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CLSR Fellows Program

Awarded annually to a new graduate of the school, the fellowship provides a salary and administrative support to enable the Fellow to engage in one or more substantive projects to advance a career in public interest law. Recent projects undertaken by New England Law Fellows:

  • Representing citizens before the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board and other agencies in opposition to a proposed power plant.
  • Collaborating with academics, community activists, state and local government agency representatives, and other public health experts to forge a workable plan to improve environmental conditions in Boston’s public housing communities.
  • Working on a precedent-setting international law case related to a Belize dam project.

Fellows

Kevin Crane (2013-2014)

Kevin Crane

During law school, Kevin demonstrated his commitment to public-interest environmental advocacy in a number of ways. As a 2L, he interned for nine months for the Office of General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. In addition, that year Kevin led the Environmental Law Society student organization and participated in a volunteer student project in conjunction with the CLSR’s Environmental Advocacy Project. That work focused on compiling a report on the legacy pollutants present on the banks of the Malden River, a tributary of the Mystic River north of Boston. During the summer of 2012, Kevin interned with Environmental Justice Legal Services (EJLS) at Alternatives for Community and Environment in Roxbury, MA. He assisted counsels’ representation of low income communities and communities of color in advocating for a just and healthy urban environment.

 

Abbagail Geroux (Spring 2013-Summer 2013)

Abbagail Geroux

Abbagail Geroux, a 2012 New England Law | Boston graduate, assumed the CLSR fellowship position in March 2013. During law school, Abbagail interned at the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable, where she compiled comparative legal analyses for both telephone and cable consumer protection regulations. In her third year of law school, she interned at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, in The Hague, the Netherlands. She wrote a comprehensive summary for the prosecution of In the Matter of El Sayed, which dealt with key decisions on the disclosure of evidence. Abbagail’s fellowship responsibilities included assisting with the implementation of the CLSR Summer Fellows Program.

 

Erika Barber (2012-Spring 2013)

Erika Barber

Erika Barber, a magna cum laude 2012 graduate, was committed to alleviating economic inequality through consumer law reform. Her experience included a summer clerkship with Chief Judge Frank J. Bailey, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts, and an internship with attorney Nina M. Parker ’81 of Parker & Associates, who served as the co-chair of both the Boston Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section and the American Bankruptcy Institute, Northeast Consumer Forum Conference. During her fellowship, Erika’s substantive work with the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) assisted hundreds of homeowners fighting foreclosure in Massachusetts.

 

Sarah Herbert (2011-2012)

Sarah Herbert

Sarah Herbert, a 2011 New England Law | Boston graduate, was the 2011-2012 CLSR Fellow. She assisted the Center in all of its areas of public interest law while her substantive work focused on environmental law, specifically air quality. For her fellowship project Ms. Herbert worked with Partnership for Policy Integrity (PFPI), an organization that focuses on integrating sound science with policy to promote integrity in public policy.  Ms. Herbert and PFPI  focused on biomass energy, with Ms. Herbert assisting on permit appeals, federal cases with other environmental nonprofits, and environmental advocacy campaigns in the New England region.

 

Martha Drane (2010-2011)

Martha Drane

Martha Drane, a 2010 New England Law | Boston graduate, was the 2010-2011 CLSR Fellow. She assisted the Center in all of its areas of public interest law while her substantive work focused on education law. Handling the education cases at the Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston, her work encompassed special education issues, particularly for those who suffer from autism; transitional services for children either entering public schools from early intervention programs or aging out of the public school system; and disciplinary issues for children with disabilities.

 

Adonia Simpson (2009-2010)

Adonia Simpson

During her fellowship, Ms. Simpson worked in the Immigration Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services.  Her project focused on assisting unaccompanied minors seeking status as special immigrants and obtaining their lawful permanent residency.  Additionally, she served as an international observer during a murder trial in Popayan, Colombia.

Following the fellowship, Ms. Simpson joined Masferrer & Associates in Boston.  As an associate at the firm she represents clients before the Immigration Court, Family and Probate Court, Juvenile Court, and before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.  She has dedicated her career to immigrant rights, focusing on defensive and affirmative application for immigration benefits, particularly the intersection between criminal and immigration law. 

