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Due to the impending storm, New England Law is canceling classes that begin at 2 p.m. or later on Monday and will be closed for day and evening classes on Tuesday. All classes starting before 2 p.m. on Monday will be held as scheduled. The Stuart Street building and library will close at 4 p.m. on Monday and will remain closed on Tuesday. Administrative offices will close at 2 p.m. on Monday and will be closed on Tuesday. We will monitor the progress of the storm and will post updates about Wednesday’s arrangements. more >

Alumni Profiles

New England School of Law alumni working in public interest legal jobs or recognized for their pro bono work:

Maria Theophilis (Class of 1999)

Greater Boston Legal Services 197 Friend Street Boston, MA 02108 617-371-1234

I graduated from NESL in May 1999 and began working at Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) in a temporary position in the Welfare Unit, handling cases involving individuals attempting to obtain or maintain TAFDC benefits and food stamps. I later obtained a permanent position in the GBLS Housing Unit where I represented tenants in summary process and civil actions and, in the process obtained an incredible amount of litigation experience. In the fall of 2002, I transferred to the Health and Disability Unit where I represent claimants applying for disability benefits at the Social Security Administration. Additionally, I engage in policy and legislative advocacy regarding health-related issues. I have found my work at GBLS challenging and rewarding and have felt privileged to have had the opportunity to contribute to the struggle for social justice.

While at New England, I took the Lawyering Process course which provided me with basic skill development which I relied upon heavily when I first began at legal services. Through the Lawyering Process, I worked at Inmate Legal Services at the Suffolk County House of Correction, helping inmates with a variety of legal problems. Further, the course helped me identify and learn to address the unique needs of my clients who are often disenfranchised and in crisis. Before I came to New England, I worked at the Immigrant Workers Resource Center, which gave me important experience and my first contacts with GBLS.

(January 2003)