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2012 Archive


Kerry (BC Law '76) Nominated as Secretary of State

Newton, MA--Senator John Kerry '76 gets the nod from President Obama as Secretary of State.

Kanstroom's Aftermath Makes Atlantic's 'Best Books About Justice' List

Newton, MA--Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora by BC Law Professor Daniel Kanstroom, associate director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice, is at No. 4 on the 2012 "Best Books About Justice" list by The Atlantic.

Two BC Law Grads Named in MLW's "Lawyers of the Year" List

Newton, MA--BC Law graduates John H. Cunha Jr. '77, and Robert F. Shaw '97 are named in a list of ten 'Lawyers of the Year," compiled by the editorial staff at Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Sherman: Reforms Needed to Protect Female Juvenile Offenders

Newton, MA--Fran Sherman is featured in a BC Chronicle article on girls in the juvenile justice system.

Dean Rougeau Pens BC Magazine Feature on Law School Reforms

Newton, MA--Dean Vincent Rougeau's feature "Learning experience: How Law Schools--and the Legal Profession--Can Do Better" appears in the latest edition of BC Magazine.

Kalscheur in Boisi Center Event: "Individuals, Institutions and Religious Freedom"

Newton, MA--Gregory Kalscheur, Senior Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Law, will speak at the November 29th event.

Huffman '90 Elected to Congress

Newton, MA--California Assemblyman Jared Huffman, class of 1990, will replace Rep. Lynn Woolsey in the newly redrawn 2nd District.

Quinn's M&A Blog Named to ABA Journal's Blawg 100

Newton, MA--professor Brian Quinn's Mergers and Acquisitions Blog has been named to the ABA Journal's Blawg 100 list for 2012.

Former US Senator Rudman, BC Law '60, Dies at 82

Newton, MA--BC Law graduate Warren Rudman '60, a former US Senator, has died at the age of 82.

Albert Named Founding Member of I-CONnect Blog

Newton, MA—BC Law Professor Richard Albert has been named a founding member of a new scholarly blog called I-CONnect.

BC Law Hosts ABA Negotiation Competition Dec. 1-2

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School will host the ABA Law Student Division Region I Negotiation Competition on December 1-2, 2012.

Brown in 'Defending Terrorism Charges' Panel Discussion

Newton, MA--George Brown will be a panelist on a law school/Clough Center panel discussion: Defending Terrorism Charges: A Lawyer's Perspective on United States v. Mehanna, to take place on Monday, November 19.

Law Review Symposium: Slaughter Keynote Address (Video)

Newton, MA--In this video is Anne-Marie Slaughter's keynote address from the Law Review Symposium.

Distinguished Lectures in Jurisprudence: Garland's "Peculiar Institution"

Newton, MA--NYU Professor David Garland presented the lecture "Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition," part of the Clough Center Distinguished Lectures in Jurisprudence.

BC Law Hosts Sir John Baker at Legal History Roundtable

Newton, MA--BC Law is pleased to announce that Sir John Baker, of Saint Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, presented at the Boston College Law School Legal History Roundtable on Thursday, Nov 1, 2012.

Pamela Merchant to Deliver 13th Annual HHRP Lecture

Newton, MA--The Owen M. Kupferschid Holocaust/Human Rights Project is pleased to announce that Pamela Merchant, Executive Director of the Center for Justice and Accountability, will deliver the 13th Annual Owen M. Kuferschmid Lecture on November 14th, 2012.

BC Law in Wall Street Journal on 'Real-World' Faculty Position

Newton, MA--BC Law's recent announcement of the creation of a new Faculty Director of Experiential Learning position, and the appointment of Professor Paul Tremblay to fill it, is picked up by the Wall Street Journal.

BC Law Ranked #23 on Business Insider's 50 Best Law Schools

Newton, MA--BC Law came in ranked #23 on Business Insider's 50 Best Law Schools list, compiled through a survey of legal professionals.

Cassidy Elected to American Law Institute

Newton, MA—BC Law professor R. Michael Cassidy is one of 68 newly elected members of the American Law Institute (ALI), a diverse group of highly accomplished lawyers, judges and law professors.

Six BC Law Grads Named to MLW's 'Top Women of Law' List

Newton, MA—Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (MLW) has named six BC Law graduates out of a total of 50 in their “Top Women of Law” list.

