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Feature Articles:
Immigration Triumph Clinic Shepherds Case to Victory
Stopping Domestic Abuse New Student Group Offers Help
Goodbye, Mr. Chips Law School Mourns "The Slew's" Passing
Fast Thinking Boyle Recounts Saga of 9/11 Fund

Additional Articles:
Building Bridges Gay, Lesbian Advocates Honored for Efforts
Ability and Idealism Awardee Serves the Public Interest
Strategic Moves Reviews Under Way
New Administrators Named
Admissions Has Record-Breaking Year
A Double-Digit Winner
Head Notes Other Staff News
A Click Away BC Law's New Website

Gay, Lesbian Advocates Honored for Efforts

The Lambda Law Students Association presented its top award to Polly Crozier '02 and M. J. Edwards '02 in March for their contributions to BC Law. In presenting the award at the group's annual alumni dinner, chairperson Zoƫ Stark '03 said the student leaders "will be terribly missed."

"Polly and M. J. have been our voices, speaking up about issues that are important to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community at BCLS or that affect the greater diverse community of our law school," Stark said. "We could not have dreamed of better people to speak on our behalf."

Edwards and Crozier, former co-chairs of LAMBDA, were recognized for their work on behalf of the group and as coalition builders-attending and creating student events and encouraging dialogue among students, faculty, and administrators.

The honorees showed leadership in a number of other activities as well. Crozier was a teaching assistant, editor in chief of the Third World Law Journal, and a public service scholar. Edwards was a tutor, executive editor of the Boston College Law Review, and co-chair of the Law Student Association diversity committee.

Forty-five people attended the dinner, including the Hon. David Mills '67, who was recently appointed to the Massachusetts Court of Appeals. Professor James Rogers gave the keynote address.

After graduation Edwards planned to join the Boston law firm Hale & Dorr and Crozier to clerk for Judge Irma Raker of the Maryland Court of Appeals.

"We have been incredibly blessed to attend school with M. J. and Polly," Stark said. "They are passionate, honest, and courageous women who have worked tirelessly to make BCLS a better place."
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Awardee Serves the Public Interest

Joshua Borger '03 grew up on a farm in eastern Pennsylvania-with Limerick Nuclear Power Plant looming in the distance. As family members were diagnosed with cancer, some of them wondered whether there was a link between the power plant and the illnesses. A study found that the incidence of cancer among residents living near the plant was 30 percent higher than expected.

Now that Borger has been studying law for two years, he realizes the large burden of proof that would be required not only to show that the power plant caused a high incidence of cancer among residents but to demonstrate that the government intended to discriminate against those residents by allowing the plant to be built there.

Yet the challenge of advocating for civil rights and environmental justice in cases against the government has only inspired Borger to work harder. He's helped a citizen seeking federal disability payments and a Cuban immigrant confined to a detention center in Texas after serving a prison sentence for a drug conviction. In a victory he savors, Borger drafted legal memoranda for the National Resources Defense Council in its successful lawsuit against a federal agency to stop overfishing off the coast of California.

Borger is the winner of this year's Drinan Family Fund Award. Named after former dean and congressman Rev. Robert F. Drinan, S.J., the $20,000 award helps students with loan repayment so they can pursue public interest careers.

BC Law Professor Zygmunt Plater calls Borger "an original, a remarkable young man, very, very much oriented for the public interest and a nice combination of ability and idealism."

In taking on the government, Borger is prepared to lose more often than he wins. Yet he maintains perspective by recognizing that his clients don't have the luxury of moving on to the next case. "The client is the one who goes through hell," he says. "The lawyer is the one who goes on TV."

-Jan Gardner

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Reviews Under Way

Phase II of the Law School's strategic planning process went into high gear in May with the establishment of eight working committees charged with exploring priorities identified in earlier campus-wide brainstorming sessions.

