Daniel Nagin, Clinical Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Legal Services Center & Veterans Legal Clinic; Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education, Harvard Law School
Destini M. Agüero, Clinical Instructor and Director, Estate Planning Project of the Veterans Legal Clinic
Gary Allen, Clinical Instructor, Housing Clinic
Roger Bertling, Senior Clinical Instructor, Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic and Lecturer on Law
Eileen Connor, Director of Litigation, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Stephanie Davidson, Clinical Instructor, Family and Domestic Violence Law Clinic
Julia Devanthéry, Attorney and Lecturer on Law, Housing Law Clinic
T. Keith Fogg, Clinical 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
Kate Manning Kennedy, Senior Advisor, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Dale Kensinger, Volunteer Attorney, Federal Tax Clinic
Isabel Lima, Case and Business Manager
Deanne Loonin, Attorney, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Jesus Martinez, Paralegal Advocate, 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
Toby Merrill, Clinical Instructor, Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic; Director, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Dana Montalto, Attorney and Clinical Instructor, Veterans Legal Clinic
Nnena Odim, Senior Clinical Instructor, Family and Domestic Violence Law Clinic
Audrey Patten, Attorney and Clinical Instructor, Federal Tax Clinic
Anna Pierce, Director of Administration
Julie Rafferty, Senior Advisor for Advancement
Jack Regan, Senior Fellow, Veterans Legal Clinic
Catherine Rizos, Communications Coordinator
Josh Rovenger, Attorney, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Victoria Roytenberg, Attorney, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Julia Schutt, Project Manager, Veterans Legal Clinic
Maryna Sticksel, Paralegal and Intake Coordinator, Federal Tax Clinic
Kyra Taylor, Attorney, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Silvia Vazquez, Receptionist and Interpreter/Translator
Emmanuelle Verdieu, Attorney and Fellow, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Emily Wilkinson, Attorney and Fellow, Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic
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.
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.
Destini M. Agüero
Clinical Instructor and Director, Estate Planning Project of the Veterans Legal Clinic
Destini joined the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School in 2018 as a Clinical Instructor and the Estate Planning Project Director of the Veterans Legal Clinic. Destini’s clinic work focuses on providing free legal representation to veterans on matters such as drafting wills, powers of attorney, healthcare proxies, trusts, and probate of estates. Prior to joining the Veterans Legal Clinic, Destini was most recently an Assistant Director in the Co-op and Career Development Office at Northeastern University School of Law, where she also served as the Mock Trial Coach for NUSL’s National Mock Trial Team. She has also taken on pro bono cases through the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center’s Immigration Law Project and the Elder Law Project of the Women’s Bar Foundation, where she assisted older persons in drafting their estate planning documents. Previously, Destini was a Trial Attorney with the Children and Family Law Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Originally from Arizona, Destini received her B.S. in Justice Studies and Social Inquiry from Arizona State University, graduating summa cum laude. She is also a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Dean John Sexton Prize for outstanding service to the law school community.
Clinical Instructor, Housing Clinic
Gary is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and earned his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. During law school, he completed a year-long internship at St. Louis’ fair housing agency, the Equal Housing Opportunity Council. Since his admission to the Massachusetts bar, he has practiced housing law, serving low-income and marginalized client populations, focusing primarily on eviction defense and homelessness prevention. Gary has also been on staff at Greater Boston Legal Services, has been a supervising attorney at Boston College Law School, and before moving to the Legal Service Center at Harvard Law School, worked as a clinical instructor at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.
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.
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 and Domestic Violence Law 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 Lecturer on Law, 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 a Lecturer on Law in August of 2017, and now co-teaches and supervises students enrolled in the Housing Law Clinic. Julia founded the Housing Justice for Survivors Project which trains clinical law students to represent tenants who are facing housing instability due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Julia manages Housing Justice for Survivors Project’s direct client representation, provides housing rights training to domestic violence and sexual assault advocates, coordinates amicus brief writing projects, and leads local, state, and federal law reform efforts aimed at improving the housing rights of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Julia also maintains a caseload of private housing and subsidized housing eviction cases. Julia is the author of Early Lease Termination Under G.L. c. 186 s 24: An Essential Escape Route for Tenants Who are Facing Domestic Violence Sexual Assault or Stalking, which was published in the Boston Bar Journal in August of 2017, and co-author of Chapter 12: Evictions in the 8th edition of Massachusetts Law Reform’s pro se manual Legal Tactics: Tenant’s Rights In Massachusetts. Julia received her juris doctor from Northeastern School of Law in 2009. She graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a B.A. in Sociology.