Kanstroom Interviewed on New Book 'Aftermath'

Professor Daniel Kanstroom talks to librarian Karen Breda about his new book Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora.

Connolly Receives Award at Curtin Public Interest Center Reception

Newton, MA—Boston College Law School held its annual Curtin Public Interest Center reception on Tuesday, October 23, from 4-5:30 pm in the School’s “Yellow Room.”

Tremblay Appointed Faculty Director of Experiential Learning

Newton, MA—Boston College Law School is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Paul Tremblay to a newly created position at BC Law: Faculty Director of Experiential Learning.

Three BC Law Grads Nominated for District Court Judgeships

Newton, MA--Gov. Deval Patrick has nominated three Boston College Law School graduates for district court judgeships.

Hayre '11 on NECN on Attracting Young People to Politics

Newton, MA--Dylan Hayre, 2011 graduate, appears on NECN to discuss how to attract young people to politics.

Waldron Gives BC Law and Clough Center Lecture

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School and BC's Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy are pleased to announce a new lecture series, the Clough Distinguished Lectures in Jurisprudence.

BC Law Ranked #17 in Nation for 'Big Law' Jobs

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School ranks #17 in the country for schools placing graduates at the largest law firms, according to National Jurist.

Shiffrin Lecture "Duress and Moral Progress" on October 16

Newton, MA--Shiffrin's lecture, "Duress & Moral Progress" is part of the Clough Center and Law School Lecture Series on Jurisprudence.

Chirba and Noble to give Joshua A. Guberman Lecture

Newton, MA--Mary Ann Chirba and Alice Noble will deliver the Joshua A. Guberman Lecture at Brandeis on October 16.

Symposium: Filling Power Vacuums in the New Global Legal Order

Newton, MA--Boston College Law Review, in association with BC's Cough Center, will host a symposium on October 12.

Kanstroom's AFTERMATH Released

Newton, MA--Boston College hosted a book launch event on Wednesday, September 12 for BC Law Professor's Dan Kanstroom's latest book, Aftermath: The New American Diaspora.

Wirth in Clough Center Panel on Global Environmental Constitutionalism

Newton, MA--BC Law professor David Wirth will participate in a Clough Center panel, Global Environmental Constitutionalism, on September 26 at 5 pm.

BC Law Professor Perju Named Clough Center Director

Newton, MA--Professor Vlad Perju has been appointed the incoming director of Boston College's Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy.

Brodin to Moderate Panel on Play "In Our Name"

Newton, MA--Professor Mark Brodin will moderate a panel discussion on Northeastern Professor Michael Meltsner’s play, In Our Name: A Play of the Torture Years.

1L Student Salinas Addresses Democratic National Convention

Newton, MA--First-year BC Law student Alejandra Salinas addressed the general session of the DNC.

BC Law Ranked #6 by BBJ for Graduate Employment

Newton, MA--BC Law has been ranked 6th in the Northeast for graduate employment rate.

BC Law Welcomes Class of 2015

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School is pleased to welcome its class of 2015.

BC Law Alum Sheff President-elect of Mass Bar

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School alumnus Douglas K. Sheff, ’84 has been elected president-elect of the Massachusetts Bar Association for its 2012-13 year, beginning on Sept. 1.

BC Law Ranks #1 for Chairs and Managing Partners in Mass Firms

Newton, MA— Boston College Law School ranks number one in Lawyer’s Weekly’s list of the local law schools that yield the highest number of current chairs and managing partners at the state’s 100 largest law firms.

Papandrea Article Included in First Amendment Law Handbook

Newton, MA--BC Law Professor Mary-Rose Papandrea's most recent article has been selected as one of the best First Amendment articles of the year.

Quinn's M&A Law Prof Blog ranked 48th for Citations

Newton, MA--Assistant Professor Brian J.M. Quinn's M&A Law Prof Blog is ranked 48th for Law Review citations in the Race to the Bottom's annual survey.

Renmin Connection Grows with Insights into U.S. Law Program

Newton, MA—Boston College Law School hosted its third “Insights into U.S. Law” program July 22 to Aug. 3 for seventeen members from Renmin University School of Law in China.

BC Law Hosts Members of Seoul Bar Association

Newton, MA--On Friday, June 15th, Boston College Law School Dean Vincent Rougeau hosted a party of delegates, including Dr. Wook Hwan Oh, the President of the Seoul Bar Association, and Mr. Jin Seok Lin, the Association's Director of International Relations.

