Staff

Fall River Law Office

22 Bedford Street
Fall River, MA  02720-3002
Tel 508-676-6265 / 800-244-9023
Fax 508-676-5861

Robert Mount

Managing Attorney

Clare McGorrian

Intake Supervising Attorney

Ann Carmody

Paralegal

Colleen Hibbert-Kapler

Senior Attorney

Annika Skansberg

Attorney

Dineira Paulino

Paralegal

Patricia Valente

Paralegal

Lulu Kodreanu

Paralegal

Patricia Araujo

Paralegal

Emery Acosta

Paralegal

Eulalia “Lolly” Pinto

Administrative Secretary

Jeannine Schoos

Staff Attorney

Jessica Weldon

Staff Attorney

Jordan Kaplan

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

Juliana Bird

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

Karen Michel

Fellow

KD Bond

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

Megan Burns

Attorney

Taylor Shutt

Attorney

Theresa Bigelow

Paralegal

Yanitza Garcia

Paralegal

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.

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.

Ann Carmody

Paralegal

Ann Carmody is a Paralegal who provides assistance to residents facing housing instability or eviction. She works from SCCLS’ Fall River office. Previously, Ann has worked in the Criminal Defense Division of The Legal Aid Society of NYC based both on Rikers Island and in Manhattan County. During law school, Ann also worked as an intern for The Southern Poverty Law Center based in Ocilla, Georgia, three hours southwest of Atlanta. Ann received her JD from Roger Williams University School of Law in Providence, Rhode Island. A Bronx native, Ann earned her BA in Art History (minor, German Studies) from Fordham University in NYC.

Colleen Hibbert-Kapler

Senior Attorney

Colleen Hibbert-Kapler is a Senior Attorney working in the Fall River Law Office covering northern Bristol County working in the areas of housing, state and federal benefits, and elder outreach. She is also a COVID Eviction Legal Help Project Team Supervisor for the Fall River team. Prior to coming to SCCLS, Colleen was an attorney at the Cambridge and Somerville office of Greater Boston Legal Services as a public service fellow and then AmeriCorps attorney through AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts where she provided direct client service and community advocacy and training on housing and state and federal benefits cases. Colleen is a graduate of Fordham Law School and Wellesley College. While in law school she interned at the Fordham Mediation Clinic in Manhattan Small Claims Court as a mediator and in the New York City Council’s Office of General Counsel, and clerked at the Tennessee Justice Center fighting for appropriate state and federal benefits and medical coverage for disabled and impoverished children. Throughout law school she also held leadership positions with the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and Habitat for Humanity student group focusing on increasing access to affordable and decent housing and was awarded the Archibald R. Murray Public Service award for her efforts.

Annika Skansberg

Attorney

Annika Skansberg (she/her) is a staff attorney at SCCL’s Fall River Office. Her practice involves advising and representing individuals on disability and unemployment benefits and representing older persons in a variety of civil legal matters including housing, public benefits, health care, and consumer issues. Annika received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and has a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dineira Paulino

Paralegal

Dineira Paulino is a Paralegal in the Fall River office focused on ensuring eligible applicants are connected with appropriate services.

Patricia Valente

Paralegal

Patricia Valente is a Paralegal in the Fall River office focused on ensuring eligible applicants are connected with appropriate services.

Lulu Kodreanu

Paralegal

Lulu Kodreanu is a Paralegal in the Fall River office focused on ensuring eligible applicants are connected with appropriate services.

Patricia Araujo

Paralegal

Patricia Araujo is a Paralegal in the Fall River office focused on ensuring eligible applicants are connected with appropriate services.

Emery Acosta

Paralegal

Emery Acosta is a Paralegal in the Fall River office focused on ensuring eligible applicants are connected with appropriate services.

Eulalia “Lolly” Pinto

Administrative Secretary

Lolly Pinto is an Administrative Secretary in the Fall River Office. Hired as legal secretary in the New Bedford Law Office in 1983. Lolly speaks Portuguese and was born in Portugal. She enjoys her status as the longest running employee in the program.

Jeannine Schoos

Staff Attorney

Jeannine Schoos is a Staff Attorney in the Fall River office. In her practice, Jeannine represents survivors of crimes and other harms, specializing in domestic violence and sexual assault. She practices a variety of civil legal matters including housing, safety, privacy, and education. Prior to joining SCCLS, Jeannine was a Staff Attorney at the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) and worked exclusively with survivors of sexual assault. Before joining the VRLC, Jeannine served as an AmeriCorps Attorney at SCCLS in the housing unit. Jeannine is a member of the Greater Fall River Domestic Violence Coalition, and on the Board of Directors of South Coast Fair Housing. Jeannine is a graduate of New York University, and the City University of New York School of Law. She is barred in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Jessica Weldon

Staff Attorney

Jessica Weldon is a staff attorney working in SCCLS’ Fall River office.

