What is The Climate Reality Project and what is your
“The Climate Reality Project is a nonprofit corporation
founded by Nobel Laureate and former Vice President Al
Gore in the wake of momentum created by the Academy
Award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth. We’re working
to drive a planet-wide turning point on climate change and
build overwhelming popular support for high-level policy
measures to address the crisis.
I am deputy general counsel and am responsible for
the day-to-day operations of our small in-house legal team,
which works to provide thoughtful and creative counsel on a
wide range of legal and risk management matters.”
How do you see your skills as a lawyer and business
professional impacting the trajectory of climate change?
“I’d like to think that my work is helping to ultimately solve
the climate crisis, but it’s a complex global problem that
requires action from every angle imaginable. No one person can impact the trajectory of climate change. It takes
a movement and the combined work of many individuals
dedicated to make the threat of continued climate change a
thing of the past.”
How has your education at Western New England helped
you pursue a career you are passionate about?
“Looking back over my career, every job and educational
opportunity I’ve had has been a stepping-stone to where I
I wasn’t sure where law school would take me, but it was
an opportunity to try something new and could equip me
to be an advocate. I moved from Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
to Springfield, without having ever visited Springfield or
Western New England. It was a bit of a gamble, but I put
every ounce of effort into law school (and the joint MBA
program), and it paid off.
“I never imagined that attending law school would lead
me to where I am today. I am fortunate to be able to represent a client and a cause that I truly believe in.”
Where are they now?
Janice Ward was promoted to senior vice
president, wealth advisor and senior fiduciary
office for Berkshire Bank.
Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial partner
Kevin Williams was included in The Best
Lawyers in America 2017.
Class Agent Julia Lentini Marquis
David McGuire, a nine-year veteran of the
American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, was named the organization’s executive
Class Agents: Kelly Koch
Beth L. Barnhard is a partner in WanderPolo &
Siegel and is a certified elder law attorney in
northern New Jersey. Her practice concentrates
on elder and disability law.
Mark Riley was promoted to partner/principal
at his firm of Conway Stoughton in Connecticut.
His practice focuses on personal injury and
insurance defense matters.
Class Agents: Kendra Berardi
Justin Gorman was named associate general
counsel for United Healthcare for the southeast
region provider networks.
L. Alexandra Hogan and David Webber were
appointed shareholders of the firm Shatz,
Schwartz and Fentin, P.C. of Springfield, MA.
Class Agent John Bandeian
Aziza Ashy-Jones announced the birth of her
son, John Hudson Jones. She is an associate
attorney with Landrum & Shouse LLP in
Vanessa Donatello was promoted to senior
counsel at the New York City Law Department in
the Special Litigation Unit.
Christopher J. Visser was named partner with
Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP.
Joshua Weinshank ’09/LLM’ 10 was named
partner with Cramer & Anderson, LLP.
Class Agent Hirak Shah
James Murtha was part of the team that
conducted the U.S. Securities & Exchange
Commission’s investigation that found Merrill
Lynch violated the Customer Protection Rule by
misusing customer cash. The result was $415
Sandra L. San Emeterio is the project manager
attorney for Statewide Legal Services of
Connecticut, Inc. where she manages several
grants enabling access to justice for low-income
Christopher J. Sugar and his wife, Liz welcomed
a daughter, Madeline Lee Sugar. They reside in
Staci A. Zaretsky married Chris Merritt ’ 12.
Class Agent Maren Law
Amanda J. Morris has opened a practice,
St. Louis Morris, P.A., in Miramar, FL. Amanda
specializes in bankruptcy, real estate, and
Deputy General Counsel
The Climate Reality Project