About the Fellowship
MLAC’s Bart J. Gordon Memorial Fellowship improves access to legal assistance for communities whose linguistic and cultural backgrounds are barriers to the delivery of legal aid.
The fellowship, which rotates among the Massachusetts legal aid programs that receive funding from MLAC, provides financial support to new attorneys qualified to address these barriers. One new Gordon Fellow is funded each year for a one-year term (there is an option to renew for a second year).
For more information on the Gordon Fellowship, please contact Pat Swansey at email@example.com.
Below is a full list of Gordon Fellows since 1991.
About Bart J. Gordon
Bart J. Gordon was a Springfield attorney and a founding member of the MLAC Board of Directors. This fellowship program was renamed in his honor after his passing in 1995.
|YEAR||FELLOW||LEGAL AID PROGRAM|
|2019-Present||Mario Paredes||Prisoners’ Legal Services|
|2018-present||Victoria Baratian||Community Legal Aid|
|2018-present||Karen Michel||South Coastal Counties Legal Services|
|2017-present||Gabriel Ernesto Berkowitz Groennou||Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts|
|2017-2018||Stephanie Molina||Massachusetts Advocates for Children|
|2016-2018||Virak Anthony Thach||Northeast Legal Aid|
|2016-2018||Pablo Carrasco||MetroWest Legal Services|
|2015-2017||Ashley Francisque||South Coastal Counties Legal Services|
|2015-2016||Ariel Stephens||Greater Boston Legal Services|
|2013-2014||Ventura Dennis||Greater Boston Legal Services|
|2013-2014||Talia Gee||Community Legal Aid|
|2010-2012||Hinna Mushtaque||Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts1|
|2010-2012||Carla P. Moniz||Greater Boston Legal Services|
|2009-2011||Nina Sa||Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts1|
|2008-2010||Weayonnoh Nelson||South Coastal Counties Legal Services|
|June Beack||Merrimack Valley – North Shore Legal Services|
Neighborhood Legal Services2
|2007-2009||Jennifer Rocha||South Middlesex Legal Services (now MetroWest Legal Services)|
|2006-2008||Edelina Munoz Burciaga||Massachusetts Law Reform Institute|
|2005-2007||Lyonel Jean Pierre||Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services (now Prisoners’ Legal Services)|
|2005-2007||Sherley Cruz||Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Greater Boston Legal Services|
|2004-2005||Nilda Rodriguez||Massachusetts Advocates for Children|
|2003-2004||Crystal Chow||Disability Law Center|
|2002-2003||Regina Hill||Center for Public Representation|
|2000-2001||Bruce Morgan||Western Massachusetts Legal Services1|
|1999-2000||Jennifer Huggins||Neighborhood Legal Services2|
|1998-1999||Gretchen Zegarra||Greater Boston Legal Services|
|1997-1998||Marisol Garcia||Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts|
|1996-1997||Karen Nixon||Southeastern Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation3|
|1995-1996||Tuesday Cooper||Western Massachusetts Legal Services1|
|1995-1996||Harvey Bazil||Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts1|
|1994-1995||Chanda Tuck||Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services (now part of Greater Boston Legal Services)|
|1994-1995||Man Chak Ng||Greater Boston Legal Services|
|1993-1994||Bernard Lee||Center for Law and Education|
|1993-1994||Francisca Fajana||Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts1|
|1993-1994||Jennie Lee||Legal Services of Cape Cod and the Islands3|
|1993-1994||Blane Brooks||Neighborhood Legal Services2|
|1991-1993||John Dones||South Middlesex Legal Services (now MetroWest Legal Services)|
|1991-1992||Lorena Sol||Western Massachusetts Legal Services1|
1. In 2011, the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts Legal Services merged to form Community Legal Aid.
2. In 2014, Merrimack Valley Legal Services and Neighborhood Legal Services merged to form Northeast Legal Aid.
3. In 2006, Legal Services of Cape Cod and the Islands and the Southeastern Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation merged to form South Coastal Counties Legal Services.