I started Prokowiew Law in 2011 to meet the diverse legal needs of people with disabilities. My interest in disability law began around 1996 when his friend revealed her own physical disability. As I witnessed her navigate a world primarily designed for those without disabilities, my passion for disability equality grew.
While at the Massachusetts School of Law I designed a major in disability law and litigation. As President of the school’s Diversity Alliance, I focused on disability law, and invited Boston’s Disability Law Center (DLC) to speak to students about the Americans with Disabilities Act. After law school I served as a volunteer attorney at DLC, first on the intake unit, where I was exposed to a broad range of disability issues including benefits, housing rights, special education, and mental health.
Eventually I worked on DLC’s Facilities Team, helping clients with discharge and restraint concerns at the Tewksbury and Worcester State Hospitals, Shattuck Hospital, and Solomon Carter Fuller Hospital.
I left DLC in 2012 to focus on Prokowiew Law, wanting to create a practice that would help clients with disabilities in as many facets of their lives as possible.
I regularly appear as Petitioner’s or Rogers Counsel in Family and Probate Courts. I also serve as guardian and conservator to many people with disabilities, including many veterans. I have had the pleasure of being mentored by one of the finest special needs planning attorneys in the Commonwealth, and I routinely drafts special needs estate plans for families with children who are disabled. I also advocate for clients in front of the Social Security Administration as they pursue Social Security Disability benefits.
In addition to my pro bono work for disabled clients through the Volunteer Lawyers Project, I serve on the Committee for Public Counsel Service’s Mental Health Trial Panel, providing support, advocacy and aggressive representation to clients facing commitment to private facilities in the Commonwealth.
I’m a proud 2001 graduate of Oberlin College where I studied voice, writing and Russian. In 2005 I graduated from the George Mason University Nonfiction Writing Program. I’m still passionate about music and writing, and worked as a journalist and editor for six years before law school. My novel is already about 250 pages long and waiting for me to finish it. I also enjoy running, and ran my third marathon and second Boston Marathon in 2014. I ran 12 half marathons in 2016. I love dancing and proposed to my husband Dave via choreographed flashmob in 2015. I reside in Boston with Dave and our two greyhounds, Bones and Ribs, and spend as much time as possible with friends and family.