Law Panel

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Angela Smagula

Deputy City Solicitor-City of Newton, MA

Angela Buchanan Smagula is a Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Newton. She litigates case on behalf of the City and represents the Newton Public Schools as well.  In addition she represents the Westwood Public Schools on general and special education matters. Angela also provides education law trainings to her clients as needed.   She previously clerked for the Honorable Anthony Alaimo in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Georgia and then worked  in the Trial Department at Goodwin Procter LLP. In addition she has taught legal research and writing at Northeastern School of Law.  Angela graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science Foreign Service and received her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.  She also attended and received a Certificate from the Radcliffe Publishing Course and worked in publishing before becoming a lawyer. Angela has successfully tried numerous cases before a jury in both state  and federal court.


Kabrina Chang

Attorney and Professor at Boston University

Boston University Prof. Kabrina Chang teaches courses on business law, society and ethics in the Markets, Public Policy and Law Department of the BU Questrom School of Business. Her academic research includes the legal impact of employers using social-networking platforms to screen job applicants and the intersection of state medical-marijuana law and federal employment law.


Gina Powers

Attorney and Professor at Boston University

Gina M. DeAcetis Powers is an attorney in Boston, Massachusetts and a Professor in the Markets, Public Policy, and Law Department in the Boston University Questrom School of Business. She also sits on the Boards of two charitable foundations. Gina is a Director of One Mission, a pediatric cancer foundation and also a Director of The Kennedy Center, a Charlestown foundation providing services, education, and opportunities for local families in need.
Gina has 20 years of experience in the areas of residential and commercial real estate with a focus on securitization, conveyancing and title examination/title insurance. She represents lenders, buyers and sellers in both residential and commercial real estate transactions.
Her real estate career began in 1996 as a recording clerk for the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. Soon thereafter, Gina examined real estate titles for both residential and commercial properties before joining a residential real estate conveyancing firm in 1998.
In October of 2000, Gina left the firm and opened her own practice in downtown Boston.
Since 2005, Gina has also taught in the undergraduate Questrom School of Business at Boston University. Before joining as a full time faculty member in 2013, Gina was an adjunct faculty member teaching Introduction to Law. She presently teaches Real Estate Law, Law and Risk Management (formerly known as Advanced Business Law), and Introduction to law.
Gina has been an instructor for the Greater Boston Real Estate Board teaching classes in Contract Law and Closing & Settlement Procedure. Additionally, she has appeared as a guest lecturer for the Real Estate Conveyancing course at New England School of Law. She is often called upon to educate new real estate brokers in the community.
Gina received her B.A. from Boston College in 1992 and her M.Ed. from Boston College in 1994. She went on to receive her J.D. from New England School of Law in 1996.
Gina and her husband, Jay Powers reside in Charlestown, Massachusetts with their 10 year old daughter, Olivia, and their little dog, Scooter.