Academic Law Fellows: 2016-2017
the clough center for the study of constitutional democracy
The Clough Center recognizes Boston College Law Students of exceptional academic ability and accomplishment who are enrolled in any of the Law School’s degree programs. The 2016-17 Academic Law Fellows are:
Liam Holland is a member of the Boston College Law School Class of 2017. He grew up in Massapequa, New York and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Northeastern University in 2011.
Prior to attending law school, Liam served as Research Director for the Massachusetts House of Representatives Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, under the leadership of Representative John D. Keenan. In this role, Liam worked on complex energy and infrastructure legislation, including laws that require electric distribution companies to procure new renewable energy capacity, that reform electricity rate regulation, that provide solar energy incentives, and that require gas companies to repair natural gas leaks. During his first year at BC Law, Liam also served as a member of the Massachusetts Net Metering and Solar Task Force, which was established by 2014 legislation to review the viability of the state’s solar energy incentive programs and to provide the Legislature with recommendations on solar energy policy.
Liam spent the first summer of his legal studies as a summer associate in the Office of General Counsel of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The NRC is an independent agency whose mission is to ensure the safe use of radioactive materials for beneficial civilian purposes while protecting people and the environment.
In the summer of 2016, Liam will be working in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, with the section on Transportation, Energy and Agriculture. The mission of the Antitrust Division is to promote economic competition through enforcing and providing guidance on antitrust laws and principles.
In his third year of law school, Liam will participate in BC Law’s Attorney General Clinic. As part of this year-long program, Liam will be placed in the Administrative Law Division of the Attorney General’s Office. The Administrative Law Division represents the state in legal challenges to state statutes and regulations, suits that challenge state policies and programs, and suits that challenge the decisions of state administrative agencies.
Upon completing his legal studies, Liam plans to return to public service.
Joshua Moore is a rising 3L at Boston College Law School. He attended Centre College and graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy and Government in 2010. After graduating, he worked for two years as an Assistant Language Teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme in Tokunoshima, Japan. He subsequently returned the U.S. and worked as a Program Manager at the Japan/America Society of Kentucky. There, he promoted cross-cultural understanding and business relationships between Japan and Kentucky. Josh speaks Japanese fluently and has worked with organizations such as Sister Cities and the Experiment in International Living to help foster relationships between Japan and the United States.
Josh has a passion for public service. While in Law School, he has worked at organizations ranging from the Vermont Supreme Court, the Irish International Immigrant Center, and the Bond Project at BC Law. His interests are in administrative law, jurisprudence, federalism, and international comparative law. This summer, he will be interning at the Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section.
During his final year at law school, Josh will be in the Attorney General’s Clinic in the Administrative Law Division. After graduating, Josh will be clerking for the Honorable Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr. on United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. He hopes to pursue a career in public and government service.
Kelly Morgan is an incoming third year dual degree JD/MSW student with an interest in immigration, criminal justice, and human rights. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2011 with a degree in Music and French Studies. At Wesleyan, Kelly had the opportunity to spend a semester and a summer in Rabat, Morocco, conducting interviews with sub-Saharan immigrants and researching the connections between music and Mediterranean migration politics. After graduating, she spent a year in Marseille, France, teaching English and volunteering with a migrant’s rights organization. Kelly then spent another summer in Morocco organizing an intercultural music and theater workshop aimed at engaging youth of diverse nationalities in combating xenophobia.
After moving to the Boston area in 2012, Kelly worked for three years at BEST Corp. Hospitality Training Center, where she taught English and job skills and helped to prepare students for naturalization interviews with US Citizenship and Immigration Services. She also managed a program providing workplace English classes to kitchen workers at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
In 2014, Kelly began taking classes at BC School of Social Work, where she specializes in social innovation and leadership and her concentration is in global practice. Kelly then transitioned to BC Law in 2015, and the highlight of her 1L year was volunteering with the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project at BC’s Center for Human Rights and International Justice. Kelly will spend summer 2016 interning with the Political Asylum and Immigrant Representation (PAIR) Project in Boston, and will return to BC in the fall to take a mix of social work and law courses and begin her second MSW internship with the Muslim Justice League, an organization that advocates for human and civil rights threatened under national security pretexts. In the future, Kelly hopes to provide trauma-informed services to immigrants facing deportation on account of criminal convictions.
Amelia Wirts is in her second year of law school at Boston College, and working on a joint degree in philosophy and law. After receiving her B.A. in philosophy and communication studies from University of Oregon in 2009, she began her Ph.D. in philosophy in 2010, earning a Masters Degree in 2012 and defending her dissertation proposal in the spring of 2014.
As a political philosophy student, Amelia had the rare opportunity to think through substantial matters of justice unconstrained by pragmatic concerns. Though research and writing, she has explored the idea of a just society from many vantages, but she was eager to see these ideas have an impact in the world around her. This desire to understand how theories of justice, equality, and democracy impact the concrete world led her to pursue a law degree alongside her Ph.D. in political philosophy. As a second year law student, Amelia's work on civil rights issues allows her to examine social and political equality from theory to practice.
Amelia's philosophy dissertation argues that true democracy requires institutional responses to social oppression. Many political philosophers ignore the problem of oppression because they begin their inquiries into justice by imagining an ideal political community rather than examining the political communities that we already live in. Probing existing political communities reveals that the public justification of the legal and political institutions is most often directed at the powerful rather than the oppressed. Her work focuses on mechanisms for bringing marginalized people into the democratic justification process and the democratic community.
Amelia's legal interests complement her philosophical ones. Anti-discrimination law, particularly in employment contexts, brings together her passion for social justice and her philosophical work on oppression. When Amelia first encountered employment discrimination law, each reminded her of what she had already discovered in her philosophical research—that work and human dignity are intimately related. Because employment provides more than income, eliminating employment discrimination is one of the central components of building a more just political community. To pursue her interest in employment discrimination, Amelia secured an externship with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice during the fall of 2015. There, she conducted research for a federal appellate employment discrimination case under Title VII. Additionally, she is writing a note for the Boston College Law Review on Title VII disparate treatment standards and implicit bias. She will spend the summer of 2016 working in the Prosecution and Appeals Division of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, assisting the Commission Counsel and learning about the role of the state in enforcing state civil rights law.
After completing law school in 2017, Amelia will clerk for one year for Judge Harris Hartz, Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Albuquerque, New Mexico.