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SHELTER LEGAL SERVICES

885 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459

Tel :  (617) 552-0623
Fax : (617) 552-2615

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Our Work

Shelter Legal Services promotes self-sufficiency, stability, and financial security for veterans and the homeless through comprehensive and accessible legal services. By locating legal clinics at homeless shelters and service centers, Shelter Legal Services reaches underserved and neglected members of our society who are often reluctant to seek legal help. Shelter Legal Services serves over 400 clients per year at its legal clinics.

Check out our 2011-2012 Annual Report to learn more.

Funding and Contributions

Upcoming fundraisers are listed on the Events section of our website.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following organizations:

  • The Boston Bar Foundation

  • Boston College Law School

  • Cambridge Community Foundation

  • Capital One

  • D’Angelo Real Estate

  • Eastern Bank

  • First Parish Church – Weston

  • HUD McKinney Supportive Housing Program

  • The Massachusetts Bar Foundation

  • Seyfarth Shaw

  • The Evermedia Group, Inc.

  • Yale Appliance & Lighting

  • Alumni, Law Firm and Private Contributions

Staff:

Sarah Roxburgh Lucyniak, Esq.

Sarah.Roxburgh@veteranslegalservices.org

Co-Executive Director

Attorney Sarah Roxburgh focuses on assisting homeless and imminently homeless individuals with a variety of civil legal matters, including housing, landlord/tenant, and family law matters. She is responsible for VLS’s organizational management, along with Attorney Schleelein. Sarah directs VLS’s legal clinic at the Cambridge Multi-Service Center. She received her B.A. from Northeastern University College of Arts & Sciences and her J.D. from New England Law | Boston. Her student article, Divorce, Domestic Violence, and Deportation, was published in the Summer 2008 edition of the Massachusetts Family Law Journal. She was also Co4President of the National Lawyers Guild New England Law | Boston chapter. Sarah gained experience at Greater Boston Legal Services, the New England Law | Boston Clinical Law Office, and Suffolk County Probate & Family Court. She also gained experience in criminal law with the Law Office of E. Peter Parker, where she assisted defense counsel in a Middlesex County high-profile retrial for manslaughter. Upon graduation, she received the New England Law | Boston Dean Timothy J. Cronin, Jr. Memorial Award for the graduate with the most outstanding contribution to public service.

Sarah was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar on December 11, 2008. Prior to law school, Sarah was an associate at Bartram & Cochran, Inc., a national commercial real estate consulting firm based in Hartford, Connecticut, where she was a Connecticut-licensed salesperson. Sarah was also a copywriter at Think Creative Group in New Haven, Connecticut. Attorney Roxburgh is an active member of Senior Partners for Justice and the Women’s Bar Association. She also is a volunteer with Pawprints at Children’s Hospital Boston, where she volunteers with her Wheaten Terrier, Herman, visiting patients through their therapy dog visitation program.

Anna Schleelein Richardson, Esq.

Anna@veteranslegalservices.org

Co-Executive Director

Attorney Anna Schleelein Richardson focuses on assisting homeless and low income veterans with a variety of civil legal matters, including state and federal benefits issues. She is responsible for VLS’s organizational management, along with Attorney Roxburgh. Anna directs VLS’s legal clinic at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. She has served as faculty for the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute Basic Benefits Training offered by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (“MCLE”) teaching other legal services advocates about state and federal veterans’ benefits, as well as providing instruction to the private bar at MCLE’s recent course titled Military Families & Divorce. She has also performed trainings on veterans’ legal issues for the Boston Bar Association, the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center, and various legal services agencies. In October, 2011 Anna received Boston University School of Law's Victor J. Garo Public Service Award, presented annually to two alumni for their commitment and dedication to public service. 

Anna received her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law where she served as a note editor of the Public Interest Law Journal. Her student note, The Legal Implications of False Promises and Other Military Recruiter Misconduct, was published in the Journal's Fall 2007 issue. During law school, Anna received the highly competitive Rappaport Fellowship in Law and Public Policy. During her fellowship and following law school she worked with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs on issues including preventing elder abuse and improving accountability for reverse mortgage lenders. During law school, she also interned with the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office where she drafted the agency’s Veterans’ Resource Guide, now available at mass.gov/ago. Upon graduation, Anna received the law school’s Warren S. Gilford Law and Humanity Prize for her commitment to public service. She is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar and is accredited to represent individuals before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to law school, Anna worked as a paralegal at Grindle, Robinson, Goodhue & Frolin, a small family law and estate planning firm, located in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Eve C. Elliott, Esq.

Eve.Elliott@veteranslegalservices.org

Staff Attorney

Attorney Eve Elliott assists homeless individuals through the Cambridge Multi-Service Center, and homeless and low-income veterans through the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home. She assists clients with a variety of civil matters, including landlord/tenant, public benefits, and family law.

