The BBA is pleased to welcome 17 attorneys to the 2016-2017 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 2016-2017 PILP class will spend the next year developing leadership skills and pursuing public service initiatives.

PILP Class 2016-2017

  • Public Interest Leadership Program
  • Richard Baldwin

    Richard Baldwin
    Foley Hoag LLP

    Rich is a commercial litigation associate at Foley Hoag LLP. He regularly represents individuals, business and foreign sovereigns in state and federal court and in domestic and international arbitration. He also maintains an active pro bono practice representing individuals in housing, bankruptcy, special education and immigration matters and in obtaining court orders protecting clients from abuse. Last year, Rich coached a group of students as they became the first team from their school to compete in the Mass Bar Association’s High School Mock Trial Program. In 2013-14, Rich served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office. Rich is a graduate of Boston University and Boston College Law School.

  • Nicholas Brown

    Nicholas Brown
    Pierce Atwood LLP

    Nick is a litigation associate at Pierce Atwood LLP with a focus on business disputes, construction law claims, and land use matters. His practice involves both the prosecution and defense of contract claims on behalf of corporate clients, insurance companies, and contractors. In addition, Nick represents municipalities, businesses, and individuals in land-use and real estate disputes. Nick has also devoted substantial time to providing pro bono legal services to those in need. His pro bono work has focused on representing minors from Central America who have fled poverty, violence, and gang-related crime in their home countries. Nick represents his pro bono clients in both state and federal courts to obtain legal immigration status. Nick received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social thought and English Literature from Amherst College, and his JD from the University of Connecticut School Of Law.

  • Matthew Connolly

    Matthew Connolly
    Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

    Matthew Connolly is a senior associate in Nutter’s Litigation Department. Individuals and companies rely on Matt for a variety of litigation matters, especially in complex business disputes and white collar defense and investigations. A wide range of clients, from individuals and small businesses to some of the largest companies and banks in the United States, frequently select Matt to represent them in federal and state courts, and before multiple agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission. In particular, Matt has extensive experience representing energy companies and traders in enforcement and compliance matters, including a matter that resulted in the largest public settlement in FERC’s history. Matthew Connolly attended Georgetown University, where he received a BA in Government, and Northwestern Pritzker School of law.

  • Maria Granik

    Maria Granik
    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    Maria Granik is an Assistant Attorney General in the Appeals Division of the Criminal Bureau of the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. She was previously an associate at Sullivan & Worcester LLP, where she focused on complex commercial litigation, as well as on environmental law and employment cases. In her pro bono work Maria has helped clients in a variety of criminal, administrative and civil cases ranging from a habeas petition to asylum proceedings and restraining order hearings. She was also Sullivan & Worcester’s representative on the Domestic and Sexual Violence Council, an advocacy organization for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. As a law student, Maria was selected as a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy, working at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services on issues such as equal access to healthcare and mental health law. Before becoming a lawyer, Maria earned a PhD in philosophy and taught at Boston University and at the College of the Holy Cross. Her teaching and academic research focused on questions of ethics, political philosophy, and history of philosophy. Maria is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston University where she earned both her PhD and JD.

  • Emily Jennings

    Emily Jennings
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

    Emily is an associate in the Litigation Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Her practice involves a wide range of complex commercial, securities, insurance and regulatory matters. Emily has litigated in state and federal trial courts within the Commonwealth and has advised clients in connection with various government and internal investigations. She also maintains an active pro bono practice and has represented individuals in connection with the Boston Bar Association’s Marathon Assistance Project and the Women’s Bar Foundation’s Family Law Project. Emily is a graduate of Villanova University and Boston College Law School.

  • Hannah Joseph

    Hannah Joseph
    Beck Reed Riden LLP

    Hannah T. Joseph practices complex business litigation at Beck Reed Riden LLP, where she represents corporate and individual clients in matters involving restrictive covenants, trade secret law, close corporation shareholder disputes, employment law, and complex commercial disputes. Hannah is also very active within the Boston legal community, as a co-chair for the BBA’s Intellectual Property Committee (and former liaison between the New Lawyers Section and the Intellectual Property Section), and as a co-founder of the Boston Associates’ Networking Group. Hannah received her B.A. in English Literature with a concentration in Global Culture from Binghamton University, and her J.D. from Boston College Law School. At BC Law School, Hannah represented underserved populations through the school’s Legal Assistance Bureau. She also coordinated fundraising efforts for BC Law School’s Public Interest Law Foundation, which provides stipends to law students taking public interest summer internships. Hannah is proud to be a Big Sister through the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

  • Michael Koehler

    Michael Koehler
    Keegan Werlin LLP

    Michael J. Koehler is an associate at Keegan Werlin LLP specializing in energy and regulatory, public utility and environmental, municipal and land use law. He represents energy and utility clients before administrative agencies such as the Department of Public Utilities, the Energy Facilities Siting Board and the Cape Cod Commission, as well as various local authorities. His representative matters have involved rate issues, long-term power purchase agreements for renewable energy, net metering and the siting and permitting of an array of different energy infrastructure facilities.

