The Team (listed alphabetically by surname)
Sophie supports the daily operations of the co-op program and assists the advising team with a full schedule of student programming. She received her B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where she majored in French. Prior to joining NUSL in 2017, Sophie taught English as a Second Language in France and in Boston, and worked as an International Student Officer at an ESL school in Boston.
Assistant Director, Judicial Clerkship Advising
Lupita is a graduate of NUSL (Class of 2012) and is very excited to join the NUSL staff in guiding and supporting its students as an Assistant Director in the Co-op and Career Development Center, focusing on Judicial Clerkship and Public Interest advising. Prior to this role, Lupita was a solo practitioner mainly practicing juvenile criminal defense and some immigration law for approximately seven years. Her juvenile defense practice consisted of zealously advocating on behalf of indigent youth in Dorchester, Chelsea and Boston Juvenile Courts as a bar advocate for Suffolk Lawyers for Justice. Her immigration law practice mainly consisted of family-based petitions, applications for citizenship and waivers of inadmissibility. Lupita began her legal career as a Law Clerk for the Massachusetts Juvenile Courts, during which time she clerked for 13 judges across Massachusetts. In addition to practicing law, she was a moot court advisor to LALSA students for several years.
Lupita had the following co-ops as a student at NUSL: Citizens for Juvenile Justice; Greater Boston Legal Services, Immigration Unit; Committee for Public Counsel Services, Roxbury Defenders Unit; and the Lowell Juvenile Court. She also represented clients as a student attorney in the Poverty Law and Prisoner’s Rights Clinics.
Caitlin Fitz Gerald
Associate Director, Operations & Data
Caitlin Fitz Gerald oversees the operations and data management, analysis, and reporting for the co-op program and post graduate employment outcomes for outlets such as the ABA and NALP. Prior to working in the Center for Co-op and Career Development, she worked in Admissions. She has also worked for many years in Boston’s theater industry, and has worked in a number of non profits.
She received her B.A. with a dual major in Studio Art and History from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, her M.A. in International Relations from Boston University, and a M.S. in Urban Informatics from Northeastern University.
Outside of Northeastern, Caitlin is a writer and artist, and volunteers in animal care with the New England Aquarium.
Director, Public Interest & Government
Renay Frankel is the Director for Public Interest and Government. She joined the Co-op office in 2017 after providing career advising to law students as the Assistant Director of Harvard Law School’s Office of Public Interest Advising. Prior to working in career services, Renay practiced for 8 years in the public sector. She started her legal career as a public defender in Roxbury, MA with the Committee for Public Counsel Services (“CPCS”). She also worked as a housing attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services. In 2009, she was the recipient of a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship, which led to the creation of a unique position at the Committee for Public Counsel Services to expand the public defender agency’s holistic defense practice and address clients’ civil legal issues. In this role, she provided training and advice to court-appointed criminal defense attorneys in Massachusetts regarding the civil consequences of criminal cases. She also facilitated collaboration between the public defender agency, civil legal services providers and community partners in order to support public defender clients.
Renay is a 2006 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and received her B.A from Skidmore College. At NUSL, Renay’s co-ops included: New York Civil Liberties Union, San Francisco Public Defender, LevyRatner, P.C. (a union-side labor law firm), and the Youth Advocacy Division of CPCS. She was also a student attorney and teaching assistant in the Northeastern Law School Prisoners’ Rights Clinic. Prior to attending law school, Renay worked at a labor and employment law firm and a labor union in New York City.
Renay focuses on public interest, government, fellowships and judicial co-op/ clerkships.
Employer Outreach Specialist
Dorothy has worked at NUSL for many years, starting in the Office of Career Services as an Administrative Assistant. After a year, she moved into the role of Recruitment Coordinator. After the 2013 merger of NUSL’s Co-op and Career Services Offices into CCOPA (Center for Co-op and Professional Advancement), Dorothy became the Program Manager, and for the last few years Dorothy has served as the Employer Outreach Specialist. Dorothy’s time is spent managing the office’s on- and off-campus recruitment programs and events, developing and distributing communications and resources to employers and students, and assisting with special events and program support to our Advisors. Prior to joining NUSL, Dorothy worked as an office manager in small law firm in Boston. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University and an Associates of Arts degree from North Shore Community College.
