Bureau members are supervised and taught by eight practicing attorneys: Maureen Devine, Stephanie Goldenhersh, Lee Goldstein, James Verner Moore, Elizabeth Nessen, Pattie Whiting, Deputy Director Esme Caramello, and Managing Attorney/Faculty Director David Grossman. Acting as attorneys of record, educators, and mentors, the Clinical Instructors advise Bureau members on their cases and attend court appearances and other case-related meetings with their student-attorneys. Susana Arteta, the Bureau’s Administrative Director, is an exceptionally valued administrative resource. We are also pleased to have the assistance of Melissa Minaya, our Program Administrator, and a team of dedicated undergraduate interns.
Susana Arteta, Administrative Director
Susana joined the Bureau as its Administrative Director in 2001. Born in Venezuela of Peruvian and Spanish parents, she was raised in Puerto Rico and has lived in several countries throughout the Americas. Prior to joining the Bureau Susana worked for 14 years at LASPAU: Academic and Professional Programs of the Americas, a center affiliated with Harvard University. Through LASPAU she had the opportunity to work closely with government agencies and universities in the Dominican Republic and in Venezuela. Susana graduated from Brown University with a BA in International Relations and Social Anthropology which included coursework at the Universidad de Costa Rica and at University of Arizona-Tucson. Susana loves to travel and is interested in film, the arts and culture of indigenous peoples, wildlife and science fiction. She is most happy near warm oceans.
Esme Caramello, Deputy Director & Clinical Instructor
Esme Caramello joined the Bureau as its Deputy Director and a Clinical Instructor in 2009. After graduating from HLS in 1999, Esme moved to San Francisco to work as a litigation associate at Baker & McKenzie. Finding life in the Bay Area just a little too heavenly for her taste, Esme headed back to Boston. On the way, she stopped in her hometown of Chicago for a wonderful year as law clerk to the incomparable U.S. District Court Judge Charles P. Kocoras. She then served for five years as a Chesterfield Smith Community Service Fellow and litigation associate at Holland & Knight. Through the Smith Fellowship, Esme was exposed to a wide range of public interest practice areas and styles, from federal prison reform litigation to political asylum to eviction defense to consumer rights legislation. Hooked on housing, she joined the Housing Unit at HLS’s WilmerHale Legal Services Center, and then Suffolk Law School’s Housing and Consumer Protection Clinic, before coming to teach at the Bureau. Esme loves music, yoga, and her family, and she has a semi-professional interest in promoting free and fair elections: she was the first employee of the National Voting Rights Institute and Board President of MassVOTE, and she is a member of the State Ballot Law Commission. Esme is a graduate of Harvard College (Social Anthropology ’94) and Harvard Law School (’99).
Maureen Devine, Clinical Instructor
Maureen Devine joined the Bureau in July, 2009 and is our newest full-time family law clinical instructor. Maureen has practiced law for more than 25 years in the Boston area. Prior to joining the Bureau, Maureen was Counsel in the Family Law Department of Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School. Following law school, Maureen was a member of the legal departments of the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare (now the Department of Transitional Assistance) and the Department of Revenue/Child Support Enforcement at a time when the state revised its child support statutes, promulgated Child Support Guidelines and assumed state-wide collection of child support orders. After eight years in the public sector, Maureen began 18 years of private practice where she represented individual litigants in all aspects of family law including domestic violence restraining orders, divorce, paternity, modification and contempt actions. Maureen enjoys working with her students and is honored to advise them in their practice as SJC Rule 3:03 counsel. Maureen’s personal interests include distance running, yoga and mystery novels.
Stephanie Goldenhersh, Clinical Instructor
Stephanie Goldenhersh joined the Bureau as a full-time clinical instructor in August 2007, supervising students in the Bureau’s domestic relations practice. Prior to joining the Bureau, Stephanie practiced for six years at Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts 2001, handling all manner of domestic relations litigation, and 209A abuse prevention orders. Stephanie was also the project manager for the unit’s U.S. Department of Justice grant under the Violence Against Women Act, which partnered with local battered women’s service providers to ensure continuity of legal services to domestic violence survivors. Prior to entering legal services, Stephanie worked for Foley, Hoag & Eliot, LLP, where she participated in environmental litigation and pro bono advocacy for survivors of domestic violence. Stephanie received a B.A. in Sociology, Politics and Women’s Studies from Brandeis University and her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. In law school, Stephanie was a Project Coordinator of the Family Law Project, a provider of student representation for domestic violence survivors seeking protective orders. Stephanie was also an editor of the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, and team-taught the undergraduate course “Women In the Law.”
