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2011 Archive


Video: Ault on Comparative Income Tax

Newton, MA--BC Law Professor Hugh Ault’s newest release, "Comparative Income Taxation: A Structural Analysis" (Wolters Kluwer), provides an overview of income tax systems in nine industrialized countries. Each nation’s tax system is reviewed with respect to individual income tax, corporate income tax and the taxation of international transactions.

In Memoriam: Richard Huber, 1919-2011

Newton, MA—The Boston College Law School community is saddened by the loss of former Dean and longtime faculty member Richard Huber, who passed away this weekend. He was 92 years old.

2011 Liberty Mutual Prize Awarded

Newton, MA—Boston College Law School is pleased to announce that the 2011 Liberty Mutual Prize was awarded to Daniel Schwarcz, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. Schwarcz presented his winning paper, Reevaluating Standardized Insurance Policies, at a faculty lunch on November 11th.

Video: Dean Rougeau, Professor Bloom on LawLine

Newton, MA--Dean Vincent Rougeau and Professor Robert Bloom appeared on the tv show LawLine to discuss the law school and the state of legal education.

Professor Robert C. Berry, 1936-2011

Newton, MA--Professor Robert C. Berry, a member of the BC Law faculty from 1971-2006, passed away on Monday, November 21. He was 75.

Papandrea Publication on Landmark Case Featured in BC Magazine

Newton, MA--Professor Papandrea's recent publication, a chapter in "First Amendment Stories" on the landmark First Amendment case New York Times Co. v. Sullivan is featured in the Boston College Magazine.

Mock Trial Finals 2011: Video

Newton, MA--The BC Law 35th Annual Mock Trial Competition Finals were held on November 9, 2011. Video is now available from the event.

“Remembering Owen Kupferschmid: The Age of Accountability, Two Decades On”

Newton, MA--The Owen M. Kupferschmid Holocaust/Human Rights Project is pleased to announce that a memorial panel honoring the organization’s founder will take place on Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 4 pm in room 200 of the Law School’s East Wing.

Boston College Law Review November Edition Now Available

Newton, MA--The Boston College Law Review (BCLR) has published its most recent edition, available here.

Rogers’ New Book ‘End of Negotiable Instruments’ Released

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School Professor James Rogers’ new book The End of Negotiable Instruments: Bringing Payments Systems Law Out of the Past, has been released by Oxford University Press.

Video: Madoff's 'Immortality and the Law' Interview

Newton, MA--Professor Ray Madoff is interviewed about her book Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead.

BP Oil Spill Damages Negotiators to Speak at BC Law

Newton, MA-- Rachel Jacobson and Brian Israel will be talking Monday evening November 21, 5-7 PM at BC Law School (Stuart 408) about law, policy, and Natural Resource Damages financial liability arising from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Symposium on Experiential Learning: Video

Newton, MA--The Third World Law Journal is hosting a symposium on experiential learning on October 28, called "The Way to Carnegie: Practice, Practice, Practice."

BC Law Takes Top Spot Again on 'Super Lawyers' List

Newton, MA--For the third year in a row, Boston College Law School has placed #1 in Massachusetts for producing the most "Super Lawyers."

Post Deportation Project Participates in Major Court Victory

Newton, MA—BC Law Professor Daniel Kanstroom and Human Rights Fellow Jessica Chicco of the Post Deportation Project were involved in a landmark ruling by the New York Court of Appeals (the highest appellate court in New York).

Cassidy Article Wins Zacharias Prize for Scholarship

Newton, MA--Michael Cassidy's article, Plea Bargaining, Discovery, and the Intractable Problem of Impeachment Disclosures," 64 Vand. L. Rev. 101 (2011) has been awarded the Zacharias Prize by the AALS Professional Responsibility Section for the best article on legal ethics published in 2011. 

Quinn's M&A Blog in Top 25 for Second-Consecutive Year

Newton, MA-- Professor Quinn has made it to the Top 25 Business Law Blogs of 2011 for the second-consecutive year.

BC Law #1 in Boston for 'Where Big-Firm Partners Went to Law School' List

Newton, MA--BC Law has ranked in the top 20 of a National Jurist list of where big law firm partners received their degrees.

BC Law Student Donaldson Profiled in Boston Business Journal

Newton, MA--BC Law student Brian Donaldson is profiled in the Boston Business Journal on his successes and his new goal of becoming the commissioner of the National Hockey League. 

Exhibit on 'Golden Age of Legal Publishing' Opens in Library

Newton, MA--A new exhibit called “The Golden Age of Legal Publishing in Massachusetts” has opened at the BC Law Library in the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room.

John F. Dobbyn '65 Pens New Thriller

Oceanview Publishing announces the release of Black Diamond by Boston College Law alumnus John F. Dobbyn.

