Board & Staff

The Board

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.

Makis Antzoulatos
Makis Antzoulatos

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.

Ricardo Arroyo
Ricardo Arroyo

Ricardo Arroyo is a public defender with the Committee for Public Counsel Services who believes it is our responsibility as human beings to fight for social justice and equity in our communities. He is a proud member of the NLG-Mass Chapter, standing with grassroots organizers and activists in the fight against repression and oppression.

Josh Raisler Cohn
Josh Raisler Cohn

Josh Raisler Cohn (Co-Chair) 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.

Ben Falkner
Ben Falkner

Ben Falkner (Secretary) is a civil rights and criminal defense lawyer whose focus is to protect his clients from the power of government. Ben joined the NLG-Mass Chapter after noticing its contingent at a 2002 Iraq War protest. Excited to be a member of the NLG-Mass Chapter, Ben represents those prevented from fighting for their rights while standing with those who can.

Brian Flynn
Brian Flynn

Brian Flynn is an employment law attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services. Brian represents low-wage workers and immigrant workers in wage and hour litigation; he also specializes in unemployment law. Brian has been a long-time NLG-Mass Chapter member and believes the Guild is especially important in the current political climate.

Jude Glaubman
Jude Glaubman

Jude Glaubman was inspired by Ella Baker to pick up a broom for racial justice and self-determination while rooting her work in love and a commitment to the dignity of all people. She was honored to be part of the NLG/Water Protectors Legal Collective in Standing Rock and is excited to work with the Guild to build power and resistance.

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. She also organizes and works with the NLG-Mass Chapter to fight for queer and trans liberation, for the decolonization of Puerto Rico, and for racial equity.

David Kelston
David Kelston

David Kelston (Treasurer) first arrived as a client in the 1960s and became a Board member in 2001. 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 keeping fighting until we win.

Erica Medina
Erica Medina

Erica Medina is a public defender at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) and represents clients in the Roxbury and Dorchester district courts. In addition to her case load, Erica is also the co-founder of a committee that works to educate public defenders about anti-racism efforts, both in the courtroom and the office. Erica is dedicated to ending white supremacy and to approaching every aspect of the criminal legal system through a critical race theory lens.

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.

Carl Williams
Carl Williams

Carl Williams (Co-Chair) is a racial justice staff attorney at the ACLU of Massachusetts. Following six years as a public defender with the Roxbury Defenders, Carl now works with Law for Black Lives and its RadTalks project. Carl joined the Guild to make people free. He is inspired by its stated commitment to racial justice and strives to make this commitment a reality.

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.

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.

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.

Kayla Degala-Paraíso
Kayla Degala-Paraíso

Kayla Degala-Paraíso has recently joined the NLG-Mass Chapter as Lawyer Referral Service and Administrative Coordinator in 2018. She is excited to support local resistance movements and marginalized communities through her work with the NLG-Mass Chapter as a way of contributing to the broader struggle for global justice. Isang Bagsak!