Board & Staff

The Board

Makis Antzoulatos
Makis Antzoulatos - Co-Chair

Makis Antzoulatos is a longtime public defender, staff attorney in Suffolk County Superior Court, and Co-Chair of the Mass Defense Committee. In a profession overwhelmingly dedicated to propping up a capitalist and white supremacist status quo, Makis counts on the Guild to connect and support others in the legal community who are committed to fighting oppression.

Coco Holbrook
Coco Holbrook

Coco Holbrook is a newly elected Co-Chair of the Board. Coco is a disability civil rights lawyer focusing on mental health and supports efforts to decriminalize sex work nationally. They are a staff attorney at Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, primarily litigating against jails and employers of low wage workers for discrimination and the mistreatment of folks living with a mental health condition in the Commonwealth. Coco is also a member of the Mass NLG Litigation Committee and the national NLG Disability Justice Committee.

 

David Kelston
David Kelston - Treasurer

David Kelston first arrived as an NLG client in the 1960s and became an NLG Board member in 2000. His commitment to the Guild is built on its service to the movement for justice and equality. For 80 years the NLG has fought for a more just society where human rights are more valuable than property interests. David knows the Guild will keep fighting until we win.

Rebecca Amdemariam
Rebecca Amdemariam

Rebecca Amdemariam is staff attorney with the Committee for Public Counsel Services’ Children and Family Law Division. She is chair of The United People of Color Caucus of the NLG-Mass Chapter. Inspired by the work of the NLG-Mass Chapter, she is excited to participate in real community lawyering for those most affected by racism, capitalism, and imperialism.

Melinda Drew

Melinda Drew has retired as a full-time faculty member at Northeastern University School of Law. She continues to teach part-time. For many years she was the faculty advisor to the law school’s NLG chapter.  A Guild member for more than 35 years and a member of the Mass Defense Committee, Melinda concentrates on training Legal Observers, Legal Observer trainers, and providing Direct Action workshops. Melinda’s commitment to the Guild stems from her understanding that our country does not provide liberty and justice for all but, in fact, deprives many of their basic human rights.

Jeff Feuer
Jeff Feuer

For more than 25 years, Jeff Feuer has worked with his law partner, Lee Goldstein in a community-based law firm, representing tenants, employees, political activists, consumers, and non-profit organizations.  Jeff has been with the Guild for 35 years, and, as a member of the Board of Directors, has served on numerous committees and as the Coordinator of the Mass Defense Committee. Over the years, he has provided pro bono legal representation to hundreds of arrested political demonstrators, from the Justice for Janitors campaign to Occupy Boston to the Black Live Matter movement, and to environmental, anti-nuclear, and immigrant rights activists. He has trained Legal Observers, provided Direct Action training for progressive political activists, and conducted numerous landlord-tenant Street Law Clinics. Besides his family, friends, and the law, Jeff is passionate about music (especially Bruce Springsteen), baseball (he is the commissioner of a fantasy baseball league), and the continuing struggle for a better, more equitable, and just society.

Lee Goldstein
Lee Goldstein

Lee Goldstein is a longtime Guild lawyer, teacher, and activist. Lee has worked to advance the rights of tenants, prisoners, workers, and political groups. He currently practices in a community law office in Cambridge while supervising students at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. For 80 years the Guild has served the movement for justice and equality; Lee knows it will keep fighting for decades to come.

Jasmine Gomez
Jasmine Gomez

Jasmine Gomez is a Constitutional lawyer and community activist and organizer in Boston. At Free Speech For People, Jasmine works toward getting big money out of politics, ending corporate constitutional rights, and promoting political equality through intersectional organizing on passing a Constitutional Amendment. They also organize and work with the NLG-Mass Chapter to fight for queer and trans liberation, for the decolonization of Puerto Rico, and for racial equity.

Lisa L. Gordon
Lisa L. Gordon

Lisa L. Gordon has worked for and with non profits for most of her career. As a consultant, she helped organizations bridge the gap between top-down government agencies, and grassroots networks. One of the biggest challenges in the struggle for justice is that different entities approach the same issue from completely different perspectives simultaneously. In order to build meaningful and positive change, our work must be to facilitate the meshing together of these two approaches, while continually working towards a more just legal system.

Zachary Lown
Zachary Lown

Zachary Lown worked for four years as a public defender in the Roxbury and Dorchester district courts. He is currently the principal attorney of Lown Law Firm. He aims to participate in our communities’ efforts to change the laws so that they better protect our rights. Prior to his legal career, he helped organize dozens of mass demonstrations in Washington, DC, against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, against Islamophobia, and to end the death penalty. He also lived for two years in Venezuela and wrote news and analysis on that country’s political conflict.

Josh Raisler Cohn
Josh Raisler Cohn

Josh Raisler Cohn is a public defender at the Roxbury Defenders Unit, representing people in Roxbury charged with serious felonies. Co-chair of the Mass Defense Committee, Josh finds inspiration in the Guild’s dedication to fighting oppression and supporting people’s movements for self determination.

Bonita Tenneriello
Bonita Tenneriello

Bonita Tenneriello is a staff attorney at Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts where since 2004 she has represented and collaborated with prisoners in civil rights litigation. Since law school, the NLG-Mass Chapter has helped her keep faith that the law can serve those who are fighting for social and economic justice. She’s proud to be part of that struggle.

E. Eden Williams
E. Eden Williams

E. Eden Williams has 30 years’ experience as a community organizer, social worker, and conflict resolution worker in 32 countries. His work focuses on community organizing and organizational effectiveness and evaluation. The NLG-Mass Chapter taught Eden how to fight to win and he now works with the Guild so others can understand the legal system and join the struggle.

Financial Advisors

Jennifer Norris
Jennifer Norris

Jennifer Norris, a proud child of the sixties, is a partner in a women-owned civil law firm. The NLG-Mass Chapter represents all the reasons she became a lawyer and the principles she holds dear. She is honored to be part of an organization that fights for justice, equality, civil rights, and democratic principles.

Jeff Petrucelly
Jeff Petrucelly

Jeff Petrucelly was a founding member of the NLG-Mass Chapter in the 1960s and has been active ever since. Although retired, he still works pro bono to improve the lives of people suffering from the repressive political and corporate control in this country. Jeff remains committed to the NLG-Mass Chapter because we fight for the civil and human rights of all people, supporting grassroots movements here and abroad in a peaceful and democratic manner.

Staff

Urszula Masny-Latos
Urszula Masny-Latos

Urszula Masny-Latos has been Executive Director of the NLG-Mass Chapter since 1996. Her lifetime commitment has been to defend the marginalized and achieve equal rights for all. Urszula’s passion for a better, just world began in her native Poland and has continued through her work with the NLG-Mass Chapter.

Roberto Patterson
Roberto Patterson

Roberto Patterson has been the Administrative Coordinator of the NLG-Mass Chapter since 2019. He is glad to be able to work with the Chapter and to assist all those hard working members, lawyers, donors and friends in their communications and joint efforts to fight for the rights of the people.