Esme Caramello ‘99

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Esme Caramello is the Deputy Director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and she is a “passionate advocate for her clients and an incredibly thoughtful supervisor.” She has spent her career working tirelessly on behalf of low-income people and training the next generation of legal professionals to do the same.  After graduating from law school, she moved to San Francisco to work as a litigation associate at Baker & McKenzie. She served as a law clerk in Chicago and then spent five years as a Chesterfield Smith Community Service Fellow and litigation associate at Holland & Knight. Through the Smith Fellowship, Caramello 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. She then 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 as its Deputy Director and a Clinical Instructor in 2009. 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.

Caramello earned her Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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