BC Law Prof. Elected to American Law Institute
Newton, Mass. (October 2012)—Boston College Law Professor R. Michael Cassidy is one of 68 newly elected members of the American Law Institute (ALI), a diverse group of highly accomplished lawyers, judges and law professors.
“Welcoming a new class of members is always a rewarding task for me,” said Roberta Cooper Ramo, president of the ALI, the leading independent organization in the U.S. producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. “The work we do would not be possible without members who are the intellectual leaders in their areas of law and who generously give of their time because of the importance of our projects.”
Cassidy teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, evidence, and professional responsibility. He is considered an expert on the subject of prosecutorial ethics, provides training nationally to public sector attorneys on their responsibilities under the Rules of Professional Conduct, and is a frequent media commentator.
During his extensive career as a government lawyer prior to joining the BC community, Cassidy prosecuted hundreds of serious felony cases involving narcotics trafficking, organized and white collar crime, and public corruption. He has also briefed and argued numerous high-profile criminal matters before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. From 1993 to 1996, Cassidy served as Chief of the Criminal Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.
Among his many professional and community activities, Cassidy has served as a member of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, editor-in-chief of the Massachusetts Law Review, a member of the Governor's Commission on Corrections Reform, a hearing officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, a member of the Criminal Justice Section Council of the Boston Bar Association, an advisor to the National District Attorneys' Association, and a member of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission. He was recently appointed to serve a three-year term on the Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Cassidy received a B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, after which he served as law clerk to the Honorable Edward F. Hennessey, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and as a litigation associate at the Boston law firm of Foley, Hoag.
Cassidy served as BC Law School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2007-2010 and as Associate Dean for Administration and Finance from 1996 to 2002. He has twice been awarded the school's Emil Slizewski prize for distinguished teaching, presented by the graduating class.
--Nate Kenyon is director of communications at Boston College Law School.