Class Agent Marc Gaffrey
Charles R. Casartello Jr. of the firm
Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley PC,
received the Pro Bono Publico Award
from the Massachusetts Bar Association in April.
Dennis Guthinger was named deputy
commonwealth’s attorney for the
Newport News Commonwealth
Attorney’s Office in Virginia.
Class Agent Michael Borg
Ellen Freyman was named one of
the 2016 Excellence in Law honorees
by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Ellen is an attorney with Shatz, Schwartz
and Fentin, P.C. in Springfield.
Sister Sally Hodgdon was elected to
a second six-year term as superior
general. She is a member of the United
States Province of the Sisters of St.
Joseph of Chambery in West Hartford.
Wanted: Class Agent
Ellen Berger was selected by the Massachusetts Bar Association as the recipient
of the Prosecutor Award at the Access
to Justice Award dinner in April. Ellen is
a prosecutor in the Hampden County
District Attorney’s office.
Aaron Smith, P.C., a certified public
accounting firm in East Longmeadow, MA,
named Bernard “Buzz” F. Travers III as
its managing director. Buzz has been with
the firm since 1999.
Class Agent Kathleen Porter
Alaric J. Fox was promoted to Colonel
for the Connecticut State Police and
will serve as the division’s commanding
Wanted: Class Agent
Philmore H. Colburn II was selected
for a Professional Excellence Award
by the Connecticut Law Tribune.
Philmore is a comanaging partner of
Joel Felber was promoted to partner in
his firm of Leason Ellis in White Plains,
NY. Joel has been with Leason Ellis
since 2012 and his focus has been on
domestic and international intellectual
property protection, particularly related
to computing hardware and software.
Wanted: Class Agent
Erica Cushna celebrated five years
as the trial panel director for the
Committee for Public Counsel
Services in Boston.
Where are they now?
How has your professional and personal life taken off since
“I graduated from the School of Law in 2006, and passed bar
exams in Connecticut and District of Columbia. I wasn’t entirely
sure where I wanted to steer my career. A college friend of mine
suggested applying for roles as a contract attorney in the then
nascent field of eDiscovery. I managed to land contract attorney
work in the key Washington, DC market. The work was abundant and allowed an attorney at the very outset of his or her
career to be exposed to a breadth of area of corporate law,
including mergers and acquisitions, finance and securities,
SEC investigations, and even foreign-based corruption and
fraud matters. I worked in eDiscovery for three years, working my way up to project manager.
“I was also fortunate enough to travel extensively across the
U.S. and into Europe, Russia, and parts of Asia. In the course of
my travels, I met my wife, who has born and raised in Rome.
She and I married in 2009, and now have three children.”
You are now working as an operations manager—how that
did change come about, and what does your role entail?
“I left the eDiscovery world in 2009 to work in compliance for
an intergovernmental agency in Italy. However, I found myself
being steered back toward eDiscovery, as globalization continued to drive growth in the field in Europe. In 2015, I was hired
by e TERA as Operations Manager for its European branch.
“e TERA Consulting is an international, award-winning organization focused on solving the challenges of complex, big data
projects in the areas of information governance, investigations,
litigation, regulatory compliance, and security breach response.
I handle much of the logistics, administrative aspects, and project management necessary for growth of the business in the UK
and the European continent. It is a challenging role that requires
continual travel and flexibility, but I enjoy it a great deal.”
What drew you to Western New England, and how did it give
you the momentum to make the career leap into international
“One of the initial draws to the School of Law was the small
class sizes, access to professors, and attention paid to legal
research and writing as a fundamental part of the legal education. This hands-on aspect of the legal education, particularly
during the theoretical, old-school, Actus Reus/Mens Rea sometimes esoteric and often overwhelming first semester of law
school, provided a good grounding in the practice of law and
hands-on application of legal education. These aspects of the
learning process were to pay off in spades later on, as both
research and writing have become huge aspects of my work
as a legal consultant and project manager.”
e TERA Consulting
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