The issues and programmatic areas under review are 1) educational opportunities beyond the J.D.; 2) infrastructure and space planning; 3) the law-school-to-practice continuum; 4) Jesuit/Catholic identity; 5) the commitment to public service; 6) faculty scholarship, teaching, and service; 7) student life; and 8) programmatic initiatives in such legal specialties as emerging enterprises, environmental and land use law, family law, international law, legal research and writing, public law, and legal history, among others.

Each committee is charged with reviewing the existing situation in its subject area, exploring options, defining a vision for the future, and developing a proposal for action. The goal is to present the findings to the BC Law community for further refinements in late fall.

Professor Judy McMorrow, a member of the Strategic Planning Facilitation Committee, says the Law School is already benefiting from the planning process. "The fact alone that we are getting together and thinking about creative possibilities for the future helps us think more creatively even about our current programs."

For more information, contact McMorrow at 617-552-3578 or

-Vicki Sanders

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Leadership Changes in Two Departments
The offices of the dean and career services welcomed new directors this year. Henry Clay became the new Associate Dean for Finance and Administration and Maris Abbene was named Director of Career Services.

"I am delighted that Henry Clay and Maris Abbene have joined the Law School," said Dean John Garvey. "They are exceptionally qualified for the important roles they will play here."

Clay has been with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court since 1977, the last twelve years as chief staff counsel. He has been an adjunct professor at Suffolk Law School and the Massachusetts School of Law and active in publishing, pro bono work, and community service. Among his recent publications is "Allocating the Appellate Caseload," a chapter in Appellate Practice in Massachusetts. Clay's community endeavors include tutoring at the Boston Adult Learning Center and mentoring at Boston Partners in Education. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he earned his L.L.B. from Boston University School of Law.

Abbene comes to BC Law from the Boston law firm of Bingham Dana LLP, where she was director of legal recruitment for nine years. She managed the firm's recruitment efforts, administered summer programs, and developed policy related to hiring. Prior to that she was an associate in the litigation department. She received her law degree from BC Law in 1987.
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7,232 Applicants Vie for 255 Slots
The number of applicants for BC Law School's Class of 2005 skyrocketed to 7,232 this spring, breaking all previous records. The figure marked a 30 percent increase over last year. Only three years ago, the Law School received 3,000 fewer applications. The increase reflected, in part, a nationwide trend (up 27 percent), but the Law School remained among the top five law schools overall in application volume. Those that surpassed BC Law in application volume had entering classes that were significantly larger than the Law School's 255.

Boston College Law School held onto 22nd place in this year's rankings by US News & World Report. The influential annual guide to the best graduate schools ranks the 175 ABA-accredited law schools on reputation, student selectivity, placement success, faculty resources, and the like. Using a weighted average to determine each school's placement, the report calculates the scores in such a way that the top school receives a 100 and the other schools receive a percentage of that. BC Law's overall score was 65.
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Michael Dukakis, a vice-chair at Amtrak and former presidential candidate, discusses the value of public service and a young lawyer's role in society.

The American Constitution Society sponsors Rep. Barney Frank, who speaks on national security and corporate crime; Father Robert F. Drinan, on human rights law and the role of concerned lawyers; and former US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, on his run for Massachusetts governor and his years in the Clinton Administration.

The second annual Catholic Law Students Conference addresses such topics as "The Defense of Marriage," "Just War and Pacifism," and "The Two Great Commandments."

The Military Law and the Transition to Private Practice panel hosted by the Veterans Association offers perspectives on practicing law in the military. Panelists include Mitchell Sikora '69 and Kerry Carlson '96.

Among the highlights of BC Law's advocacy programs this year: Brandon Barkhuff and Doug Tillberg win the Client Counseling Competition, advance to the Northeast Regionals in New York City, and rank among the top twelve teams. The National Court Team of Christopher Mohart, Angelique Muller, and Nicole Johnson (with team manager Sky Bull) wins the regionals and best oralist and advances to New York City's nationals. At the Wendell F. Grimes Moot Court Competition, Nadine From and Charles Roumeliotis beat David Waterfall and Tara Blackman before judges Paul Niemeyer from the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, George O'Toole from the US District Court of Massachusetts, and Richard Wesley, from the New York Court of Appeals.

