Associate Clinical Professor and Faculty Director, Boston College Innocence Program
Professor Sharon Beckman is Co-Director of the Boston College Criminal Justice Clinic and Director of the Boston College Innocence Project. She is an honors graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Law Review and received the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship, the Law School's top honor. She served as a law clerk to the Hon. Sandra Day O'Connor of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Hon. Frank Coffin of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She serves on the SJC Standing Committee on Eyewitness Identification, the Board of the New England Innocence Program, and on the Criminal Justice Act Appellate Panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
A Boston College Law School faculty member since 1996, Professor Beckman is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the University Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor bestowed by Boston College. She has received the Law School's Emil Slizewski Award for Faculty Excellence and the Ruth-Arlene Howe Black Law Students Association Faculty Member of the Year Award. In addition to her clinics, Professor Beckman has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, and seminars on the Supreme Court, White Collar Crime, and Punishment.
Prior to joining the BC Law faculty, Professor Beckman practiced law for seven years with the Silverglate, Gertner firm in Boston and Jenner & Block in Chicago. Her practice included criminal and civil litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative agency proceedings, and internal corporate investigations. By appointment as a member of the Equal Justice Act Panel, Professor Beckman continues to represent indigent appellants in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
The former Captain of the Harvard Women's Swimming and Water Polo teams, Beckman was the First New England woman to swim across the English Channel and was ranked first in the United States and third in the world among female marathon swimmers. She is a Nationally ranked U.S. Masters Swimmer and serves on the National Board of Review for USA Swimming.