evan Seamone, Clinic Attorney, Veterans Legal Clinic
Silvia Vazquez, Receptionist and Interpreter/Translator
Lindsey Withem, Project Manager, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Clinical Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education; Faculty Director, Legal Services Center; Faculty Director, Veterans Legal Clinic
Daniel Nagin is Clinical Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education, and Faculty Director of the Legal Services Center. He is also Faculty Director of the Legal Service Center’s Veterans Legal Clinic, which he founded in 2012. His teaching and research interests include clinical education, social welfare law and policy, and legal services for veterans.
Previously, Nagin was on the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he founded and directed a public benefits clinic and taught anti-poverty law courses. Nagin has also taught in the clinical program at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, directed a social service and legal advocacy program for homeless New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS, and worked as a staff attorney in the Queens office of Legal Services NYC.
Nagin holds a B.A. in History and Government, Phi Beta Kappa and with distinction in all subjects, from Cornell University, an M.A. from Stanford University, and a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he received the Edwin F. Mandel Award for excellence as a clinical law student. For Nagin’s Harvard Law School faculty webpage, please visit here.
Senior Clinical Instructor, Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic and Lecturer on Law
Roger joined the Center’s Housing Law Clinic in 1993. He is now a Clinical Instructor and Attorney in the Predatory Lending / Consumer Protection Unit of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center and a Lecturer on Law at HLS. He supervises students negotiating and litigating predatory mortgage, bankruptcy, and consumer cases. Additionally, Roger teaches a Predatory Lending Workshop and co-teaches Consumer Law at HLS. He has given numerous presentations to national and state wide groups on mortgage and consumer issues.
Prior to his work at the Legal Services Center, Roger was an attorney in Legal Services in Missouri and Massachusetts, specializing in consumer cases, elder cases and complex litigation. His work included an emphasis on mortgage problems and foreclosures. Roger received his B.A. at the University of Northern Iowa and his J.D. at the University of Iowa.
Attorney and Fellow, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Yan Cao joined the Legal Services Center as an attorney and fellow for the Project on Predatory Student Lending in 2016. Previously, Yan was a staff attorney and fellow at Brooklyn Legal Services where she provided assistance to low-income student loan borrowers. Yan also clerked for Judge Raymond J. Lohier, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Judge J. Paul Oetken on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Yan is a graduate of Simon’s Rock College of Bard and Stanford University, and received her J.D. from NYU Law School where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Law Scholar and served as Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Law Review.
Director of Litigation, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Eileen Connor joined the Legal Services Center as Director of Litigation for the Project on Predatory Student Lending in 2016. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Attorney in the Special Litigation Unit of the New York Legal Assistance Group, where she was counsel on multiple consumer class-action lawsuits concerning student loan debt, and a founder of NYLAG’s For-Profit School Project. Prior to joining NYLAG, she was a John J. Gibbons Fellow in Constitutional and Public Interest Law at Gibbons P.C., and a staff attorney at the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in San Francisco. She served as a law clerk to Hon. Martha Craig Daughtrey of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and B.A. from Brown University.
Clinical Instructor, Family Law and Domestic Violence Clinic
Stephanie Davidson joined the Legal Services Center as an Attorney and Clinical Fellow in the Family Law and Domestic Violence Unit in 2014. Previously, Ms. Davidson was a Public Service Venture Fund Fellow at the Urban Justice Center’s Domestic Violence Project in New York City, where she represented low-income domestic violence survivors through the Manhattan and Queens Family Justice Centers and served as the chair of the Legislative Subcommittee to the NYC Lawyer’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Ms. Davidson received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2013, where she received the Gary Bellow Public Service Award and a Dean’s Award for Community Leadership. While in law school, Ms. Davidson was the President of the Harvard Women’s Law Association, worked as a Student Attorney in the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau’s Family Unit, and completed legal internships with the Women’s Law Project, Katz Marshall & Banks, and Cohen Milstein. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Davidson was an investigative analyst with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Sex Crimes Unit. She holds a B.A. from Columbia College at Columbia University.
