Management and Administration

Susan Nagl

Executive Director

Jenny Chou

Deputy Director

­­Tom Kelley

Director of Finance

Thomas Conley III

Bookkeeper

Jeanne Marcotte

Assistant to the Executive Director

Lissl Thelin

Human Resources Administrative Assistant

Raymond Yox

Managing Attorney

Robert Mount

Managing Attorney

Gavin Bates

Managing Attorney

Clare McGorrian

Intake Supervising Attorney

Victoria Gautney

PAI Coordinator

Susan Nagl

Executive Director

Susan has been South Coastal Counties Legal Services’ Executive Director since 2012. As Director, Susan is responsible for leading the organization and for its overall operations. She began her legal aid career in Massachusetts as a staff attorney in the housing unit at Legal Services for Cape Cod & Islands. She has been with SCCLS, or a predecessor organization, for thirty years serving in a variety of leadership roles prior to being tapped for Executive Director. These roles have included Supervising Attorney of the Housing Practice Group; Managing Attorney of the Plymouth and New Bedford offices; and Director of Advocacy. During her tenure as Executive Director, the organization’s revenues have grown from $4.7 million to nearly $10 million per year.

Susan is from the Midwest and received her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. She is a past recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Community Service Award. In 2017, she was appointed to the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and serves as co-chair of its Revenue Enhancement Committee.

Susan has witnessed for years the ways in which quality legal representation can help families realize economic stability and opportunity. She is extremely proud of the organizations’ advocates and of the results they achieve on behalf of low income residents of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod & Islands.

Jenny Chou

Deputy Director

Jenny Chou joined SCCLS as the Deputy Director of SCCLS in July 2020. As Deputy Director, Jenny is part of the senior management team focusing on organizational development and DEI efforts. Jenny most recently was a Senior Attorney and Racial Justice Fellow at the Center for Law and Education, where  her legal work focused on ensuring a quality education for public school students, in particular students who are most impacted by exclusionary policies and practices that adversely affect their educational opportunities. Jenny also led CLE’s Pro Bono Education Law Project in partnership with Choate, Hall and Stewart and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. Prior to joining CLE, Jenny directed the EdLaw Project where she represented low-income, mostly court-involved students in Boston who were deprived of an effective education. Her work at the EdLaw Project was recognized through the Jay D. Blitzman Youth Advocacy Award. Jenny brings other legal experience including  AAPI focused legal initiatives at the Asian Outreach Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services, consulting for  MLP Boston, criminal and civil litigation at Stern, Shapiro, Weissberg and Garin and at the Legal Aid Society in NY. She has also worked in marketing for a software company and co-founded an internet e-commerce company. Jenny is a graduate of Wellesley College and Boston College Law School.

­­Tom Kelley

Director of Finance

­­Tom Kelley is the Director of Finance for South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SSCLS). His responsibilities include the oversight of the monthly financial closing, annual budget and forecasting, financial reporting to the Executive Director, Audit & Finance Committee, and Board of Directors, and oversight of annual audit, tax, and compliance requirements. Prior to SCCLS, Tom has worked in various industries including banking and health care. He is a licensed CPA in Massachusetts and holds a BS and an MS in Finance both from Boston College.

Thomas Conley III

Bookkeeper

Tom Conley is the Bookkeeper for South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SSCLS). His responsibilities include reconciling bank statements and verifying the cash receipts journal, maintaining the asset inventory system, vouches, verifying, reconciling and processing accounts payable, assisting with processing cash disbursements and vendor file maintenance, assisting with payroll processing, assisting with all support activity required for annual audits, and acting as recording secretary taking and producing minutes for SCCLS Board of Directors Meetings. He holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Jeanne Marcotte

Assistant to the Executive Director

Jeanne Marcotte is the Assistant to the Executive Director of South Coastal Counties Legal Services. She has served in this role for more than thirty years, providing vital support and continuity to the organization in the areas of Human Resources, Grants Management, Payroll, Purchasing and Property Management. Jeanne also works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors on all Board related matters. Prior to joining SCCLS, Jeanne worked as Business Manager for an Employment Agency and Personnel Manager for a Textile Company.

Lissl Thelin

Human Resources Administrative Assistant

Lissl Thelin is a Human Resources Administrative Assistant with the Fall River Administration Office of South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS). She joined SCCLS in December 2020 and her role includes New Hire on boarding, PFML leave management, fiscal reporting, employee leave records and workplace benefits & Welfare.

Raymond Yox

Managing Attorney

Raymond Yox is the Managing Attorney of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.’s (SCCLS) Hyannis, MA Law Office.  Previously, he was the Executive Director of Legal Services for Cape Cod & Islands from 1997 until it merged into SCCLS in 2006. Prior to that, he began his legal career in New York State as a staff Attorney with Chautauqua County Legal Services, Inc. from 1983 until 1989 and as Executive Director of that organization from 1989 to 1997. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law. He currently holds the faculty position of adjunct professor at UMass Dartmouth School of Law, supervising the Mashpee Wampanoag Legal Services Clinic.

