Meet the lawyers of “Meet the Law” - Part 2

Our popular lawyer-alumni speed networking event is coming this Thursday, 3/29, at 6:00pm. Each day this week, I’ll present brief biographical sketches of each of the distinguished attorneys who will be attending this year’s event. Yesterday, we met Anthony Barsamian, Nicholas Ferron, and Colleen Dunham Henschke. Today, we’ll learn more about Howard Levin, Roger Lewenberg and Ashley Messenger.  RSVP to the event by emailing alumni@honors.umass.edu.

Howard Levin
‘75 (Political Science), Duke Law, Counsel, Rich May

Howard L. Levin is a shareholder and Chairman of the Commercial Real Estate Practice of the law firm of Rich May, P.C. in Boston, MA. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1978) and holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UMass Amherst (1975).

His legal expertise focuses on commercial real estate acquisition, development, and sales, title and title insurance, environmental compliance, leasing, zoning, land use, subdivision control, finance and creditors’ rights matters. He also has extensive experience in telecommunications facility siting under local, state and federal law, including the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Howard is a Mentor in the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, and is active in civic affairs in Lexington, MA.  Howard has served as an appointee of the Massachusetts Land Court to a task force responsible for revision of Registered Land Regulations and has been named one of the elite lawyers in Massachusetts from 2005-2011, according to Super Lawyers.

Howard was profiled on the SBS website in 2009.

Roger Lewenberg ’74 (BDIC), Suffolk Law, Administrative Judge, Mass. Department of Industrial Accidents
Judge Roger S. Lewenberg has been an Administrative Judge of the Department of Industrial Accidents since 1998.  As an Administrative Judge he hears contested claims regarding employee’s workers’ compensation rights.  He sits without a jury and is the finder of fact and law.  In 2010 he was recognized by the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys as the outstanding Judge of the year.

Judge Lewenberg is a 1981 graduate, cum laude, of Suffolk University Law School.  He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from UMass Amherst in 1974.  He was a graduate of the Honors Program and was a BDIC major in Urban Studies and Management.  He received his M.P.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1976.  He has been admitted into practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and before the United States District Court for Massachusetts.

Judge Lewenberg conducted a private law practice for seventeen years representing clients before the Department of Industrial Accidents and the Trial Courts. 

Judge Lewenberg is a member of the University of Massachusetts Commonwealth Honors College Alumni Advisory Board.

Ashley Messenger ‘91 (Political Science & Philosophy), Pepperdine Law, Associate General Counsel, National Public Radio

Ashley G. Messenger is associate general counsel for National Public Radio, based in Washington DC, and an adjunct faculty member at American University’s School of Communication.

Prior to working for NPR, Ashley was editorial counsel for US News and World Report and the McCormick Tribune Fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. At NPR, Ashley specializes in issues that affect news gathering and dissemination. Her legal expertise revolves around the First Amendment, particularly freedom of the press. Ashley received her JD from Pepperdine University and her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Philosophy from UMass Amherst in 1991.

Ashley was profiled on the Political Science website last year.