Jordan Kaplan

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

Jordan Kaplan recently joined South Coastal County Legal Services through the AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts program. He will assist the Private Attorney Involvement Coordinator in helping Massachusetts residents secure pro bono counsel in practice areas such as family, consumer, and eviction defense. Prior to joining SCCLS, Jordan worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant and interned for several personal injury law firms. He graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Political Science and minor in law and public policy, Magna Cum Laude.

Juliana Bird

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

Juliana Bird is an AmeriCorps Advocate with the Fall River Law Office of South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS). In this role, she works with her managing supervisor Attorney Jeannine Schoos in the Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime unit. She advocates for clients facing a variety of civil legal matters that result from being a survivor of a crime. She is passionate about providing legal advocacy to clients in need. Juliana recently received her BA in Psychology and Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and plans on attending law school in the near future.

Karen Michel

Fellow

Karen Michel is an integral part of the Education unit working in SCCLS’ Fall River office.

KD Bond

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

KD Bond is returning for a second year as an AmeriCorps Legal Advocate with South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS). They graduated from Reed College in the spring of 2020. Throughout their college career, they worked as a Youth and Family Advocate with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in Portland directing clients to social support services to ensure those families maintain food and housing security. As an AmeriCorps Advocate, they work on unemployment, housing, and benefits cases under the supervision of Attorney Colleen Hibbert-Kapler.

Megan Burns

Attorney

Megan Burns is an attorney at SCCLS’ Fall River office. Her practice focuses on housing and benefits. Prior to joining SCCLS, Megan worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx, New York for three years. She is a graduate of Christopher Newport University and Boston College Law School.

Taylor Shutt

Attorney

Taylor Shutt is a staff attorney at SCCLS’s Fall River office. Her practice includes advising and representing individuals in housing and benefits matters. She joined SCCLS initially as part of the COVID Eviction Legal Help Project. She continues to work with clients who face housing and income instability. Prior to SCCLS she worked assisting borrowers with student loan matters at the Attorney General’s Office, and representing claimants applying for Social Security disability benefits at a private firm. Before becoming a lawyer, she spent several years working in broadcast news. As a military brat, she has lived on all three U.S. coasts. Taylor received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and holds a B.S. in Professional Communications from The Florida State University. She is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Theresa Bigelow

Paralegal

Theresa joined South Coastal Counties Legal Services in the Fall River office as a temporary Paralegal through the COVID Eviction Legal Help Project. She is a graduate of Fisher Junior College where she graduated with Highest Honors with an Associates in Science-Legal Studies Degree. Prior to joining SCCLS, she was a foreclosure Paralegal for eight years. Her prior experience involves several other areas of law, such as criminal, evictions, domestic, personal injury, workers’ compensation and social security disability.

Yanitza Garcia

Paralegal

Yanitza Garcia is a Paralegal with a primary focus on our CLAVC program (The Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime). Yanitza performs intakes and assess eligibility of clients for the program helping victims of crime throughout our service area with their related civil legal problems — including . Previously Yanitza has worked as an advocate Specialist in the Social Services field providing information assistance and support to individuals with disabilitiesfamily law, housing, immigration, disability rights, child welfare, education, consumer, identity theft, employment rights and public benefits. Yanitza also assisted individuals with disabilities in providing information on five core services which are advocacy, information and referral, peer counseling, transition and prevention (focusing on transitioning people out of nursing homes/institutions into the community. Additionally Yanitza assisted in the community youth program with transition into adulthood such as, work readiness training, internship opportunities, and life skills training). Yanitza attended the Sacred Heart University in San Juan Puerto Rico, with a mayor focus in Business Administration.  Yanitza works from the SCCLS Fall River Office

 

New Bedford Law Office

21 South Sixth St.
New Bedford, MA 02740
Tel 508-979-7150 / 800-244-9023
Fax 800-287-3777

Gavin Bates

Managing Attorney

Andrew Bardetti

Attorney

Jenny Min

Attorney

Desiree Costa

Attorney

Kris Lyons

Paralegal

Krystal DeSouza

Administrative Secretary

Monica Leslie

Attorney

Raquel Antonio

Paralegal (Elder Law Project)

Andrea Traietti

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

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

Andrew Bardetti

Attorney

Andrew L. Bardetti is an Attorney at SCCLS’ New Bedford Office. His practice involves advising and representing older persons in a variety of civil legal matters including housing, public benefits, health care, and consumer issues. He began with SCCLS as a Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging Fellow during which time he focused on civil legal aid for survivors of elder abuse. Andrew is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Bristol County Bar Association, the Consumer Advisory Board of Family Services Association, the Southeastern Alliance for Elders, Fresh Start, and Age Friendly SCCLS’ New Bedford Office. He is a graduate of Boston College and Northeastern University School of Law.

