The 2014-2015 Public Interest Leaders, or "PILP 11," work to implement public service initiatives, forge meaningful connections within the PILP alumni network, and undergo personal and professional growth.
Meet this year's class below:
Jared M. Barnes – Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Jared Barnes joined Choate after clerking for the Honorable Eldon E. Fallon, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He participated in the firm’s Summer Associate Program in 2008. After his first year of law school, Jared interned for the Honorable William K. Session, III of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. Jared has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star. He graduated summa cum laude from Tulane Law School, where he served as the Symposium Editor of the Tulane Law Review and earned membership in the Order of the Coif. He was also a member of the Sports Law Society and graduated with a concentration in sports law. While at Tulane, Jared was active in the New Orleans community, serving as a mentor for underprivileged youths in the LIFT program.
Carrie Benedon - Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Carrie Benedon is an Assistant Attorney General in the Government Bureau of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, where she represents state agencies and state officials in a broad range of civil litigation. Before she relocated to Boston, Carrie was an Assistant Attorney General in the Wisconsin Department of Justice. In Wisconsin, she served as the president of the Legal Association for Women (Madison), as co-chair of the Government Lawyers Section of the Dane County Bar Association, and on the executive board of the James E. Doyle chapter of the American Inns of Court. In 2010, Carrie was awarded the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Young Lawyer Professional Achievement Award. Carrie is a graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School.
Julie A. Brennan – Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Julie Brennan’s practice focuses on lender liability litigation. She has represented financial services companies in prosecuting and defending claims relating to the origination and collection of mortgage loans. Prior to joining Prince Lobel, Julie practiced at Peabody & Arnold LLP, where she concentrated on product liability law and employment litigation. Following law school, Julie was selected to serve as a law clerk to the Superior Court Justices of Massachusetts. During law school, Julie was a judicial intern for the Honorable John C. Cratsley (ret.), of the Massachusetts Superior Court. She also held internship positions at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management, and McRoberts & Roberts LLP. Julie is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.
Kathryn G. Day - Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Katie Day is a senior associate in the Tax, Benefits & Compensation Department of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. She focuses her practice on federal and state income taxation of corporate, flow-through, and tax-exempt entities, as well as individuals. She bifurcates time between providing tax support for business clients and representing developers, syndicators, and investors in federal and state tax credit transactions. Katie also has extensive experience representing non-profit organizations in obtaining and maintaining their tax-exempt status and is well-versed in the law of tax-exempt organizations, including the rules governing private foundations, various federal and state reporting requirements, and the tax on unrelated business income. She is a member of her Firm’s Associates and Pro-Bono Committees and currently serves on the Bamboo Circle Steering Committee of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Corporation. She is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law.
Lizbeth Ginsburg – Greater Boston Legal Services
Lizbeth Ginsburg is an attorney in the Welfare Law Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services. Lizbeth specializes in public benefits law, focusing on the rights of clients with disabilities. Her advocacy range includes major litigation, policy and legislative advocacy, and representing individual clients. Lizbeth served as co-counsel in a federal class action lawsuit against the Massachusetts’ welfare department, which brought claims under Title II of the ADA. Lizbeth is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.
Nita Kumaraswami - Sullivan & Worcester, LLP
Nita Kumaraswami is an associate in Sullivan & Worcester, LLP's litigation group. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. She is actively engaged in pro bono matters including gay rights work, asylum applications, and veterans’ benefits. In the district of New Jersey, she clerked for the Honorable Stanley R. Chesler. Nita received her Bachelors of Arts in international studies from Johns Hopkins University and her Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.
David Lieberman – Day Pitney LLP
David Lieberman is an associate in Day Pitney’s Commercial Litigations department and practices complex business and commercial disputes and tort litigation. He represents clients with a focus on complex fraud claims including representing relators and governments in False Claims Act Cases. David is a proud alumnus of City Year Boston and currently serves as the co-chair of the alumni board of that organization. He clerked for the Honorable Judge Bruce M. Selya, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Foreign Surveillance Court of Review. David is a graduate of the Columbia University, Juris Doctor, where he served as managing editor, on the Columbia Law Review.
Jenevieve J. Maerker – Foley Hoag LLP
Jenevieve Maerker has a broad intellectual property (IP) practice, with a focus on trademark, copyright, and patent disputes. She also has significant experience in general commercial litigation, insurance coverage disputes, and administrative appeals. Jenevieve maintains an active pro bono practice, representing artists and musicians in protecting their intellectual property rights. She also regularly contributes to the firm’s Trademark and Copyright Law blog, and provides comments to the press on IP issues in the news. Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Jenevieve served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Margot Botsford, of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. During law school, she interned at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts and counseled artists, musicians, and writers on IP-related issues. She graduated with magna cum laude distinction from Harvard Law School.
Rochelle Meddoff – State Street Corporation
Rochelle currently works as a compliance analyst for State Street Global Advisors, where she performs third party oversight and due diligence. Rochelle received the Reebok Youth Activism Award for founding Human Rights Awareness on Campus, Inc. Rochelle started her legal career in a criminal defense practice as an associate attorney. She interned for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United States Department of Justice, and the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. In her free time, Rochelle volunteers for the Chamber Orchestra of Boston and enjoys horseback riding. Rochelle received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Religion from the University of Florida, her Juris Doctorate from New England Law, and her certificate in Forensic Accounting from the University of North Carolina.