    Before joining the firm in 2008, Mike served as a law clerk for the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and is an active member of the Boston Bar Association, where he has served as co-chair of the Energy and Telecommunications committee; a member of the BBA’s Environmental Sustainability Task Force; and a member of the Education Committee. In addition to his professional pursuits, Mike serves on the Alumni Council of Phillips Academy (Andover) and on the Board of Trustees for Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center in Boston Harbor. He attended Middlebury College, where he received a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies. Mike received a Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University, and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

  • Jane Lovins

    Jane Lovins
    U.S. District Court, District Court of Massachusetts

    Jane is the career law clerk for United States District Court Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr. She recently served as the law clerk dedicated to the proceedings in United States v. Tsarnaev (Boston Marathon bombings case). Previously, she was a senior associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Her practice included complex commercial litigation and securities litigation and enforcement. She also maintained an active pro bono practice focusing on juvenile justice, education, and family law. While in law school at BC Law, Jane served as Note Editor of the Boston College Law Review, was a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy at the Office of the Governor’s Legal Counsel, and helped found the Pro Bono Pledge Program. Prior to attending law school, she taught in the South Bronx as a Teach for America corps member and in the Boston area as a research teacher at Tufts University. Jane is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and Boston College Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude and was the recipient of the Richard G. Huber Award, Equal Justice America Fellowship, and Pro Bono Excellence Award.

  • Brian McLaughlin

    Brian McLaughlin
    Brian McLaughlin, Esq. LLC

    Based in Boston, Brian practices in the areas of family law, special education law, disability law, real estate law, and both unemployment and veterans benefits. He uses his experience with mediation and collaborative law to give the best legal advice to his clients. Brian zealously represents his clients, researching all possible legal issues to their fullest extent. Brian is currently undergoing CASA volunteer training where he will become appointed by the Court to write briefs to help judges determine the best interest of the child. He also currently collaborates with the Volunteer Lawyer Project, and serves on the board of Shelter Legal Services and the Assistive Technology Loan Committee, which seeks to provide low interest loans to folks seeking to obtain assistive technology. Brian is a co-chair of the Legal Policy Committee for the Special Needs Advocacy Network.

    Prior to starting his own practice, Brian worked as an Intelligence Analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as an outreach coordinator for the Massachusetts Office on Disability. Brian has served in the private sector for the small litigation firm, Healy & Healy, assisting in civil tort litigation matters, both plaintiff and defendant. Brian received his J.D. from Boston College Law School.

  • Tovah Miller

    Tovah Miller
    New England Law | Boston

    Tovah is currently the Assistant Director of Career Services and Recruitment Coordinator for New England Law | Boston. Prior to joining New England Law, Tovah was the Program Specialist for the American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights, where she counseled law students with disabilities on obtaining accommodations for law school and associated exams; campaigned to increase the inclusion and visibility of attorneys with disabilities in the legal field; and was a member of the ABA Staff Diversity Council. She is a member of the BBA Committee on Attorneys with Disabilities and their Allies and the BBA Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee. Tovah is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she received a B.A. in Religious Studies. She then went to Syracuse University where she earned a Master of Science in Cultural Foundations of Education, and J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law.

  • Peter Obersheimer

    Peter Obersheimer
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Peter works in-house at Dana-Faber Cancer Institute. He previously was an associate in Murphy & King, P.C.’s business litigation group.  His practice included representing both individual and corporate clients in a variety of fields, including business torts, commercial lease disputes, health care litigation, and employment law.  In collaboration with the Disability Law Center, Peter has represented clients with intellectual disabilities in state eligibility appeals on a pro bono basis.  Peter is an active volunteer leader with Best Buddies, a social integration program for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and serves on the Emerging Leaders Board for St. Francis House, the largest homeless day shelter in Massachusetts.  Prior to joining Murphy & King, Peter worked as a litigation associate at a firm in New York State, and was recognized as the 2012 recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s President’s Pro Bono Award for the 8th Judicial District for his work on immigration and social security disability appeals.  In 2015, Peter was named a New England Super Lawyers Rising Star in Business Litigation.  Peter is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School.

