Meet the Lawyers of “Meet the Law”

We’ve got a great group of lawyer-alums coming to campus next week for our “Meet the Law” speed networking event (Wednesday, 10/30 at 6:00 pm).

Have you signed up yet? Do it now, before the event fills up!

Check out all the bios right here.

Nicholas Ferron (English ‘05, UConn Law ‘10)
Associate, Kahan, Kerensky and Capossela LLP

Nicholas (“Nick”) Ferron is an attorney at Kahan, Kerensky & Capossela, LLP, in Storrs, Connecticut, where his work includes Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate.  While Nick’s firm has 17 lawyers, Nick works in a very small office and enjoys being a “small-town lawyer” who represents friends and neighbors in a wide variety of matters.  He doesn’t work weekends and rarely goes to court.

Nick graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Commonwealth Honors College in 2005, with a degree in English.  He worked for a year as a paralegal at a Northampton, Massachusetts law firm before attending the University of Connecticut in the J.D./MBA dual-degree program.  He is an avid marathon runner and a craft beer connoisseur.  He lives with his wife Maggie (who is also an attorney, marathon runner and beer snob) and their son George in Storrs, Connecticut.

Anuj Khetarpal (Economics ‘04, BU Law ‘10)
Staff Attorney, Committee for Public Counsel Services

Anuj Khetarpal, originally from Brookline, MA, graduated summa cum laude in 2004 from UMass with a degree in Economics and a certificate in International Relations through the Five College Interchange. While attending UMass, Anuj was a member of the Commonwealth Honors College and the captain of the UMass Men’s Crew Team. Upon graduating, Anuj entered into a management training program at Zurich Insurance in Schaumburg, IL. After working for Zurich as a Risk Engineer for three years, Anuj enrolled at Boston University School of Law, where he graduated, cum laude, in 2010. Following this legal education, Anuj moved to Austin, TX, where he completed a 2-year judicial clerkship for the Honorable Cheryl Johnson at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Upon completion of his clerkship, Anuj returned to Massachusetts as a Public Defender for the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS). He currently works in CPCS’s Malden District Court Office.

Stefanie Krantz (Legal Studies ‘89, WNE Law ‘93)
Attorney, Disability Law Center and Certified Wellness Coach and Owner, KrantzWellness

Stefanie Krantz graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May of 1989.  While at the University, she majored in Legal Studies and became interested in public interest law.  After graduating, she spent a year traveling and working as a mediator with families in conflict.  In 1990, Stefanie began attending Western New England School of Law and in her second year of law school, she participated in the Legal Service Clinic. After graduation, Stefanie obtained a full time position working at the Disability Law Center.  She has held this position for nearly 20 years and specializes in health care access, special education, and housing.  In 2011, Stefanie decided to pursue another area of professional interest and attended the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, a health coaching certification program.  After receiving her certification, she opened KrantzWellness, her health coaching practice.  Stefanie deeply enjoys both of her professions and finds that her training and skills as a lawyer and a coach complement one another. 

The Hon. Matthew Machera (Political Science ‘88, New England Law ‘94)
Associate Justice, Chelsea (MA) District Court

Matthew Machera joined the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in January 1995.  Judge Machera was first a member of the Juvenile Unit where he prosecuted juveniles under the Youthful Offender Law, which allowed juveniles to be prosecuted and sentenced as adults.  Following the Juvenile Unit, Judge Machera became a member of the Gang Unit where he initiated the Rapid Indictment Prosecution Program.  This program partnered Assistant District Attorneys with detectives to respond to gang-related shootings where witnesses were brought before a John Doe Grand Jury for investigation the day following the incident.

Judge Machera then served as Chief of the Safe Neighborhoods Initiative (SNI) in the District Attorney’s Office.  The SNI is a team of prosecutors in Superior Court as well as in District Court, who prosecute all felony and misdemeanor offenses that occur in Boston neighborhoods.  Judge Machera represented the District Attorney’s Office at many monthly community meetings, as well as monthly gang intelligence meetings.  He also worked closely with the Boston Police, the United States Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office and the community in identifying and prosecuting violent, repeat offenders.  Judge Machera was a founding faculty member for the American Prosecutors Research Institute of its course “Hitting the Mark; Combating Gun Violence” program that trained other prosecutors nation-wide on combating gun violence. In 2004 Judge Machera was awarded the first annual “Brian J. Honan Award” for “Excellence in the Courtroom and in the Community”.