Vladeric Belizaire

Attorney

Vladeric Belizaire is an Attorney at SCCLS’ New Bedford Office.

Jenny Min

Attorney

Jenny Min is an Attorney at SCCLS’ New Bedford Office.

Desiree Costa

Attorney

Desiree A. Costa (she/her) is a staff Attorney at SCCLS’ New Bedford Office. She practices disability benefits, primarily focusing on representing clients with pending appeals of Social Security Disability benefits denials at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing stage, as well as terminations and overpayment matters related to their Social Security Disability Benefits. Prior to this role, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with South Coastal Counties Legal Services for one year, representing clients in eviction defense, shelter benefits, unemployment benefits, and consumer protection matters. She grew up in the South Coast and is dedicated to giving back to her community. She received her B.S. in Legal Studies with a dual major in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and attended the University of Massachusetts School of Law as a Public Interest Law Fellow.

Kris Lyons

Paralegal

Kris Lyons is a Paralegal at SCCLS’ New Bedford Office.

 

Krystal DeSouza

Administrative Secretary

Krystal DeSouza is the Administrative Secretary in SCCLS’ New Bedford office

Monica Leslie

Attorney

Monica Leslie is an Attorney at SCCLS’ New Bedford Office.

Nayomi Vazquez-Berrios

Attorney

Nayomi Vazquez-Berrios is an Attorney at SCCLS’ New Bedford Office.

Raquel Antonio

Paralegal (Elder Law Project)

Raquel Antonio is currently our Rachel Howland Advocate for Older Adults working on the Elder Law Project in the New Bedford office. She was also a paralegal in our intake unit for many years and she had previously advocated for Elders in our Fall River office.

Andrea Traietti

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

Andrea Traietti is an AmeriCorps advocate serving at the New Bedford Law Office of South Coastal Counties Legal Services for the 2021-2022 service year. Andrea is from Massachusetts and is a recent graduate of Providence College, where she earned her BA in History. Some of Andrea’s experience has involved working with applicants to and residents of the Norwood Housing Authority in Norwood, MA and conducting research on the H.O.P.E. Court program at the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Andrea is excited for the opportunity to learn more about public service by joining the team at SCCLS this year, where she will focus on benefits work and homelessness prevention.

Hyannis Law Office

460 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Tel 508-775-7020 / 800-244-9023
Fax 508-790-3955

Raymond Yox

Managing Attorney

Lisa Marshall

Attorney

Merit Brent

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

Michelle Heepe

Attorney

Rasheda Dickerson

Administrative Secretary

Sharifa Derby

Paralegal

Suzanne Hicks

Senior Attorney

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.

Lisa Marshall

Attorney

Lisa Marshall is an Attorney currently working in SCCLS’ Hyannis office. She represents tenants in ongoing eviction cases and keeps them housed. Prior to working at SCCLS, Lisa was a Committee for Public Counsel Services Attorney, doing mental health litigation and guardianship work. Born in South Africa and growing up in Texas, she has a B.A. in Journalism, a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, and an L.L.M. in Intellectual Property.

 

Merit Brent

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

Merit is an AmeriCorps Legal Advocate at SCCLS’ Hyannis office. Merit was born and raised in Ethiopia; she came to the US when she was twelve, and lives in Brewster. She graduated from UMass Amherst in June of 2021 with a major in Legal Studies and a minor in African American Studies. While at UMass, she took numerous courses that are relevant to our work, including legal research and writing, law and inequality, law and social activism, and human rights and wrongs. This summer, she participated in a Veterans Court Project as a research assistant.

 

Michelle Heepe

Attorney

Michelle Heepe is a staff Attorney in SCCLS’ Hyannis office. Her practice involves representing clients in eviction defense, unemployment, MassHealth, SNAP, and Emergency Access Shelter matters. She is a graduate of Columbia College in South Carolina and Northeastern University School of Law.

Rasheda Dickerson

Administrative Secretary

Rasheda Dickerson is the Administrative Secretary in SCCLS’ Hyannis office.

