STAFF

Sarah Roxburgh, Esq.
Co-Executive Director and Chief of Operations

 

Sarah Roxburgh became co-Executive Director and Chief of Operations at VLS in 2010, after previously serving as a staff attorney. She has led VLS through several capacity-building initiatives, including with Social Innovation Forum (2014), the Nonprofit Learning Institute (2016), and Social Venture Partners, Boston (2018-2021). Sarah currently serves on Social Innovation Forum’s Alumni Council, which helps identify gaps in support for nonprofits. In 2019, she was named co-Lawyer of the Year by the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court.

 

Sarah received her B.A. from Northeastern University and her J.D. from New England Law | Boston. Upon graduation, she received the New England Law | Boston Dean Timothy J. Cronin, Jr. Memorial Award for the graduate with the most outstanding contribution to public service.

Anna Richardson, Esq.
Co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel

 

Anna Richardson became co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel at VLS in 2010, after previously serving as a staff attorney. In 2019, she was named co-Lawyer of the Year by the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court and was also a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly "Top Women in the Law" honoree. In addition to her legal work at VLS, Anna has led trainings on veterans’ legal issues for the Boston Bar Association, the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center, and various legal services agencies throughout Massachusetts.

Anna received her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She currently serves on the board of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Angie Vargas Martin, Esq.
Pro Bono Director

 

Angie Vargas Martin directs VLS's pro bono network, which features 200-plus volunteer attorneys from around the state. She has practiced public interest law, advocating for the rights of individuals in underserved populations, since 2008.

 

Angie has worked as a staff attorney at the Clubhouse Family Legal Support Project of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee and at the Disability Law Center (DLC). She spent almost 9 years at DLC, advocating for Massachusetts residents with mental health, physical and intellectual disabilities in cases involving abuse & neglect, human rights, housing, and employment discrimination.

 

Angie received her B.A. from Stonehill College and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. 

Eve Elliott, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

 

Eve Elliott first joined VLS as a Law Student Advocate in 2010 and then as a Staff Attorney in 2013. She specializes in a variety of civil matters, including family law, housing, public benefits, and consumer debt. Eve coordinates VLS's legal clinics at the Edith Nourse Rogers VA Medical Center, in Bedford, and the Norfolk County Veterans Treatment Court, in Dedham.

She is a regularly featured panelist on Boston Bar Association webinars for attorneys and law students.

Eve received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her J.D. from New England Law | Boston. She worked as a paralegal prior to law school with a solo practitioner, a large Boston law firm, and in-house at an area investment company.

Jeff Lemberg, Ph.D.
Director of Communications and Development

 

Jeff Lemberg is responsible for overseeing VLS’s communications and fundraising efforts. A longtime former journalist, he was also previously a McCormick Tribune Fellow at The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a legal aid organization that protects the First Amendment rights of news media producers through pro-bono legal representation, amicus curiae support, and educational resources.

 

Jeff was a full-time communication and media studies professor at Curry College for nearly 10 years, and has held faculty appointments at Brandeis University, the University of Maryland, and American University. He received his B.A. in advertising from the University of Bridgeport, an M.A. in journalism from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in public communication/journalism from the University of Maryland. 

Julie Frohlich, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

 

Julie Frohlich draws upon decades of civil trial experience to assist homeless and low-income veterans in a range of civil legal practice areas, including landlord/tenant law, family law, and benefits. Julie spent years as a solo and small-firm practitioner in addition to 17 years practicing at Goulston & Storrs, the last 13 years as a partner, and 2 years at Hale and Dorr. Prior to private practice, Julie clerked for Justice Ruth I. Abrams of the Supreme Judicial Court. She also spent 16 years as a volunteer attorney for the Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless, at Pine Street Inn, and St. Francis House shelters.

 

Julie graduated magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law, where she was an editor on the law review, and received a B.A. in political science from The George Washington University. She has held leadership positions in the legal community, including with the Boston Bar Association and GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders, and has frequently lectured and written on litigation issues. 

Scott Pitta, Esq.
Staff Attorney

 

Scott Pitta is a US Army combat veteran who served in Iraq from late 2003 until early 2005 as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot. After his time in the Army, he worked as a helicopter pilot for various federal government contractors and as an emergency medical helicopter captain.
 

Scott earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2020 as a distinguished graduate of the Trial and Appellate Advocacy program. Scott brings experience representing clients in various probate and family court cases, as well as administrative cases. He holds a Master’s of Aeronautical/Astronautical Science and is an FAA certified airline transport pilot.  

Heather Rick
Administrator

 

Heather Rick draws on her experience and training as an interfaith chaplain to create a welcoming and compassionate environment for the veterans who contact VLS for legal services.

 

She earned an A.S. in paralegal studies from Mount Wachusett Community College, a B.A. in religion from Smith College, and an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, where she specialized in religion and pop culture in the United States. 

Madison Pagel
Law Student Advocate

 

Maddie Pagel first volunteered with VLS in 2018 as an office intern. As the daughter of two veterans, she feels strongly about the importance of ensuring all veterans have access to civil legal services. 
 

Maddie earned her A.B. in government from Harvard College and recently completed her first year at Columbia Law School. She currently lives in western Pennsylvania.

Bryan Corbaz
Law Student Advocate

 

Bryan Corbaz assists the staff attorneys on a variety of civil issues. His interest in working with VLS comes from his time in the Swiss Armed Forces as well as his academic research on youth LGBTQ+ homelessness. 

Bryan earned his B.A. in political science at the University of Tulsa in 2019. He recently completed his first year at Boston College Law School.

Samantha O'Connor
Law Student Advocate

 

Samantha O’Connor is a Long Island, N.Y., native and daughter of a Marine Corps veteran. Her passion for the legal field arose after working as a caseworker at a nationally recognized social security disability firm. Samantha has also worked as a personal injury paralegal, which inspired her to attend law school. 


An alumnus of Stony Brook University, she recently finished her first year at New England Law - Boston.