Abigail Peckham: Editor-in-Chief
Abigail Peckham ’21 is a 3L full-time day student and Editor-in-Chief of the UMass Law Review. After graduating from Providence College with a BA in Spanish and an Associate Degree in Business, she decided to put her degree to use—as a bartender. Two years, a thousand mojitos, and one moving van later, she returned to Rhode Island to work with commercial and construction industry arbitrations and mediations at the American Arbitration Association. Law school has been the most recent chapter in her commitment to accountability, fairness, and giving back to her community.
After graduation Abigail hopes to engage in meaningful work with a focus on community development, accessible legal education and affordable representation. In 2019, a legal internship with the Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s Office laid the groundwork for her career plans. She currently interns at an intellectual property firm that focuses on actualizing client business goals through a wholistic approach. She also works as a teaching assistant for Contracts Professor Jeremiah Ho. Her research and scholarship as a member of UMass Law Review has focused on the philosophical limitations of the law as applied to fundamental freedoms and individual identity.
Abigail currently lives in Rhode Island where she loves paddle boarding, is an avid gardener, yoga practitioner, and a dog-cat-chicken mom.
Laura Trevino: Lead Editor
Laura Trevino ’21 is a 3L student and a Lead Articles Editor of the UMass Law Review. Prior to law school, she majored in psychology at Excelsior College. Laura worked as a licensed insurance agent in Alaska for 11 years before serving three years in the U.S. Army, where she discovered her love of the law. Laura loves volunteering her time and contributing to local food banks and Christmas charities.
In addition to attending law school, Laura has completed summer internships with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Corps at Naval Station Newport in 2019 and the Appellate Division of the Mental Health Litigation Department with the Committee for Public Counsel Services in 2020. As a member of the UMass Law Review, Laura’s independent scholarly work has focused on Mental Health law, more specifically the civil rights of those deemed incompetent.
Upon graduating, Laura has accepted a position with the Honors Program with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, Small Business/Self Employment division in Oklahoma City.
Laura is currently settling into a new home in Oklahoma with her 13-year-old son and best friend, Nicholas, and their four dogs.
Laura has also written about the due process requirements of children in private residential treatment centers. Click here to learn more.
Jocelyn Frawley: Managing Editor
Jocelyn Frawley is a part-time evening student in her fourth and final year and a Managing Editor for the UMass Law Review. Jocelyn moved to Massachusetts five and a half years ago after competing her Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona. She accepted a position as the newly created Equal Opportunity/Title IX Investigator at Bridgewater State University handling allegations of discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking. Jocelyn is currently the Director of Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator at Bridgewater State University and is proud to protect the civil rights of the campus community members.
Jocelyn is a Public Interest Law Fellow and selected the University of Massachusetts School of Law for its dedication to public service. Jocelyn has been the Teaching Assistant for Legal Skills I and II for Professor Baker and Professor Rice and for Professor Connelly’s Criminal Law course. She was also a research assistant to Professor Dunlap on her article on faculty responsible employees under Title IX. Jocelyn will serve as a judicial intern to the Honorable Justice Cypher of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in her final semester.
After graduation, Jocelyn plans to build a career in public interest law and continue advocating for the rights of others.
Our own Managing Editor, Shareefah Taylor’s article on labeling regulations for Plant-Based Meat Alternatives was recently published in the UMass Law Review. Take a look at her abstract below and follow this link to read the whole article.
Due to technological advances and the rise in popularity of plant-based meat alternatives (i.e., Beyond Meat, the Impossible Burger, etc.), nearly thirty states have proposed or enacted legislation to limit which foods can be labeled with terms that have traditionally been used to describe products derived from animal carcasses (i.e., meat, burger, sausage, etc.). Fueled in many places by the cattle industry, the states’ legislation proposes stricter guidelines than the federal counterparts in an attempt to specifically prohibit plant-based, cell-based (lab-grown meat), and even insect-based products from being labeled in meat-associated terms. To date, lawsuits have been filed by opponents to the enacted laws in three states (Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi), challenging the laws as unconstitutional on First and Fourteenth Amendment grounds. All lawsuits are currently pending at the time of this writing. This Note will use the recent litigation regarding the “dairy wars” (i.e., lawsuits regarding laws that limit almond/soy/non-dairy beverages use of the term “milk”) as a parallel comparison to the “meat wars,” and proposes a potential resolution to the labeling of plant-based meat alternatives dispute that allows those products to continue using meat-related terms by amending federal guidelines.
Alyssa McCartney: Business Editor
Alyssa McCartney is a 3L student and the current Business Editor of Umass Law Review. She is also one of the on-campus LexisNexis Student Representatives. Alyssa is originally from Pennsylvania and hopes to move to Philadelphia following graduation. Prior to law school, she attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she graduated with a BA in History and Political Science. She has a passion for politics and has volunteered for numerous campaigns. During high school and into college, she interned for her State Representative and began to build connections. After her 1L year, she served as judicial intern for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. This past summer, she was a summer associate for a firm in Philadelphia. Outside of school, Alyssa enjoys reading and traveling.
