MLAC is governed by an 11 member Board of Directors, 10 of whom are appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court. The 11th is the Chief Justice for Administration and Management of the Trial Court or that Justice's designee.
Rahsaan Hall was appointed to board in 2009 by the Massachusetts Bar Association. He is currently an attorney for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. Rahsaan has also served as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
Maria Matos was appointed to the board by the Supreme Judicial Court in 2005 as a client representative. She came to Boston in 1990 from Cape Verde. She is a spokesperson on spinal cord injury and works as a translator and interpreter for the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Timothy M. Linnehan of the Administrative Office of the Trial Court was appointed to the MLAC Board in 2005 by the Chief Justice for Administration and Management. Tim serves as the Acting Director of Support Services for the Administrative Office of the Trial Court.
Michael D. Badger was apppointed to the MLAC Board in 2011. He is the founder and owner of Badger Legal Group, a management-side employment litigation and counseling practice based in Central Massachusetts. He serves on the Private Bar Fundraising Committee of Community Legal Aid (organizations formerly known as Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts Legal Services).
Marijane Benner Browne was apppointed to the MLAC Board in 2011. In her role as director of lateral partner recruiting at Ropes & Gray LLP, she is in charge of strategic growth and expansion through the addition of senior lawyers. She serves on the Public Service Committee of the Boston Bar Association and the Executive Committee of the Boston Lawyers Group.
Martha J. Koster was appointed to the board in 2005 and reappointed in 2010. She is a member of the Litigation Section at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. She has concentrated her practice on environmental and insurance issues and on cases raising legal and regulatory concerns under state and federal laws.
Judith Martinez is a counselor at The Women's Center in New Bedford and an advocate for immigrant communities in the South Coast. She was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court in 2004 as someone who recently served on the board of a legal aid program, and she was reappointed in 2009. Judith previously served as a client representative on the board of Legal Services for Cape, Plymouth and Islands (now South Coastal Counties Legal Services).
William (Bill) Newman, a partner at Lesser, Newman & Nasser in Northampton, was appointed to the MLAC board in 2009. He also serves as the director of the Western Regional Office for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. Bill is a former board member for both Western Massachusetts Legal Services and the Center for Public Representation.
Martha Rush O'Mara was nominated by the Massachusetts Bar Association. She was appointed to the MLAC board in 2005 and reappointed in 2010, serving as chair from 2009 to 2011. O'Mara is a solo practitioner who primarily represents children and parents in the Juvenile Court and the Probate and Family Court. She is co-chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Section and is a fellow with the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.
Martin V. Tomassian, a partner at Tomassian & Tomassian of Edgartown and Watertown, was nominated by the county bar association presidents and appointed to the MLAC board in 2010. He currently is president of the Dukes County Bar Association and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association Board of Delegates.
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