Video: Greenfield on New Book 'The Myth of Choice'

Newton, MA-- Professor Greenfield is interviewed about his new book, "The Myth of Choice."

Coquillette Given Henry Lind Award

NEWTON, MA -- J. Donald Monan Professor of Law Daniel R. Coquillette has been awarded the Henry C. Lind Award by the Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions (ARJD).

Curtin Center Pro Bono Award Given to Susan Finegan ('91)

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School’s Curtin Center held its Public Interest and Pro Bono reception last night at Boston College Law School, where Susan M. Finegan (BC Law ’91) received the Center’s annual Pro Bono Service Award.

BC Law Student Blogs about LAB Experiences

Newton, MA--Anusia Hirsch, a second-year student at BC Law, has started a blog about her experiences working at BC's Legal Assistance Bureau this summer.

Insights into U.S. Law Program Enters Second Year

Newton, MA—Boston College Law School hosted its second annual program, “Insights into U.S. Law," inviting sixteen members from Renmin University School of Law in China to foster understanding of the U.S. legal system.

Carney (BC Law '78) to Defend James "Whitey" Bulger

Newton, MA--J.W. Carney, Jr., a 1978 graduate of Boston College Law School, has been named as defense attorney for James "Whitey" Bulger, the alleged mob boss and killer.

BC Law Grad McLean Pens Legal Thriller

Newton, MA--Boston College Law alumnae Margaret McLean is profiled in The Patriot Ledger as she launches her new crime thriller, Under Fire.

Rougeau Named Next Dean of BC Law

Newton, MA--Notre Dame Law Professor Vincent Rougeau has been selected as the next dean of Boston College Law School.

Directors' Intensive Program Brings Corporate Leaders to BC Law

Newton, MA--BC Law's first annual Directors' Intensive Program on Corporate Governance brought sixty of the top business leaders to campus.

Madoff Profiled in New York Review of Ideas

Newton, MA--Ray Madoff has been profiled in The New York Review of Ideas in recognition of her influential writings on property rights and the deceased.

Commencement 2011 Video: Chief Justice Ireland Addresses Grads

Newton, MA--Addressing the Boston College Law School class of 2011, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland told the graduates to remember the three important lessons he learned from law school: be humble; be prepared; and make a difference.

Greenfield Essay Included in 'Nation's' Reimagining Capitalism

Newton, MA--Kent Greenfield's essay was included in a recent article in the Nation, Re-imagining Capitalism.

Second-Year Student Pens Profile in Entertainment and Sports Lawyer

Newton, MA--Second-Year student Matt Kimmel has written a profile on Stephanie Vardavas, Assistant GC at Nike, which was recently published in the ABA's Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Newsletter.

Human Rights Project Helps Deportee Reunite with Family

Newton, MA--After being separated from his U.S. citizen wife and his two young U.S. citizen sons for the past two and a half years, a client of the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project (PDHRP) at Boston College Law School was finally able to rejoin his family in Massachusetts.

Commencement Ceremony Moved to Conte Forum

Newton, MA--the Law School's commencement exercises, scheduled for Friday, May 27, have been moved to Conte Forum on the Chestnut Hill campus due to anticipated inclement weather.

FitzGibbon Joins Irish Jurisprudence Society

Newton, MA--Professor Scott Fitzgibbon was recently invited to become a member of the Irish Jurisprudence Society (IJS).

BC Law Student Awarded AALAM Scholarship

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School is pleased to announce that second-year law student H. Will Mak was awarded the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM) 2011 Scholarship. He was presented with the award at the AALAM Annual Banquet in April.

Greenfield's 'Myth of Choice' to be Released Fall 2011

Newton, MA--The Yale University Press has released its fall catalog, announcing the forthcoming release of Kent Greenfield’s THE MYTH OF CHOICE: PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN A WORLD OF LIMITS, and revealing the cover design of the book.

Law Review Reaches 100,000 Downloads

Newton, MA--Since first appearing in Boston College Law School's Digital Commons Repository in June 2010, articles from the Boston College Law Review have been downloaded more than 100,000 times.

Video: 2011 Moot Court Finals

Newton, MA--Video is now available of the 2011 Wendell F. Grimes Moot Court Finals, which were held April 13th.  Competing teams were Thomas Neumeier and Ryan O'Neil, against James Blenk and Ron Kendler.  

BC Law Student Named Schweitzer Fellow

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School is pleased to announce that first-year student Maria Nunez has been selected as a Boston Schweitzer Fellow for the year 2011 to 2012.  She will join approximately 260 other 2011-12 Schweitzer fellows across the country carrying out service projects that address health needs of underserved individuals and communities. 

