MassBar Bulletin: Member Updates

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022

Washington, D.C.

Gina Plata photo (002)The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) has announced that Massachusetts Bar Association member Gina Plata-Nino will serve as the organization’s deputy director for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

In this role, Plata-Nino will help strengthen SNAP access and benefit adequacy across the U.S. She brings 12 years of experience in entitlement and public benefit programs, humanitarian-based immigration law, employment public accommodation rights, and housing law. 

Prior to joining FRAC, Plata-Nino worked with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), where she served as a lead advocate on the Hunger Free Campus legislative campaign to help address food security issues among college students. She previously served as a staff attorney at the Central West Justice Center of Community Legal Aid in Worcester, where she oversaw the Food Security Project.

Plata-Nino received the MBA's 2019 Access to Justice Rising Star Award and has served as a mentor for the MBA's Tiered Community Mentoring Program.


Suffolk CountyJaclyn Kugell

Morgan, Brown & Joy partner Jaclyn L. Kugell, a member of the MBA, served on the planning committee for Northeastern University School of Law’s (NUSL) Labor and Employment Program on Dec. 1.

A NUSL 1992 graduate, Kugell is an established employment lawyer who counsels business owners and management through virtually every scenario surrounding the employer-employee relationship. As chair of Morgan, Brown & Joy’s Management Committee, she helps clients make important business decisions and manage their operations efficiently while minimizing risks. Her practice encompasses daily employment counseling, training, employment litigation, collective bargaining and labor arbitration.


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