Judge Machera entered private practice in September 2005 where he concentrated on criminal defense, plaintiff civil actions and administrative law. In June, 2008, Judge Machera traveled to the Bahamas where he served on a diplomatic commission on behalf of the United States Embassy examining the entire criminal justice system. He has served on the boards of the Project Right, Stop Handgun Violence, the Boston Police Foundation and is the community co-chair of the Grove Hall Safe Neighborhood Initiative.

On September 28, 2012 Judge Machera was sworn in by Governor Deval Patrick as Associate Justice of the Chelsea District Court.

Duncan MacKay (Legal Studies ’84, Suffolk Law ‘88)
Deputy General Counsel, Northeast Utilities Service Company

Duncan MacKay is the Deputy General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer for Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU), a Standard & Poor’s 500 energy company based in Connecticut and Massachusetts.  NU operates New England’s largest energy delivery system and is committed to safety, reliability, environmental leadership and stewardship, and expanding energy options for its more than 3.5 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. 

Duncan is responsible for the team of lawyers who counsel and represent NU with respect to labor and employment matters, state and federal regulatory matters, and litigation matters and dispute resolution.  As Chief Compliance Officer, Duncan is also responsible for NU’s corporate compliance program.  He has been active in the development and implementation of pro-active approaches to managing disputes involving the NU companies, including the implementation of standard “stepped” ADR clauses in commercial contracts, early case evaluation, and consideration of ADR options in the early stages of disputes or litigation.  Duncan’s responsibilities also include managing the company’s relationship with certain of its outside law firms. 

Duncan is a member of the executive advisory committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (“CPR”) and chairs the CPR Committee on Energy, Oil & Gas, which several years ago developed the first of its kind national energy panel of neutrals.  Duncan is also a member of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, and the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Energy Bar Associations respective ADR Committees, serving currently as the co-Chair of the Energy Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.  Duncan also served on the Connecticut Commission on Civil Court Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) in 2011, which developed recommendations for enhancing the Connecticut State Court System’s ADR programs.

Duncan attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he received his B.A. in Legal Studies.  He attended Suffolk University Law School in Boston, where he received his J.D., cum laude, served on the Law Review, and after graduation served as a mentor and member of the adjunct faculty.

Maura McLaughlin (English and French ’91, BC Law)
Attorney, Morgan, Brown and Joy LLP

Maura McLaughlin is Of Counsel to Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP, a Boston-based law firm focusing on labor and employment law.  Maura’s practice involves representing clients in state and federal courts and agencies on employment law matters.  She provides advice to clients on all facets of the employment relationship, including hiring, discipline and termination; drafting and revising employee handbooks; preventing workplace harassment and investigating/responding to claims of harassment; leaves of absence and accommodation issues; and wage and hour laws.  She conducts training on unlawful harassment and other employment matters and is a graduate of the anti-harassment training program certified by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Maura is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (B.A., magna cum laude) and of Boston College Law School (J.D., cum laude).  After graduation from law school, she was employed as a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court.  Maura has also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Appeals Division of the Criminal Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, where her practice focused on appeals and civil rights/constitutional issues, and as Deputy Counsel to the Massachusetts Senate. 

Joseph Roche (Political Science ‘05, Suffolk Law ‘08)
Attorney, Army & Lee PC

Attorney Joseph D. Roche is a 2005 graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, (B.A., Political Science) where he was a member of the Political Science National Honors Society (Pi Sigma Alpha) and a 2008 graduate of Suffolk University Law School (J.D.). Attorney Roche was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in November 2008. Presently Attorney Roche is an associate at Army & Lee, P.C., in Worcester, Massachusetts where he practices primarily in the area of Family Law, handling matters of divorce, custody & visitation, support (child & spousal) and domestic violence. In addition to his work in the legal field, Attorney Roche serves on the Town of Paxton (Massachusetts) Zoning Board of Appeals, and is a UMass football season ticket holder.