Our Team

        Betsey Crimmins:

BcrimminsBetsey has been a Senior Attorney in the Elder, Health & Disability Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services for 25 years. Her elder law practice covers a wide variety of legal topics including MassHealth, housing, public benefits, nursing home law, and consumer issues. In addition, she created the Elder Abuse Prevention Project of Greater Boston Legal Services and has a specific interest in geriatric mental health issues. She is a member of the Massachusetts Elder Advocacy Coalition, the Elder Mental Health Collaborative, the Boston Bar Association, and is a founding member of the Elder Law Project at the Women’s Bar Foundation. She was also awarded “Innovator of the Year,” along with Susan Carp of the Arlington Elder  Abuse Task Force, in June 2015 by the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging. Connect with Betsey at bcrimmins@gbls.org.

       Eleanor Cashmore:

Picture Edited AgainEleanor began working at GBLS in the fall of 2015 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Biogen Idec and Foley Hoag. Her project focuses on representing elders who have mental illnesses and other cognitive limitations and who have experienced elder abuse or self-neglect. Eleanor is originally from Buffalo, NY. She received her undergraduate degree in statistics and psychology from the University of Rochester in 2007 and a JD/MSW from Boston College in 2015. Between college and graduate school, she worked for four years with individuals with developmental disabilities in a group home setting in Rochester, NY. During law school, Eleanor served on the Public Interest Law Foundation and Boston College Law Review. Connect with Eleanor at ecashmore@gbls.org.

Dvora Walker:
dwDvora joined GBLS in the fall of 2016 as an Equal Justice Works Elder Justice AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. Dvora was raised in West Hartford, Connecticut and currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island. She earned a B.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies from Connecticut College and a J.D. and Graduate Certificate in Human Rights from the University of Connecticut School of Law. During law school, Dvora served as President of the Lambda Law Society, Vice President of the UConn Law Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Symposium Editor of the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal. In high school, Dvora acted as a caretaker for her grandmother and great aunt, and she is thrilled to now work as an advocate for elder justice. Connect with Dvora at dwalker@gbls.org.

Sheba Varughese:

blog-pic Sheba joined GBLS in Fall 2016 as an Equal Justice Works Elder Justice AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. She was born in Boston and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She received her B.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University and J.D. from New England Law | Boston. She served as the Secretary/ Volunteering Chair for the Public Interest Law Association; Co-Chair for the Human Trafficking Awareness Committee; Secretary for the Minority Student Association; Social Chair for the Criminal Law Society; and Staff Writer for Sexual Violence Legal News, under the Women’s and Children’s Advocacy Project. Her service as an Honors Judicial Intern for the Honorable Associate Justice, Stephen M. Limon in the Juvenile Court left an undeniable compassion and zeal to prevent vulnerable communities from all forms of abuse, abandonment, and/ or neglect. Connect with Sheba at svarughese@gbls.org.

John Harrington:

JohnJohn is originally from Richmond, Virginia. He attended college at Vanderbilt University and then obtained a masters in history from Brown University. He served in the federal government for six years before attending law school at the University of Tennessee. He then clerked for Judge Charles Susano, Jr. of the Tennessee Court of Appeals before practicing at a firm for three years. From 1998 to 2013 he served as in-house counsel at Bridgestone Americas, Inc. in Nashville, TN and Indianapolis, IN. He moved to Boston in 2013 to marry his long-time partner Jan and has worked as a volunteer at GBLS since February 2014. Connect with John at jharrington@gbls.org.

       Sheila Gholkar:

Sheila is IMG_1247currently a volunteer with the Elder Abuse Prevention Project. From 2013-2015, she worked at GBLS in the Elder, Health & Disability Unit and received a fellowship through the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging. Sheila’s fellowship project focused on elder abuse and financial exploitation litigation. She is a member of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston and serves as a liaison for the Boston Bar Association’s sections for New Lawyers and Delivery of Legal Services.

Emily Crim:

imageEmily is currently an Associate Attorney at Mirick O’Connell and a guest blogger for the Elder Abuse Prevention Project. Prior to joining Mirick O’Connell, Emily worked at Greater Boston Legal Services as an attorney from 2014-2015, following a year-long internship with GBLS’ Elder, Health & Disability Unit. Emily earned a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2014. During law school, she served as Managing Editor of the Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law. She is a member of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts.

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