  • Amanda Orcutt

    Amanda Orcutt
    Holland & Knight LLP

    Amanda is an associate in Holland & Knight’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution group, where her practice encompasses a wide array of commercial disputes, including employment disputes, contract disputes, and business torts. Amanda also maintains an active pro bono practice representing individuals and non-profit organizations. She has successfully handled several prisoners’ civil rights claims, and recently obtained a large jury verdict for a client in federal court. Prior to joining the firm, Amanda served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. Amanda is a graduate of Syracuse University and Syracuse University College of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of Syracuse Law Review.

  • Rachel Irving Pitts

    Rachel Irving Pitts
    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

    Rachel Irving Pitts has been practicing in Mintz Levin’s Health Care practice since 2008. She relocated to Boston in 2002 from Illinois, and worked for the Massachusetts Medical Society before attending Boston University School of Law. Her practice primarily involves healthcare transactions and regulatory matters, and she has represented a variety of pro bono clients for Mintz Levin, assisting a small business and arguing for a client’s Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Rachel was a Special Assistant District Attorney as part of Mintz Levin’s rotation program with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. Rachel is on the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s Emerging Leaders Board, and is a member of the BBA, MBA, ABA and AHLA. Rachel is a graduate of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she received her B.S. in Business Administration, and Boston University School of Law.

  • Max Riffin

    Max Riffin
    Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP

    Max Riffin is a corporate associate at Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP. His practice focuses on the representation of investment funds, mature private companies, and emerging growth companies through all stages of the company lifecycle. He regularly counsels clients in connection with entity formation, capital structure, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, private placements, and general corporate matters. He also assists clients with licensing matters, the negotiation of commercial agreements, employee benefit and equity ownership plans, and employment matters. In addition, Max advises the firm’s investor clients in connection with equity and debt financings and matters related to their portfolio companies. Prior to joining the firm, Max practiced as a corporate bankruptcy and restructuring associate in the Delaware and Boston offices of a few national and international law firms. Max received his B.A. in Political Science from Trinity College, and his JD from Boston University School of Law.

  • David Scheffler

    David Scheffler
    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    David M. Scheffler is an Assistant Attorney General in the Medicaid Fraud Division of the Office of Attorney General Maura Healey. He prosecutes criminal and civil cases involving fraud on the Massachusetts Medicaid program, MassHealth. He has investigated and prosecuted cases against physicians, laboratories, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and providers of in-home health care services, in connection with fraud schemes including false claims, kickbacks, and off-label marketing. In 2014, he received the Office of the Attorney General’s Outstanding Team Award for his work prosecuting a physician office laboratory that paid illegal kickbacks to the owners of sober houses to induce referrals of lucrative drug-screening business. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, David served as a law clerk to the Honorable George A. O’Toole, Jr., United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts, and as an Associate at Ropes & Gray LLP, where his practice focused on complex business litigation and health care fraud. He serves as a basketball coach at the John H. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton and in the Middlesex Magic AAU program. Mr. Scheffler received his B.A. in Political Science from Boston College and his J.D. from Boston College Law School.

  • Henry Tran

    Henry Tran
    Prince Lobel Tye LLP

    Henry Tran is a litigation associate at Prince Lobel Tye LLP, where he practices in a range of civil litigation matters including employment discrimination, state and federal regulatory compliance, and complex commercial disputes. Before entering private practice, Henry completed placements at the Special Litigation Section of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he developed specialties in state enforcement matters and high-stakes securities litigation. Henry previously served as the Executive Lieutenant Governor for the ABA Law Student Division and, prior to law school, spent two years abroad working in government relations and international development in China and the United Kingdom. Henry is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and the University of California, Irvine.

  • Mark Woodroffe

    Mark Woodroffe
    Cooley LLP

    Mark Woodroffe is a corporate associate at Cooley LLP in Boston. His practice includes advising public and private life sciences and technology companies on matters ranging from entity formations and financings to M&A transactions, public offerings, and securities law compliance. Mark is an active member of Cooley’s Pro Bono Committee, representing low-income entrepreneurs and child immigrants. He also works to promote diversity through his involvement with the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Boston Lawyers Group, and Cooley’s Diversity Committee. Mark is a cum laude graduate of both the University of Florida and Boston College Law School, where he served on the Executive Board of the Boston College Law Review and received the Richard G. Huber Award for Scholarship and Leadership in Extra- and Co-Curricular Activities. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mark worked for the Detroit Lions, The Honda Classic, and the Florida State Golf Association. Mark attended Boston College School of Law. Mark attended University of Florida where he received a B.S. in Sport Management, and Boston College School of Law.