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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Public Interest Law Scholars: 2013-14

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Consistent with the Center’s mission to support students committed to service to others, the Clough Center provides grants to Boston College first and second-year law students for uncompensated public interest work, in the United States or abroad, during the summer. The 2013 inaguaral Public Interest Law Scholar grants have been awarded to:


Raymond Burke
BC Law Class of 2014

Raymond Burke graduated cum laude from Boston College in 2005 with a B.A. in Theology. This summer, Ray will advocate for low-wage workers through an internship with Justice at Work in Boston, MA. Justice at Work provides labor and employment legal services to support the organizing efforts of immigrant worker centers in Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Ray will field phone calls and e-mails from organizers, interview workers in Spanish, research the law, liaison with government agencies and private lawyers, and help represent workers at all stages of litigation. His priority will be to help develop Justice at Work’s Small Claims Project, which provides direct representation in small claims court and training to organizers and workers about how to effectively use small claims court to vindicate wage and hour rights.

Kelly Dees
BC Law Class of 2014

Kelly Dees earned her B.S. in economics with minors in Spanish and International Development and Humanitarian Assistance at the University of Florida. Working with local politicians, environmental engineers, urban planners, and local activists inspired her to attend law school. This summer, Kelly will be working for the Environmental Protection Agency on a wide array of assignments, ranging from drafting information requests, administrative orders, and civil complaints. The EPA works diligently to produce regulations that limit pollutants to ensure progress toward cleaner production methods and a cleaner environment. By producing such regulations and bringing enforcement actions against violators of the environmental statutes, the EPA works to ensure that the health, safety, and welfare of the people is protected.

Jessica L. Frattaroli
BC Law Class of 2014

Jessica Frattaroli graduated from Boston College in 2009 with a B.A. in history. This upcoming summer, she will be a 3:03 intern with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in the Boston Municipal Court. She will also be participating in the BCLS Attorney General Clinic during the 3L year. At Boston College Law School, she is a note editor for the International and Comparative Law Review, and was also the President of the Public Interest Law Foundation during the 2012-2013 school year, and on the Pro Bono Board. This summer she will travel to Poland and Germany with the FASPE (Fellowship at Auschwitz to Study Professional Ethics) fellowship program to study legal ethics.

Gabriel Gill-Austern
BC Law Class of 2015

Gabriel Gill-Austern completed his undergraduate studies at Whitman College and received degrees in Politics and Sociology. Gabriel has demonstrated a commitment to public service, having completed internships in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the Walla Walla City Attorney’s Office, Senator John Kerry’s office in Washington, D.C., and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. This summer, Gabriel will intern with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the Criminal Bureau to advance his understanding of the intricacies and complexities of state prosecutions.

Andrew Haile
BC Law Class of 2015

Andrew Haile grew up in Hudson, Ohio and attended Middlebury College, where he earned a B.A. in English with a minor in French. This summer, Andrew will be serving with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva, Switzerland, in its Office of Legal Affairs. IOM is a large intergovernmental organization that seeks to promote humane and orderly migration between countries.  It has 149 member states that contribute funding and staff to the organization and which, in turn, receive assistance with issues related to refugees, internally-displaced persons, asylum, anti-human trafficking, and other aspects of forced migration.

Matthew Harris
BC Law Class of 2014

Matthew Harris holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, where he studied philosophy and the history of math and science. He is an articles editor on the Boston College Law Review. This summer, Matthew will be an intern with the Committee for Public Counsel Services at the Quincy District Court. As an intern, he will argue bail hearings in the Quincy District Court. He will also conduct legal research to assist public defenders with their cases. In addition, he may serve as second-chair on trials.

Stephenie Johnson
BC Law Class of 2014

Stephenie Johnson earned her undergraduate degree at Rhodes College. This summer, she will intern with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. As a legal intern, she will advocate for and alongside parents, caregivers, and children and help communities understand the importance of parental empowerment through the Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP). PREP seeks to improve K-12 student performance, retention, and access to equal educational opportunities for low-income and minority children. Through PREP, she will have direct contact with parents specifically, providing them access to information regarding their children’s rights and the necessary skills to increase their children’s educational success.

Stephen Kelly
BC Law Class of 2014

Stephen Kelly was born in Costa Rica and grew up in the United States, Germany, and Mexico. He graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Economics and honors in History in 2007. This summer, he will travel to Guatemala to work with organizations and disenfranchised populations to identify ways in which the benefits and protections of international treaties such as CAFTA-DR have failed to reach the populations whom many of its provisions where meant to empower. This will be a multi-faceted inquiry as these questions are affected by international public law, foreign domestic law, local customs and extrajudicial dispute resolution, and the transnational effects of the laws and regulations of major markets.

Lillian Khoury
BC Law Class of 2015

Lillian Khoury, a native of Aleppo, Syria, received a B.A. in Government from Harvard University and M.A. in Geopolitical Studies from the Université Paris-1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and the Ecole Normale Supérieure. This summer, Lillian will intern at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She will be working on the development and implementation of criminal justice assistance programs in foreign countries at the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT). The goal of these programs is to enhance the capabilities of foreign judicial institutions and their law enforcement personnel, so they can effectively partner with the Department of Justice in combating terrorism, trafficking in persons, organized crime, corruption, and financial crimes.

Benjamin Levine
BC Law Class of 2015

Ben Levine is originally from New York City and attended the University of Rochester where he majored in History and Religion. This summer, Ben will work at Timap For Justice, a non-governmental organization based in Sierra Leone. As part of his work this summer at Timap he will be training paralegals on running mediations and other legal issues including contracts and family law. Besides working directly with clients, he will be conducting program evaluation to better understand how Timap can expand their impact to provide increased access to legal services throughout the country.

Nicole Poteat
BC Law Class of 2015

Nicole Poteat moved to Boston from her hometown of Southern Pines, North Carolina in 2007. She attended Harvard University and graduated with a B.A. in Government with a secondary concentration in Photography in 2011. This summer, she will serve as a legal intern at the Aids Action Committee of Massachusetts. The organization is a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS and New England’s largest AIDS service organization. Nicole will assist the legal department in providing direct representation to AAC clients in a wide range of civil legal matters such as housing, discrimination, consumer affairs, and benefits.

Tere Ramos
BC Law Class of 2014

Tere Ramos is a graduate of Wellesley College, and has an M.S. degree from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. In 2009, Tere left her career in intellectual property law research and decided to devote her life to special education and disability advocacy, specializing in helping underserved populations. She founded Special Education Advocates, a special education advocacy focused on serving minority groups. This summer, Tere will work as a student lawyer at the Disability Law Center in Boston. The Disability Law Center is the protection and advocacy agency for Massachusetts residents with disabilities. Tere will assist staff attorneys in providing legal services to eligible citizens in the areas of special education, housing, medical and social security benefits, as well as denial of their civil rights because of their disability.