Kalscheur Named Senior Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences

Newton, MA-- Boston College Law Professor, Gregory Kalscheur S.J., is named Senior Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences.

BC Law Student Menchaca on Jeopardy

Newton, MA--BC Law student, David Menchaca appears on Jeopardy.

Chirba, Gionfriddo Promoted to Professors of LRR&W

Newton, MA—Boston College Law School is pleased to announce the promotions of Jane Kent Gionfriddo and Mary Ann Chirba to Professors of Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing.

Quinn Wins BC TWIN Award

Newton, MA--Law professor Brian Quinn has won a Boston College Teaching with New Media (TWIN) Award, for his use of the technology LawMeets in the classroom.

Commencement 2012 Video: Kennedy Addresses Graduates

Newton, MA--Addressing the Boston College Law School class of 2012, President of the Board of Trustees of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute Victoria Kennedy told the graduates that if they wanted to be good lawyers, they needed to focus on being good citizens.

May Issue of BC Law Review Now Available

Newton, MA--The May issue of the Boston College Law Review recently went to press. The issue can be found at

BCIAP Prevents Deportation of Abuse Victim

5/21/12—The Boston College Immigration and Asylum Project (BCIAP) is pleased to announce an important victory in the battle to prevent the deportation of a nineteen-year-old abuse victim from Guatemala.

'PatCon 2' Patent Conference: Video

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School hosted "PatCon 2," The Patent Conference, on May 11-12, 2012. This conference brought together over 40 scholars of patent law and innovation from around the country.

Public Service Award Recipients Announced

Newton, MA – Boston College Law School is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s public service scholarships.

Simon Foundation Gift Boosts Oral Advocacy Program

Newton, MA--A one million dollar gift from the Simon Foundation will anchor the law school's oral advocacy program.

Grimes Moot Court Finals: Video

Newton, MA--video from the 2012 Grimes Moot Court Competition Finals is now online.

Two BC Law Students Receive Browning Fellowships

Newton, MA - The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded 10-week summer fellowships to two students at Boston College Law School.

Victoria Kennedy to Speak at 2012 Commencement

NEWTON, MA--Victoria Reggie Kennedy, President, Board of Trustees, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, will give the Commencement Address at the 2012 Boston College Law School Commencement on Friday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Journal of Law & Social Justice Spring Issue Released

Newton, MA--The Spring issue of the Boston College Journal of Law & Social Justice recently went to press.

Human Rights Career Panel on April 20

Newton, MA--The BC The Owen M. Kupferschmid Holocaust/Human Rights Project is sponsoring a human rights career panel at BC Law on April 20, 2012.

'Citizenship-in-Question' Conference Scheduled for April 19

Newton, MA--A conference entitled, "Citizenship-in-Question: Evidentiary Challenges for Jus Soli and Autochthony, from Authenticité to ‘Birtherism’" will take place at  Boston College Law School next Thursday, April 19.

Racial Profiling Panel: Exploring Subconscious Prejudice

Newton, MA--An interactive panel discussion will take place featuring several BC Law professors Wednesday April 18, from 12-1 pm. The panel is inspired by the Trayvon Martin incident and the various issues and controversy that his tragic shooting unearthed.

Rougeau in Panel Discussion on Religious Liberty: Video

Newton, MA--Dean Vincent Rougeau was a panelist in Boston College's Church in the 21st Century event, "Is Religious Liberty Under Threat in America," on April 18 on the Chestnut Hill campus. Watch video from the event.

Rabb To Participate in "How to End a Revolution" Conference

Newton, MA--BC Law Professor Intisar Rabb will participate in a conference at Harvard Law School entitled "How to End a Revolution," scheduled to take place on April 13-14, 2012.

William Gould to Speak at BC Law on Baseball Labor Relations

Newton,MA--William Gould, professor emeritus at Stanford Law school will be speaking about his new book Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil at an event held by the Sports and Entertainment Law Society on April 12th at 5:00 pm.

Law Review Article on Pregnancy as Disability in WSJ

Newton, MA--a Boston College Law Review article on pregnancy being protected as a disability is featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Rougeau and the Dean's Series: Democracy and Difference

Newton, MA--Dean Rougeau is featured in the Alumni Association's Dean Series, where he delivered the lecture DEMOCRACY AND DIFFERENCE: DEMOCRATIC CITIZENSHIP IN DIVERSE URBAN SPACES.

