Steve Boutcher joined LSA’s team as Executive Officer on July 1, 2018. Before coming to LSA, Steve was a Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law Center, an assistant professor of sociology and public policy at UMass, and most recently, the Executive Director of the Center for Employment Equity at UMass. Steve received his PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine in 2010. Steve’s scholarship focuses on the relationship between law, organizations, and social change, particularly focusing on law and social movements and the legal profession. He is currently co-PI on a multi-year project investigating sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the workplace.
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ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Melissa joined LSA as Associate Director of Operations. Before LSA, Melissa managed a long-standing, local ice cream manufacturing and distribution company, which included organizing events and overseeing daily operations. She previously held roles in the arts managing performances and educational programs. She holds an MM in music theory and cognition from Northwestern University. She is the Organizing Committee Chair for UMass-Amherst Professional Staff Union, volunteers for lasagnalove.org, and sings in a band of mostly original music that performs in the Pioneer Valley. She is thrilled at the opportunity to work at LSA and facilitate law and society scholarship.
Associate Director of Communications & Engagement
Greg Barlow joined the Law and Society Association in the summer of 2019. Barlow came to the LSA after spending four years promoting college athletics in media relations roles. He had stops at the American Athletic Conference in Providence, R.I., and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., prior to joining the association. Barlow was also a writer for the Stonebridge Press and Worcester Telegram covering both news and sports. In addition, he was an assistant director of student affairs at Holy Cross, working with recreational, intramural and club sports. A native of Whitinsville, Mass., Barlow earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Colby-Sawyer College in 2015 and his master’s in communication with a concentration in public relations from Lasell College in 2019. He was a member of the Chargers’ men’s soccer team, and served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as an undergrad.