Meet the Staff

Charles J. DiMare, Directing Attorney

DiMareCharles J. DiMare has been the Director of the Student Legal Services Office for almost thirty years.  He handles both the legal and administrative management of the Student Legal Services Office, and focuses primarily in the areas of civil rights, personal injury, criminal defense, labor and employment law, and higher education law.

In addition to private practice, Atty. DiMare has held legal positions with the federal government, a labor relations law firm, various legal clinics, a public defender’s office, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Attorney DiMare received both his Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science, magna cum laude, 1974) and his Masters in Public Administration (1983) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He completed his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, at the Vermont Law School (1977).

Attorney DiMare has been an adjunct professor at the Univ. of Massachusetts, teaching courses in Higher Education Law, and was a visiting professor at Beihang University of Law School, Beijing China, Vermont Law School & Northeastern University’s graduate criminal justice program, teaching courses in Law Enforcement Civil Liability & Policy Development. Attorney DiMare also has made numerous presentations and participated in training, focusing on civil liability, civil rights litigation, labor & employment law, higher education law, police misconduct, trial advocacy and mediation.

Attorney DiMare has written many newsletter articles and training manuals for lawyers, legal assistants, and students and he is the author of a chapter on intentional torts for “ATLA’s Litigating Tort Cases,” published by Thompson/West.

Attorney DiMare is admitted to practice law in MA, the U.S. Supreme Court and in various federal courts in New England, the Northeast and California.

Carol Booth, Senior Staff Attorney

BoothAttorney Carol Booth graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts in 1977 and from Boston College Law School in 1980. She practiced law at the Disability Law Center (1980—1985) and at the University of Massachusetts Student Legal Services Office (1985-1986) before joining the firm of Burres, Fidnick & Booth, LLP where she practiced law from 1987-2009. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar as well as of the United States District Court (D. Mass.), the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Her practice has focused on civil rights, personal injury, appeals, real estate, and adoptions. Attorney Booth is also trained mediator, a writer, and past Executive Director of Amherst Writers & Artists, Inc.

Attorney Booth returned to the SLSO in August, 2009 as a Senior Staff Attorney where she heads the Housing and Consumer Protection Units. Attorney Booth also provides litigation support, mediation, appellate advocacy, and estate planning services as well as fills the role of editor of SLSO publications. She is the advisor to the SGA’s Student Judiciary, and co-teaches an undergraduate course in issues in student governance.

Corey Carvalho, Associate Director

CarvalhoCorey M. Carvalho began his work at the Student Legal Services Office in 2002, first as a Legal Assistant, then as the Administrative Coordinator in 2003, and now as staff attorney and the Associate Director since 2007.

Attorney Carvalho heads the office’s litigation unit and his practice areas include personal injury, landlord/tenant, consumer protection and family law. He also advises students in the areas of higher education law and criminal law, and collaborates with the Director in advising students, student leaders, and RSOs.

Attorney Carvalho earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2003. He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Western New England University School of Law in 2009. While at Western New England, Attorney Carvalho served as a Note Editor of the Western New England Law Review. Attorney Carvalho is admitted to practice law in the federal and state courts of Massachusetts.

 

Pamela Dutta, Administrative Director

DuttaPamela Dutta began her work with the Student Legal Services Office in 2004; first as a Legal Assistant in 2004, then as the Outreach Coordinator in 2005, and now as the Administrative Director since 2010. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administrative management of the office, assisting the Director in budgetary and financial operations, implementing policies and procedures to facilitate provision of legal services to UMass Amherst students, paralegal and law clerk functions in Immigration and Higher Education, and is also a certified Notary.

Pamela is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with the University Without Walls and achieved her Bachelors of Arts with a degree plan in Business Studies in 2005, and received her Basic Mediation training Certificate from TMTC in 2008 and a Massachusetts Rape Crisis Certification since 2011.

 

Courtney Kinney, Outreach Coordinator

KinneyCourtney Kinney joined the Student Legal Services Office in November 2013 as the Outreach Coordinator. Her responsibilities include marketing, advertising, social media, training and supervision of interns, assisting and implementing office policies and procedures, facilitating provision of legal services to UMass Amherst students, managing casework, client intakes, and paralegal and law clerk functions in Family & Higher Education Law.

She is the primary contact for arranging and coordinating all SLSO Community Legal Education, the legal assistant internship, mass media, and marketing and advertising. Courtney graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics.

Legal Assistants and Law Clerks

Each semester, the Student Legal Services Office hires 6 interns to work as legal assistants. In addition to undergraduate interns, law students are hired during the summer months for legal research and writing, and litigation support.

 

 

 

 

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