Boston University School of Law

September 1, 2007

New Direction in the Career Development Office: CDO Names Maura Kelly Director and Jennifer Perrigo Associate Director

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Maura Kelly, Esq., Director, Career Development Office

“When I first began advising law students about career opportunities, I could not believe I was getting paid to do such thoroughly enjoyable work,” said Maura Kelly, newly appointed director of the Career Development Office. “My top priorities are to continuously improve our advising capacity and to expand our outreach to employers—particularly about our alumni—in all sectors, throughout the U.S. and around the world.”

Kelly joined the CDO in Spring 2005 as the associate director for Public Interest and Judicial Clerkship Advising. Previously, Kelly was the assistant director in the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School, where one of her roles was to expand career-related resources in the field of international public interest law. Kelly's legal experience includes a judicial clerkship, direct legal services, a national law reform, nonprofit, academia and private practice. She worked at the Center for Law and Education and South Middlesex Legal Services, in the education law departments of two law firms, Holland & Knight LLP and Kotin, Crabtree & Strong. Kelly also served as the general counsel at Lesley University. In addition to practicing law, Kelly has taught both in higher education and at the high school level, has worked as a community organizer, and has been involved in a wide variety of community activities related to education, children and civil rights. Kelly holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, a Master of Education in Urban Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a B.A. in Spanish and Secondary Education from the University of New Hampshire.

“I am honored to have been selected to lead the Career Development Office. I love working with our students and see my role as an opportunity to 'pay it forward' for all of the invaluable mentoring and door-opening from which I have benefited.”

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Jennifer Perrigo, Esq., Associate Director & Director of Pro Bono, Career Development Office

“It’s important for our students to see how lawyers integrate public service into their professional lives,” said Jennifer Perrigo, recently appointed associate director and director of Pro Bono at the Career Development Office. In addition to her previous responsibilities as assistant director, Perrigo will now lead the pro bono program. “I look forward to building upon the great success of the program last year by increasing student participation and developing new pro bono partnerships with alumni and others,” said Perrigo.

Prior to joining BU Law, Perrigo was the managing attorney at the Massachusetts Justice Project, a federally-funded legal services organization serving low-income clients with civil legal matters. While there, she advised and represented clients in matters such as eviction defense, fair housing, access to and preservation of public benefits, bankruptcy and family law. As part of her position, she also managed the Volunteer Lawyers Service, a program that matches low income clients with attorneys in private practice willing to provide representation pro bono. A summa cum laude graduate of Ithaca College, Perrigo obtained her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

“I welcome alumni to contact probono@bu.edu with opportunities. I also look forward to hearing from our many committed alumni who currently engage in pro bono work.

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Reported by Sara Gelston