Eve received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts and her J.D. from New England Law | Boston in May 2012. She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in November 2012. Eve worked for a few years prior to beginning law school as a Paralegal
with a solo practitioner, a large Boston law firm and in-house at a local investment company. Eve initially began working with Veterans Legal Services as Law Student Advocate during her second year at New England Law | Boston, and worked with VLS through the Lawyering Process Clinic. Eve also spent a year interning as a Rule 9 Student Practitioner for the Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender in the Providence District Court where she gained criminal law experience representing clients at arraignments, during pretrial conferences and in probation and bail violation hearings.

Board of Directors


Officers

Officers

Tim McLaughlin, Esq., President– Holland & Knight Tim McLaughlin is an associate at the Boston office of Holland & Knight where he practices in the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. Mr. McLaughlin is experienced with maritime law, construction law and white collar criminal defense, and has handled pro bono matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and in Massachusetts Superior Court litigating prisoners’ rights claims. Mr. McLaughlin served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 2000 until 2006. During law school, Mr. McLaughlin spent six months living in Sarajevo while interning for the Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina in its War Crimes Section. He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his B.A. in Russian from the College of the Holy Cross.

Robert Sheridan, Esq., Secretary– Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, PCRobert Sheridan is an associate at the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, PC where he practices in the firm’s Litigation Section.  His practice encompasses a wide variety of litigation matters including complex business litigation, misappropriation of trade secrets, class action defense, attorney malpractice, securities litigation, and allegations of unfair and deceptive business practices.  As part of his litigation practice, Rob also has experience representing and counseling employers with respect to noncompetition/nonsolicitation agreements (enforcement and defense) and defending against discrimination claims. Rob has experience representing a wide range of clients from small privately held companies to large multinational public companies.

Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Rob was a Corporate Financial Analyst at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin where he successfully completed mergers and acquisitions and prepared opinions for a variety of financial institutions.  Rob earned his B.A. from Yale University and holds his J.D., magna cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School.  He is also a member of the Massachusetts bar and is admitted to practice in federal court for the District of Massachusetts.

Clayton M. Jones, Treasurer– ClearTrail CapitalMr. Jones is a co-founder and Managing Director of ClearTrail Capital. Over the course of his investment banking career, which included senior roles at Wunderlich Securities, Anderson & Strudwick and Ferris, Baker Watts, he has been involved in over 20 public and private financings which raised in excess of $2 billion. Mr. Jones also structured and underwritten 25+ debt and equity transactions, representing in excess of $500 million of transaction value, in the energy industry with GE Energy Financial Services. Mr. Jones began his career at the defense contracting firm BAE Systems North America as a Strategy and Acquisition Analyst. Mr. Jones also served as an active duty Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army for six years. Mr. Jones is licensed by FINRA as a General Securities Representative (Series 7, 79 & 63). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in environmental science from The United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from William and Mary.

Members

Rosemary Allen, Esq.
– Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, PC (retired) Rosemary Allen was an Associate, and later a Partner, at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. from September 1987 until June 2012, when she retired from the firm. She practiced in the firm’s intellectual property and litigation sections, focusing in the areas of complex business litigation, intellectual property litigation, criminal law and appellate practice. During her career at Mintz Levin, Rosemary served as Section Manager of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice and as the partner in charge of firm-wide professional development. She also served on and chaired the firm’s Hiring Committee and Diversity Committee.

Rosemary received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1986. After law school, she served as a clerk to the Honorable Bruce M. Selya on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Rosemary also holds an M. Ed. from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. Prior to attending law school, Rosemary taught English at Brockton High School for approximately 10 years.

 In addition to her VLS board service, Rosemary served as VLS's 2013 - 2014 Access to Justice Fellow, and currently manages its volunteer attorney program. 

Jennifer Glanville– Boston Beer Company Jennifer Glanville is the Brewery Manager at The Boston Beer Company, brewers of Samuel Adams. She is responsible for innovation and new beer development, production and research and development brewing, sourcing unique ingredients, brewery marketing, brewery events, visitor's center and museum and sales, consumer, wholesaler and account training and education. She has been with the Boston Beer Company since 2001. Ms. Glanville is a graduate of Mount Holyoke, Doemens Brewing School in Munich, Germany and Babson's F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

Theodore M. Grannatt, Esq.
– McCarter & English, LLP Mr. Grannatt is a partner in McCarter & English's Corporate, Securities and Financial Institutions practice. He primarily focuses on federal and state securities regulation as implicated in public and private financings, as well as counseling broker-dealers and investment advisors in compliance and transactional matters. Most recently, Mr. Grannatt has been the U.S. securities counselor for a number of non-U.S. issuers privately placing securities into the United States for financing or strategic acquisition purposes. He has also been advising domestic and non-U.S. broker dealers as to their U.S. obligations when taking part in transactions that concern the United States Mr. Grannatt has been recognized as a Massachusetts Rising Star in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He earned a J.D. at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and a B.A., Williams College.

Jordan Krasnow, Esq. – Goulston & StorrsJordan Krasnow is a partner at Goulston & Storrs bringing over 40 years of real estate experience to the firm. Jordan is recognized by Chambers USA as "the firm's leading light in real estate. He is a practitioner whose advice is invaluable at all stages of a real estate transaction, from the structuring and negotiating to the eventual closing."  Chambers sources say that "Jordan is admired for his proactive, deal-making approach and his impressive real estate knowledge. He's great at getting people around the table and finding a solution; he is diplomatic, knowledgeable and gets the right people involved."