Attorney and Clinical Instructor, Housing Law Clinic
Julia Devanthéry joined the Legal Services Center as Staff Attorney for the Mattapan Initiative in 2013. She became a Clinical Instructor in April of 2015, and now co-teaches and supervises students enrolled in the Housing Clinic. She also maintains a caseload of post-foreclosure, private housing, and subsidized housing eviction cases, and practices primarily in the Boston Housing Court. Previously, Ms. Devanthéry was the Manager of Legal Advocacy at HomeStart, Inc. where she represented low-income tenants on the verge of homelessness. Prior to working at HomeStart, she was clinical law fellow at Northeastern University School of Law’s Domestic Violence Institute. Ms. Devanthéry received her juris doctor from Northeastern School of Law in 2009. As a law student Ms. Devanthéry completed internships with Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services, the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, and she clerked for Magistrate Judge Leo T. Sorokin at the District Court of Massachusetts. She graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a B.A. in Sociology.
T. Keith Fogg
Visiting Professor of Law and Director, Federal Tax Clinic
Professor Fogg directs the Federal Tax Clinic at Villanova University School of Law. He is a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He joined the Villanova faculty in 2007 after working for over 30 years with the Office of Chief Counsel, IRS. Professor Fogg received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary, his J.D. from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law and his L.L.M. in tax from the College of William and Mary Marshall Wythe School of Law. He developed a course for the Georgetown LLM program, Federal Taxation of Bankruptcy and Workouts, which he taught there for 15 years as an adjunct. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at William and Mary and University of Richmond law schools and as a visiting professor at University of Arizona.
He is a national authority on tax procedure especially in the area of collection and bankruptcy law as it relates to tax. He co-authors a blog with Professor Les Book, procedurallytaxing.com, which focuses on current tax procedure issues. Fogg serves as the editor of the ABA Tax Section publication “Effectively Representing Your Client before the IRS.” He authors the collection chapters in “IRS Practice and Procedure” created by Michael Saltzman and currently edited by Les Book. He was chosen as the IRS Chief Counsel Robert H. Jackson National Attorney of the Year in 2007 and the ABA Tax Section Janet R. Spragens Pro Bono Award winner in 2015. He is a past chair of the ABA Tax Section Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee and a current member of the ABA Tax Section governing council.
Ebony Griffin joined the Legal Services Center and the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation in January 2015 to provide support to the Centers’ Directors, Professor Robert Greenwald and Professor Dan Nagin. Ebony previously worked for College Bound Dorchester, a dynamic organization that is working to better Dorchester and ensure its residents are college bound. Ebony provided direct executive support to the CEO, Mark Culliton. Earlier in her career, Ebony provided executive level assistance to the team at Atlantic Retail Properties, the leading retail real estate firm on the East Coast. Prior to that, Ebony served as Center and Programmatic Development Management at the African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC) at Boston University, provided direct support for APARC’s Director Ambassador Charles R. Stith.
Clinical Instructor and DAV Charitable Service Trust Fellow
Associate Director, Veterans Legal Clinic
Betsy Gwin joined the Legal Services Center as Attorney and DAV Charitable Service Trust Fellow for the Veterans Law Clinic in 2014. Previously, Betsy was a Staff Attorney in the Child and Family Law Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Betsy received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2011. While in law school, Betsy was Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy and worked as a research assistant in the Federal Legislation and Administrative Law Clinic. She completed internships during law school at the Legal Aid Society of D.C., the Poverty and Race Research Action Coalition, and the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law. Prior to law school, Betsy served as an AmeriCorps Paralegal at Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services, where her work focused primarily on disability benefits advocacy. She previously volunteered as a grant-writer to raise funds for children of fallen soldiers in Massachusetts and assisted patients at a veterans’ treatment program in Syracuse, NY. She graduated in 2006 with a B.A. in Anthropology summa cum laude from Syracuse University, where she completed her Honors Thesis on veteran culture.
Alec Harris joined the Legal Services Center as an attorney and fellow for the Project on Predatory Student Lending in 2016. Previously, he worked for the Colorado Solicitor General as an Attorney General Fellow and clerked for Justice Nathan Coats of the Colorado Supreme Court. Alec received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as Student Director for the Project on Predatory Student Lending and Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Paralegal Advocate, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Jessica A. Jiménez joined the Legal Services Center as a Paralegal Advocate for the Project on Predatory Student Lending in 2016. Previously, she was an Attorney Development Coordinator at Ropes & Gray LLP, where she provided Spanish translation for pro bono asylum clients, organized feedback collection efforts for over 1000 associates, and led team efforts to coordinate system improvements. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, she was a Compromise Paralegal at Weitz & Luxenburg, P.C. in New York and an Intern at the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. She is a Board Member of the Cambridge Women’s Center and holds a B.A. from Boston University.
