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2014 News Archive


Professor Hashimoto, Co-Director, JD/MPH dual degree program
BC Law, Tufts Launch JD/MPH Dual Degree Program

Newton, MA-- Boston College Law School has launched a JD/MPH dual degree program in partnership with Tufts University School of Medicine.

e Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy will move to Boston College Law School
BC Law to Host Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy

The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy will move to Boston College Law School as a result of a $7.53 million gift from the Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation.

BC Law is #17 on Business Insider's Top 50 Law Schools list
BC Law Ranked 17th on Business Insider's Top 50 Law Schools List

Business Insider ranked the 50 best law schools based primarily on a survey of more than 300 legal industry professionals.

Kevin Finnerty '14 & David Libardoni '14
BC Law Review Editors Part of Israel Delegation

Newton, MA--The America Israel Friendship League (AIFL) invited members of the Boston College Law Review (BCLR) to be a part of a Law Review Editors Delegation that took place this past summer in Israel. 

Moot Court Team Wins Regional Competition
BC Law Criminal Procedure, Moot Court Teams Shine in Competitions

Boston College Law School advocacy teams continue to do well in regional and national competitions.

Ninth Circuit Clinic Professor Kari Hong
Ninth Circuit Program Receives "Innovative Clinics" Honorable Mention by Pre-Law

PreLaw magazine will honor 25 law school clinics for innovation in its Winter issue.

BC Law Visiting Scholar Frees Venezuelan Student Detainee

Summoning the resources of several BC Law faculty and students, Juan Carlos Portilla, a visiting scholar at the Law School, recently secured the release of a Venezuelan student activist detained by her government and is working to free a second one.

Aaron von Staats '91, PTC General Counsel
BC Law Launches Resident Attorney Program

Boston College Law School has established the Resident Attorney Program, an apprenticeship jobs program for recent law school graduates.

Shannon Johnson class of 2015
Johnson '15 Receives Merit Distinction for PSJD Pro Bono Publico Award

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School is pleased to announce that Shannon Johnson '15 was awarded as one of two Merit Distinction finalists for the 2014 PSJD Pro Bono Publico Award.

Exonoree Eugene Gilyard
BC Innocence Program Event: "Exoneration by Investigation"

The Boston College Innocence Program is sponsoring "Exoneration by Investigation: The Eugene Gilyard Story" on Wednesday, October 1.

Alejandra Salinas class of 2015
Salinas '15 Profiled in LawDragon Campus Limelight

Anyone describing Alejandra C. Salinas, a 3L at Boston College Law School, better get used to using the word “first.”

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CNN FILMS and BC Law Partner on Screening and Panel for New 'Whitey' Film

Newton, MA— On September 16, 2014, Boston College Law School partnered with CNN FILMS to present a special early screening of the upcoming documentary film WHITEY.

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BC Law Hires Three New Faculty Members

Boston College Law School has hired three new faculty members to fill named chairs in 2014: M. Cathleen Kaveny (Darald and Juliet Libby Professor); Patricia A. McCoy (Liberty Mutual Insurance Professor); and Natalya Shnitser (David and Pamela Donohue Assistant Professor).

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Marks '14 Wins First Place in ABA TIPS Law Student Writing Competition

Boston College Law School is pleased to announce that class of 2014 graduate Ethan Marks has been awarded first place in the 2013-2014 ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s (TIPS) Law Student Writing Competition.

Dean Vincent Rougeau
Dean Rougeau Q&A Featured on LawDragon

Boston College Law School's Vincent Rougeau was featured in's Dean Limelight column.

Student in training class
Students Learn New Skills Through "Leadership Challenge" Workshop

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School recently partnered with Loeb Consulting Group on a pilot program to bring their leadership development workshop, “The Leadership Challenge,” to BC Law.

Professor Richard Albert
Albert Elected to ASCL Executive Committee

Newton, MA--BC Law Professor Richard Albert has been elected to serve on the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL)’s Executive Committee.

Jillian Lenson '14
Jillian Lenson '14 Wins Michael Greenberg Writing Competition

Each year, the LGBT Bar receives dozens of submissions from law students on the cutting edge legal issues affecting the LGBT community. The winning article will be published in the Tulane Journal of Law & Sexuality: A Review of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Law.