Shareefah Taylor: Managing Editor
Shareefah Taylor ’21 is a 3L student and a Managing Editor for the UMass Law Review. She is also a student assistant to UMass Law’s Director of Public Interest Law Programs, Assistant Dean John Quinn. In addition to attending law school, Shareefah is currently interning with the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office. She has also served as a judicial intern to the Hon. Justice Cypher of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and as an intern to the UMass General Counsel’s Office.
Shareefah graduated with a BS in Psychology from Haverford College. After graduating college, she became a client services coordinator/case manager for disaster recovery with AmeriCorps, and also worked for the Department of Social Services in Charlotte, North Carolina. Working in roles that focused on social services and programs for underserved and in-need communities incentivized Shareefah to attend law school to become a change-agent to better help vulnerable communities.
See a UMass Law Feature story on Shareefah here: https://www.umassd.edu/law/features/shareefah-taylor-profile.html
Our own Executive Notes Editor, Greg O’Neill’s article on education and literacy is published in the UMass Law Review. Take a look at his abstract below.
It is a tragic irony that a nation with enormous wealth will not provide the most basic of education rights to its citizens. Despite continual judicial and legislative measures to ensure access to education, or a facsimile thereof, no judicial or legislative body has taken the step to ensure that literacy is a fundamental right for the citizens of the United States. The issue has been, and continues to be, presented to both Congress and the courts. While Congress has passed legislation to some degree, both institutions have largely failed to ensure the population receives the fundamental right of literacy.
There is not much pushback to the argument that education and literacy are important. But questions remain: How much education is necessary to claim that literacy is a right? Is literacy important enough to shine brightly on the national consciousness?
Gregory J. O’Neill: Executive Notes Editor
Greg O’Neill ’21 is a 4L part time/evening student and the Executive Notes Editor for the UMass Law Review. In addition to attending law school, Greg is a Law Clerk for the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office in Dartmouth, MA. Greg has also served as a judicial intern for the Norfolk County District Court in Dedham, MA. Greg enjoys volunteering his time and has been a volunteer judge for South Coast Youth Courts and a volunteer track & field coach at Weymouth High School.
Greg graduated with a BA in Political Science from Amherst College. Prior to law school, Greg’s previous employment experiences have included coaching football and track & field at Amherst College and Trinity College, working in technology sales and sales management at companies that ranged from the Fortune 100 to just off-the-ground start-ups, fundraising and Advancement positions for two Catholic high schools in Boston, and even a stint as the General Manager for a landscape design and construction company. As a member of the UMass Law Review, Greg’s independent scholarly work has focused on education and more specifically a potential path for a right to literacy to become realized.
Greg is originally from Weymouth, MA and currently resides in Quincy, MA with his lawyer-dog, Harley.
Lisa Raimondi: Articles Editor
Lisa Raimondi ’21 is a 3L student and the Executive Articles Editor of the UMass Law Review. She is also a 3L representative for the Student Bar Association. Prior to law school, she majored in international relations at Boston University and minored in theatre to keep things interesting. After university, Lisa ventured into various odd jobs and professions to find the right fit, eventually working as an assistant manager of a wonderful doggie daycare facility when she decided her calling was to become a lawyer—the first in her family. In addition to attending law school, Lisa works as an instructional assistant for the legal research and writing course at UMass Law taught by Professor Julie Baker. She is also a Dukakis Fellowship Award recipient and currently works as an intern with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office.
Upon graduating, Lisa hopes to work either as a clerk for the federal court or Rhode Island court system and eventually pursue a career in government or appellate litigation.
Lisa currently lives in Portsmouth, Rhode Island with her beloved niece Skylar, a 7-year-old judge-in-training, often seen skipping the halls of UMass Law; her elderly yorkie, Chico; and her curvaceous cat, Luna.
June 3, 2020
Dear UMass Law Community:
In light of the recent killing of George Floyd, and the succeeding protests in both his and countless other Black men and women’s names, the UMass Law Review writes this statement in solidarity with the Black community and in support of our fellow Black law students. The purpose of our Law Review is to provide a forum for legal scholarship and debate, and we choose to use our platform to engender the dialogue these historic events require. After all, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us, “[t]here comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
Our Law Review stands in unity with the Black community and all others who have called for action and change to our criminal justice system and government institutions that perpetuate these divisive inequalities. Acts of racism and violence cannot be reconciled with the mission and values of UMass Law (found here) including a respectful and collegial community that promotes and supports diversity in people and ideas and the pursuit of justice within and beyond the Commonwealth. In keeping with the mission at UMass Law, the UMass Law Review has dedicated itself to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We promise to seek out and publish scholarship highlighting issues of social justice, written by diverse legal scholars. As we move forward, we will translate this energy into the work we do, not only during our tenure as the Editorial Board for UMass Law Review, but into the future as practicing attorneys.
As law students, we are the future of the law. We vow to continue to pursue justice, to fight for change, and to demand equality for all under the law.
“There is one choice we can not make, we are incapable of making: we will not choose the path of submission and suffer the most sacred rights of our nation and our people to be ignored or violated. The wrongs against which we now array ourselves are no common wrongs; they cut to the very roots of human life.” Woodrow Wilson
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