In addition to his VLS board service, Jordan is a 2014 - 2015 Access to Justice Fellow, and serves as a Director on the boards Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston, and Roxbury Prepatory Charter School Foundation.

Kristen Kuliga, Esq.– K Sports & Entertainment, LLC Kristen Kuliga is the Principal and Owner of K Sports & Entertainment, LLC in Boston, MA, a full-service sports and entertainment management and marketing firm. Prior to K Sports, Kristen was a partner at Altus Marketing & Management and Paid, Inc. in Boston, MA.

Kristen is one of approximately 30 females certified by the NFLPA as a contract advisor (out of approximately 1,000 registered NFL agents) and is the female that represents the most NFL players. She was the first woman to negotiate a starting NFL quarterback's contract, having negotiated Doug Flutie's original $33 million contract with the San Diego Chargers. She currently represents a number of NFL players in their contract negotiations throughout the league. In addition, Kristen works with corporations to develop their sports marketing initiatives. Kristen is well versed in the NFL/NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement and teaches about the history and structure of the Collective Bargaining Agreement as an Adjunct Professor of Sports Law at Suffolk University Law School and was an Adjunct Professor at UMass Amherst. Kristen is a cum laude graduate of both the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Suffolk University Law School.

Brian McLaughlin, Jr., Esq.
– Attorney at LawBrian McLaughlin Jr. is the owner and sole proprietor of Brian McLaughlin LLC.  His practice focuses heavily on family law, including divorce, paternity and child support. In addition to family law, Mr. McLaughlin regularly takes unemployment benefits and special needs education cases. Mr. McLaughlin is committed to pro bono work and has successfully resolved cases for both the Volunteer Lawyers Project and Women's Bar Foundation.  He believes in the importance for quality legal representation for all and regularly serves as the Volunteer Lawyer of the Day at the Suffolk Probate and Family Court. Mr. McLaughlin currently serves on the Family Law and Pro Bono Steering Committees at the Boston Bar Association and holds the position of Civil Rights Liaison to the New Lawyers Section. Brian earned a B.A. from Boston College and holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School. His article Not Your Average First Year appeared in the July 2011 edition of the Massachusetts Lawyers Journal.

Jonathan Sym– The Evermedia Group, Inc. Mr. Sym is Chief Executive Officer of The Evermedia Group, Inc. and a U.S. Navy veteran. Lieutenant Commander Sym received his commission in the U.S. Navy in 1999. He was recalled to active duty in 2003 and deployed to serve with NATO forces in support of Kosovo Operations and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and continues to serve in the Navy Reserve.

The Evermedia Group, Inc., with its wholly owned subsidiaries Evermedia Biometrics Corporation and System Technology Solutions develops biometric-based identification solutions for military and commercial applications as well as providing engineering, security other defense contracting services to the U.S. federal government. Mr. Sym oversees all operations of the company including corporate finance, government affairs, mergers and acquisitions, and business development. Mr. Sym earned his B.S. from Boston University's School of Management and attended graduate school at Harvard University.

Committee Members

Dominic P. Amenta,  Event Committee Member– DPA CommunicationsDominic Amenta is a marketing communications veteran with more than 10 years of experience handling a range of clients in the hospitality, lifestyle, sports, business and philanthropic sectors. As the founder of DPA Communications, Dominic applies his experience in the public relations field to help clients develop communication strategies that lead to results.

Daniel LaPenta,  Fundraising Committee Member– LibbyHoopes, P.C. Daniel LaPenta is an associate at LibbyHoopes, P.C., a boutique Boston law firm that specializes in white collar criminal defense, government investigations, and complex civil litigation.  Mr. LaPenta’s current practice focuses on the representation of individuals subject to government investigations, with particular attention to the health care industry.  Mr. LaPenta defends and counsels professionals and executives of pharmaceutical and medical device companies subject to government investigations for alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  Mr. LaPenta has also defended companies and individuals involved in contract disputes, consumer protection matters, and other state criminal allegations.  

Before he joined LibbyHoopes, Mr. LaPenta clerked for the Honorable Justice Mitchell J. Sikora, Jr. of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.  He also served for over five years in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps as a trial and appellate defense attorney.  In 2009, Mr. LaPenta deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he worked as a liaison officer to the judges of the Central Criminal Court of Iraq.  Mr. LaPenta is still active in the U.S. Navy Reserves and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  

Abby Porosky, Event Committee Member– AMM TeamAbby Porosky is the Director of Athletes and Events at AMM Team.

Andrew von Kuhn,  Fundraising Committee Member– J.P. Morgan Andrew von Kuhn is an associate at J.P. Morgan. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2013, Andrew served in the Marine Corps from 2009 - 2013 as an infantry officer. Andrew is a graduate of Dartmouth college. 

James P. Whitters, III, Fundraising Committee Member – The Alkalol Company Mr. Whitters is the Chief Executive Officer of the Alkalol Company, a fourth generation family business.