 

Sharifa Derby

Paralegal

Sharifa Derby is a Paralegal in SCCLS’ Hyannis office providing assistance to low income residents facing eviction.

Suzanne Hicks

Senior Attorney

Suzanne Hicks is a Senior Attorney in SCCLS’ Hyannis office providing assistance to clients with complex family law issues.

Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts

62 Main St., Suite 302
Brockton, MA  02301
Tel 508-586-2110 / 800-244-8393
Fax 508-580-6614

Brian O’Connor

Program Manager, Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts

Emily Leung

Supervising Attorney, Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts

Amy Copperman

Program Director, AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts

Kyla Graves

Program Coordinator, AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts

Abeer Massri

Attorney

Emily Brunelle

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

Hed Ehrlich

Attorney

Jessica DeLoureiro

Senior Attorney

Henry Gunther

Attorney

John Soraghan

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

Karen Guinn

Paralegal/DOJ Accredited Representative

Kimberly Yox

Senior Attorney

Laura Camara

Directing Attorney of Housing Advocacy

Laura Perez-Landin

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

Saimithra Reddy

Attorney

Sedri-Ann Murray

Attorney

Dwayne Franklin

Attorney

Amanda Hesse

Staff Attorney

Sovannary Sok

Legal Secretary

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.

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.

Abeer Massri

Attorney

Abeer Massri is an Attorney with the Immigration Unit at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts in Brockton.

Ashley Francisque

Attorney

Ashley Francisque is an education Attorney at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. Attorney Francisque represents students and their families in various school related issues, including school discipline and special education matters. In 2015, she served as the Bart Gordon Fellow for two years working in partnership with the Center for Law and Education on a project focused on systemically addressing school policies that negatively impacted students who attended Brockton, New Bedford and Fall River school districts. She received her B.A. degree in Political Science at Boston College and received her J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School.

 

Caddie Nath-Folsom

Attorney

Caddie Nath-Folsom is an Attorney with the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. Her practice involves helping immigrant clients with various legal problems, including immigration applications, divorce and other cases in family court, and deportation defense in immigration court. Caddie practices under the Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime program, meaning that she specializes in providing trauma-informed services to people who have been victims of crime, including domestic violence and childhood abuse. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and her masters and law degree from Boston University.

Emily Brunelle

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

Emily Brunelle is serving her second year at Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts through the AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts program. As an immigration advocate, she assists Attorneys with direct representation cases and coordinates with local organizations to bolster community engagement and provide services like consultation clinics and educational workshops. She received her BA in Anthropology from Bridgewater State University.

Gabriella Roselli

Attorney

Gabriella Roselli is a staff Attorney at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. Her practice involves advising and representing victims of crime in their civil legal cases, specifically in family law matters. This includes divorce, custody, child support, and restraining order cases. Additionally, Gabriella serves on local and statewide Family Law and Domestic Violence task force committees working on impact advocacy projects. After a brief career in local news, Gabriella went back to school and received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law

Hed Ehrlich

Attorney

 

Hed joined the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts in 2017 as a staff attorney. In this role, he has assisted hundreds of families facing eviction, foreclosure, and bad housing conditions in various legal proceedings against private landlords, banks, and public housing authorities. Hed is also involved in many local and state-wide campaigns aiming to promote access to safe, healthy, and stable housing to all members of our community.
Hed is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he received degrees in law and city planning (B.A, LL.B, LL.M) and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on housing code enforcement (LL.M, J.S.D). Hed is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and California.

 

 

Jessica DeLoureiro

Senior Attorney

Jessica De Loureiro is a Senior Attorney with the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts (“JCSM”). Jessica provides legal advice and direct representation in predominantly immigration matters, with a focus on humanitarian benefits, asylum, and removal defense. She also serves on the state-wide Language Access Coalition and is a staunch advocate of language access rights. Jessica initially joined the JCSM in 2013 as a member of AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts (formerly the Massachusetts Legal Assistance for Self-Sufficiency Program). She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and Lafayette College. Jessica speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

 

Henry Gunther

Attorney

Henry Gunther is an Attorney at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. His role includes direct representation, community education, and impact advocacy.

John Soraghan

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

John Soraghan is an AmeriCorps Legal Advocate at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. Working with the immigration unit under the supervision of Attorney Caddie Nath-Folsom, his role will primarily involve assisting the team through form preparation, research, and screening potential clients. Before his work at the Justice Center, John studied psychology at the College of the Holy Cross where he was a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Lab. His work experience includes being a Research Assistant at UMass Medical where he was on a team investigating more efficacious forms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for people with Alcohol Use Disorder. John has been a volunteer for both the Marie Anne Center in Worcester, and the Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts in Methuen; teaching English to immigrant populations in both programs.