 

Susan Walton (2008-2009)

Susan Walton

Susan Walton, a 2008 New England Law | Boston graduate, was the 2008-2009 fellow for the Center for Law and Social Responsibility (CLSR).  Her contributions included working with Professor Peter Manus's Environmental Advocacy class on substantive projects with a local attorney.  As the CLSR fellow, she also supported the Criminal Justice Project, Immigration Law Project, Women’s and Children’s Advocacy Project, and the Public Service Project.

In addition, Ms. Walton’s fellowship included an internship with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs in the Natural Resource Damages (NRD) program.  She worked on issues relating to groundwater protection, researching legal concerns with the Massachusetts General Laws relating to NRD claims and gathering information for potential NRD site claims.

Ms. Walton plans a career in state or public interest law. An Arizona native, she received her bachelor’s degree from Knox College in Galesburg, IL.

Sidra Vitale (2007-2008)

Sidra VitaleSidra Vitale ('07) served as the 2007-2008 New England Law | Boston Fellow. As Fellow, she provided substantive and administrative support to the law school's three academic centers: the Center for International Law and Policy, the Center for Law and Social Responsibility, and the Center for Business Law.  Her fellowship projects were in environmental law, and she represented 26 residents of Brockton and West Bridgewater, appearing pro bono before the Energy Facilities Siting Board and other agencies, in opposition to a proposed power plant. She was recognized in May 2008 for her work by Alternatives for Community and Environment. She also worked with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on natural resource damages (NRD) issues, in particular, tracking NRD projects in other states, collating data on new NRD cases, and reviewing NRD for the Massachusetts Military Reservation.

Ms. Vitale has a B.S. from the University of California at Irvine and worked as a software analyst and web programmer before attending New England Law | Boston on a merit scholarship.  She graduated cum laude.  Lead Article Editor for the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement, she received CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Environmental Law, Environmental Advocacy, and Indigenous Peoples' Rights.  She co-chaired the Environmental Law Society, interned with the Environmental Protection Division of Attorney General's Office, and was a quarterfinalist in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.

Stephanie Sprague (2006-2007)

Stephanie SpragueStephanie Sprague, a 2006 New England Law | Boston graduate, served as the 2006-2007 Fellow for the Center for Law and Social Responsibility. Ms. Sprague provided substantive and administrative support to all three of the law school's academic centers: the Center for International Law and Policy, the Center for Law and Social Responsibility, and the Center for Business Law. Ms. Sprague also worked on a study of the implementation of the findings of a 2005 Massachusetts legislative commission on provision of indigent defense.

Ms. Sprague graduated magna cum laude and received a New England Law | Boston Service Award at Commencement. A technical editor of the New England Law Review and co-president of the National Lawyers Guild chapter, she received CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Civil Rights; Wills, Estates, and Trusts; UCC: Secured Transactions; and UCC: Sales. She was a student attorney in the Clinical Law Office and at Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and served a judicial internship with U.S. Federal Magistrate Judge Robert Collings. She received a B.A. from Syracuse University.

Regan Hildebrand (2005-2006)

Regan HildebrandRegan Hildebrand, a 2005 New England Law | Boston graduate, was the New England Law | Boston Fellow for 2005-2006. Mr. Hildebrand provided substantive and administrative support to all three of the law school's academic centers: the Center for International Law and Policy, the Center for Law and Social Responsibility, and the Center for Business Law. He assisted faculty in planning center conferences and symposia and provided support on research projects undertaken by center faculty. Among other activities, Mr. Hildebrand pursued projects involving international environmental law, which is his primary interest area.

His projects included working on a precedent-setting international law case related to a dam project in Belize and developing a day-long symposium on the science and law surrounding the status of environmental refugees.

 

Laura Bickel (2003-2004)

Laura BickelLaura Bickel, a 2003 New England Law | Boston graduate, served as fellow to the Center for Law and Social Responsibility's Environmental Advocacy Project during 2003-2004. Ms. Bickel and Professor Peter Manus worked with a collaborative of academics, community activists, state and local government agency representatives, and other public health experts to forge a workable plan to improve environmental conditions in Boston's public housing communities. Ms. Bickel worked for the City of Boston Department of the Environment after completing her fellowship, and is now a hearing officer with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.