Staff

Executive Director
Maribeth Perry, Esq.
mperry@lawyersclearinghouse.org
T 617.778.1980 | F 617.778.1981

Maribeth joined the Clearinghouse as its Executive Director in 1996. She is responsible for the overall administration of the organization. Maribeth is the former Co-Executive Director of the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc., and Executive Director of the Housing Information Center, Inc., multi-service housing agencies providing services to landlords, tenants, homeless seeking shelter, elder homeowners, and first time homebuyers.

Maribeth graduated from Hofstra University School of Law in New York and the University of Utah. She is the author of The Successful Landlord, a guide to the rights and responsibilities of owning and managing rental property in Massachusetts.

Legal Referral Director
Machiko Sano Hewitt, Esq.
msanohewitt@lawyersclearinghouse.org
T 617.778.1954

Machiko joined the Clearinghouse as the Legal Referral Director in 2004. She is responsible for the Legal Referral Program, which matches pro bono attorneys with nonprofit agencies in need of legal services; Boston Bar Association Employment Law Pro Bono Initiative, matching nonprofits with pro bono employment law specialists; a wide array of legal seminars for nonprofits and nonprofit start-ups; and trainings for prospective pro bono attorneys.

Prior to joining the Clearinghouse, Machiko worked at the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts as a staff attorney and coordinator of its legal referral program. Machiko is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and Hokkaido University School of Law in Sapporo, Japan.

Legal Clinic and Fellows Program Director
Mia Friedman, Esq.
mfriedman@lawyersclearinghouse.org
T 617.778.2082

Mia joined the Lawyers Clearinghouse in 2014 as the Director of the Access to Justice Fellows Program, which pairs senior lawyers and retired judges with nonprofit organizations and the courts to provide pro bono assistance to people and groups in need. In 2016 she also became the Director of the Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless, a program that connects pro bono attorneys with homeless and low-income individuals seeking civil legal assistance.

Prior to joining the staff of the Lawyers Clearinghouse, Mia served for over four years as the Director of Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs at Suffolk University Law School. She was also formerly an associate at the law firms of Pierce, Davis & Perritano and Deutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis & Holland and has done pro bono work with the Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Mia is a graduate of Tufts University (2001) and Suffolk University Law School (2005).

Communications Coordinator
Hilary Vaught
hvaught@lawyersclearinghouse.org
T 617.778.1948

Hilary joined the Clearinghouse as the Communications Coordinator in 2013. She is responsible for writing, editing and designing the quarterly newsletter, updating the Clearinghouse website, maintaining social media accounts, and designing all published materials.

Hilary graduated from Northeastern University in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a minor in sociology. Prior to joining the Clearinghouse, she interned at both the State Library of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts State Archives and worked on an independent project involving the preservation of historical letters from the 1930s and 40s.