Bureau members are supervised and taught by practicing attorneys: Amy Anthony, Jacob Chin, Stephanie Goldenhersh, Eloise Lawrence, Patricio Rossi, Elizabeth Tuttle Newman, Pattie Whiting, and Managing Attorney/Faculty Director Esme Caramello. Acting as attorneys of record, educators, and mentors, the Clinical Instructors advise Bureau members on their cases and attend court appearances and other case-related meetings with their student-attorneys. Susana Arteta, the Bureau’s Administrative Director, is an exceptionally valued administrative resource. We are also fortunate to have the assistance of Melissa Minaya, our Program Administrator, and a team of dedicated undergraduate interns.
Amy Anthony, Clinical Instructor
Amy joined the Bureau as a Clinical Instructor in 2022. She began her legal services career in 2012 as a Staff Attorney at Merrimack Valley Legal Services, now Northeast Legal Aid, representing tenants and homeowners in foreclosure-related litigation. Before coming to the Bureau, she was the Supervising Attorney for Housing and Appeals at the Volunteer Lawyers Project. Amy holds a J.D. from American University and a B.A. from Columbia University. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time outdoors hiking or paddling with her husband, two sons, and dog.
Susana Arteta, Administrative Director
Susana joined the Bureau as its Administrative Director in 2001. Born in Venezuela of Peruvian and Spanish parents, she was raised in Puerto Rico and has lived in several countries throughout the Americas. Prior to joining the Bureau Susana worked for 14 years at LASPAU: Academic and Professional Programs of the Americas, a center affiliated with Harvard University. Through LASPAU she had the opportunity to work closely with government agencies and universities in the Dominican Republic and in Venezuela. Susana graduated from Brown University with a BA in International Relations and Social Anthropology which included coursework at the Universidad de Costa Rica and at University of Arizona-Tucson. Susana loves to travel and is interested in film, the arts and culture of indigenous peoples, wildlife and science fiction. She is most happy near warm oceans.
Esme Caramello, Managing Attorney & Faculty Director
Esme Caramello is the Bureau’s Faculty Director and a Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where her research, teaching, and advocacy focus on affordable housing, public interest lawyering, equal access to civil justice, race equity in the courts, and legal ethics. Esme grew passionate about housing justice during law school internships at Greater Boston Legal Services and Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services. She then spent a year in San Francisco as a litigation associate at Baker & McKenzie and a year in her hometown of Chicago as law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Charles P. Kocoras. In 2001, Esme returned to Boston as a Chesterfield Smith Community Service Fellow at Holland & Knight, where her work ranged from challenging the conditions of confinement on death row to a successful campaign to regulate the post-eviction storage industry to representing refugees seeking political asylum and tenants fighting eviction and disability discrimination. After two more years of commercial litigation, Esme taught in the Housing Unit at HLS’s WilmerHale Legal Services Center and in Suffolk Law School’s Housing and Consumer Protection Clinic before coming to the Bureau as deputy director in 2009. Esme is a member of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and a Trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation. She is the mother of two wonderful sons, Liam and Ollie. Esme is a graduate of Harvard College (Social Anthropology ’94) and Harvard Law School (’99).
Stephanie Goldenhersh, Clinical Instructor
Stephanie Goldenhersh joined the Bureau as a full-time clinical instructor in August 2007, supervising students in the Bureau’s Family practice, and is now a Senior Clinical Instructor. She has been the Assistant Director for the Family Practice since September of 2016. Prior to joining the Bureau, Stephanie practiced for six years at Community Legal Aid–Worcester, handling all manner of domestic relations litigation and 209A abuse prevention orders. Stephanie was also the project manager for the unit’s U.S. Department of Justice grant under the Violence Against Women Act, which partnered with local domestic violence service providers to ensure continuity of legal services to domestic violence survivors. Prior to entering legal services, Stephanie worked at the law firm Foley Hoag, LLP, where she participated in environmental litigation and pro bono advocacy for survivors of domestic violence. Stephanie received a B.A. in Sociology, Politics and Women’s Studies from Brandeis University and her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. In law school, Stephanie was a Project Coordinator of the Family Law Project, a provider of student representation for domestic violence survivors seeking protective orders. Stephanie was also an editor of the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, and team-taught the undergraduate course “Women in the Law.”
