Linette graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2015 with a B.S. in Biology where, through her service work, she discovered a passion for community health. Linette obtained a Master of Public Health degree at Boston University School of Public Health in 2018 with a concentration in monitoring and evaluation and was inducted into the Delta Omega National Honor Society. Her interest in health care grew in graduate school when she completed her practicum in Morelos, Mexico. There, she assessed the rate of linkage to care in patients with diabetes and additionally provided sexual education workshops to middle and high school students. After obtaining her Master’s degree, Linette worked as a Research Associate in the pharmaceutical consulting field. She is passionate about improving health outcomes and access to health care for underserved communities. Linette interned at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Robert moved to Massachusetts to pursue his legal education at the Boston University School of Law. Prior to law school, he followed a nontraditional path to complete his undergraduate degree, starting at a community college, moving to the United States Military Academy at West Point, and finishing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) with a BA in Criminal Justice and a minor in Communication Studies.
During his studies at UNLV, Robert created an organization to improve public discourse on controversial topics. Further, the occurrence of the mass shooting in Las Vegas ultimately led to his work for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada at the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center. There, Robert was a legal victim advocate for shooting survivors and other violent crime victims, providing service on various legal matters, on the navigation of victim compensation programs and critical resources, and on access to healthcare. Robert is deeply passionate about civil rights, policy around gun violence, and access to justice. He interned with Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu, a former Rappaport Fellow.
Vannessa graduated from Colgate University in 2019, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Educational Studies, cum laude. While there, she discovered her passion for studying the intersections of race, socio-economic status, gender, and education through extensive qualitative and quantitative research. She put her interests to work abroad when she met with organizers of a social movement for the decolonization of education. As a Legal Intern at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Vannessa learned more about the effects of institutionalized oppression on the local community and ways to make those citizens’ voices heard in the legal profession.
Catherine "Cate" McAnulty
Cate is a 2016 graduate of Boston College, where she majored in Studio Art with a minor in Medical Humanities, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to law school, Cate worked at the Massachusetts State House as the chief of staff for State Representative James O’Day. There, she developed an interest in health policy solutions to complex issues including opioid addiction and maternal mental health, which spurred her decision to attend law school. Born and raised in Oregon, Cate enjoys spending her spare time hiking, crafting, and generally being around trees. She spent her summer interning at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the Health Care Division.
Chris graduated in 2011 from Hampshire College where he studied comparative literature. Prior to law school, he held many positions in technology, including as a project and product manager on software development teams. He has completed internships in the office of State Senator Jamie Eldridge and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. A lifelong Massachusetts resident, Chris was excited to intern at the City of Boston Law Department this summer.
Kristopher "Kris" Phipps
Kris is a 2016 graduate of Temple University, where he double majored in Political Science and Strategic Communication with a focus in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy. Prior to law school, Kris served as policy director for Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus Chair, Representative Joanna McClinton. Working for the constituents of West and Southwest Philadelphia, Kris filled a number of roles, primarily working on legislation addressing criminal justice and prison reform. Kris is particularly interested in the intersection of poverty and the law and hopes to pursue a legal career helping those affected by it. Kris interned at the Massachusetts Inspector General’s Office.
Kristen is a graduate of Smith College and a first-year law student at Boston College Law School, as well as a dual degree candidate for an MEd at the Lynch School of Education. She began her career as a Teach for America corps member while a guest on Sicangu Lakota land, on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. On Rosebud, she taught high school English language arts and psychology for three years. She was also the English Department chair and freshmen grade leader, as well as a proud member of the teachers union. Following her time in the classroom, Kristen became a data facilitator and school coach at New Visions for Public Schools in New York City. She worked exclusively with transfer schools, alternative public high schools for over-age and under-credited students. Kristen was thrilled to bring her deep belief in the power of public education to this fellowship and to her work at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Julia is a 2014 graduate of Boston College where she earned a BA in Economics. Prior to law school, she worked with orphanages and underprivileged youth in Tanzania, Vietnam, and Tijuana, Mexico. She spent nine months in Southeast Asia, two and a half years in Tijuana, and time in both Africa and Central America. In Tijuana, Julia opened a shelter for orphaned and vulnerable children. She collaborated with Mexican authorities to help protect youth who were victims of exploitation and abuse. In furtherance of her efforts in Tijuana, she founded Agape Kids, Inc., a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Julia also worked for two Boston area firms: one specializing in family law, and the other specializing in personal injury. Her experiences have instilled within her a passion and deep sense of duty to help victims of violence and abuse, and a desire for justice on their behalf. She hopes to use her legal education and career to promote opportunities, resources, and support for at-risk youth. Julia interned at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in the Youth Advocacy Division.
Jaime, currently a second-year Public Interest Law Scholar at Northeastern Law (NUSL), is a 2012 graduate of Arizona State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Women and Gender studies, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Her studies and work have focused on achieving gender equity. Jaime worked extensively in providing direct support to survivors of sexual and domestic violence as a legal advocate with Sojourner Center, a domestic violence shelter in Phoenix and as a Teaching Assistant with the Legal Assistance to Victims Project at the Domestic Violence Institute of NUSL. Jaime led statewide advocacy efforts and drafted successful legislative initiatives as the public information officer/legislative liaison at the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and the Public Policy Advocate at the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. Jaime brought her passion for advocacy to the office of former Rappaport Fellow, State Representative Natalie Higgins.
Caitlin is a graduate of Lesley University, where she earned a BS in Counseling Psychology. As a law student at New England Law | Boston, she focused on civil rights and public interest work. Prior to law school, Caitlin was a supervisor at Franciscan Children’s Community Based Acute Treatment Unit, a short-term residential program for children and adolescents experiencing behavioral and emotional difficulties. She also worked at a large immigration law firm and in a solo practitioner’s office concentrating on employee-side employment and discrimination law. Caitlin has a strong interest in social justice and in fighting for all forms of equity. She worked at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) in the General Counsel’s Office.
Rachael graduated from Boston University with a BA in Political Science and later received an MA in International Development from The New School, where she studied international human rights law and labor protections for undocumented migrant workers. Prior to law school, Rachael spent time in New York City working in policy advocacy at the UN with a focus on gender equity and economic development. Most recently, she worked at a social justice nonprofit supporting city and state agencies that integrate racial equity into legislation and institutional change processes. Rachael is interested in furthering community leadership and engagement in local government and looks forward to continuing her policy advocacy work from a legal perspective through the Rappaport Fellows Program. Rachael spent her Rappaport Fellowship summer in the Office of State Senator Joan Lovely.
Adam is a graduate of Framingham State University, where he earned his BA in Psychology and had his work published in the Framingham State Journal of Behavioral Sciences. Prior to law school, he worked as a manager at small trade companies before deciding to change careers. Adam’s goal in the legal field is to have a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable individuals and groups, and to be a resource in helping others lead self-directed, fulfilling lives. He is interested in philosophy, particularly Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Existentialism, and believes that philosophy is a valuable tool in developing an ethically minded and inquisitive approach to work and life. His summer placement was at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, where he contributed to the effort to make education more accessible to marginalized students.