Dean Vincent Rougeau
Dean Rougeau's Article on Civil Rights Act Highlighted in GSSW's "BC Perspectives"

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act. While much has changed since 1964, our nation still has a multitude of uphill social battles in front of us, from eliminating ongoing racism, to finding a way to provide widespread access to quality healthcare, to caring for our aging population.

Judge and Gavel
Innocence Program Externs Help Overturn Murder Verdict

Victor Rosario released after 32 years in prison.

Clough Center Fellows
Fourteen Law Students Among Clough Center 2014-15 Fellows and Scholars

Newton, MA—Boston College Law School is pleased to announce that 14 students have been awarded affiliation with The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College through the Center’s 2014-15 Fellows and Scholars Program.

Lynch School's eColloquia Highlights Law and Education Dual Degree Program

Education adviser to U.S Senator Elizabeth Warren. Civil rights attorney in the U.S. Department of Education. Legal intern for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

PILF, Alumni Donations Fund 78 Summer Public Interest Stipends

Newton, MA--BC Law’s Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) auction proceeds, along with generous donations from alumni, have resulted in 78 summer public interest placements for BC Law students this year.

O'Connor, Bilder Create New Resource 'Appeals to the Privy Council from the American Colonies'

Newton, MA--In recognition of the three-hundred anniversary of the accession of George I, the Ames Foundation has announced a new electronic resource: Appeals to the Privy Council from the American Colonies: An Annotated Digital Catalogue.

Albert to Chair Session at World Congress of Constitutional Law

Newton, MA—BC Law professor Richard Albert has been invited to chair a session at the World Congress of Constitutional Law, which will take place June 16-20 in Oslo, Norway.

Third-year Gift Breaks Participation Record at 96%

Newton, MA--The annual Third-Year Class Gift Campaign at Boston College Law School broke all Boston College graduation gift participation records, galvanizing a record-breaking 96% of third year students in support of the School while also creating a meaningful legacy for future graduates.

Commencement 2014: CT Gov. Malloy '80 Urges Grads to Improve Lives of Others

Newton, MA--Addressing the Boston College Law School class of 2014, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, BC A&S ’77, Law ’80, told the graduates that they should use their law degree to improve the lives of others.

Video: John Kerry '76 Discusses Law School Experience

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Boston College's Class of 2014 that his Boston College education had inspired him to serve others—and he urged BC’s newest graduates to draw on the same lessons to guide their own lives and careers.

Members of Class of 2013, 2014 Land EJW Fellowships

Newton, MA—BC Law members of the Class of 2013 and 2014 have landed Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellowships in the same year, and both point to their experience in BC Law’s Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project (JRAP) and their mentoring relationships with Professor Francine Sherman as key reasons for their placements.

Final 2013-14 Issue of Boston College Law Review Now Available

The final issue of the Boston College Law Review for the 2013-2014 academic year is now available.

First Annual Golf Tournament to Bring Community Together for Good Cause

Newton, MA—On June 2, 2014, the BC Law Alumni Golf Tournament will he held at Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill.

PDHRP Conference Gathers International Experts on Rights of the Deported

Legal scholars, activists, NGO representatives and former government officials gathered at a Boston College-sponsored conference last weekend to discuss a new draft convention on the rights of people who are deported or forcibly expelled.

Video: "The Legacy of Mr. Ponzi:
 The Madoff and Stanford Cases"

Newton, MA—On Friday, March 28, Boston College Law School hosted  “The Legacy of Mr. Ponzi:
The Madoff and Stanford Cases,” a conference co-sponsored by The American College of Bankruptcy First Circuit Fellows.

Miko '13 Wins Prestigious Deak Award for Student Note

Newton, MA—Samantha Miko ’13 has won the prestigious Deak Award for her student note entitled Norm Conflict, Fragmentation, and the European Court of Human Rights.

Law Day 2014: Photo Slideshow

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.

Thomas More Statue Dedication Held on May 2

NEWTON, MASS. – Longtime BC Law supporters, the Privitera family has funded a sculpture of St. Thomas More that has now been installed on the BC Law campus.

London Program 25th Celebration Event: May 8-9

The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London and Boston College Law School are pleased to invite you to a two-day conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of the London Programme, a pioneering programme linking rigorous academic study with top-level internships throughout all strata of legal London.

Leading Sociologist and Philosopher Habermas to Deliver Lecture May 8

Newton, MA--Jürgen Habermas, a sociologist and philosopher closely identified with critical theory and pragmatism, will visit Boston College as part of the Clough Center's Distinguished Lectures in Jurisprudence series.