Eloise Lawrence, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law & Deputy Faculty Director
Eloise Lawrence is the Deputy Faculty Director and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at HLS. She is also the faculty supervisor for the HLS Student Practice Organization “Project No One Leaves.” In her role as clinical instructor, she supervises student attorneys who represent tenants and homeowners who are in the eviction process. In her role as lecturer, she co-teaches Housing Law and Policy on a biennial basis and is a member of the HLAB teaching team for courses specifically geared towards HLAB student/ attorneys. Prior to her current role, she started at HLAB in 2011 as a staff attorney responsible for representing hundreds of families and individuals who were facing eviction due to a foreclosure on their home and working with local organizers to advocate for policy changes. Previously, she was a staff attorney in the Consumer Rights Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services, where she brought affirmative suits on behalf of mortgagors against loan originators, servicers and foreclosing entities. Prior to the foreclosure crisis, she was an attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation, and started her legal career as a Skadden Fellow in Chicago representing public housing residents in civil rights class actions. Before attending law school, Eloise was high school history teacher. Eloise received a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 2002 and a B.A. from Stanford University in 1995.
Melissa Minaya, Program Administrator
Melissa Minaya has been the Program Administrator at the Bureau since 2010. She supervises our undergraduate intern program and works closely with Susana to manage the administrative needs of the office. Melissa aspires to align her career with her personal desire to assist others and make sure that individuals feel respected and heard. Previously, Melissa worked in the development research field at Harvard Business School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Melissa is a proud Dominican from Lawrence, MA and attended Colby College. She serves as chair of the board of Berachah Church in Boston, MA where she has been a member since 2004. Melissa continues to engage her passion for learning by keeping up with her two young sons and recovers from the keeping up by taking trips with her husband.
Patricio Rossi, Clinical Instructor
Patricio has been a Clinical Instructor at HLAB since 2011. Before that, he was an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. From 2004 to 2008, he worked in the Housing Unit of Neighborhood Legal Services in Lynn, Massachusetts, first as a Berkeley Law Fellow then as a Staff Attorney. Patricio graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2003. After graduating, he completed a one-year clerkship with the Massachusetts Superior Court in Boston. Patricio lives in Winthrop, Massachusetts, with his wife, Laura; their daughter, Madeleine; and various animals. Patricio graduated from Brown University in 1996 with a degree in history. He enjoys playing and coaching soccer, playing tennis, cooking, and walking his dogs on the beach.
Elizabeth Tuttle Newman, Clinical Instructor
Elizabeth joined the Bureau as a Clinical Instructor in 2022. She supervises students in the Bureau’s Family and Wage practices, including in the Bureau’s newly formed family defense practice. She previously worked as a Staff Attorney in the Bronx Defenders’ Family Defense Practice, where she represented parents and caregivers in the South Bronx. She also worked as litigator at Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz, PC. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2016. While a student, she was a Bureau member in both the Family and Wage practices and was also Vice President of Practice Standards. She graduated summa cum laude from Smith College and was a recipient of a Fulbright research fellowship to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil thereafter. She loves fiction, biking, racial and reproductive justice, and spending time with her husband and son.
Pattie Whiting, Clinical Instructor
Pattie is a Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law who joined the Bureau in 2006. She supervises students in the Bureau’s Housing practice, and has a particular interest in cases involving reasonable accommodation in housing and Section 8 voucher terminations. In addition to supervising student attorneys, Pattie coordinates the Bureau’s participation in the Attorney for the Day Program in Boston Housing Court, where students provide assistance to unrepresented tenants facing eviction from their homes. Pattie holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. Prior to coming to the Bureau, Pattie was a fellow and clinical instructor at the HLS Legal Services Center practicing in the areas of housing law and consumer bankruptcy, and was an associate at the Cambridge law firm of Pressman & Kruskal, where she worked on matters involving residential real estate, estate planning, and lead paint litigation. Her personal interests include the Civil War, Star Wars, and the Tudor Dynasty of England.