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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Public Interest Law Scholars: 2014-2015

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Consistent with the Center’s mission to support students committed to service to others, the Clough Center provides grants to Boston College first and second-year law students for uncompensated public interest work, in the United States or abroad, during the summer. The 2014 Public Interest Law Scholar grants have been awarded to:



Mary Pat Brogan
BC Law Class of 2016

Mary Pat Brogan, a current Boston College Law School student, grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2011, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and in English. After graduation, she participated in MercyWorks Volunteer Program, a yearlong full-time program at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, a therapeutic residential program for teenagers in Chicago, IL. There she worked with young men between ages 17 and 21 using a strengths based perspective to foster personal growth and healthy development. The following year, she worked in the After School Programs department at Mercy Home, developing extra-curricular programs, facilitating a tutoring program and running a summer enrichment program for the young men in the home.

This summer, Mary Pat will be working at the National Juvenile Defender Center in Washington, D.C. as a summer law clerk. The mission of the National Juvenile Defender Center is to promote justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense. Mary Pat’s work researching best practices in juvenile defense and sharing that research with practicing juvenile defenders will serve this mission and help to improve the consistent quality of representation that juveniles receive.

During her 2L year, Mary Pat will participate in the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project (JRAP), a clinical experience during which she will represent youth in the juvenile justice system. Students in JRAP provide individual, thorough legal representation to their clients and work to promote policy changes to reduce youth incarceration and to increase access to appropriate social services.

In the future, Mary Pat hopes to continue to work with young people as an advocate. She hopes to practice either as a juvenile defender or as a child advocate in care and dependency cases.



Robert Dunlap
BC Law Class of 2015

Robert Dunlap received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science at Duke University. He discovered that he wanted to be a lawyer while on a college sabbatical during his junior year in which he worked for a trial attorney on cases of toxic torts and one involving a corrupt funeral home and ultimately wrote an award winning article in the Miami New Times exposing a corrupt funeral home. In 2011, after earning his undergraduate degree, he worked on a case of alleged inter-European money laundering the factual difficulties of which (e.g. how the United States police had relied on the foreign police and vice versa) piqued his interest in international disputes and the legal system of the European Union.

After coming to law school, Robert was fortunate to work as a summer intern for the Honorable Raymond J. Brassard of the Massachusetts Superior Court. Each week he analyzed a new motion before the judge and advocated for a specific ruling. Robert appreciated the challenge of learning a new area of law, applying it to a unique set of real world facts, and seeing the outcome realize itself (or sometimes not) when Judge Brassard made his ruling. After taking European Union law, he became further interested in the complexities of the European legal order and continued to develop experience in that area as a research assistant to Professor Vlad F. Perju.  In addition to European Union law, as the founder and president of the Internet Law Society, Robert has developed an interest in cyber law and in pursuit of that interest will work this summer for Governo Law Firm where he will research and write on the developing legal regime applicable in cases of cyber liability.

In the Fall of 2014, as part of a semester in practice program, Robert has accepted an offer to work as an intern at the U.S. Mission to the European Union’s Executive Office. In that capacity, he will work directly with the chief legal counselor to analyze recent decisions of the European Court of Justice and to better understand the implications of recent developments in the European legal order. In particular, he will help to analyze the legal implications of the European Union’s response to the crisis in Ukraine, the development of a General Data Protection Regulation, and the negotiation over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Although uncertain as to where he will first land after law school, Robert is certain that this opportunity is exceptional and will further him wherever he arrives.



Shannyn Gaughan
BC Law Class of 2015

Shannyn Gaughan grew up in Walpole, Massachusetts and graduated from Princeton University in 2012 with an A.B. in Anthropology and a certificate in French Language and Culture. At BC Law, Shannyn is a member of the Gender Violence Awareness Coalition and a co-chair of the Law Student Association Bar Associations Committee. In addition, Shannyn is a Staff Writer and Managing Editor of the Boston College Law School Journal of Law and Social Justice.  

Shannyn previously gained legal experience at the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston and the Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor in its Boston Regional Office. She also received valuable experience through the BC Law Grimes Moot Court competition, in which she advanced to the quarterfinal round.

In Summer 2014, Shannyn will serve as a 3:03 certified student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Her work will focus primarily in the Bureau’s Family Law Department, where she will represent clients in matters of divorce, child custody, restraining orders and alimony.  She will work as the primary handler of her caseload throughout all stages of the litigation process, including communicating directly with clients, engaging in legal investigation, drafting and filing legal documents, and representing her clients in court.

Shannyn will participate in the London Program in 2015, where she will study international and European Union law and hopes to intern at an international law firm.  She hopes to practice in Boston upon graduating from law school.



Graham Markiewicz
BC Law Class of 2016

Graham Markiewicz graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2008 where he majored in Mandarin Chinese. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army, and spent five years serving in the military in a broad-spectrum capacity, which took him on two tours to Afghanistan.  Graham has traveled to China, Korea, Namibia, and possible more remote, upstate New York. He received training at Airborne, Air Assault and Ranger Schools.  As a junior military officer there are few experiences more rewarding than leading soldiers, but Graham found that building friendships with local tribal elders and seeing positive short term-gains equaling gratifying. These experiences were formative, and allowed him to discover his true passion of working with people in developing nations improve stability, security, religious freedom, access to education and political representation. Even though his background is in the military, Graham looked forward to being able to develop a career in peaceful conflict resolution and rule of law mentorship. In Law School, is where he hopes to learn more about capacity building and use those skills to help establish rule of law where it is most needed. 

In his first year at Boston College Law School, Graham had the opportunity to travel to Haiti to conduct research on human rights issues among people internally displaced from the earthquake of 2010. He was also able to form a relationship with Haitian law students and together they are writing a report on ensuring free and fair elections in Haiti. 

This coming summer Graham will be interning at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He has received a placement with the Office of the Prosecutor. The ICTY shows would be dictators and war criminals that positions of power are not a refuge for committing crimes against humanity. The ICTY is a major player in post-conflict resolution and transitional justice. Its existence and continued functionality demonstrates the international community’s continued commitment to ending impunity of war criminals and leading the way toward reconciliation between ethnic groups. Graham hopes to be able to continue this vein of work holding leaders accountable for human rights abuses and preventing atrocities before they occur. 



Alaina Sullivan
BC Law Class of 2015

Alaina Sullivan (Lainey) grew up in Canton, Massachusetts. She attended Boston College undergraduate from 2005-2009, where she majored in Sociology and English, with a focus on American Studies. After graduating, Lainey served as a 2009 Teach For America Corps Member in Houston, Texas. She taught 4th grade for three years, leading her grade level and receiving nominations for the Sue Lehmann Teaching Excellence award in her second year and Teacher of the Year at Stevens Elementary her third year.

Lainey is currently a rising 3L student in the Law School concurrently pursuing a Masters in Higher Education with the Lynch School of Education. Last summer, Lainey served as a 2013 Rappaport Fellow for Law and Public Policy, and worked at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the Office of the General Counsel.

This summer, Lainey is working at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office for Civil Rights Headquarters, in Washington, D.C. Lainey will serve as an intern to the Secretary of the Office for Civil Rights, in the Front Office.

Lainey is planning a career in government, specializing at the intersection of Law and Education. Lainey is also the 2014-2015 President of the Student Government at the Law School, and will be serving on the Criminal Procedure National Moot Court Team next year.