Meet Disability Rights Center - NH Staff


Francesca Broderick, Intake Attorney
Lynne Clay, Managing Attorney
Julia Freeman-Woolpert, Outreach Advocacy Director
Aaron Ginsberg, Staff Attorney
Courtney Lockwood, Intake Attorney
Andrew Milne, Staff Attorney
Stephanie Patrick, Executive Director
Cindy Robertson, Staff Attorney
Karen Rosenberg, Senior Staff Attorney
Ben Sahl, Legal Director
Michael K. Skibbie, Policy Director
James Ziegra, Staff Attorney

Francesca Broderick, Intake Attorney back to top

Francesca joined the DRC as an intake attorney in 2015. She graduated summa cum laude from Vermont Law School in 2013 and received honors in legal writing and research. She has been a member of the NH Bar since 2013. Francesca clerked at the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 2013-2015. She interned during law school at the New Hampshire Public Defender and at Vermont Legal Aid. Francesca also has experience working with at-risk youth as an educator and case manager.

Lynne ClayLynne Clay, Managing Attorney back to top

Lynne Clay, Managing Attorney, graduated from Rhode Island College in 1982 with a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, in Communications and Psychology. She received her JD degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1989 cum laude. She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1989 and the New Hampshire Bar in 1991.

Lynne has been an attorney with the Disability Rights Center - NH since 1991. During her time at the DRC, Lynne has served in many roles including Managing Attorney, Supervising Intake Attorney, Intake Attorney and Staff Attorney.  Her many years of experience have given her knowledge in many substantive areas of disability practice, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Juvenile Law, Social Security, Housing and Medicaid.  Lynne’s practice has included litigation in state and federal court including the US First Circuit Court of Appeals.   Lynne is also DRC’s Section 504/ADA compliance coordinator. Lynne was an adjunct faculty member at Middlesex Community College for over twenty years where she taught Constitutional Law, Criminal Evidence and Court Procedures and Criminal Law.

Julia Freeman-WoolpertJulia Freeman-Woolpert, Outreach Advocacy Director back to top

Julia Freeman-Woolpert is the Outreach Advocacy Director at DRC. She manages the website, newsletters, outreach to the public, and a variety of other projects related to education and advocacy. She is the producer of Disabilities Rights Center Presents..., DRC's public access television show.

From 1985 to 2000, Julia was a Case Advocate at DRC. After a three year absence, she returned in 2003. From 2000 to 2003, Julia was the Coordinator for Project RESPONSE, a three-year project funded through a Federal grant to improve the state’s capacity to evaluate and manage neurobehavioral consequences of traumatic brain injury. Before joining DRC in 1985, Julia worked in several coordinator and supervisor roles in vocational and residential programs for individuals with developmental disabilities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and North Carolina.

Julia received a M.Ed. in Organization and Management in 1983 from Antioch/New England Graduate School, and a B.A. in Sociology from Boston University in 1975. She serves on the Legislative Commission on Deafness and Hearing Loss. She is an advisor to the Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire, Advocate NH, and People First.

Aaron GinsbergAaron Ginsberg, Staff Attorney back to top

Aaron Ginsberg joined the staff of DRC in 2007, after receiving his law degree from the University of Chicago. At DRC, Aaron has represented people with disabilities in administrative, state, and federal proceedings, and has been a section officer of the Mental and Physical Disabilities Law Section for the New Hampshire Bar Association since 2009. Aaron has focused his advocacy on access issues, community integration, and service denials. A large portion of Aaron’s work includes advocating for people with mental illness. In this capacity, Aaron is co-counsel on the mental health class action suit, Amanda D. v. Hassan., and has provided legislative and regulatory testimony on a variety of issues including civil commitment, conditional discharge and involuntary administration of psychotropic medication.

Courtney Lockwood, Intake Attorney back to top

Courtney Lockwood joined DRC as an intake attorney in 2005. Courtney was formerly a Legal Aid Attorney at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in rural Maine. In that position, she practiced in the areas of Medicaid and other public benefits, housing, domestic violence, consumer law, and guardian ad litem work. She is a 2002 graduate of Vermont Law School and holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University. Courtney serves on the board of ABLE-NH.

Andrew Milne, Staff Attorney back to topAndrew Milne

Andrew joined the DRC as a staff attorney in 2016. He graduated from New York University School of Law in 2012, where he was an advocate in the Criminal Appellate Defense Clinic and taught in the High School Law Institute. He received a B.A. from Columbia University in 2006, after which he coordinated development efforts for a social services non-profit organization in Upper Manhattan. Upon graduating from law school, Andrew became a staff attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, where he focused on domestic violence, public defense, and youth rights. He then accepted a clinical teaching fellowship at South Texas College of Law, where he supervised law students representing low-income clients in the Civil Practice Clinics. Andrew was admitted to the NH Bar in 2016 and is a member of the Texas Bar.

