The BBA is pleased to welcome 16 attorneys to the 2015-2016 Public Interest Leadership Program. Meet this impressive group of new lawyers, in practice for 10 years or less, below. Joining a growing network of PILP alumni, the 2015-2016 PILP class will spend the next year developing leadership skills and pursuing public service initiatives.

PILP Class 2015-2016

  • Public Interest Leadership Program
  • Nathaniel Adams

    Nathaniel Adams
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

    Nathaniel is an associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. In addition to representing public and private companies in a variety of corporate transactions, Nathaniel advises clients on a range of corporate and securities matters, including securities law compliance and corporate governance matters. Before entering private practice, he clerked for the Honorable Fernande R.V. Duffly of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Nathaniel is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Columbia Law School, and he serves as a director of Calliope Inc., a Boston-based choral and orchestral music ensemble.

  • Elizabeth Barrett

    Elizabeth Barrett
    Legal Department of the Trial Court

    Elizabeth is an attorney in the Legal Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court. Prior to joining the Trial Court, Elizabeth was an Assistant District Attorney with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, where she primarily focused on asset forfeiture litigation, and an associate in the Litigation Department of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where she primarily worked on securities and complex commercial litigation. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors with English At Large, an organization dedicated to providing free one-on-one tutoring in English as a Second Language, and is a Playspace Activity Leader with Horizons with Homeless Children. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Law School, where she was a member of the law review and volunteered with the Pitt Legal Interest Sharing Foundation.

  • Erica Carroll

    Erica Carroll
    Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

    Erica is an associate at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, where she is a member of the Life Sciences and Emerging Companies practice groups. She devotes her practice to counseling clients on general corporate matters, including formation, governance, debt and equity financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, commercial contract negotiations, commercial technology licensing, and regulatory compliance. She has experience in a wide range of industries, including pharmaceutical, medical device, health care, food and beverage development and distribution, and software development. Erica concentrates her pro bono efforts in the representation of refugees and unaccompanied immigrant children in probate and immigration court proceedings and with asylum and citizenship applications. She also counsels non-profit organizations on a range of issues. Erica serves as co-chair of Nutter’s annual United Way Campaign. Erica is a graduate of Kenyon College and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

  • Chelsea Dunn

    Chelsea Dunn
    Committee for Public Counsel Services

    Chelsea is a trial attorney for the Child and Family Law Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, where she represents indigent parents and children in child welfare cases. She recently authored a memorandum of law that has been distributed to juvenile court practitioners across the state addressing the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act to the provision of social services in care and protection cases. While in law school, Chelsea served as the Vice President of the Student Bar Association and as Justice of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and she was an editor for the Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest, in which she had two comments published. During her first summer at law school, she worked on juvenile justice policy reform at the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center. In her second summer, she worked as a legal intern with the Mississippi Youth Justice Center of the Southern Poverty Law Center. After graduating from law school, she spent two years clerking for Senior Justice Harry L. Carrico of the Virginia Supreme Court. Chelsea is a graduate of the College of Charleston and the University of Richmond School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude and received the Nina R. Kestin Service Award for contributions to the school, community, and legal profession.

  • Christopher Hart

    Christopher Hart
    Foley Hoag, LLP

    Chris is an experienced litigator whose practice spans both domestic civil commercial business litigation in federal and state court and international litigation and arbitration. Chris has also handled criminal matters in federal and state court, and has wide-ranging experience with both trial and appellate level litigation. Chris has expertise in data privacy and cybersecurity issues, and has advised Fortune 500 companies on such topics. He is a frequent speaker on cybersecurity issues, especially on those relating to data breaches. Chris is committed to pro bono work and serving the greater Boston community. Prior to joining Foley Hoag, He worked for several years as a litigation association at a national law firm in Washington, D.C., where he was a member of the pro bono committee. Chris is a graduate of Harvard University, Saint Johns College, and Duke University School of Law.

  • David Hartnagel

    David Hartnagel
    Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA

    David is an associate at Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA, where he practices civil litigation with a concentration in employment and commercial disputes. Prior to joining Sheehan, David was an Assistant Attorney General in the Trial Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where he defended the Commonwealth, its agencies, and senior employees in a wide range of civil matters in the trial and appellate courts, with a focus on erroneous conviction and civil rights claims, employment disputes, and personal injury cases. After a clerkship with the Honorable Charles F. Lettow of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, David began his legal career as a commercial litigation associate with Ropes & Gray LLP. He has also served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. David is a graduate of Tufts University and George Washington University Law School.

  • Michael Homer

    Michael Homer
    Ropes & Gray LLP

    Michael is an associate at Ropes & Gray LLP. His practice focuses on government investigations, white collar defense, and complex civil litigation. Michael also leads one of the firm’s pro bono initiatives. He manages the firm’s involvement with Veterans Legal Services, a legal aid organization that provides free legal assistance to low-income and homeless veterans in the Greater Boston area. Prior to entering private practice, Michael served as a law clerk to the Honorable P. Kevin Castel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Michael is a graduate of Northwestern University and Columbia Law School.

  • Marcus Hughes

    Marcus Hughes
    Partner HealthCare

    Marcus serves as Legal Counsel at Partners Healthcare. He is a member of the Employment, Professional Staff and Patient Care section in the Office of General Counsel. Before joining Partners, Marcus served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel (ACC) for the City of Boston, where he focused his practice on zoning and land use matters, legislative review, and litigation and compliance. Marcus began his legal career as a judicial fellow for US District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf and a legal fellow in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. During law school, Marcus interned for Choate, Hall & Stewart and the US Attorney’s Office in Boston. Marcus is a graduate of Middlebury College and Boston College Law School.

