Professor Lucy Williams
Professor Lucy Williams, an internationally recognized authority on welfare law and low-wage labor, as well as international comparative social and economic rights, directs the Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration.
Shannon Al-Wakeel is the managing director of the Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration. A community lawyer and public policy advocate, she was previously executive director of the Muslim Justice League for five years. Shannon received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2010. She worked in the immigration unit at Massachusetts Law Reform Institute as a Kaufman Fellow and went on to serve as state policy director for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA).
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR PUBLIC INTEREST AND GOVERNMENT
Renay Frankel is Associate Director for Public Interest and Government at Northeastern Law's Center for Co-op and Career Development. In this role, she supports and advises students interested in public interest co-ops and post-graduate jobs. Renay is also CPIAC’s Pro Bono Liaison, collaborating with CPIAC to develop and promote pro bono opportunities for students.
Renay joined Northeastern Law’s 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, Mass., 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.
Student Advisory Board
CPIAC’s Student Advisory Board plays a key role in ensuring CPIAC continues to provide meaningful opportunities for student involvement that align with students’ educational goals and social justice passions. The Student Advisory Board is open to any Northeastern Law student interested in contributing their ideas and insights to uphold and strengthen NUSL’s vibrant public interest culture.
2021-2022 Student Advisory Board Members:
Maya Brown ’22 | Gabriella Capocelli ’22 | Robert Mogollon ’23 | Bianca Pickering ’22 | Jennifer Reale ’23 | Shayna Scott ’22
To learn more or get involved, contact Shannon Al-Wakeel at email@example.com.