Robert Mount

Managing Attorney

Rob Mount has been the Managing Attorney of the Fall River Law Office of South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS) since December 2020. In this position, he oversees and ensures the provision of high-quality legal services to clients in the greater Fall River, Taunton, and Attleboro areas. To provide excellent legal advocacy to the community, he works collaboratively with other managing Attorneys in SCCLS and engages with the organization’s leadership team to develop and manage strategic initiatives and coordinate impact work. Attorney Mount directly supervises advocacy and support staff and works in conjunction with SCCLS senior management for the betterment of the organization. Previously he worked as a staff Attorney in the New Bedford Law Office of SCCLS, a legal advocate for Citizens Disability, and a Staff Attorney at the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

Gavin Bates

Managing Attorney

Gavin Bates is the Managing Attorney for SCCLS’ New Bedford Office. He was a staff attorney prior to that, starting with the organization in 2014. His practice focused mostly on direct representation for individuals facing potential eviction and struggling to access public benefits, although he now handles a variety of other sorts of work. He worked in other legal fields prior to his time at SCCLS, including public defense, family law, immigration, and advocacy for juveniles in both school and court settings. Prior to his legal career, he earned his B.A. and then his master’s in public administration (both from Clark University) and worked for both local governments, nonprofit organizations, and the Office of the Inspector General for the US Department of Health and Human Services. He is an enthusiastic advocate for those in need as well as an active community partner with other anti-poverty groups in and around SCCLS’ New Bedford Office

Clare McGorrian

Intake Supervising Attorney

Clare McGorrian is Intake Supervising Attorney for South Coastal Counties Legal Services. In this role, she works with SCCLS leadership and staff to ensure access to civil legal services for low-income residents of Southeastern Massachusetts. Clare develops systems for intake, advice and referral, trains and supervises intake staff, and oversees provision of intake-related services throughout SCCLS. Clare joined SCCLS in September 2018, as the first hire in the newly created Intake Supervising Attorney position.

Prior to joining SCCLS Clare was a Senior Staff Attorney with the non-profit Health Law Advocates, where she represented individual clients, participated in impact litigation, and advocated for policy change. Clare also spent several years running a solo practice focused on health and disability benefit matters. Clare has a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and a B.A. from Harvard College.

Victoria Gautney

PAI Coordinator

Victoria Gautney is the Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) Coordinator at South Coastal Counties Legal Services. She manages the private Attorney pro bono and volunteer projects, including individual client referrals, the Pro Se Family Law Workshop and Consumer Debt Clinic. The current primary practice areas for PAI include family, consumer, and eviction defense. She is a member of the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, the District of Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court Pro Bono Committee, and the MBA Access to Justice Section Council. Prior to joining SCCLS in this role, Victoria served three years as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Private Bar Involvement program at MetroWest Legal Services and in the CORI Project at Greater Boston Legal Services. She is from Texas and received her BA in Psychology and JD from the University of Alabama.

Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts

Brian O’Connor

Program Manager, Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts

Emily Leung

Supervising Attorney, Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts

Brian O’Connor

Program Manager, Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts

Brian is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (B.A) and the University of New Hampshire, School of Law(JD).  Brian joined South Coastal Counties Legal Services in 2005 as a staff attorney after a 20 year career as a Criminal Defense Attorney. In 2011 Brian became the Program Manager of the Justice Center.  He has assisted thousands of families in housing and benefits cases, and supervised the provision of legal services by dozens of attorneys. Brian is also involved in many local, state-wide and federal campaigns aiming to promote access to justice for  all members of our community.

Emily Leung

Supervising Attorney, Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts

Emily Leung is the supervising immigration Attorney at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. In this role, she oversees a robust team of immigration advocates who engage in direct representation, community education, and impact advocacy affecting immigrant populations. Previously she worked as a staff Attorney at Massachusetts Law Reform Institute focusing on immigration policy and advocacy and was the Albert M. Sacks Clinical & Advocacy Fellow at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic. She has worked at numerous boutique firms and non-profit organizations focused on asylum law, family-based petitions, removal defense, and other humanitarian-based relief. Emily received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and her M.A. in International Relations, also from Boston University.

AmeriCorps

Amy Copperman

Program Director, AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts

Kyla Graves

Program Coordinator, AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts

Amy Copperman

Program Director, AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts

Amy Copperman is the Program Director for AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts. Amy worked at the Women’s Prison Association and MDRC in New York City before moving to Massachusetts to attend law school. Amy received a Skadden Fellowship in to launch her career in public interest law at Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. She practiced housing law for twelve years at MLRI where she specialized in fair housing, class action litigation, public and subsidized housing tenancies, and tenants’ rights. While at MLRI, Amy was the editor for three editions of Legal Tactics: Finding Public and Subsidized Housing. Amy received her BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and her JD from Harvard Law School. Amy also has a Chef’s Certificate from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and serves on the Board of Directors for Food For Free.

Kyla Graves

Program Coordinator, AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts

Kyla Graves is the AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts Program Coordinator. She supports our AmeriCorps members during their service year, manages data collection efforts on behalf of the program, designs training opportunities and offers guidance to members and supervisors alike. She also assists with grant compliance and program design. Kyla has dual Masters degrees: an MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence from the Heller School at Brandeis; and an MA in International Law and Human Rights from the UN Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. Prior to accepting the Program Coordinator position, she was an intern at the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence in Indonesia where she researched enforced disappearances and other crimes against humanity. She has a background in program management as a prior supervisor at the YMCA in Greenfield.

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