Attorney, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Stephen Emedi joined the Project on Predatory Student Lending in 2018. Previously, he was an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Litigation Unit at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. At the AG’s Office, he specialized in health fraud cases and represented Arizona on multistate consumer fraud investigations into the sales practices of pharmaceutical companies. Stephen also worked at the Arizona Corporation Commission, where he handled appellate and administrative cases. He received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Wayne State University.
T. Keith Fogg
Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Federal Tax Clinic
Professor Fogg directs the Federal Tax Clinic at the Legal Services Center where he serves as a clinical professor of law. He joined the Harvard faculty in 2017 after teaching at Villanova Law School for a decade. He got the tax clinic at Harvard off the ground in 2015 and 2016 while serving as a visiting professor. Prior to teaching at Villanova he worked 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 M.L.T. 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 served as the editor of the ABA Tax Section publication “Effectively Representing Your Client before the IRS” for the 5th, 6th and 7th Editions. 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 a past council member of the Section and will begin a term as Vice-Chair for publications in August 2018.
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 Daniel 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
Lecturer on Law
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.
Kate Manning Kennedy
Senior Advisor, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Kate Manning Kennedy joined the Project on Predatory Student Lending as senior advisor in 2018. Previously, Kate was a strategic communications consultant where she designed and executed national communications campaigns for nonprofit clients. Her work included strategic planning and goal setting, message development, media relations, external stakeholder engagement, partnership development, and internal communications. Prior to consultancy, Kate held senior communications positions at organizations including Social Finance, Inc., The Glover Park Group, and Fidelity Investments. Kate received her B.A. from Fairfield 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.
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.
Paralegal Advocate, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Jesus joined the Project on Predatory Student Lending in 2018. Prior to joining the Project, Jesus served in ESL high school classrooms as an AmeriCorps Member for City Year Boston. Jesus connected with Spanish-speaking immigrants and assisted in developing students’ academic and nonacademic skills. He has also helped asylum-seekers gain pro bono representation through experiences with Human Rights First and Refugees Welcome, non-profit organizations that work towards providing resources to underrepresented individuals. He holds a B.A. from Ithaca 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
Maureen joined the Center in January 1998 as a Clinical Instructor in the Housing Law Clinic. 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.
Dana Montalto is an Attorney and Clinical Instructor 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.
Senior Clinical Instructor, Family and Domestic Violence Law Clinic
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 Instructor, Federal Tax Clinic
Audrey Patten joined the Legal Services Center in 2015 to represent survivors of domestic violence in consumer law cases, dealing primarily with debt collections and bankruptcy. Audrey then joined the tax clinic in 2017. Prior to working 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.
Anna joined the Legal Services Center as the Director of Administration in 2016. Previously, she worked for the Child Advocacy Program and Criminal Justice Institute, both programs of Harvard Law School, and did public interest nonprofit work. Anna received her B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in African American Studies from Smith College.
Julie Fitzpatrick Rafferty brings more than 20 years of fundraising, media relations, and marketing communications experience to her role helping the Legal Services Center pursue greater visibility and funding for its work. In addition to running her own public relations and fundraising communications firm, she was most recently Associate Vice Dean for Communications at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Julie previously was Director of Communications at Harvard-affiliated Joslin Diabetes Center.
At Harvard Chan, Julie supervised a team responsible for the School’s media relations and fundraising communications, as well as the School’s website, social media presence and magazine. She oversaw the School’s fundraising communications program in preparation for a $450 million Capital Campaign, which subsequently exceeded that goal.
At Joslin, she built the marketing and fundraising communications and public relations function from the ground up, helping to solidify Joslin’s position as the name brand in diabetes treatment and research.
Julie also has held positions as a Public Information Officer at Harvard Medical School, and as an editor and reporter covering politics, local government and features for several newspapers in New York. Julie has received numerous awards and honors from such organizations as the American Medical Writers Association, Cine, and the New England Direct Marketing Association
Jack is a Senior Fellow at the Legal Services Center, working in its Veterans Legal Clinic. He is a retired partner in the Boston office of WilmerHale’s Litigation Department, where he was a member of its Intellectual Property Litigation and Business Trial Practice Groups. Jack served for many years as Co-chair of WilmerHale’s Pro Bono Committee, and had an active pro bono practice, including extensive work in Haiti, the representation of veterans, and counseling nonprofits in many sectors.
Jack is a former President of the Boston Bar Association, serves on boards of international humanitarian relief and inner city education nonprofits, and is a trustee of the Lynch Foundation, a major charitable grant maker.