Volunteer Attorney, Federal Tax Clinic
Dale joined the Center in 2013 to help launch the Low Income Taxpayer Project. He is an expert in tax law and the representation of low-income taxpayers in controversies before the IRS. Dale was previously the Director of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at the University of Missouri—Kansas City. He has also held numerous positions with the IRS, including as Assistant District Counsel. He holds an A.B. from Juniata College, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and an LL.M (Taxation) University of Missouri—Kansas City.
Tamara E. Kolz Griffin
Clinical Instructor in the Estate Planning Clinic and Director of the Estate Planning Project of the Veterans Legal Clinic
Tamara joined the Center in 2010 as a Clinical Instructor and the Director of the Estate Planning Clinic of the Legal Services Center. Since joining the Center, the Estate Planning Clinic has shifted its focus to meet the estate planning and probate needs of veterans and their families. In serving veterans and their families, Tamara supervises clinical students in the areas of estate planning, permanency planning and probate matters, including estate administration, guardianships and conservatorships. Additionally, Tamara teaches estate planning and permanency planning as part of the Veterans Law and Disability Benefits clinical seminar offered at Harvard Law School.
Prior to joining the Center, Tamara was a partner in the Private Wealth Services Section of the Boston office of Holland & Knight, LLP, where she practiced for 15 years. She still maintains a private practice serving clients with estate planning needs and continues to give presentations to national, state and local groups on matters related to estate planning, particularly in the complex area of same-sex and non-traditional estate planning. Tamara received her B.S. from Northeastern University summa cum laude in 1990, where she graduated first in her class. She earned her J.D. degree cum laude in 1993 from Harvard Law School and an L.L.M. in taxation from Boston University School of Law in 2002. Tamara is also a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a nonprofit association of lawyers whose members are elected to the College by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors.
Erica Kyzmir-McKeon joined the Legal Services Center as an attorney for the Project on Predatory Student Lending in 2016. Previously, Erica was a Staff Attorney at Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc. in Portland, Maine, where she specialized in housing, consumer, and public benefits matters, and a Staff Attorney in the Consumer Protection Unit of the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) in New York City, serving as the Coordinating Attorney for the Volunteer Lawyer for a Day Consumer Credit Project in the Bronx and Queens County Civil Courts. While at NYLAG, Erica provided legal support and advice to financial counselors and represented clients with complex consumer financial issues with a particular focus on student loan debt as the Project Attorney for the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment Project. Erica received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she was an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow and received the New York State Courts Access to Justice Pro Bono Award for her work with the Volunteer Lawyer for a Day Consumer Credit Project. She received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Haverford College.
Case and Business Manager
Isabel joined the Center in 1980 as a receptionist managing our busy afternoons. Over the years, her responsibilities have increased, and now, as office administrator, Isabel is responsible for case file management (opening, closing and record keeping); providing administrative services to students (seating, scheduling information and guidance through our complicated case management procedures); administering the office Client Trust Account; working closely with HLS Facilities Maintenance and outside contractors on all aspects of facility management for our building; and acting as liaison with the community on issues of neighborhood safety and improvements. Isabel is a long-time resident of Jamaica Plain.
Deanne Loonin joined the Legal Services Center as an attorney in 2016. Deanne is the founder and former Director of the National Consumer Law Center’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project. She is the primary author of the first five editions of NCLC’s Student Loan Law and numerous policy papers and reports on student assistance topics. She created and maintains the Student Loan Borrower Assistance website. Deanne has advocated for low-income student loan borrowers before Congress, state, and federal administrative agencies, including Department of Education rulemaking sessions, and in other forums. Prior to joining NCLC, Deanne was an attorney at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles.
Amanda Mangaser Savage joined the Legal Services Center as an attorney and fellow for the Project on Predatory Student Lending in 2016. Previously, she was an associate in the litigation department of Ropes & Gray LLP. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Amanda served as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, handling matters in the housing, employment, and public accommodations contexts. Amanda received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a student director of the Immigration Legal Services Clinic, assisting clients seeking asylum and post-asylum benefits. She holds a B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard College.