Stephanie Patrick, Executive Director back to top

The Board of Directors of the Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire (DRC) is pleased to announce that Stephanie Patrick, MSW, has been appointed Executive Director effective February 6, 2017.

Cindy Robertson, Senior Staff Attorney back to topCindy Robertson

Cindy joined the Disability Rights Center – NH in 2004 as a senior staff attorney after many years in private litigation practice, including as a partner in the litigation department of Devine, Millimet & Branch. Cindy is a 1984 graduate of Franklin Pierce Law Center and is admitted in New Hampshire, Maryland, the Federal District Court for the State of New Hampshire, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She serves as the Chair of the Mental and Physical Disabilities Committee of the NH Bar Association and represents the DRC on the Medical Care Advisory Committee, the Elder Rights Coalition, and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Advisory Committee. In 1992, Cindy received the President’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession. Her many community activities include serving as the vice-chair of the Town of Hooksett Conservation Commission.

Karen Rosenberg, Senior Staff Attorney back to top

Karen Rosenberg joined the staff of DRC in 2005 as a staff attorney. She is a 1988 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. Earlier she received a BS in Psychology from Tufts University. Karen is admitted to the bars of New Hampshire and Massachusetts (retired), and to the US District Courts for New Hampshire and Massachusetts (retired). Karen comes to us after many years as a staff attorney and project director at New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA), where she specialized in Health, Housing and Consumer laws. She was counsel for plaintiffs in Hawkins v. Commissioner, a federal class action to improve access to dental care for children enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. She also directed NHLA’s Fair Housing Project and the Housing Preservation Project during her tenure at NHLA. Karen has been active in her community of Manchester.  Over the nearly twenty years she has resided in Manchester, Karen has volunteered in the Manchester Schools and with various community organizations including the Palace Theatre and the Makin’ It Happen Coalition’s Dropout Prevention Work Group. She currently serves on and NHPR's Community Advisory Board. She is the former Chair of the Board of the New Hampshire Minority Health Coalition, the Manchester Food Co-op’s Legal Committee, the Alliance for the Progress of Hispanic Americans, a former Board member of the Latin American Center, and a past member of the NH Regional Community Development Corporation Board of Directors.

Ben Sahl, Legal Director back to topBeh Sahl

As a family member of a person with motor, sensory and developmental disabilities, Ben is passionate about disability rights issues. His efforts have ranged from the regional, including membership on New York’s Developmental Disabilities Council, to the national, including membership in the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness.  He currently sits on New Hampshire’s Developmental Services Quality Council, charged by the legislature with providing leadership for consistent, systemic review and improvement of the quality of New Hampshire's developmental disability and acquired brain disorder service system.

Ben graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 2005, where he was an editor of the UCLA Law Review.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a Master of Fine Arts in playwriting from Indiana University.  His plays were produced in the U.S., U.K., and Australia and he taught writing and performance at Columbia for over a decade.

Prior to joining the DRC in 2016, Ben practiced in the national office of the ACLU and in the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where his practice in civil litigation included extensive pro bono work on behalf of individuals with disabilities in the areas of housing, education, and public access rights. He is admitted to the bars of the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second and Fourth Circuits, the United States District Courts for the District of New Hampshire and for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the States of New Hampshire and New York.  His prior bar activities have included the Committee on Legal Issues Affecting People with Disabilities of the New York City Bar Association, the First Amendment & Media Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Council Inn of Court.  He currently sits on the Ethics Committee of the New Hampshire Bar Association.

Michael K. Skibbie, Policy Director back to top

Michael Skibbie joined DRC in 2004 and works with staff, constituents and other organizations on policy issues of importance to people with disabilities. Mike is a 1984 graduate of Franklin Pierce Law Center, J.D., and holds a B.A. degree from the University of Vermont.

Previously, Mike was Research Associate Professor of Political Science and Co-Coordinator of the Justice, Law & Society Project at Justiceworks, University of New Hampshire. Mike’s UNH activities included research and program development in the area of juvenile justice and children with disabilities.

For many years, Mike handled criminal cases in a variety of roles for the NH Public Defender’s office, culminating as head of the statewide program from 1992 to 2001. He has worked extensively with court-involved youth and adults with disabilities, and has been involved in a number of legislative and interagency efforts to improve the justice system.

James ZiegraJames Ziegra, Staff Attorney back to top

James began his career at Disability Rights Center - NH in 2012 as a UNH Legal Fellow. As a Fellow, he represented individuals at Civil Commitment hearings at New Hampshire Hospital, and worked on the Phenix Hall case. He worked as an attorney on the intake team before assuming the position of Staff Attorney. James received his J.D. degree from the UNH School of Law in 2011 and holds a B.A in Political Science from UNH. At UNH, he practiced at the Criminal Practice Clinic and the Consumer and Commercial Clinic. Prior to joining the DRC, he worked at Community Legal Services, Inc., a non-profit corporation which offers “unbundled” legal services to low-income residents. He is admitted to the Bar in New Hampshire and the NH Federal District Court.