associate clinical professor
|Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Alan D. Minuskin is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Boston College Law School. A member of the Massachusetts and New Jersey bars, and admitted to practice before federal courts in those states, Professor Minuskin has been a full-time clinical teacher for 18 years. Before becoming a full-time educator, he worked as a staff attorney in organizations providing legal services to the poor, including Central Middlesex Legal Services and the Cambridgeport Problem Center. He was also a partner in a small, public-interest law firm which received funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation to provide free services in civil matters to indigent clients.
In addition to teaching and supervising law students in clinical programs at Boston College Law School, Professor Minuskin is active in a variety of professional organizations whose purpose is the expansion and reformation of programs designed to provide wider access to legal services and justice for economically disadvantaged people. At the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau, Professor Minuskin directs the Elder Legal Services Project, which serves approximately 500 elder clients each year in a service area comprised of eight municipalities immediately west of metropolitan Boston.
At Boston College Law School, Professor Minuskin has developed and teaches an innovative course in Pretrial Litigation in which students litigate a complex civil case in a semester-long simulation of a law suit. The roles of parties and witnesses are played by accomplished actors, and the students are supervised by experienced lawyers and judges, most of whom are alumni of Boston College Law School. Professor Minuskin writes elaborate case problems for use in this course. One of his case problems has been used in similar courses at several other law schools including, Emory University School of Law and Northwestern University School of Law.
Professor Minuskin also formed, and is a member of, a litigation-training faculty which provides training in professional skills and values to first and second year associates at the Boston law firm of Bingham Dana.