Senior Clinical Instructor
Director, Safety Net Project
Julie joined the Center’s staff in June 1994 and is an authorized non-attorney legal representative. She specializes in disability matters and runs a high volume administrative law practice, chiefly before the Administrative Law Judges of the Social Security Administration. She supervises clinical students representing clients in administrative settings. In providing holistic service to clients, she also works on employment, estate planning, consumer and other benefits issues and collaborates with the Estate Planning Project, the Consumer Protection Clinic, the Family Law Clinic, the Housing Clinic, the Tax Clinic and the Veterans Legal Clinic to address clients broader needs. Having emigrated from Ireland where she received her law degree in 1989, Julie worked at Community Legal Aid (then LACCM) in Worcester representing clients in public benefits, housing, consumer and employment law. At LACCM, she organized membership of all non-management attorneys and staff with the National Organization of Legal Services Workers (NOLSW), District 65, UAW and served as the new local’s first president. She co-teaches on disability and administrative law as part of the Veteran’s Law and Disability Benefits workshops offered at Harvard Law School. She coordinates the Center’s People’s Law School “Know Your Rights” community legal education workshops and has given numerous presentations to national and state wide groups on Access to Justice, Social Security and disability related issues. Julie received a B.A. in Law and Economics, and an L.L.B. in Civil and Canonical Law from Ollscoil na hEireann, Gaillimh (National University of Ireland Galway, Republic of Ireland).
Maureen E. McDonagh
Managing Attorney Director, Housing Law Clinic
Lecturer on Law in the Post Foreclosure Eviction Defense Housing Clinic
Maureen joined the Center in January 1998 as a Clinical Instructor in the Housing Law and Litigation Unit. Prior to her work at the Center, Maureen, for ten years, specialized in the representation of indigent individuals in criminal defense and child abuse and neglect cases. She served as a Mentor Attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services’ Children and Family Law Program, where she instructed attorneys who were new to practice in that area of law. Maureen has volunteered as a Citizen Teacher with the Citizen Schools program, mentoring Boston Public Middle School students in a Legal Apprenticeship Program that met at LSC. She is also adjunct faculty at the Urban College of Boston, which is affiliated with Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. Maureen received her B.A. from Suffolk University in 1980 and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1987.
Clinical Instructor in the Predatory Lending Practice Director, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Toby founded and directs the Project on Predatory Student Lending, which represents low-income student loan borrowers in predatory lending cases against for-profit and occupational schools and related entities. Toby twice represented legal aid providers and their clients in the US Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking sessions, by which the Department promulgates new student loan regulations, and is a member of the advisory council on Private Occupational Schools to the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure.
Toby joined the Legal Services Center’s Predatory Lending Practice in 2012 as a Skadden Fellow, after clerking for the Honorable Janet C. Hall of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. She received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she participated in the Center’s Employment and Predatory Lending Clinics. She holds a B.A. from Yale.
Frank Moran is the former Executive Director, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and former Legal Counsel to the Chief Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, retiring in 2011. He served as Management Consultant to the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission in 2004-2005. From 1990 to 2003 Frank served as Executive Director of the Boston Bar Association and Boston Bar Foundation. Frank served on active duty with the Judge Advocate General’s Department of the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years, retiring in 1990 in the grade of colonel. While on active duty he served eight years as a Military Trial Judge; Chief, Legislation Division, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force; Chief, International Law Division, HQ USAF; Staff Judge Advocate, 1st Space Wing, USAF Space Command; and Chief, Personnel Litigation Branch, HQ USAF. He has held various leadership positions in the American Bar Association, including Chair, Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law; Chair, National Conference of Special Court Judges; and Chair, Franklin Flaschner Judicial Award Board. He is a graduate of The College of the Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School, and admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Colorado.
Attorney and Senior Clinical Fellow, Veterans Legal Clinic
Dana Montalto is an Attorney and Senior Clinical Fellow in the Veterans Law Clinic, where she represents low-income veterans who received less-than-honorable discharge in military discharge upgrades and federal and state veteran benefits. Dana also works on systemic reform initiatives to improve the institutions that serve our nation’s veterans, which has included authoring Underserved: How the VA Wrongfully Excludes Veterans with Bad Paper and founding the Veterans Justice Pro Bono Partnership.
