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Skidmore College, BA 2001
Northeastern University School of Law, JD 2006


Renay Frankel is the Director for Public Interest and Government with the Center for Co-op and Career Development at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. She joined Northeastern in 2017 after providing career advising to law students at Harvard Law School’s Office of Public Interest Advising. Previously, Professor Frankel practiced for eight years in the public sector. She started her legal career as a public defender in Roxbury, Massachusetts, with the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) and 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 public defenders and 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 Frankel teaches the Public Service Externship Seminar for upper-level students.

Renay Frankel

Director for Public Interest and Government