  • Jessica Katz

    Jessica Katz
    DOVE, Inc.

    Jessica is the Legal Advocacy Program Manager/Staff Attorney for the Legal Advocacy Program at DOVE, Inc. At DOVE, Jessica provides legal advice and representation for survivors of domestic violence in cases impacting a survivor’s safety. This includes both family law cases and 209A abuse prevention orders. Prior to joining DOVE in 2012, Jessica was an Assistant District Attorney for Plymouth County. There, Jessica was in the district court domestic violence unit and prosecuted cases from arraignment through trial. Jessica is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and an alumni of the school’s Domestic Violence Institute.

  • Kevin Larivee

    Kevin Larivee
    MA House of Representatives

    Kevin is chief counsel and research director to the Joint Committee on Revenue in the Massachusetts legislature. Under Chairman Jay Kaufman, Kevin focuses on tax policy, state and federal constitutional issues, and legislative drafting. Previously, he served as legislative director and counsel in the Office of State Senator Mike Barrett, where he worked on environmental issues and legislation before the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. Prior to the State House, he was an associate at K&L Gates LLP. Kevin is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Georgetown University Law Center.

  • Jessica Lu

    Jessica Lu
    Brown Rudnick LLP

    Jessica is an associate in the Commercial Litigation Group at Brown Rudnick LLP. Jessica's practice includes representing both individual and corporate clients in a variety of fields, including contract disputes, business torts, patent and trademark infringement, and bankruptcy litigation. She also maintains an active pro bono practice and has represented individuals in housing, unemployment benefit, and immigration matters, as well as artists and non-profit organizations. Jessica is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston College Law School, where she served as Articles Editor for the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review.

  • Shabnam Mashmasarmi

    Shabnam Mashmasarmi
    BayState Law Group, PLLC

    Shabnam is a founding partner of BayState Law Group, PLLC and NOVA Title and Closing Services, PLLC whose practice concentrates on real estate, estate planning, personal injury, and corporate law. She is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and New York. Shabnam currently serves as Treasurer of the Massachusetts Black Women Attorney Association, Director of Programming for the African American Real Estate Professionals, and Treasurer of the National Bar Association- Region 1. She was also appointed to serve as a Foreclosure Commissioner for HUD. In 2014, Shabnam was named Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star. Shabnam is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School.

  • Alex Mancebo

    Alex Mancebo
    Locke Lord LLP

    Alex is an associate in Locke Lord’s Corporate Practice group. He represents public and private companies in a variety of matters, including company formation, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, as well as capital markets transactions. Alex also represents public and private companies in their ongoing corporate matters, including SEC compliance and corporate governance matters. He served as a Citizen Teacher and currently serves on the Council of Champions for Citizen Schools, a non-profit organization that offers extended learning time and after-school programs to underperforming public middle-schools throughout the country. Alex received his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School.

  • Elizabeth McEvoy

    Elizabeth McEvoy
    Donoghue, Barrett & Singal, P.C.

    Elizabeth is an associate in Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C’s Litigation group. Her practice focuses on representing individuals and businesses under investigation or indictment for white-collar crimes and in a wide variety of complex civil disputes and administrative proceedings, including representing scientists accused of scientific misconduct. Before joining Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C., Elizabeth clerked for the Honorable Margot Botsford of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Honorable Francis Fecteau of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Elizabeth is currently a co-chair of the Practical Skills Committee of the Boston Bar Association’s New Lawyer’s Committee and a Junior Fellow of the Boston Bar Foundation. She is also a volunteer attorney with the Women’s Bar Association’s Family Law Project, representing victims of domestic violence pro bono. Elizabeth is a graduate of Harvard College and Northeastern University School of Law, where she participated in the Domestic Violence Institute.

  • Erika Reis

    Erika Reis
    City of Boston Law Department

    Erika is an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston’s Law Department, where she focuses on a range of civil litigation matters both in federal and state courts. Prior to joining the City of Boston’s Law Department, she was a Deputy General Counsel at the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General, as well as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County. Erika is Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and has served as Vice-Chair for the Young Lawyers Division of the Mass. FBA chapter. She also spends a significant amount of time working with survivors of domestic violence. Erika is a graduate of Boston College and New England School of Law.

  • Eric Teasdale

    Eric Teasdale
    Choate Hall & Stewart

    Eric is a member of Choate Hall & Stewart’s litigation department. His practice focuses on representation of individuals and corporations in government and internal investigations. Eric recently served as a Special Assistant District Attorney at the Boston Municipal Court, where he gained significant trial experience. Eric has provided representation to criminal defendants through the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) and actively participates in Choate’s collaboration with the Lawyers Clearinghouse, in which Choate conducts legal clinics at Boston-area homeless shelters. In collaboration with the Center for Law & Education, Eric has also represented students in disciplinary actions brought by schools. Eric is active with the Citizen Schools program, leading legal apprenticeship sessions with local middle school students. Prior to joining the firm, Eric spent time in Pune, India working with the Ashraya Initiative for Children, advocating for legal and educational rights of at-risk children living in slum communities. Eric is a graduate of Emory University and the Duke University School of Law.