Clinical Staff

Bureau members are supervised and taught by practicing attorneys: Stephanie Goldenhersh, Nicole Summers, Lyonel Jean-Pierre, Jr., Eloise Lawrence, Samir Hanna, Patricio Rossi, 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.

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, access to justice, public interest lawyering, and legal ethics.  After graduating from HLS, Esme 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 the incomparable U.S. District Court Judge Charles P. Kocoras. She then served for five years as a Chesterfield Smith Community Service Fellow and litigation associate in the Boston office of Holland & Knight, where her work ranged from challenging the conditions of confinement on death row to drafting a consumer protection law to representing refugees seeking political asylum and tenants fighting eviction and disability discrimination. Hooked on housing, she 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 in 2009. Esme is a member of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and serves as a co-chair of its Housing Working Group and a member of its Access to Attorneys Committee.  She is also a Trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation and a longtime member of its Grants Committee.  Esme is the mother of two sons. She 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 domestic relations 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.”

Samir Hanna, Clinical Instructor

Samir Hanna is a Clinical Instructor with the Bureau.  Prior to joining the Bureau, Hanna taught at the University of Michigan Law School Unemployment Insurance Clinic. At Michigan Law, Hanna designed and taught clinic seminar classes for first, second and third year students. Hanna supervised students in complex administrative litigation, appellate brief writing, and oral argument. Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan Law, Hanna served as an administrative law judge for the State of Michigan, presiding over and issuing more than 1,500 decisions in administrative appeals. In his capacity as an administrative law judge, Hanna developed unique insight into the administrative adjudication process and the inter-workings of state administrative agencies. Before joining the bench, Hanna worked in legal aid and maintained his own private practice, which focused on indigent clients charged with unemployment fraud. He has worked for the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice.  Hanna earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School and his BA, cum laude, from Oakland University.

Eloise Lawrence, Clinical Instructor

Eloise Lawrence is the Director of Community Lawyering and Strategic Initiatives for HLAB, a Clinical Instructor and a Lecturer on 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.

Lyonel Jean-Pierre, Clinical Instructor

Lyonel Jean-Pierre Jr. joined the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau as a clinical instructor in April, 2018. He started his law career as a Massachusetts Legal Services Corporation Bart Gordon Fellow with Prisoner Legal Rights (formerly known as the Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services). When the fellowship ended, Lyonel became a full-time staff attorney with the Worcester Community Legal Aid office (formerly known as Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts) where he litigated various domestic relation and restraining order matters in the Probate and Family Court and District Court. After nine years with Community Legal Aid, he joined the Law Office of Murphy and Rudolf LLP where he continued to practice family law but also represented parents and children in Care and Protection matters in the Juvenile Court as a member of the Children and Family Law Division Panel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

Lyonel received a bachelors degree from Brandeis University where, in addition to completing his studies, he mentored “at risk” youth and was a track and field athlete for four years. After college he obtained his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

Nicole Summers, Clinical Instructor

Nicole Summers joined the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau as a Clinical Instructor in June 2019.  Previously, she was a Clinical Instructor in the Housing Law Clinic of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, a Legal Fellow at the NYU Furman Center, and a staff attorney at The Bronx Defenders and Northeast Justice Center.  She also served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Ralph Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  Her scholarship on evictions, fair housing, and other topics has appeared or is forthcoming in the University of Chicago Law ReviewNorth Carolina Law ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social ChangeHarvard Human Rights Journal, and Political and Legal Anthropology Review.  Nicole is also an alum of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau – Nicole was a student attorney in HLAB’s housing practice and co-led its foreclosure task force during her 2L and 3L years of law school.  Nicole holds an A.B. from Brown University, an M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  Nicole is also a Research Affiliate at the NYU Furman Center and is fluent in Spanish.

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.

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.