Robert J. Brink, Esq., Executive Director
Robert has served as Executive Director of the Social Law Library since 1998, and before that was Director of Special Projects between 1975 and 1984. In the interim, he served as the Executive Director of the Flaschner Judicial Institute, a not-for-profit judges organization dedicated to the professional development and continuing education of the Massachusetts judiciary. The Institute became affiliated with the Library in 1999 and Mr. Brink has continued as its Executive Vice President. He is also a Trustee and the Executive Director of the Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society.
Robert received his undergraduate degree from Boston University and law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.
Lori Loughnane, Director of Finance and Administration
Lori is responsible for the financial and human resources operations at Social Law. Prior to joining the Library, Lori had similar responsibilities at a regional employment agency for 13 years and was an internal accounting staff member within the WGBH Educational Foundation for 10 years.
Lori holds a Bachelors of Accountancy degree from Bentley University and an MBA from Suffolk University.
Michael Saporito, Director of Membership
Michael joined the Social Law staff in 2001 and has been Director of Membership since 2011. He is responsible for bringing in new members, providing education and benefits, as well as generating content for Social Law’s website. Michael also sits on the Library’s Management Committee.
Michael earned a B.A. in History from Salem State University and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Reference Services Department:
Brian J. Harkins, Esq., Senior Reference Attorney
Brian is the Head of Social Law’s Reference Department. He answers questions, assists members with using library resources and participates in the selection of library materials. Brian also provides training and instruction to members and he is a frequent presenter in Social Law Library Continuing Legal Education programs.
Brian earned a B. A. from Boston University, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Brian was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1986.
Wayne Hartwell, Senior Reference Attorney
Wayne is Social Law’s other Senior Reference Attorney and serves as in-house counsel. Wayne joined the Library’s staff in 1973 and worked with the then-Librarian, reporter for the Supreme Judicial Court’s Criminal Rules and Speedy Trials project, as well as the United States District Court’s Speedy Trial Project, as assistant reporter. Following 18 years as an associate and partner at a smaller downtown firm, concentrating in civil litigation and appellate matters, Wayne returned to Social Law in 1997. In addition to assisting with reference matters, Wayne co-authors and edits titles in the Flaschner Judicial Institute’s Benchbook series.
Wayne earned a B.A. from the University of Maine, Orono, and a J.D. from New England School of Law.
Jessica Pisano Jones, Reference Attorney
Jessica assists members with research both in print and online, and provides library instruction and training. Prior to joining Social Law, Jessica attended Boston College Law School where she worked as a research assistant for the Dean of the Law Library, designing coursework for an advanced legal research class.
Jessica earned a B.A. in History and Anthropology from the University of Florida and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2013, and is a member of Law Librarians of New England, the Association of Boston Law Librarians, and the American Bar Association.
Library & Research Services Department:
Stan R. Allen, Cataloging Services Supervisor
Stan oversees Social Law’s Cataloging Department. His work involves creating physical descriptions and providing subject headings and call numbers for all resources in the Library’s collection. Stan has worked as a cataloger at Social Law for over 25 years. He has also assisted member firms with the cataloging of their collections both print and electronic.
Stan earned an M.L.I.S from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Elaine Rosselle, Collection Development Librarian
Elaine plans, directs, and coordinates all operations of the Collection Development Department. She oversees the selection, acquisition, and maintenance of Library materials and resources. Elaine has been with the Library since 1988, and her experience covers a wide range of collection development responsibilities, including looseleaf filing; interviewing, hiring and training new staff; building good working relationships with vendors and publisher representatives; contract negotiation; and budgetary analysis and projection.
Elaine earned a B.A. from Suffolk University and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Kirsten Leary, Assistant Director of Library & Research Services
Kirsten is responsible for overseeing all work and staff in the Circulation, Copy Center, and Interlibrary Loan departments. She has been with the Library since 2010 and in her current job since 2011. Kirsten has served on the ABLL Nominating Committee and co-chaired the LLNE fall 2013 annual meeting. Prior to joining Social Law, Kirsten worked in a public library on Cape Cod.
Kirsten earned a B.A. in History and English from Boston College and her M.L.I.S. from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 2012.
Andrew Hyland, Public Services Librarian and Executive Assistant to the Administrative Office
Andrew is responsible for coordinating, promoting and putting on the Library’s continuing legal education and cultural programming. He also works in the Patron Services department and sits on the Library’s Management Committee.
Andrew earned a B.S. in History from the University of Rhode Island and a M.L.I.S. from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 2012.
Technology and Design Services
Brian Flynn, Director of Technology Services
Brian is responsible for the daily administration, maintenance, and upgrade of the Social Law Library’s LAN, WLAN, ISP, Web Hosting, and Server Co-Location Services. Additionally, Brian performs the role of Onsite Programmer, Windows OS Application Installation & Support Specialist, Hardware Technician, Help Desk Support Analyst, Backup Operator, Server Operator, Database Administrator and Network Support Specialist.
Brian earned certifications as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Microsoft Database Administrator. He has also been certified in Cisco, Linux, A+, and Novell technologies.
Stephanie A Bahl, Senior Web Designer
As the Senior Web Designer Stephanie is responsible for the design and content maintenance of the Social Law Library website. She collaborates with the Library’s Marketing Manager to help maintain the Library’s Social Media accounts, provides website design services for Library members, including law firms, legal organizations and associations throughout New England, and works closely with the Library’s Art Director producing photography, video, law firm branding, web banners and e-commerce projects for both Social Law and its members. Stephanie is a frequent speaker on the topic of law firm website design and has been a faculty member of MCLE’s “Hanging Your Shingle” for a number a years. Stephanie has been with the Library since 1999.
Stephanie earned a B.A. from Flagler College.
Carole J. Doody, Art Director/ Senior Graphic Designer
Carole is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston and has been with the Library since 1985. As the Art Director/ Senior Graphic Designer she is responsible for all the graphic and marketing needs of the Library including brochures, advertisements, letterhead, newsletters, large format signs and exhibit booth banners. She also is responsible for the graphic design needs of the SJCHS which includes two exhibits showcased in the Great Hall of the John Adams Courthouse. Carole also provides business design services to Library members to help them brand their law firm by designing their logo, letterhead, business cards, brochures and large format printing. She assists the Web Designer with photography, website banner designs and e-commerce advertising for both the Library and member clients. For samples of Carole's work, please click here.