Elizabeth Mooney - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Elizabeth Mooney is a senior associate in the Litigation/Controversy Department of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Elizabeth’s broad practice includes complex commercial litigation, internal corporate investigations, and intellectual property litigation. Recently, she represented a major automotive manufacturer, a leading consumer electronics company, a medical device manufacturer, and a pharmaceutical company. Elizabeth maintains an active pro bono practice, dedicated to assisting survivors of domestic violence. Elizabeth also participates in WilmerHale’s Public Service Committee and Women’s Leadership Initiative. Prior to joining the firm, Elizabeth spent several months volunteering in South Africa at an organization dedicated to combating xenophobia, where she helped refugees apply for and secure employment. During law school, Elizabeth worked as a research assistant for the professors Len Rubinowitz and Kimberly Yuracko and participated in Northwestern Law’s Children and Family Justice Center. She earned a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law.
Elianna Nuzum - Suffolk County District Attorney's Office
Elianna Nuzum is an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office (SCDAO), where she prosecutes crimes at the district court level and handles post-conviction litigation in the Appeals Division. In the Central Division of the Boston Municipal Court, Elianna prosecutes a variety of misdemeanors and felonies, including charges involving domestic violence, violations of restraining orders, failure to register as a sex offender, assault and battery, drug distribution, and larceny. Additionally, in the Appeals Division, Elianna handles post-conviction litigation involving requests for DNA testing, by inmates claiming factual innocence of the crimes of which they were convicted. She is also a member of the Conviction Integrity Program Committee and participates in a Working Group regarding evidence retention and storage. Prior to joining the District Attorney’s office, Elianna was an associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in its White Collar Crime and Government Investigations group. Elianna graduated from the University of Chicago Law School.
Rory P. Pheiffer – Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Rory P. Pheiffer is an associate in the Intellectual Property Department of Nutter. His practice covers a broad spectrum of intellectual property issues. Rory is active in the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA), where he was elected to serve on the Board of Governors. He co-authored and served as counsel in an amicus brief, filed on behalf of the BPLA, in an appeal heard by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals en banc related to issues of inequitable conduct. He serves as co-chair of the annul Associates Fund Drive (which provides attorneys to represent domestic violence survivors) and in an actively leadership role for the Invented Here! Program (a collaboration between the BPLA and the Museum of Science that annually recognizes recent breakthrough technological innovation). He sits on the Programs Committee of the Merrimack Valley Venture Forum MVVF, and is a member of the Boston IP Inn of Court, the Boston Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Association of University Technology Managers. Rory received a Juris Doctor, with distinction in the area of intellectual property, from Suffolk University Law School where he was the first-ever recipient of Suffolk's Sokoloff Intellectual Property Award.
Nency Salamoun - Victim Rights Law Center
Nency Salamoun is a staff attorney with the Victim Rights Law Center. She represents survivors of sexual assault in the areas of immigration, benefits, safety, and privacy. Nency serves on the Board of Directors for the International Human Rights Initiative, Inc. Previously, she worked in the mental health field as a direct care worker and as a paralegal for the Children’s Disability Project, at Greater Boston Legal Services. She served as a fellow with the PAIR Project, and she interned with the DOJ’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, Tahirih Justice Center, the Due Diligence Project, and KAFA (a Lebanese women’s rights organization). Nency is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston Program for Women in Politics and Public Policy and Northeastern University School of Law.
Sarah J. Schendel - Masferrer & Associates
Sarah J. Schendel is an attorney at Masferrer & Associates, a small criminal and immigration defense firm. She handles the firm's immigration practice, representing clients in removal proceedings, as well as in their applications for residency, citizenship, consular processing, and asylum. Sarah also has experience with prisoners' rights, as an advocate for unaccompanied juveniles, and she is proud to specialize in the representation of LGBTQ immigrants. Sarah earned her Bachelors of Arts. from Bard College and her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar.
Arivee Vargas – Jones Day
Arivee Vargas focuses on civil litigation in state and federal courts at Jones Day, and serves on the firm’s Boston office Diversity Committee. She has also been a part-time faculty member in the Business Law Department, for the past three years. She is a citizen teacher for Citizen Schools, a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, and a member of the Young Professional Board for the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. Moreover, she serves as co-chair for both the Law Section of the Association of Latino Professionals (in Finance and Accounting) and the Attorney Advisory Committee for the Boston Lawyers Group. In 2014, she received the Boston College Hispanic/Latino Alumni Community Service Award. Arivee clerked for Judge Denise J. Casper, of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and for Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson, of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In 2013, Arivee was named Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly "Up & Coming Lawyer" Excellence in the Law honoree. Arivee graduated, cum laude, from Boston College Law School.
Katy E. Ward - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Katy Ward’s practice includes representing clients in environmental litigation in state and federal court; advising clients’ compliance with state and federal environmental laws and regulations; and advising potential purchasers and lessees on environmental issues in real estate transactions. Katy is active in pro bono work. She is a co-director of the Mintz Levin’s Housing Court Program and has advised non-profit organizations on a range of issues, including formation, federal and state tax-exempt status, and governing documents. Katy also participates in Mintz Levin’s Domestic Violence Program, arguing an appeal of a denial of a restraining order before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the single justice session of the Supreme Judicial Court.