Meet the Law Spring 2013: Meet the Lawyers

The Spring 2013 edition of our popular Meet the Law speed-networking event is coming up on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm.  There’s still space left but you should register ASAP!.  Below is the list of this semester’s lawyer-alums.

Debora Ferreira (Legal Studies and African-American Studies ‘93, Boston College Law)
Executive Director, UMass Amherst Office of Equal Opportunity and Employment

Débora D. Ferreira was born in Cape Verde Islands, West Africa and raised in New Bedford, MA.  After law school, she worked in the civil rights arena including working with the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Maine, directing their school civil rights program. She also had her own diversity consulting firm called The Harriet Project.  Then in 2002, she returned to UMass Amherst as the Associate Director for the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EO&D).  Since 2006, she has been the Executive Director for EO&D which includes Disability Services and then in 2009 became the Chief Diversity Officer for UMass, Amherst.  She is also the Title IX and ADA Coordinator for the University.

Ana Dubrovsky (English and Women’s Studies ‘04, Northeastern Law ‘08)
Associate, Scott & Bush Ltd., Providence
Ana is a litigator who focuses her practice on complex business cases, including intellectual property disputes and construction litigation. She represents a variety of clients, including individuals and privately held businesses, in a wide array of matters in state and federal courts, including shareholder disputes, construction litigation and intellectual property infringement matters. Prior to joining the firm, Ana served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Mary Lisi of the federal district court for the District of Rhode Island.

Gina Atwood (German and Spanish ‘96, Tulane Law ‘04)
Partner, Goodwin Proctor, Boston
Gina focuses her practice on products liability and mass tort litigation. She also has experience in commercial business litigation, energy litigation, environmental contamination, employment and financial services matters.

Christine Bromberg (Accounting and History ‘92, Duke Law)
Partner, Robinson & Cole, Hartford
Christine is a partner in the firm’s Tax Group, where she represents clients in connection with a broad range of domestic and international tax matters, with particular emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, workouts (in and out of bankruptcy), recapitalizations, divestitures, and spin-offs, as well as all forms of capital-raising activities. Her clients include domestic and foreign corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies, across a variety of industries and ranging in size from start-up businesses to multinational public corporations.

Prior to joining Robinson & Cole, Christine was associated with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York City. She is also a certified public accountant.

Eric Weinstein (Political Science ‘88, New England Law ‘92)
Solo Practitioner, Framingham

Eric’s practice is focused on real estate related matters, which includes litigation, as well as representing buyers and sellers of real estate, lenders, developers and condominium associations.  Eric was profiled on the UMass Amherst Pre-Law Advising blog in December 2012.

Margaret (Peggy) Lareau (Government and History ‘72, UConn Law ‘83)
Field Attorney, National Labor Relations Board, Hartford

Both before and after law school, Peggy Lareau centered her career in labor relations and labor law in public service with Federal and State agencies.  She has recently retired from the National Labor Relations Board as a field attorney.  Previously she served the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations both as a staff member and as a member of its decision-making Board.  While raising a family, she was self employed as a neutral arbitrator on the panel of the American Arbitration Association, and taught labor law courses as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Connecticut Law School and Western New England School of Law.

Todd Newhouse (Political Science ‘81, Suffolk Law ‘84)
Assistant United States Attorney, Springfield

Todd E. Newhouse is Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.  Prior to this position, he worked in Boston investigating and prosecuting members and associates of La Cosa Nostra, also known as the Mafia.  Since 1999 he has prosecuted members and associates of various national and local street gangs and other violent crimes, as well as drug trafficking and firearms offenses in Springfield, MA.  He has significant trial experience in United States District Court, having tried 23 federal trials including a racketeering and loansharking trial which began in January of 1990 and ended with convictions 14 months later in April of 1991. He has used all of the investigative tools available to federal prosecutors including electronic surveillance of both wire (telephone) communications and oral (commonly referred to as bugs) communications, consensual interceptions, lengthy grand jury investigations, undercover investigations and the use of cooperating witnesses, including individuals he has sponsored into the United States Marshals Witness Security Program.

Sarah Oulton (Zoology 1986, Western New England Law ‘12)

Sarah A. Oulton is a recent graduate from Western New England University School of Law who is planning to practice Patent Law and continue her pro bono work in the fields of Animal Law, Housing Law, Foster Care Advocacy, Elder Law, and Estate Planning.  She earned her B.S. at age 23 and her J.D. at age 49, so she has a unique perspective on both undergraduate and legal education.  Prior to attending law school she worked in the fields of veterinary medical research and law, she served as a Town Meeting Member for the Town of Framingham, and she was honored by the Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants for her volunteer work with tenants in Roxbury.

While attending UMass Amherst, Ms. Oulton was a Commonwealth Scholar who conducted research on both Equine Infectious Anemia Virus and Marek’s Disease of Chickens.  She graduated magna cum laude in 1986 with a B.S. in Zoology.  While enrolled at UMass, Ms. Oulton was inducted into a number of honor societies (Alpha Lambda Delta, Golden Key International Honor Society, Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi) and volunteered for Mass Transformation, a project to renovate the Tower Library.

As a law student, Ms. Oulton was a clinician who successfully represented 11 clients in the Western Division Housing Court.  She co-founded the law school’s Animal Law Association (“ALA”) in 2011 and served as the group’s first President.  The ALA won the Western New England University Student Bar Association’s “Club of the Year Award” for 2012, and Ms. Oulton continues to volunteer with the group today.  Also while in law school, Ms. Oulton was awarded a “CALI Excellence for the Future Award” for Estate Planning.  She co-authored a paper on legal liability for dog breed identification based solely on phenotype (publication pending) and she collaborated with two law professors to write a book on a topic in animal law (publication pending).

Ms. Oulton is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee, and the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice and Intellectual Property Sections.