Law Review Article on Rehnquist Letter Featured in NY Times

Newton, MA--an article in the most recent edition of the Boston College Law Review takes a controversial stand on the history and opinions of Chief Justice William Rehnquist--and the New York Times has picked up the story.

Q&A: A Few Minutes with Diane Ring

Newton, MA--Professor and Academic Dean Diane Ring recently spoke with the Boston College Chronicle about tax implications as we enter tax season.

Brodin to Moderate Political Repression Discussion at Social Law Library

Newton, MA--Professor Mark Brodin will moderate a discusion hosted by the Social Law Library at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston: Political Repression, Now and Then.

BC Law Celebrates Diversity Month in March

Newton, MA--BC Law's LSA Diversity Committee held a reception on March 12 to celebrate the start of Diversity Month, which will run until March 29. Along with refreshments, the reception offered students networking opportunities with different bar associations, including the Boston Bar Association and the affinity bar associations.

Annual Bar Review Reception Opens Diversity Month

Newton, MA--On March 12, 2012, Boston College Law School held its fourth annual Diversity Bar cocktail event at the school, inviting representatives from state affinity and mainstream bar associations to come, mingle with the students, and discuss life after law school with their respective groups.

PILF Auction to be Held March 20

Newton, MA--Boston College's Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) auction will be at the Taj Boston's Grand Ballroom on March 20, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. 

"Valuation in Bankruptcy Cases" Conference: Video

Newton, MA--BC Law hosted the recent American College of Bankruptcy conference. Video from the conference is now online.

LRAP Funds Awarded to a Record 104 Graduates

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School is pleased to announce that the School’s Francis X. Bellotti Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Program (LRAP) awarded $373,000 this year to 104 graduates, the School’s second highest amount ever distributed.

BC Law Ranked #18 in Hiring by NLJ Top 250 Firms

Newton, MA--BC Law is ranked #18 in hiring by National Law Journal's top 250 large firms.

MLK Jr. Panel Discussion Features Dean Rougeau

Newton, MA--Dean Vincent Rougeau participated in a panel discussion on economic justice on Martin Luther King, Jr. day.

Kari Hong to Join BC Law Faculty

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School is pleased to announce the hiring of Kari Hong as an assistant professor of law.

Rougeau Named to OBABL 'Power 100' List

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School Dean Vincent Rougeau has been named one of the 100 most influential black attorneys in the United States by On Being a Black Lawyer (OBABL).

Dean's Lecture Series: Rougeau's 'Democracy and Difference'

Newton, MA--Dean Rougeau will talk about Democracy and Difference in this edition of Dean Series in Gasson Hall 100 on February 27, 2012 6:30-8pm. To learn more about the event, please click here.

Kanstroom to Deliver Northwestern's 'Law in Motion' Lecture

Newton, MA--On February 23, 2012, Prof. Daniel Kanstroom will deliver the annual “Law In Motion” lecture at Northwestern University. 

Post-Deportation Human Rights Project Helps Earn Legal Victory

Newton, MA--In a federal court case brought by the Boston College Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, together with other immigrants rights organizations, the Justice Department has been ordered to disclose the basis for the Government's misleading representation to the Supreme Court that a policy exists for returning wrongfully deported immigrants.

Environmental Affairs Law Review Releases Winter Issue

Newton, MA--The winter edition of the Environmental Affairs Law Review has been released. 

HHRP Kupferschmid Lecture: Video

Newton, MA--On January 19, 2012 the 12th Annual Owen M. Kupferschmid Lecture took place in East Wing 120 at 4:30 p.m.

Boston College Law Review: New Issue Available

Newton, MA--The January Edition of the Boston College Law Review has been released. 

International & Comparative Law Review Publishes Winter Issue

Newton, MA--The winter issue of the Boston College International & Comparative Law Review recently went to print.

Dean Rougeau to Deliver GSSW Pinderhughes Lecture

Newton, MA--The GSSW Pinderhughes Lecture will take place on March 23, 2012 8:30-11:00 a.m. in the Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

Journal of Law and Social Justice Releases New Issue

Newton, MA--The winter issue of the Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice has been released. 

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.