Karen Guinn

Paralegal/DOJ Accredited Representative

Karen Guinn assists attorneys with direct representation in immigration cases and provides immigration representation as a DOJ Accredited Representative before the Immigration Court, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Previously she served as an AmeriCorps Legal Advocate for two consecutive years. Karen was admitted to practice law in her native Colombia and received a Master of Law in Human Rights from Northeastern University School of Law.

Kimberly Yox

Senior Attorney

Kimberly Yox (Kim) is a Senior Attorney practicing family law at Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. She represents survivors of intimate partner abuse in complex domestic relations matters, such as divorce, custody, support, and abuse prevention matters. As part of the Family Law Task Force, she works with other advocates and legal services Attorneys on impact and legislative advocacy to advance the interests of domestic violence survivors. Kim received her B.A. from Douglass College/Rutgers University and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Laura Camara

Directing Attorney of Housing Advocacy

Laura F. Camara is the Directing Attorney of Housing Advocacy at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. She is a proud AmeriCorps alumnus having served two years with the program from 2011-2013 as an Attorney with South Coastal Counties Legal Services; she has continued to serve as a supervisor for new members entering the program. Attorney Camara previously practiced in the areas of family and elder law but now specializes in housing and benefit matters, particularly in the areas of public and subsidized housing and housing protections for survivors of domestic violence. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Brockton DTA Advisory Board, sits on the Access to Justice Commission Housing Working Group, is a member of the Plymouth County Bar Association, and is an active participant in the Tenancy Preservation Program’s Steering Committee. Attorney Camara received her J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo with concentrations in Finance and Affordable Housing and Community Development and is admitted to both the Massachusetts and New York bars.

 

Laura Perez-Landin

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

Laura Perez-Landin is an AmeriCorps Legal Advocate at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. She serves in the Education Unit. Attorney Ashley Francisque will be supervising. Prior to serving as an AmeriCorps Legal Advocate, she served as an AmeriCorps member with the education nonprofit organization City Year in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During her time with City Year, she served at Claiborne/Howell Park Elementary, where she aided teacher instruction and provided socio-emotional support to students. She is from Los Angeles and is bilingual in Spanish and English. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in English and a BA in Film and Media Studies.

 

Marin Tollefson-Almeida

Attorney

Marin Tollefson Almeida is an immigration Attorney with the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. She works with clients in all types of immigration matters, with a focus on humanitarian relief, including asylum, special immigrant juvenile petitions, and relief for survivors of violence and trafficking. Marin has a particular interest in the intersection of criminal and immigration law and has engaged in federal litigation on detainee rights. Marin speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Cape Verdean Creole. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde, and in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. Before coming to the Justice Center, Marin worked as a law clerk for the Federal District Court of Minnesota. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in Anthropology and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis.

 

Meagan Antonellis

Attorney

Meagan Antonellis is a staff Attorney on the immigration team at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. Her practice involves direct representation of clients to address a wide array of immigration matters, as well as various community education and impact advocacy endeavors affecting immigrant populations. Previously, she has worked as a student Attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services, the Immigration Impact Unit at CPCS, and various other immigrant advocacy organizations. Meagan received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and her B.A. in International Relations from Boston University.

Saimithra Reddy

Attorney

Mithra Reddy is an immigration Attorney at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. Her role includes direct representation, community education, and impact advocacy. Prior to joining SCCLS, she interned at the Victim Rights Law Center and the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, where she provided legal advocacy to survivors of sexual and domestic violence. She is originally from Illinois and received her BA in Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

Sedri-Ann Murray

Attorney

Sedri-Ann Murray is an Immigration Attorney at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. Her role includes direct representation, community education, and impact advocacy.

Dwayne Franklin

Attorney

Dwayne Franklin is an Immigration Attorney at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. His role includes direct representation, community education, and impact advocacy.

 

Amanda Hesse

Staff Attorney

Amanda Hesse is a Staff Attorney at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. Her practice involves advising and representing elderly clients on a variety of civil legal matters, including those related to housing and public benefits. Prior to joining the organization, she worked as an attorney in the Insurance & Financial Services Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and was a law clerk in the Massachusetts Superior Court. Ms. Hesse received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and her B.A. in Law & Society and Public Communication from American University.

Sovannary Sok

Legal Secretary

Sovannary Sok is a Legal Secretary at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts.

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