Assistant Director, Private Sector
Adam is an alumnus of Northeastern University School of Law (Class of 2016) and is returning to campus as the Assistant Director in the Center for Co-Op and Career Development. He is excited to work with law student interested in pursuing careers in the private sector, either in a law firm or in-house setting. Prior to this role, Adam was an associate at Goodwin Procter LLP, where he collaborated with large and small legal teams to advise clients on their financing needs, coordinated large commercial finance transactions, drafted and negotiated complex financing documents, and advised a number of pro bono clients about obtaining financial relief under the Paycheck Protection Program established via the CARES Act. Prior to that role, Adam was an associate at Proskauer Rose LLP, where he worked with lean legal teams to support direct lending and private credit transactions to finance mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and other complex corporate transactions for a wide array of private equity clients. During his time at both Goodwin and Proskauer, Adam served as a mentor to first-year and summer associates, striving to provide them with tools that would help them effectively navigate their transition from law students to practicing lawyers.
During his time at Northeastern, Adam’s co-ops included working with a then-newly-public life sciences company’s General Counsel, serving as a judicial intern under Judge Judith G. Dein in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, working as a summer associate at Proskauer Rose LLP, and working in-house with the General Counsel’s Office at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Adam will begin accepting advising appointment in October 2021.
Assistant Director, Public Interest & Government
Lisa is the Assistant Director of Public Interest and Government and advises students who are interested
in government and public interest opportunities.
Prior to joining NUSL, Lisa worked for Massachusetts State Senate Majority Leader Cynthia Stone Creem.
In her role as policy counsel, Lisa advised the Senator on pending legislation, drafted and reviewed
legislation, met with advocates and lobbyists, and worked with constituents to resolve issues with state
government agencies. Lisa worked on a range of legislative issues, including healthcare and education,
and worked to further the Senator’s legislative agenda.
Lisa has lived in Brookline, MA since graduating from Boston College in 2003. She attended Northeastern
University School of Law and graduated in 2006. At NUSL, Lisa’s co-ops included: a judicial co-op with
Judge Margot Botsford at the Massachusetts Superior Court, the Boston Public Schools Office of Labor
Relations, Adkins, Kelston & Zavez, and Sonosky, Chambers, Sasche Miller & Munson.
Lisa will begin accepting advising appointments in October 2021.
Cynthia Tow McPherson
Interim Assistant Dean and Director, Private Sector
Cynthia is the Director of the Private Sector in the Center for Co-op and Career Development at Northeastern University School of Law. In this role, she leads the Private Sector team in advising students and engaging with a range of private sector employers. A native of Brookline, MA, she graduated cum laude from Boston College with a B.S. in Marketing, and is a 2005 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. During law school, Cynthia benefited from participating in NUSL’s Co-operative Legal Education Program, completing co-ops in Middlesex Juvenile Court and three law firms. Cynthia also was a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. After graduating from NUSL, Cynthia worked at a small general practice law firm, before deciding that higher education was her true calling. Cynthia returned briefly to NUSL before joining the BU Law Career Development Office as the Recruitment and Marketing Manager. At BU Law, Cynthia advised students on recruitment, engaged in extensive employer outreach, and managed the on campus interviewing process.
In her role at NUSL, Cynthia advises students interested in working at law firms and companies for co-op and post-graduate opportunities, including in depth advising around Summer Associate recruitment. Cynthia also advises the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and serves on various committees.
Cynthia’s background includes a history in competitive tennis. As a scholarship athlete at Boston College, she competed at the #1 singles and #1 doubles positions for the Eagles for four years, and served for nearly five years post-graduation as the Assistant Coach for the Boston College Women’s Tennis Team.