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July 4, 2013
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
D’Angelo Real Estate
First Parish Church – Weston
HUD McKinney Supportive Housing Program
The Massachusetts Bar Foundation
The Evermedia Group, Inc.
Yale Appliance & Lighting
Alumni, Law Firm and Private Contributions
Sarah E. Roxburgh, Esq.
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 SLS’s organizational management, along with Attorney Schleelein. Sarah directs SLS’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 M. Schleelein, Esq.
Attorney Anna Schleelein 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 SLS’s organizational management, along with Attorney Roxburgh. Anna directs SLS’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.
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 Shelter Legal Services as Law Student Advocate during her second year at New England Law | Boston, and worked with SLS 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.
From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Bizar served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) with the 1st Cavalry Division, and was attached to the 4th Infantry Division. In 1996, Mr. Bizar deployed with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Cavalry Division during Operation Desert Strike to the Emirate of Kuwait, where he served as the legal counsel to the commander and was awarded The Army Achievement Medal for meritorious service. He is presently serving a three-year appointment to the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel, which liaises with the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and others to promote the delivery of legal services to military personnel and their families worldwide. Mr. Bizar earned a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, cum laude, and a B.S. from Northeastern University, cum laude.
Matthew C. Hurley, Esq.– Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, PCMr. Hurley is a partner in the litigation department of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. He has extensive experience representing companies in complex business disputes in federal and state courts throughout the country and before arbitration panels. Mr. Hurley previously served as a special assistant district attorney as part of a firm-sponsored program with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. During his time in the D.A.’s office, Matt prosecuted over 100 criminal matters and tried 12 jury cases. In addition to his law practice, Matt serves as the Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals in Southborough, MA. Before attending law school, Matt served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He received the Navy Achievement Medal for exemplary performance during the Persian Gulf War and the Navy Commendation Medal for superior performance of duty during a three-year tour on the U.S.S. Biddle (CG-34). Matt is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts. He is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He earned his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross (1989) and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law (1996).
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.
– 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.
Robert Sheridan, Esq.– 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.
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.
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.
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.