BC Law Students Receive MATA Award

Newton, MA—Boston College Law School is pleased to announce that students Soyoung Yoon and Ryan Mclaughlin have each been awarded the “MATA Oustanding Student Contribution Award” for significant contributions made while working with the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) Amicus Committee. 

2011 Guide to Commencement Now Available

Newton, MA--The 2011 Guide to Commencement is now available (PDF format).

2011 Commencement Speaker: SJC Chief Justice Ireland

Newton, MA-– Roderick L. Ireland, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, will give the Commencement Address at the 2011 Boston College Law School Commencement on Friday, May 27 at 10:30 a.m. on BC’s Newton Campus.

Event Video: Is "Obamacare" Constitutional?

Newton, MA--The American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society co-sponsored the recent debate: "Is Obamacare Constitutional?" Watch the video now.

BC Law Student Wins ACC Ethics Award

Newton, MA—Third-year student Cori Phillips has been awarded the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Ethics Award, the first BC Law student to be nominated since 2006.

Law Day 2011 Award Recipients Announced

NEWTON, MA—Boston College Law School has announced its honorees for this year’s Law Day celebration, an annual tradition that celebrates BC Law alumni who have made significant contributions to the legal community and the legal profession. The annual Law Day celebration was held at the Seaport Hotel in Boston on April 26th at 5:30 pm.

Fitzgibbon on MIT Panel: "Future of Marriage"

Newton, MA--Professor Scott FitzGibbon was asked to speak last week at a panel discussion at MIT.  Entitled “The Future of Marriage,” the panel judged the value of marriage as a social institution, observed it from a legal standpoint, and looked into the future of American marriage law.

FitzGibbon Helps Launch New Academic Journal

Newton, MA--BC Law Professor Scott FitzGibbon is Editor in Chief of the newly published International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family (IJJF).

Library Hosts "Real World Research" Panel

Newton, MA – BC Law Library hosted a panel discussion on Real World Research on March 29.

Video: Client Counseling Competition Finals

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School is pleased to present video from this year's Client Counseling Competition finals.

FTC Chairman Leibowitz: Careers at the FTC (Video)

Newton, MA--FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz addressed the Law School community with a lecture entitled "Everything but the Cape: Careers for Superheroes at the FTC." Watch video from the event.

Video: Drinan Biography Panel Discussion

Newton, MA--BC Law held a panel discussion on the new biography "Bob Drinan: The Controversial Life of the First Catholic Priest Elected to Congress." Watch video from the event.

Third-Year Student Awarded ABA Public Service Fellowship

Newton, MA—Last week, third year Anna Tavis was named the 2011-2013 American Bar Association Section of Taxation Public Service Fellow. The fellowship recognizes qualified students who are devoted to providing tax legal assistance to the underserved.

FTC Chairman Leibowitz to Speak at BC Law

Newton, MA--Jon Leibowitz, the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, will give a lecture at BC Law on March 17th.

BC Law Moves up to 27th in US News Rankings

3/15/11-- Boston College Law School has moved up a point to 27th in the 2012 US News and World Report rankings, released today.

BC Law Ranked 16th For Large Firm Hiring

Newton, MA-- Boston College Law School was ranked No. 16 this year among the top 50 "go-to schools" for large law firm hiring, according to The National Law Journal (NLJ) Rankings.

BC Law Holds Third Annual Diversity Bar Review

Newton, MA--On March 2nd, BC Law held its third-annual Diversity Bar cocktail event at the law school, inviting representatives from state affinity and mainstream bar associations to come, mingle with the students, and discuss their perspectives on life after law school. 

Anthony Amore to Speak on Gardner Museum Heist

Newton, MA—This Thursday, Anthony Amore, Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, will be speaking on the “Three Most Famous Art Crimes in Massachusetts,” including the heist of 13 masterpieces from the Gardner on March 18, 1990. The event will take place at 3-EW200 from 3:00 to 4:50pm.

BC Law Wins Immigration Moot Court Competition

Newton, MA—The BC Law Immigration Moot Court Team took home first place at the 2011 Immigration Law Moot Court Competition, held last Sunday at NYU Law School.

BC Law Featured on Law School Interactive Podcast

Newton, MA--Law School Interactive did a feature podcast on BC Law, with interviews with Dean for Admissions Rita Jones and third year Esther Adetunji.  The podcast highlights the resources available to students at BC Law and provides insights into the law school application process. 

BC Law Teaching Program Shows Results

Newton, MA--Since the launching of the Law Teaching Program in 2009, alumni have been using it as a resource in order to help shape their applications as they enter the 'Meat Market' for law professorships.

International Moot Court Team Takes Second Place

Newton, MA—BC Law’s Jessup International Moot Court team came in second last Sunday in the Northeast Super-regional competition in New York. They will be competing in the International Rounds in March in Washington, D.C.