Dana received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Wellesley College and her law degree from Yale Law School, where she participated in the Veterans Legal Services Clinic and the International Refugee Assistance Project. After graduating, Dana clerked for the Honorable F. Dennis Saylor IV of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and then joined the Legal Services Center as an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow in 2014.
Clinical Instructor, Family and Children’s Law Practice Unit
Nnena joined the Center in May 1997 providing legal representation to families affected by HIV/AIDS. She additionally practiced in the areas of estate planning, guardianship, bankruptcy and debt management. In June of 2000, Ms. Odim joined the Family and Children’s Law Unit where she practices in all aspects of domestic relation and family mediation. While in law school, Nnena was the coordinator of the National Lawyer’s Guild’s ‘Street Law Clinic’, a program led by law students and practicing attorneys providing legal information on landlord/tenant and stop and search issues to local high schools, community centers, homeless shelters, prisons and other community groups. Nnena also participated in the Domestic Violence Prevention and Criminal Trial Advocacy Clinics. Ms. Odim received her B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, 1985; her M.S. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, 1991; and her J.D. Northeastern University School of Law, 1997.
Attorney and Clinical Fellow, Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic
Audrey Patten joined the Legal Services Center as a clinical fellow in 2015. Audrey is working on a new project to link clients from the domestic violence/family law clinic with consumer law advocacy. Audrey’s practice is aimed at representing survivors of domestic violence in consumer law matters, including debt collection defense, access to housing, and bankruptcy. This project is an extension of the Passageway Health-Law Collaborative, which is the clinic’s ongoing medical-legal partnership with the Passageway program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and its affiliated community healthcare centers. Prior to her work at the Legal Services Center, Audrey was a staff attorney at Northeast Legal Aid, Inc. in Lowell, MA. Audrey graduated from Emory University School of Law in 2012, where she was a managing editor of the Emory International Law Review and a student in the International Humanitarian Law Clinic, the Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic, and the Emory Supreme Court Advocacy Project. She was also Emory’s recipient of the Clinical Legal Education Association’s Outstanding Student Award. Audrey holds an M.A. in Regional Studies – East Asia from Harvard University and a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University.
Victoria Roytenberg joined the Legal Services Center in 2016 as an attorney for the Project on Predatory Student Lending. Previously, Victoria was a public defender at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), where she represented indigent clients who were charged with criminal offenses. She received her J.D. from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. At CUNY, Victoria was a staff member of the CUNY Law Review, a student clinician in the Adult Defender Clinic, and defended students facing long-term exclusion from NYC public schools through the Suspension Representation Project. Prior to law school, Victoria worked as a paralegal at The Legal Aid Society in the Juvenile Rights Practice, and as a legal assistant at the Central American Solidarity Association of Maryland. She holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Political Science and Social Thought and Political Economy.
Evan joined the Veterans Law Clinic in May 2017. He represents veterans in a variety of matters, including appeals for VA disability benefits and military discharge upgrades. Prior to joining the Clinic, Evan was a professor at Mississippi College School of Law where he directed the Legal Writing Program and helped to start the school’s monthly program to assist veterans with legal matters. He also serves as a Major in the Army Reserve Component with duties as a Senior Defense Counsel. Recently, he ended a twelve-year career as an active duty judge advocate. His most recent assignment was service as a Prosecutor in the Office of Chief Prosecutor of Military Commissions where he was responsible for cases involving terrorism and the acts of unprivileged enemy belligerents tried at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In other military assignments, Evan supervised prosecuting attorneys and several civilian and military paralegals in some of the busiest criminal jurisdictions in the Army. During his tours in Iraq, Germany, and at domestic military installations, Evan participated in sexual assault, complex death penalty, and other felony criminal cases involving PTSD as a prosecutor and defense attorney.
Evan has written extensively about treatment-based sentencing alternatives for veterans and active duty service members, including Veterans Treatment and Mental Health Problem-Solving Courts. As the Vice Chair of the Military Issues Committee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, he is actively involved in the development of a standardized curriculum to assist family court judges in better understanding the unique needs of military families. Evan is a member of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims..
Receptionist and Interpreter/Translator
Silvia joined the Center in 1991 as our afternoon receptionist handling what turned out to be the busiest part of the day due to afternoon intake sessions for more than 15 years. She has been the Center’s full-time receptionist and primary translation services support since September 2009. With humor, warmth, patience and understanding, she deftly manages each day’s steady stream of clients, students and visitors.