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Constitutional law, democratic theory and comparative constitutional law. Professor Albert has represented Fortune 500 companies as a corporate attorney for an international law firm, hosted a talk-radio show on current affairs in England, clerked for the Chief Justice of the Canadian Supreme Court, and advised elected officials and candidates across the United States and Canada. Courses have included: "Law of Democracy" and "Constitutional Law."
International tax law; tax aspects of foreign activities of US taxpayers; tax aspects of US investments by foreign taxpayers; federal income tax; taxation of business organizations. One of the world's foremost experts on tax law. Special Advisor to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Centre for Tax Policy and Administration in Paris. Author of numerous books and articles. Courses have included: "International Aspects of US Income Taxation (International Tax)."
Bioethics; medicine and the law; patients' rights; patient refusal of life-prolonging treatment; physician-assisted suicide; constitutional law. Author of numerous related articles in law journals, including "Physician Assisted Suicide Should Be Legalized and Regulated" "Blood Transfusions, Jehovah's Witnesses and the American Patients' Rights Movement"; "The Supreme Judicial Court in its Fourth Century: Meeting the Challenge of the 'New Constitutional Revolution'"; "Why Withdrawal of Life-Support for PVS Patients Is Not a Family Decision"; "Abortion and the Legal Process in the United States: An Overview of the Post-Webster Legal Landscape." A past president of the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. Courses have included: "Health Law and Policy" and "Constitutional Law."
Constitutional law; civil rights; Criminal and civil trials; court system; police abuse; police use of informants; Fourth Amendment; police interrogation; judges and jurors. A former civil rights attorney and assistant district attorney; frequent media commentator on criminal trials. Author of the book Constitutional Criminal Procedure. Co-author of Moore's Federal Practice, a major treatise on federal civil practice. Courses have included: "Judicial Process"; "Criminal Procedure."
Constitutional criminal procedure; evidence; litigation; civil rights; employment discrimination; fair employment laws. Author of the book William P. Homans: A Life in Court. Co-author of the books Handbook of Massachusetts Evidence and Criminal Procedure: Examples and Explanations. Former Special Assistant District Attorney. Author of numerous articles in law journals. Courses have included: "Civil Procedure" and "Evidence."
Government ethics; political corruption; special prosecutors; federal-state relations. Served as chairman of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission. Author of numerous articles in law journals, including "Should Federalism Shield Corruption?--Mail Fraud, State Law and Post-Lopez Analysis"; "The Constitution as an Obstacle to Government Ethics--Reform Legislation After National Treasury Employees Union"; and "Has the Supreme Court Confessed Error on the Eleventh Amendment? Revisionist Scholarship and State Immunity." Courses have included: "Church and State"and "Constiutional Law".
Criminal law; criminal procedure; evidence; legal ethics. Served as a member of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission. Former chief of the Criminal Bureau in the office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts; former chief of the AG's Narcotics and Organized Crime Division. Author or co-author of "Public Education and Crime: Supreme Court Backs States' Rights" and "The Massachusetts Drug Asset Forfeiture Law: A Dialogue." Courses have included: "White Collar Crime."
Lawyers' professional responsibility; legal ethics; justified disobedience of professional rules; legal education; legal history in Massachusetts; legal history in England; philosopher Francis Bacon. Author of the book Lawyers and Fundamental Moral Responsibility and The Anglo-American Legal Heritage. Reporter to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States, where he is helping to rewrite the rules of the federal court system. Advisor to the American Law Institute's Restatement on Law Governing the Legal Profession. Former Chairman of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Committee on Professional Ethics. Served on the American Bar Association's Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Courses have included: "English Legal History"; "American Legal Education"; "Lawyering and Professional Responsibility."
Business law; constitutional law; corporations and workers; First Amendment; Supreme Court cases. Author of the book, The Failure of Corporate Law. Former clerk to David H. Souter, associate justice of the US Supreme Court. He is the founder and president of the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR), an association of three dozen law schools and other academic institutions organized to fight for academic freedom and against discrimination. Courses have included: "Corporations" and "Foundations of Business Law."