Jack is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. Jack served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy on a frigate.
Catherine joined LSC as communications coordinator in 2018. She previously served as director of communications at the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, the state’s largest funder of civil legal aid. In addition to managing the organization’s print and digital communications, she provided support for the annual legislative campaign for civil legal aid coordinated by the. Catherine holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington.
Josh Rovenger joined the Legal Services Center as an attorney for the Project on Predatory Student Lending in 2018. He previously was an associate at Covington & Burling LLP and at Ropes & Gray LLP. While at Covington, Josh completed a six-month pro bono rotation at the Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C.. Prior to entering private practice, Josh clerked for Chief Judge Jeffrey Howard of the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Michael Ponsor of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. Josh received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as executive director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude from The George Washington 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.
Julia Schutt joined the Legal Services Center as a Project Manager for the Veterans Legal Clinic in July 2018 to support the development and rollout of an online tool to help veterans and dependents self-assess eligibility for Chapter 115 benefits. Julia came to the Legal Services Center from the Massachustts Appleseed Center for Law & Justice where she developed and led multiple projects focused on access to justice through a technology lens. Julia’s background in research and project management is complemented by her advocacy experience and community-based work. She has focused extensively on issues related to human rights in Colombia and was involved in the Colombian peace process negotiations at the United Nations in 2016. Julia has an MA in International Human Rights from the University of Denver and a BA in Psychology from Connecticut College.
Maryna joined the Legal Services Center as a paralegal/intake coordinator in August of 2017. Prior to accepting this position, she volunteered for the Federal Tax Clinic assisting clients in resolving tax problems. For several filing seasons, she has participated in VITA programs in Boston and Iowa City preparing tax returns for residents and non-residents.
Maryna holds an LL.M. from the University of Iowa College of Law and an M.A. in Human Rights from the University of Manchester, UK. She spent one year in the Czech Republic for the NGO La Strada on a legal and social science research project about recruitment mechanism of Russian speaking female migrant workers. Maryna originally comes from the country of Belarus, where she graduated with a law degree from the Belarusian State University. Maryna is a native speaker of Russian and Belarusian languages. She is also fluent in English and German.
Kyra Taylor joined the Project on Predatory Student Lending in 2018. Previously, Kyra worked as a fellow at Tycko & Zavareei LLP, a plaintiffs’ side class action law firm, and Public Justice, a public interest impact litigation and appellate organization. Kyra graduated from Berkeley Law in 2016. Kyra was the co-director of the Civil Rights Outreach Project, a student legal services organization, where she provided legal education and services to the Muslim community in the San Francisco Bay Area, and was involved in numerous legal journals and student organizations, including competing in the 2015 Jessup International Moot Court Competition. Before law school, Kyra was an elementary school teacher in Louisiana and New York City. Kyra received her B.A. in English, cum laude, from Temple University.
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.
Attorney and Fellow, Project on Predatory Student Lending
Emmanuelle Verdieu joined the Project on Predatory Student Lending in 2018. She received her law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, where she was an Associate Editor of the BYU Journal of Public Law, BYU Trial Advocacy Team Member, and Co-Vice President of the Black Law Student Association. During law school, Emmanuelle was a legal intern with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the Consumer Protection Divison, Bowmans in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the Utah County Attorney’s Office. Prior to law school, Emmanuelle interned with the Boston Branch of the NAACP advocating for students, parents, and teachers in Boston Public Schools. Emmanuelle holds a B.A. in Crime and Justice Studies, magna cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Attorney and Fellow, Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic
Emily Wilkinson joined the Legal Services Center as a Skadden Fellow in the Predatory Lending and Consumer Protection Unit in 2018. She represents low-income consumers in debt collection cases and affirmative litigation challenging unfair debt collection practices. Prior to joining LSC, Emily was a law clerk for Chief Judge Patti B. Saris of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Emily received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. In law school, she was a student in LSC’s Predatory Lending and Consumer Protection Clinic and represented low-income tenants through the Tenant Advocacy Project. Emily holds a B.A. summa cum laude in History & Literature from Harvard College.
Lindsey Withem joined the Legal Services Center in 2017 as the Project Manager for the Project on Predatory Student Lending. Prior to working at the Legal Services Center, Lindsey worked as a Compliance Officer at the Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology. While working at MIT, she developed best practices to ensure compliance with federal, state, and institutional financial aid regulations. Earlier in her career, she held multiple positions in higher education accreditation in Washington D.C. Lindsey holds a B.A. in Art History from James Madison University.