Administration Department:

Robert J. Brink, Esq., Executive Director

Robert J. Brink, Executive Director

Robert has served as Executive Director of the Social Law Library since 1998, and before that was Director of Special Projects between 1975 and 1984.  In the interim, he served as the Executive Director of the Flaschner Judicial Institute, a not-for-profit judges organization dedicated to the professional development and continuing education of the Massachusetts judiciary.  The Institute became affiliated with the Library in 1999 and Mr. Brink has continued as its Executive Vice President.  He is also a Trustee and the Executive Director of the Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society. 

Robert received his undergraduate degree from Boston University and law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

Lori Loughnane, Director of Finance and Administration

Lori is responsible for the financial and human resources operations at Social Law.  Prior to joining the Library, Lori had similar responsibilities at a regional employment agency for 13 years and was an internal accounting staff member within the WGBH Educational Foundation for 10 years.

Lori holds a Bachelors of Accountancy degree from Bentley University and an MBA from Suffolk University.


Library Operations:

Elaine Rosselle, Director of Library Operations for Technical Services

Elaine plans, directs, and coordinates all operations of the Collection Development and Cataloging Departments. She oversees the selection, acquisition, and maintenance of Library materials and resources. Elaine has been with the Library since 1988, and her experience covers a wide range of responsibilities, including looseleaf filing; interviewing, hiring and training new staff; building good working relationships with vendors and publisher representatives; contract negotiation; and budgetary analysis and projection.  

Elaine earned a B.A. from Suffolk University and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science 

Kirsten Leary, Director of Library Operations for Member Services

Kirsten Leary

Kirsten is responsible for overseeing the Membership, Reference and Patron Services departments. She has been with the Library since 2010. Kirsten has served on the Nominating Committee for ABLL, co-chaired the LLNE fall 2013 meeting and is currently serving on ABLL’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining Social Law, Kirsten worked in a public library on Cape Cod.

Kirsten earned a B.A. in History and English from Boston College and her M.L.I.S. from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Brian J. Harkins, Esq., Senior Reference Attorney

Brian J. Harkins

Brian is the Head of Social Law’s Reference Department. He answers questions, assists members with using library resources and participates in the selection of library materials. Brian also provides training and instruction to members and he is a frequent presenter in Social Law Library Continuing Legal Education programs. 

Brian earned a B. A. from Boston University, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  Brian was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1986.

Wayne Hartwell, Senior Reference Attorney

Wayne HartwellWayne is Social Law’s other Senior Reference Attorney and serves as in-house counsel. Wayne joined the Library’s staff in 1973 and worked with the then-Librarian, reporter for the Supreme Judicial Court’s Criminal Rules and Speedy Trials project, as well as the United States District Court’s Speedy Trial Project, as assistant reporter. Following 18 years as an associate and partner at a smaller downtown firm, concentrating in civil litigation and appellate matters, Wayne returned to Social Law in 1997. In addition to assisting with reference matters, Wayne co-authors and edits titles in the Flaschner Judicial Institute’s Benchbook series.

Wayne earned a B.A. from the University of Maine, Orono, and a J.D. from New England School of Law.

Jessica Pisano Jones, Reference Attorney

Jessica Pisano JonesJessica assists members with research both in print and online, and provides library instruction and training. Prior to joining Social Law, Jessica attended Boston College Law School where she worked as a research assistant for the Dean of the Law Library, designing coursework for an advanced legal research class.

Jessica earned a B.A. in History and Anthropology from the University of Florida and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2013, and is a member of Law Librarians of New England, the Association of Boston Law Librarians, and the American Bar Association.

Andrew Hyland, Public Services Librarian

Andrew Hyland

Andrew is responsible for overseeing all work and staff in the Circulation, Copy Center, and Interlibrary Loan departments.  Andrew has worked in the Patron Services department since 2010 and also helped coordinate Social Law CLE events for many years. He is currently on the Board of Trustees at the Sharon Public

Andrew earned a B.A. in History from the University of Rhode Island and his M.L.I.S. from Simmons College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Madison Ryan, Member Services Librarian

Madison Ryan Member Services Librarian

Madison works with the Database Manager to oversee the database editors and the database updates. She also works with the Patron Services department and manages the Library’s Legal Alerts Service. She has been with the library since 2017.

Madison earned a B.A. in Government from Suffolk University and her M.L.I.S from Simmons College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Stan R. Allen, Cataloging Services Librarian

Stan oversees Social Law’s Cataloging Department.  His work involves creating physical descriptions and providing subject headings and call numbers for all resources in the Library’s collection. Stan has worked as a cataloger at Social Law for over 25 years. He has also assisted member firms with the cataloging of their collections both print and electronic.

Stan earned an M.L.I.S from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Michael Saporito, CLE Coordinator/Outreach Librarian

Michael Saporito

Michael joined the Social Law staff in 2001 and has worked in a variety of roles since. As CLE Coordinator he is responsible for producing CLE programs for the legal community and running all facets of the Library’s special events. As Outreach Librarian Michael visits law students and attorneys and firms to educate and inform about the benefits and value of the Social Law Library. 

Michael earned a B.A. in History from Salem State University and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.



Technology and Design Services

Brian Flynn, Director of Technology Services

Brian FlynnBrian is responsible for the daily administration, maintenance, and upgrade of the Social Law Library’s LAN, WLAN, ISP, Web Hosting, and Server Co-Location Services.  Additionally, Brian performs the role of Onsite Programmer, Windows OS Application Installation & Support Specialist, Hardware Technician, Help Desk Support Analyst, Backup Operator, Server Operator, Database Administrator and Network Support Specialist.

Brian earned certifications as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Microsoft Database Administrator.  He has also been certified in Cisco, Linux, A+, and Novell technologies. 

Stephanie A Bahl, Senior Web Designer

As the Senior Web Designer Stephanie is responsible for the design and content maintenance of the Social Law Library website. She collaborates with the Library’s Marketing Manager to help maintain the Library’s Social Media accounts, provides website design services for Library members, including law firms, legal organizations and associations throughout New England, and works closely with the Library’s Art Director producing photography, video, law firm branding, web banners and e-commerce projects for both Social Law and its members. Stephanie is a frequent speaker on the topic of law firm website design and has been a faculty member of MCLE’s “Hanging Your Shingle” for a number a years. Stephanie has been with the Library since 1999.

Stephanie earned a B.A. from Flagler College.