Negotiation Competition Moot Court Team Competes at Nationals

Newton, MA—First years Chris Floyd and Sameer Sheikh competed at the Nationals of the ABA Negotiation Competition last weekend in Atlanta, where they advanced to semifinals.

BCLR Advances to #27 in Law Review Rankings

Newton, MA--The Boston College Law Review (BCLR) advanced in the recently released Washington & Lee law journal rankings, moving up from #31 to #27.

Barney Frank, Schroth in Panel Discussion on Drinan

Newton, MA—BC Law will be hosting a panel discussion featuring author Raymond A. Schroth, S.J., author of the first biography ever written on the late Robert Drinan, S.J., former dean of Boston College Law School and U.S. representative for Massachusetts.

BC Law Alum Featured in Post 9/11 Documentary

Newton, MA—BC Law Alum Debra Steinberg (’79) of Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft will be featured in the documentary film Out of the Ashes: 9/11, screening this week at the law school.

The Arbella Gift: Bellotti, Donohue Interviews

Frank Bellotti and John Donohue were recently interviewed by eBrief editors about the $3 million gift from Arbella and friends to establish the Francis X. Bellotti Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Program.

New Directors' Program on Corporate Governance

Boston College Law School, in collaboration with the Boston College Carroll School of Management’s Center for Corporate Citizenship, will present the Directors’ Intensive Program on Corporate Governance on June 22, 2011.

Mob and Me: Violet ('74) to Launch Play Based on Book

BC Law Alum Arlene Violet shines a new spotlight on the wiseguys in her latest project, a musical called “The Family,” written with composer Enrico Garzilli, scheduled to run at the upstairs theater at Trinity Rep in Providence, RI, from June 2- June 30, 2011.

Maier to Give Talk on James Madison

Newton, MA--The Boston College Legal History Roundtable and the Clough Center are co-sponsoring a talk by Professor Pauline Maier of M.I.T.

BC Wins National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition

Newton, MA--BC Law third year students Debra Eichenbaum and Kate Connolly took home the championship at the National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition last Saturday at George Washington University Law School.

Third-Year Student Paper Accepted for Publication

A paper written by BC Law third-year student Amy Lai for Professor David Wirth's International Organizations seminar has been accepted for publication by the Hong Kong Journal.

Greenfield Leads Amicus Brief Submission in Proxy Access Case

Newton, MA--BCLS Professor Kent Greenfield led the organization of a group of 36 law professors who submitted a brief in response to First Amendment issues put forward by plaintiffs in the recent Business Roundtable and Chamber Of Commerce v. SEC case.

Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team Wins Regionals

The BC Law team of Carmelia Estriplet and Phillip Cheng won the Northeast Region Moot Court Competition to take home this year's regional title.

LRAP Continues Record Pace

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School is pleased to announce that the School’s loan repayment awards have reached an all-time high.

Post-Deportation Project Helps Reunite Family

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass - After being separated from his wife and two young sons - all U.S. citizens - for two and a half years, a client of the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project at Boston College is able to rejoin his family in Massachusetts.

Repetti Named Chair of AALS Tax Section

Newton, MA--BC Law Professor James Repetti was unanimously elected new Chair of the AALS Tax Section at its Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

BC Law to Host Junior Faculty Conference

BC Law School will be hosting the second annual New England Junior Faculty Spring Conference March 18, 2011.

Arbella Gives 3 Million to BC Law for Loan Repayment

Chestnut Hill, Mass--Boston College Law School will establish the Francis X. Bellotti Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Program in honor of Arbella Insurance Group Founder, current Arbella board Vice Chairman and former Massachusetts Attorney General Frank Bellotti, who graduated from BC Law in 1952. 

Sherman Named to Violence Against Women Committee

Newton, MA--Francine Sherman, Clinical Professor and Director of the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project has been appointed by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to serve a two-year term on the new National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women.

Rikleen '79 named executive-in-residence at Center for Work & Family

Newton, MA--Attorney Lauren Stiller Rikleen, senior partner at Bowditch & Dewey LLP, author, and commentator on the advancement of women in the legal profession, has been named executive-in-residence at the Center for Work & Family.

Inclement Weather Policy Notice

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School has posted its inclement weather policy online.

EALR Sponsors Symposium on Gulf Oil Spill

 Newton, MA--the Environmental Affairs Law Review will host a symposium on the Gulf oil spill on November 12, 2010.

2010 Grad Homsey Receives Skadden Fellowship

 Newton, MA—Boston College Law School is pleased to announce that 2010 graduate Margaretta Homsey was recently awarded a prestigious Skadden Fellowship.

BC Law to Host Legal Writing Conference

Newton, MA—The Boston College Law School LRR&W Program will be hosting the upcoming Biannual Conference of the New England Consortium on Legal Writing on December 10, 2010. 


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