Hearing Officer, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (JD/MPH/MELP)
Through co-op, Staci Rubin ’09 landed her first job after law school.
As a staff attorney at Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston — the same place she completed her final co-op — Staci worked with residents in low-income communities and communities of color throughout the commonwealth to improve their quality of life by: accessing lower cost utility bills; reducing environmental pollutants; transforming vacant lots into green and open spaces; and participating in federal, state, and local agency decision-making processes about public health and public safety matters.
“I thought I’d have to wait until I was out of law school 10 years to have a job like this,” she says, “and it happened right away.”
Staci credits Northeastern — and the combination of knowledge and skills she gained through her dual degrees with helping her find her niche. Today, Staci is a hearing officer with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, which ensures that utility consumers are provided with the most reliable service at the lowest possible cost.
Staci researched and wrote legal memoranda on various prisoners’ rights and health law matters and participated in preparation for depositions and trial.
Staci focused on matters including judicial review of administrative agency denial for rulemaking, transfer of venue between Circuit Courts and chemical exposures and associated public health outcomes.
Staci worked with a first-year “law office” on a project that benefited the WAGE Project: Women Are Getting Even.
Under the direction of the Honorable Margot Botsford ’73, Staci wrote bench memoranda regarding two first-degree murder cases heard by the full court and 20 applications for further appellate review.
Staci worked with residents of environmental justice communities on matters involving environmental, energy and health law, as well as civil rights and public health.