PAIR Fellows – PAIR is lucky to have the generous support, dedication, and time of many volunteer attorneys who regularly come to the PAIR office, including:
Michael Diener, Esq., is the 2015 Access to Justice Fellow at the PAIR Project. He is a retired partner of WilmerHale LLP, where he had a diverse intellectual property practice. He counseled clients in obtaining, protecting, investigating, and enforcing intellectual property rights. He has extensive experience in patent prosecution of US and foreign applications for electrical, computer and mechanical inventions, as well as design applications. Michael represented leading technology companies in numerous patent litigations in wireless technologies and standards, semiconductor processing, computer systems and water treatment. He actively worked on coordinating intellectual property strategies in Europe, Asia and Australia. Michael received his J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., and his Bachelors of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Thomas Hannigan, Jr., Esq., was the 2013 Access to Justice Fellow at the PAIR Project and has continued on as a PAIR Fellow. He is a retired partner of Ropes & Gray, LLP, where he focused his litigation practice on representing religious organizations and nonprofits and on resolving environmental issues relating to hazardous waste, clean air, clean water and Superfund sites, and he advised a variety of non-profit and for profit clients on a wide range of issues. Tom was named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer from 2004-2013. He is a member of the Boston Bar Association, a member of the National Diocesan Attorneys Association, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference. Previously, he clerked for the Hon. Andrew A. Caffrey, U.S. District Court (D. MA); and for the Hon. George C. Edwards, U.S. Court of Appeals (6th Cir.). Tom received his J.D. cum laude from Boston College Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review; and his B.A. cum laude in Chemical Engineering from University of Notre Dame.
Martha Koster, Esq., was the 2012 Access to Justice Fellow at the PAIR Project and has continued on as a PAIR Fellow. She is a member in Mintz Levin’s Litigation Section, where she has concentrated her practice on environmental and insurance issues. Martha is a member of the Board of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC). She is a former President and longtime Board member of Greater Boston Legal Services as well as a past Treasurer and two-term Council member of the Boston Bar Association. Martha has been an adjunct faculty member at New England School of Law. Martha is one of the Mintz Levin attorneys who worked with the Mississippi Center for Justice and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to provide legal services for low income residents of Mississippi severely impacted by Hurricane Katrina, work for which the firm was awarded the 2011 Adams Pro Bono Publico Award and was honored by the Mississippi Center for Justice. She received the 2008 Victor Garo Public Service Award from Boston University School of Law and is a past recipient of the Dow Landrum Gardner Award from Greater Boston Legal Services and the Mintz Levin Pro Bono Award. Martha attended the University of Chicago Law School and received her J.D. cum laude from Boston University School of Law. She received her A.B. with distinction from Smith College. Martha also holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College.
Marianne Staniunas, Esq., has served as a volunteer attorney with the PAIR Project since 2004. She received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2004. She received her A.B. Cum Laude from Harvard College in 2000. Marianne practiced corporate law at Mintz Levin and, subsequently, corporate immigration law at Ross Silverman LLP, before leaving full-time legal practice to pursue other interests. Her work with PAIR has ranged from political asylum cases, to U-visas, to, most recently, Special Immigrant Juvenile cases.