Instructor Profiles

Peter Frasca, Esq.
Instructor, Probate and Family Law

Attorney Peter Frasca is a shareholder in the law firm of Lui & Frasca, PC, where he concentrates his expertise in the areas of probate, trusts, estates, and taxation law. He earned his BA, cum laude, at the University of Connecticut, his JD at Western New England College School of Law, and his LLM. in taxation law at Boston University School of Law. Frasca is licensed to practice in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, and is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Melanie Hagopian, Esq.
Instructor, Real Estate

Melanie Hagopian concentrates on real estate transactions, land use, and environmental law. She represents clients in the acquisition, development, leasing, financing, management, preservation, and disposition of all types of real estate. Her transactional practice includes representation of lenders, developer/owners, individuals, families, public authorities, and nonprofit and community organizations.

Hagopian has over twenty-eight years of transactional, regulatory, and policy experience in the public and private sectors. She has worked with state and local environmental agencies and boards, housing and community development authorities, developers, nonprofit organizations, investors, lenders, and underwriters. Hagopian is a graduate cum laude of the University of New Hampshire and a graduate of Suffolk University Law School. She has been an instructor of real estate law at Boston University's Center for Professional Education for over a decade.

Alex Hahn, Esq.
Instructor, Legal Technologies and Probate and Family Law

Alex Hahn is a practicing litigator with his own firm, representing clients ranging from technology companies to artists. He was the principal brief writer in numerous important appellate decisions in Massachusetts, including Tartarini v. DDS, in which the Massachusetts Appeals Court changed the definition of intellectual disability in Massachusetts. Hahn has taught in Boston University's Paralegal Studies certificate program since its inception, designing the Legal Technologies and Probate and Family Law modules. He is also the noted author of two books on the musician Prince, including “The Rise of Prince: 1958‐1988,” winner of the Bronze Independent Publishers award for Biography in 2017.

Sherry Rajaniemi Gregg, Esq.
Instructor, Litigation and Real Estate Law

Sherry Rajaniemi Gregg works as a sole practitioner at the Law Office of Sherry R. Gregg, LLP representing clients in the areas of special education law and general litigation. She graduated from Keene State College with a degree in psychology in 1990; from Fitchburg State College with a master's in adolescent and family therapy in 1994; and from Boston University School of Law in 1999. Prior to starting her own practice, Attorney Rajaniemi-Gregg was an associate at Kotin, Crabtree & Strong specializing in special education law and general civil litigation, and had previously worked as an associate for a boutique law firm in Boston that specialized in national complex plaintiffs' litigation, primarily in the areas of products liability and civil rights.

Pierce J. Reed, Esq.
Instructor, Litigation

Pierce Reed has nearly fifteen years of experience as an attorney, having worked previously in Boston as a career law clerk to a federal magistrate judge, and as an associate in two litigation boutiques. He is knowledgeable in an array of areas of state and federal legal practice. Reed is a graduate of Ohio University, summa cum laude, and Northeastern University School of Law. The author of various legal articles, he has been honored for his pro bono legal assistance, and was awarded a prestigious public interest legal fellowship upon graduation from law school. Reed has lectured in litigation for Boston University's Paralegal Studies Program since 2000, and also teaches at Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law in appellate advocacy. He served previously as a teaching assistant in legal research and writing at Northeastern University School of Law and as a research and teaching assistant in student orientation and retention in the psychology department at Ohio University.

Christina R. Schaper, Esq.
Instructor, Business Law

Christina R. Schaper has taught the corporate law paralegal program at Boston University for several years and legal research and writing courses at Boston University School of Law. Schaper previously served as general counsel at East Hill Management Company, LLC, an investment advisory firm, located in Providence, Rhode Island, where she managed all legal matters related to the company's venture capital limited partnership portfolio investments including corporate transactional documentation, securities filings and compliance requirements. Schaper was also vice president and general counsel at Ennovate Networks, Inc., a telecommunications equipment manufacturer located in Boxborough, Massachusetts. She started her legal career at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP, in Boston, where she represented venture capital firms and start-up companies on various securities, compliance, and general corporate matters. She also practiced law as a corporate attorney at Hemenway & Barnes and served as a consultant and program manager at the Center for Women and Enterprise, where she counseled women entrepreneurs on venture capital financing matters. Prior to law school, Schaper was also a paralegal at large New York law firm and a legal advocate at a non-profit social services organization. Schaper received her BA from Haverford College and her JD from Boston College Law School.

Joseph P. Spada, Esq.
Director of the Paralegal Studies Program
Instructor, Legal Research and Legal Writing and Reasoning

Joseph Spada graduated cum laude from Boston College, and earned his JD at The Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, in Washington, D.C., where he worked for a year in the Justice Department. Early in his career Attorney Spada worked as a law clerk with the Connecticut Trial Courts, with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, and the Suffolk County's Sheriff's Department. Spada spent 20 years as a Federal Staff Attorney with the Honorable Lawrence P. Cohen at the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Megan Williams, Esq.
Instructor, Litigation

Megan Williams is an Assistant District Attorney with the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, prosecuting criminal cases on behalf of the Commonwealth. Prior to joining the Middlesex District Attorney's Office in 2008, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Massachusetts Superior Court, assisting Judges in both civil and criminal litigation throughout the state. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2004 with a degree in History and minor in Legal Studies, and earned her JD from Suffolk University Law School in 2007 with a concentration in International Law.