Lyonel Jean-Pierre Jr. recently joined the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau as a clinical instructor. He started his law career as a Massachusetts Legal Services Corporation Bart Gordon Fellow with Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services. When the fellowship ended, Lyonel became a full-time staff attorney with the Worcester Community Legal Aid office (formerly known as Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts) where he litigated various domestic relations and restraining order matters. After nine years with Community Legal Aid, he joined the Law Office of Murphy and Rudolf LLP where he continued to practice in the Probate and Family Court but also represented parents and children in Care and Protection matters in the Juvenile Court as a member of the Children and Family Law Division Panel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services.
During his career, Lyonel has served as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section for the Worcester County Bar Association and worked with various community partners in the Worcester to address the effect that domestic violence has on families. In 2012, he was honored with the YWCA Great Guy Award & Official State Citation.
Lyonel received a bachelors degree from Brandeis University where, in addition to completing his studies, he mentored “at risk” youth and was a track and field athlete for four years. After college he obtained his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.