For many artists, the pandemic has provided a silver lining for those seeking the time…
It takes many hands to power our programs. Meet the talented interns of the Arts & Business Council and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts who are working hard behind the scenes this spring!
Currently a 3L at Roger Williams University School of Law, Julainey Almansa was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, and is a first-generation high school, college, and now soon to be law school graduate. Julainey is currently working as a Westlaw Student Representative and BARBRI Ambassador on campus, while also serving as the 3L class representative for the Latino Law Student Association. Julainey is interested in the Arts and Business Council because she was first introduced to the arts in high school. Julainey attended a public theatre high school in the Bronx, where she was exposed to the inner workings of costume design, set design, musical theatre, and production. Since then, she is now looking forward to bridging her love of the arts with her passion for the law and learning how the law serves and protects artists. Outside of her education and work, Julainey enjoys watching TV shows/movies, traveling, going to the gym, photography, and spending time with friends and family.
Alexandria Conrad is currently a 2L at Boston University School of Law. She is a staff member of the American Journal of Law and Medicine and is Student Liaison of the BU Intellectual Property Law Society. Alexandria is passionate about the arts and graduated with a BM in violin performance from DePaul University. During her time in Chicago, she was a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where she worked with acclaimed artists, including the orchestra’s creative consultant Yo-Yo Ma. She also performed internationally as part of the inaugural National Youth Orchestra and was a fellow at the Music Academy of the West summer festival. Alexandria is excited to join Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and is looking forward to combining her love of the arts with her legal interests. Outside of her education and work, Alexandria enjoys hiking, spending time with her Bernese Mountain Dog, Siegfried (named after the Wagner opera!), and baking.
Hayley Haggerty holds a B.A. in Theatre and Creative Writing from Roger Williams University. A prolific writer and playwright, her plays include The Pirate, the Newsboy, the Witch, and the Princess, a play for young audiences (RWU Senior Playwriting Project 2019), In A Flash (Ghostlight Theatre Shoestring Theatre Festival 2019), Innumerable, Farm Life 3.0 (Quarantine Bake-Off Challenge 2020) and Summer Magic (Queerantine Fringe Festival by Dysfunctioning Just Fine). She was also a finalist for the 2020 KCACTF Region 1 Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award and Windham Theatre Guild’s 2020 Here + There Playwriting Contest. A firm believer in accessibility in the arts for all, she has previously apprenticed with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston, MA, and with Goodspeed Musicals and HartBeat Ensemble in CT. As she actively pursues a career in arts administration and grant writing, she is overjoyed to be joining the A&BC internship team as part of such a dedicated and passionate group. When not writing, she can be found reading, getting lost on Netflix and Disney+, and petting her two cats.
Erica is a second-year law student at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Erica is involved in several activities at the law school as Co-President of the Women’s Law Association and as a teaching assistant for a legal writing course. As a member of the Case Western Reserve Law Review, Erica edits articles that the journal publishes and is currently writing her own article on state taxation of nonresident, remote workers. Erica plans to use her law degree to help nonprofits and small businesses navigate tax and business laws. As a pianist and painter by hobby, Erica is also passionate about the arts and hopes to integrate this into her career. When she’s not studying, Erica enjoys exploring cities (Boston being her favorite!), skiing, and playing tennis.
Lucas is from Newton, Massachusetts. At an early age, he began playing the Bass, which developed into forming and performing with multiple musical acts. He earned his B.S. in Music Business from Full Sail University and was valedictorian of his class. After college, he worked for several Massachusetts media-centric companies before establishing a career in Hospitality Management. Currently, as a third-year student at Suffolk Law, he is a member of the Intellectual Property Law Student Association, Vice President of Communications for the Federalists Society, and is pursuing a J.D. concentration in intellectual property law. Outside of school, Lucas enjoys playing music and spending time with family.
A recent LLM graduate from Boston University School of Law, Kritika recently passed the New York Bar Exam, and is interested in pursuing a career in Intellectual Property Law. Kritika is a licensed attorney in India with four years of work experience as a litigator in New Delhi (India) in the fields of family law, civil law, criminal law as well as commercial litigation. A desire to learn and work in Intellectual Property Law pushed Kritika towards pursuing an LLM with a concentration in this field from BU. She believes that intellectual property law presents a brilliant opportunity to work with people while working in an area that is constantly evolving and continues to present new legal issues as technology develops every day. Having worked pro-bono in India as well as with the Greater Boston Legal Services, Kritika passionately believes that good legal aid should be accessible to everyone, which led her to combine both of her passions and join the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts program.
Caitlin Thompson is currently pursuing her BM in Flute Performance with a minor in Arts Leadership at Boston University. Passionate about the arts, she is currently Treasurer for Colorful Bridges, a non-profit that brings accessible arts education to underserved youth in the Greater Boston Area. Caitlin was just awarded a Boston University Seed Grant to complete an arts education project in Dorchester, MA, focused on understanding and processing childhood adversities. Caitlin is also an active performer in the music community. She has performed internationally in orchestras, wind ensembles, and various chamber groups, and currently performs frequently in the Greater Boston Area. Under the instruction of Linda Toote, she was most recently awarded second prize winner in the Great Composers Bach Competition. Caitlin is excited to join A&BC’s internship team as she looks forward to improving her arts administration experience and working in a supportive and positive environment. Outside of her education and work, Caitlin’s favorite activities include swimming, playing card games, watching TV shows, traveling (before/after the pandemic!), playing with her golden retriever named Mason, and finding new soup recipes to cook!