DevonExecutive Director: Devon Chaffee

Having worked in non-profit advocacy for over a decade, Devon comes to the NHCLU with a solid track record of effectively advocating on behalf of marginalized constituencies through innovative, strategic, and persistent lobbying and public education.

While with the ACLU Washington Office, Devon worked to stop bias policing, prisoner abuse, privacy violations and free speech infringement. Prior to joining the ACLU, Devon served as Advocacy Counsel at Human Rights First, fighting against U.S. counterterrorism and national security policies that violate human rights.

Devon received her J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar; she received her B.A. from Hampshire College.

Staff Afforney: Gilles Bissonnettebissonnette

Gilles comes to the NHCLU with extensive civil litigation experience, which has included aggressive advocacy in both the freedom of speech and privacy arenas.  He was named a “New England Super Lawyers Rising Star” in the 2013 edition of New England Super Lawyers magazine.

Prior to joining the NHCLU, Gilles was a civil litigator in Boston at the law firms of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP, Todd & Weld LLP, and Cooley LLP.  One of his most significant successes as a civil litigator was the defeat of an attempt by congressional candidate Bill Hudak to obtain a preliminary injunction restraining Massachusetts congressman John Tierney from engaging in political speech protected by the First Amendment prior to the 2010 election.  Further, Gilles successfully defended an internet search engine from an attempt by a plaintiff to obtain a judicial order requiring the search engine to take down and censor certain search results containing the plaintiff’s image.  While in private practice, Gilles also was a pro bono immigration advocate and engaged in significant privacy work in the context of automobile computing and Internet commerce.

Gilles clerked for the late Judge Thomas M. Golden of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  As a law clerk, he handled numerous civil rights cases, including in the areas of prison conditions, excessive force, and employment discrimination.  Gilles received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law where he was the Chief Comments Editor of the UCLA Law Review and published an article on federal sentencing issues (53 UCLA L. Rev. 1497 (2006)).  He received his B.A. and M.A. in history from Washington University in St. Louis.  He is admitted to practice law in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

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Development Director: Paul Racioppi

With a professional career that spans more than two decades, Paul brings a range of experience and expertise in many facets of nonprofit fundraising.  Prior to joining the NHCLU, Paul was a planned giving officer at the University of New Hampshire and, before that, the development director at a major New York City community organization in Greenwich Village.  Paul brings enthusiasm and eagerness to his work at the NHCLU.  His collaborative style and broad experience are valuable assets that will be critical to implementing the NHCLU’s fundraising objectives.

Office Manager: Sheila Pappas

Sheila Pappas has been with the NHCLU since 1997. In that time Sheila has kept the NHCLU running smoothly, scheduling meetings, managing calls, and planning major events. Prior to joining the NHCLU, Sheila worked with the Disability Rights Center as an intake coordinator.

 Edited on September 23, 2013