Ilana Zeltser joined Volunteer Lawyers Project in April 2019. Ilana earned a BS in Business Management and an MBA from the University of Hartford. Before joining VLP, Ilana spent 6 years working in higher education.
Kevin Walsh joined the VLP in 2022 as a Temporary Staff Attorney. He practiced law in a few law firms for nearly forty years, handling civil litigation matters such as landlord/tenant cases, business disputes, and contract claims. He earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1979, and his J.D. from the Notre Dame Law School in 1982.
Lurenne graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Political Science and joined the VLP as a Bilingual Intake Specialist, where she seeks to gain experience in different areas of law to aid underserved communities. Before joining the VLP, Lurenne worked at the Boston Court Service Center, where she helped individuals complete documents for their cases and navigate the court system. Lurenne is also passionate about teaching, previously working as a Tutor for Ringle and currently working part-time as a Course Teacher for Elite Open School. Lurenne enjoys reading in quiet cafés and traveling with family and close friends in her spare time.
Caitlyn joined VLP in October 2021 as a CELHP Housing Attorney and transitioned to a HILA Housing Attorney in January 2022. In May 2022, Caitlyn was hired as the VLP Housing and Appeals Staff Attorney. Caitlyn earned her J.D. in 2021 from Suffolk University law School and was a member of Suffolk’s Accelerator to Practice Program Housing Clinic, focusing her work on housing discrimination in the Greater Boston area. Caitlyn earned her B.A. in Public and Community Service from Providence College and she is excited to continue her work in public service as a Housing and Appeals advocate with VLP.
Yewellyn comes to VLP from MIRA Coalition, where she served as an AmeriCorps member. As an AmeriCorps member, Yewellyn assisted clients with naturalization forms, green card renewals, and other immigration forms, as well as conducting outreach, preparing materials, and registering clients for clinics. She has also worked as a Spanish interpreter and has a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Yewellyn graduated from Suffolk University with a BS in Communications and Journalism is eager to continue learning about the intersectionality of journalism and the legal field.
Kenji Yacsavilca graduated from UMass Boston in 2012, majoring in Political Science. He’s worked in the technology and legal industry for nine years, most recently at a large health care IT company. Drawing on his background in IT management, Kenji provides technology and administrative support to VLP’s staff. He enjoys music composition, reading, and painting in his leisure time. Kenji is a native Spanish speaker and a first-generation American and is passionate about helping under-represented communities.
Aidelena worked as a case manager/housing specialist for eight years at Pine Street Inn and Vinfen corps, where she helped clients navigate housing issues. She is excited to work with VLP, mainly because the pandemic has disenfranchised so many people, and Aidelena wants to provide as much support as possible to those in need.
Steve Russo is a VLP Staff Attorney. He has over 19 years of experience in the delivery of intake, advice, and referral services to legal services programs and over 21 years of experience as a legal services and private practice attorney. Steve has been a panelist on several continuing legal education and community trainings and has also served as a moderator for the CORI section of Massleglaservices.org. His prior experience includes immigration, family, and criminal records sealing. Steve is also fluent in Spanish. Steve is currently assigned to the DotHouse and Wills Units, and he also is a member of the SJC Standing Committee on Pro Bono Services.
Danelia Ramirez Aguilar graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She is a proud first-generation student who values community service and education. Danelia also founded the 14 Stars Foundation, which seeks to help kindergarteners in Honduras who are the first in their families to attend school. In joining VLP, Danelia is excited to learn, grow and work alongside the dedicated members of the VLP Family!
Chris initially joined VLP as a Legal Advocate in late 2017. He is a Boston native and he holds a BA in Sociology from the Catholic University of America and a certificate in Paralegal Studies from Boston University. His favorite part about managing the ERLI intake program is that he gets to work closely with an amazing team at the call center ERLI; where they provide the highest quality of information, referrals, and advice to our clients.