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Blum Addresses State Department Audience on Bosnian Judicial Training Programs

2013 news archive


Newton, MA—BC Law Professor Joan Blum recently spoke at the U.S. State Department on her experience conducting judicial training programs on legal analysis and writing in Bosnia. Blum, who was recently selected by the University of Sarajevo Law School for a Fulbright Specialist project, addressed an audience that included State Department policy makers and program officers involved in rule of law programs, as well as a representative of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative.

The talk was sponsored by the State Department's Bureau of Narcotics and International Law Enforcement Affairs, which is involved in building capacity in foreign criminal justice systems.

Professor Blum has taught Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing at Boston College Law School since 1985. She received her B.A. degree summa cum laude from Harvard University and her J.D. degree from Columbia University, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a member of the Law Review.  She served as law clerk to Justice Robert Braucher of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and then practiced with the Boston law firm Palmer & Dodge, where she specialized in tax-exempt financing of educational and health care facilities.

In 2009 and 2011, Professor Blum conducted training programs on legal analysis and writing on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) for judges and legal officers of the War Crimes section of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  For several weeks during the summer of 2012 she was an in-house consultant on legal analysis and writing to the State Court. While in Bosnia, she conducted a training on judicial writing on behalf of OPDAT for judges of entity courts and a training on drafting appeals in war crimes cases.

Professor Blum’s publications include several articles and a book, Massachusetts Legal Research, published in 2010 by Carolina Academic Press. For several summers, she taught the introduction to common law reasoning and method to lawyers and judges in the International Tax Program at Harvard Law School. She has consulted on legal writing with leading Boston law firms and has served as Chair of the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research of the Association of American Law Schools and on the board of directors of the Legal Writing Institute.