Law and science; constitutional law; law and medicine; health care policy; role of scientific evidence in the courtroom. Asian-American legal issues–including Japanese-American internment during World War II. Holds both law and medical degrees. Also serves as chief of occupational and environmental medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Author of articles including "The Proposed Patients' Bill of Rights and Managed Care: The Case of the Missing Equal Protection Clause"; "Should Asbestos in Buildings be Regulated on an Environmental or Occupational Basis?"; "Justice Brennan's Use of Scientific and Empirical Evidence in Constitutional and Administrative Law," and "Occupational Skin Disease in Newspaper Pressroom Workers." Courses have included: "Business Law and Health Policy" and "Environmental Litigation."
Professor, Law School
Director, Human Rights Program
Associate Director, Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice
J.D. Northeastern University
LL.M. Harvard University
Immigration law; citizenship, asylum and refugee law; criminal law, especially issues of bail; criminal defense; self-defense for tenants. Author of the book, Deportation Nation. Founder of BC's Immigration and Asylum Project, in which students assist indigent immigrants who seek political asylum in the US or are facing deportation. Associate Director of the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice. Courses have included: "Immigration Law"; "International Human Rights."
Family law: marriage; divorce; adoption; child abuse and neglect; family violence; children's rights; child custody; marital property; judicial education; father's rights. Co-directing project on Anglo-American Family Law entitled "Cross Currents," which is co-sponsored by Oxford University. He is the only American law professor names as an international associate at the Family Law and Policy Center at Oxford University. Credited with creating subsidized adoption, where public funds are used to offset the medical and care needs of disabled children, thereby enhancing their prospects for adoption. Former president of the International Society of Family Law; past chairman of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. Author of the book Family Law: Legal Concepts and Changing Human Relationships. Courses have included: "Family Law"; "Family Law Seminar: Child Abuse and Neglect"; "Family Law Seminar: The Law of Child Protection."
Trusts and estates; estate planning; will disputes and undue influence; estate tax; gift tax; trust law. Lead author on the book An Estate Planner's Handbook; author of several articles, including "Taxing Personhood: Estate Taxes and the Compelled Commodification of Identity"; "Unmasking Undue Influence"; "A Reappraisal of the Tax Consequences of Abandonments in Bankruptcy" and "United States Estate and Gift Tax Considerations." Appointed an academic fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates. Courses have included: "Estate and Gift Tax"; "Estate Planning"; "Trusts and Estates."
Supreme Court; civil procedure; constitutional law; media law; national security and civil liberties. She clerked for Hon. John G. Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Hon. David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court. Papandrea spent several years as a litigator, specializing in First Amendment and media defense cases. She is a member of the Connecticut, New York and District of Columbia bars.
Environmental law; legal aspects of environmental disasters; endangered species; land use issues, historic preservation, private property and public rights. One of the nation's leading environmental lawyers, Plater has handled national endangered species litigation -- including seven years spent litigating the case of the endangered snail darter fish vs. TVA's Tellico Dam up through the Supreme Court. He worked as chair of a legal task force for the State of Alaska responding to the Exxon-Valdez oil spill; was a consultant to plaintiffs in the Woburn toxic litigation, Anderson et al. v. W.R. Grace et al., which became the subject of the book and movie A Civil Action; has worked as a consultant on environmental and land use law initiatives in a number of foreign countries, and helped organize the first United Nations Conference on Individual Rights to be held in Africa. He is lead author of the national environmental law coursebook Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society (West). Courses have included: "Environmental Law and Current Politics."
Juvenile justice; treatment of violent offenders as juveniles or adults; juvenile violence; children's rights; child abuse and neglect. She is a founding member of the Girls’ Justice Initiative and the author of their recent report, Girls in the Juvenile Justice System: Perspectives on Services and Conditions of Confinement. She is a regular contributor to “Women, Girls & Criminal Justice” where she has written about runaway girls, probation practices, and teen prostitution, and legal strategies for attorneys representing young women. Directs the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project at BC Law School. Appointed to the advisory board of the New England Juvenile Defender Center and the board of directors of the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts. Courses have included: "Juvenile Justice."
Intellectual property; Internet, technology and law; copyright; Affirmative Action; Asian-American issues. Served as counsel of record/lead author for an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of 12 copyright scholars in the case of Campbell v.Acuff-Rose Music Publishing Co. Serves on the Intellectual Property Section of the American Bar Association and editorial board member for the Journal of Legal Education. Courses include: "Copyright"; "Intellectual Property Seminar."