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The BBA invites four BC Law graduates into its year-long Public Interest Leadership Program.


Four Boston College Law School alumni have been selected for Boston Bar Association’s 2023 Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP). Kate Barry ’14, Shae Fitzpatrick ’14, Katharine Foote ’15, and Justin Masterman ’14 are among twenty-nine attorneys chosen for the year-long program. PILP provides leadership and professional development training to attorneys in the first ten years of their practice.

PILP’s goal is to “introduce and provide resources to train and help develop these highly motivated individuals to have the necessary leadership skills or professional skills that will help them be successful in their careers. It’s a very select group of people that get to go through this program,” Boston Bar Association President Chinh Pham said, adding that the BBA chooses individuals who they believe will contribute to the Boston community in their practice.

Here are the backgrounds of the BC Law participants.

Kate Barry ’14 is a senior attorney in the Family Law Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, where she represents survivors of domestic violence in family law cases.  She is also an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School, where she teaches Domestic Violence and the Law. In addition to her work in direct service, Barry has been involved in several efforts to improve the court system and create tools for self-represented litigants.

Shae Fitzpatrick ’14 is an assistant general counsel at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she maintains a broad corporate healthcare practice with a focus on charitable and tax-exempt matters. Prior to her current position, Shae was a corporate associate in the Life Sciences and Strategic Transactions Group at Ropes & Gray and served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

Katharine Foote ’15 is an associate in Mintz’s litigation practice, where she focuses her practice on complex commercial, appellate, and securities litigation, as well as criminal defense. She represents consumer brands and retail and manufacturing clients in business disputes and commercial litigation with particular expertise in breach-of-contract cases and complex Lanham Act claims. Prior to private practice, Foote served as a judicial law clerk for Associate Justice Gregory I. Massing of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.    

Justin Masterman ’14 is an associate in Nutter’s Real Estate Department, where he focuses his practice on all aspects of commercial real estate law and finance. Justin represents owners, developers, and investors in a wide variety of real estate transactions across all asset types, including joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions, debt and equity financings, leases, and permitting.