The seventh annual 5K Race Ipsa Loquitur raises $1,120 to benefit cancer research and the Dean Brian P. Lutch Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The International Justice Mission's Amy Reynolds presents information on her organization's work to uncover and rescue children forced into prostitution and slavery.

A panel on war crimes, forensic science, and international justice marks the tenth anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo. Speakers include Physicians for Human Rights' Susannah Sirkin, Harvard's Samantha Power and Anne-Marie Slaughter, and the Law School's Daniel Kanstroom.

Director of litigation for the National Consumer Law Center Stuart Rossman shares his experiences in consumer law, litigation for an advocacy organization, and community service.

Ranen Schechner'02 is the first student to argue before the Rhode Island Supreme Court and does so on an appeal in State v. Marshall, a constitutional attack on the state's criminal statute. The court's decision favors Schechner's client.

Paul Cellucci '79, ambassador to Canada and former Massachusetts Governor, speaks at Commencement 2002.

Immigration specialists Daniel Kanstroom, Sarah Ignatius, and Eliza Klein lead a discussion of new legislation and the remnants of the 1996 immigration law.

As part of Holocaust Remembrance Week, survivor and co-organizer of the New England Holocaust Memorial, Steve Ross, visits campus.

The Law School's Federalist Society chapter hosts "Are You Pro-Choice? The Case for Vouchers in America's Public School System," a lecture by Institute for Justice senior attorney Clark Neily.

The Latino Law Students Association invites Massachusetts District Court Judge Maria Lopez to talk about her professional experiences as a Latina judge and attorney.

The annual PILF Auction raises $22,000 for student projects, a speakers' series, and summer public interest stipends. Winning bids range from a $1,450 Martha's Vineyard getaway to a $325 pie in the face.

During diversity month in March: A debate on the military's "Don't Ask/ Don't Tell" policy, sponsored by Lambda and the Taskforce on Military Recruiting; and a presentation on racial profiling, sponsored by the Law Students Association. Visiting speakers include Frank Wu, author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White.
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Other Staff News
After twenty-three years at the library, Sharon O'Connor steps down from her position as Associate Dean for Library and Computing Services and succeeds Fred Yen as Academic Dean for 2002-03. Yen will resume teaching full-time when he returns from a sabbatical. (See Faculty, page 32, for other academic appointments.)

Cathy Dernoncourt, associate director of major gifts, leaves the Office of Alumni and Development after fifteen years to pursue other interests.

Michael Cassidy leaves his post as administrative dean and, in his new role as Associate Professor, will teach criminal law, evidence, and professional responsibility.

Elissa McMillen joins the Career Services Office as Associate Director, a position she shares with Carolyn Walsh.

Kenneth Krzewick says farewell to the Law School after twenty years as records coordinator in the Academic Services Office.

James Walsh joins the Admissions and Financial Aid Office as the Administrative Secretary.
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BC Law's New Website

A university-wide effort at the Law School has resulted in the creation of an easily navigable, visually stimulating website from which alumni can read the latest news and magazine articles, explore different giving options, and update their personal information.

Where a patchwork site once stood, a reorganized system of more than 400 web pages now greets site visitors. A virtual tour of campus, announcements of upcoming events, and a powerful search engine are just a few of the new features. BC Law Magazine is also available online, with feature stories, student and faculty profiles, and class notes, among other sections.

The overhauled site also gives alumni of every Boston College graduate and undergraduate program the opportunity to set up a lifetime email account. Alumni of BC Law are members of two alumni associations, the University's and the Law School's; access to both is available through the Law School's site.

Communications Manager Nate Kenyon spearheaded the effort to revamp the Law School's online presence. As always, he says, feedback is imperative in continuing to improve the site. So click on and see what you think. We welcome your comments.

-Tiffany Winslow

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