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vicki sanders, editor-in-chief

Calling All Cases
“Great Cases” series needs YOU


We floated a (ahem) trial balloon two issues ago with the idea for a new series in the magazine called “Great Cases.” So many BC Law alumni—be they litigators, corporate deal makers, pro bono advocates, or mediators—resolve disputes or broker deals big and small every day. And some of their cases are exemplary.

The story of Chris Hunter’s prosecution of perpetrators of an art heist in France in 2007 is as impressive as it is thrilling (see Page 14). The stuff of screenplays, it is filled with a bold motorcycle getaway, undercover rendezvous, and whiz bang intelligence gathering. In the previous issue, we featured an entirely different “Great Case,” about the stupefyingly complex merger of the Mittal and Arcelor steel companies in which Mark Leddy ’71 played a part.

So, here’s the deal. Do you have a case in your repertoire that you’d like to share? Or maybe you’ve been impressed by the work of a fellow alumnus? Please don’t keep these cases a secret. Contact me at 617-552-2873 or

Not all the accomplishments of our alumni have the gloss of movie glamour, but there is plenty of evidence of star performances in the legal trenches. Take, for instance, the work of Francine Sherman ’80, adjunct associate clinical professor and founder of the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project here. Over the past dozen or so years, she has built a program for troubled girls that has changed hundreds of their lives and—perhaps more fundamentally—begun to change the system that serves them. Read about the national impact Sherman and her BC Law students have had as they’ve taken on the twin goliaths of adolescence and failed policy in “Girl Power” on Page 24.

Policymakers have a new spring in their step, thanks to the arrival of Barack Obama in the White House. But where do these wonks get their ideas? In part, from scholars like the BC Law professors quoted in “Dear Mr. President” on Page 20. Our “Cabinet” weighs in on everything from the environment to taxes, from corporate governance to immigration.

Also from the academic front, we learn how nimble our professors can be in a financial crisis. Student columnist Arthur Kimball-Stanley ’10 observes in “The Silver Lining” on Page 76 that the teachers deftly integrated current affairs into their classes last fall, enlivening discussions of, say, free markets and regulation and adding immediacy to the dusty lessons of the Great Depression.

And finally, though it may seem counterintuitive in the current economic climate, we introduce in this magazine the Light the World Campaign Report ( Page 49), which brings you news of the launch of BC Law’s endeavor to raise $50 million by 2015. In this and future issues, we will keep you apprised of the champions of this project and of its progress.

Vicki Sanders