Lee D. Goldstein, Clinical Instructor
Lee divides his time between working as a clinical instructor at the Bureau and as partner of Goldstein & Feuer, a community-based law firm in Cambridge. His recent practice has focused on discrimination and privacy claims brought on behalf of Local 26 of the Hotel and Restaurant Workers’ Union, as well as the representation of persons engaged in acts of civil disobedience. He previously served as the Regional Vice President for the National Lawyers Guild and as a staff attorney at Project Place Legal Services. Lee has taught legal theory at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, jurisprudence at Northeastern University School of Law, and clinical instruction at the Northwestern University Legal Assistance Project. The Massachusetts chapter of the NLG named him “Lawyer of the Year” in 1998. He holds a J.D. from Northwestern and an L.L.M. from HLS. Lee has been involved with the Bureau since 1979.
David Grossman, Managing Attorney & Faculty Director
Since 2006, David Grossman has served as Managing Attorney and Faculty Director of the Bureau. He is also a Clinical Professor of Law at HLS. Prior to joining the Bureau Mr. Grossman worked at the Legal Services Center since 1995 as a staff attorney and clinical instructor in the Housing Unit. In 1997, he was appointed as the Senior Clinical Instructor and Managing Attorney of the Housing and Litigation Unit. Before joining the LSC staff, Mr. Grossman clerked on the Supreme Court of Israel from 1988 to 1989; litigated with the New York law firm of Kramer, Levin, Nessen, Kamin & Frankel from 1989 to 1992; and practiced poverty law with the firm of Community Lawyers in Jamaica Plain from 1992 to 1995. He has been active in a number of left-leaning Jewish organizations, including the New Israel Fund, and worked for the Israeli political party Meretz. Mr. Grossman received his B.A. in biology from Harvard College in 1980; his M.T.S. (Masters in Theological Studies) in world religions from Harvard Divinity School in 1983; and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review as well as a perennial clinical student, in 1988. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Grossman taught high school history, math and science and coached basketball in both the United States and Israel.
Melissa Minaya, Program Administrator
Melissa worked in the Development Research unit at Harvard Business School since 2003 and graduated from Colby College with a BA in psychology. She travels often to Dominican Republic and has had the pleasure of visiting Medellin, Colombia on a few occasions. Melissa has maintained her passion for learning by taking courses at Harvard Exention School and enjoys football and cooking.
James Verner Moore, Clinical Instructor
Verner is a longtime clinical instructor at the Bureau, specializing in housing and Social Security. Verner also has a solo litigation practice in Cambridge.
Elizabeth Nessen, Clinical Instructor
Liz divides her time between primarily working as a clinical instructor at the Bureau and serving as “Of Counsel” at Community Lawyers, a neighborhood-based law office in Jamaica Plain. Liz was an original partner at Community Lawyers when the firm was founded in 1989. Her Bureau practice has focused on tenant’s rights and unemployment, while her private practice involves consumer rights litigation. She previously served as a staff attorney at the HLS Legal Services Center from 1986-88. Members of the Massachusetts Bar named Liz the Best Skier among all Massachusetts practicing attorneys. She holds a J.D. from HLS and her dog Pace in the front of her bike. Liz has been with the Bureau since 2000.
Pattie Whiting, Clinical Instructor
Pattie joined the Bureau in 2006 as a Senior Clinical Fellow. In addition to supervising student attorneys, Pattie leads the Bureau’s participation in the Attorney for the Day program in Boston Housing Court, assisting unrepresented tenants in hearings and mediations. Pattie holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. Prior to her coming to the Bureau, she was a fellow and clinical instructor at the HLS Legal Services Center practicing in the areas of housing law and consumer bankruptcy, and was an associate at the Cambridge law firm of Pressman & Kruskal, where she worked on matters involving residential real estate, estate planning, and lead paint litigation. Her personal interests include Star Wars, cats, and the Civil War.