Inaugural David and Pamela Donohue Assistant Professor Named

(From the BC Chronicle)--Natalya Shnitser, whose research focuses on the hot-button issues of public pensions and retirement security in the US, has been appointed the inaugural David and Pamela Donohue Assistant Professor in business law and will join the Boston College Law School this fall.

WLC Woman of the Year Reception to Honor Anne Goldbach '77

Newton, MA--The Women's Law Center will host their annual Woman of the Year reception on April 24.

Albert Organizes Premier Scholarly Event for Comparative Law

Newton, MA— Over 100 scholars from over twenty different countries gathered in Portland, Oregon last week for the Third Annual Younger Comparativists Committee (“YCC”) Global Conference, an annual event created by Boston College Law School Professor Richard Albert.

Public Interest April Newsletter: Spring Break Service Trips

Newton, MA--The Office of Career Services has released the April editon of the BC Law Public Interest Newsletter. This month’s newsletter focuses on the pro bono work that BC Law students provided to individuals and organizations during their spring break.

Brittany Loring JD/MBA ’13 Reflects on Marathon Tragedy: One Year Later

(From the BC Chronicle)--Brittany Loring JD/MBA ’13 sustained serious injuries when she was caught in one of the explosions at last year’s Boston Marathon (which fell on her 29th birthday).

Miko '13 Wins Prestigious Deak Award

Newton, MA—Boston College Law School is pleased to announce that Samantha Miko ’13 has won the prestigious Deak Award for her note. This is the second year in a row a BC Law student has won the award and the third time overall.

Streaming Video Event: "Conversations@BCLaw" with Congressman Bobby Scott '73, April 15

Boston College Law School is pleased to present the first in a new discussion series, "Conversations@BCLaw."

Dennis Maher
Video: Thirty Years After Wrongful Conviction: Reflections from Exoneree Dennis Maher

Newton, MA--The BC Innocence Project welcomed exoneree Dennis Maher, his former attorney Aliza Kaplan, and former Middlesex County Assistant District Attorney J.W. Carney to Boston College Law School.

Video: Richard Ross Presents 'Juvenile in Justice'

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School hosted Richard Ross, Distinguished Professor of Art, University of California at Santa Barbara, award-winning photographer and author of Juvenile-In-Justice.

Gowdy Wright '15 to Receive Public Service Award from Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School is pleased to announce that Alyce Gowdy Wright ’15 is this year’s recipient of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association’s (MBLA) Honorable Reginald Lindsay Public Service Law Book Award.

March Issue of Boston College Law Review Now Available

Newton, MA--The March issue of the Boston College Law Review recently went to press and can be found on the BCLR website at

Second-year Student Wade's Case Brief Published in BBA Health Reporter

Newton, MA--Second-year student Tucker Wade's case brief, "N.E. Physical Therapy Plus, Inc. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company," has been published in the peer reviewed Health Law Reporter, an official publication of the Boston Bar Association’s Health Law Section.

Third-year Student Greenberg Wins Ethics Award

Newton, MA--Third-year BC Law student Lauren Greenberg has been selected as one of 12 recipients of the Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s (NEACC) tenth annual Law Student Ethics Award.

Second-year Student Haile Awarded Ethics Fellowship

Newton, MA--BC Law second-year student Andrew Haile has been awarded a competitive fellowship for summer study of professional ethics in Germany and Poland.

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz to Speak at BC Law on March 26

Newton, MA--US Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz will be addressing the Department of Justice’s “Smart on Crime” initiative on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014.

BC Law Partners on Innovative "Apprenticeship" Pilot Program with LegalOnRamp

Newton, MA--One of the biggest innovations in the legal profession in recent years has been the change in the litigation discovery process.

BC Law Students Argue Cases Before Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School students David Kete, Drew Trombly, Marija Ozolins, and Mackenzie Houck argued two cases to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week in California.

BC Chronicle: A Conversation with Dean Rougeau

(From BC Chronicle)--Our mission is to educate and form excellent lawyers who understand and care about their role in society, who are empowered to find their own passion within the law, and who contribute toward the greater good in whatever way they feel is most important.

Eboigbe '15 Earns Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholarship

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School is pleased to announce Precious Eboigbe '15 is one of six scholarship recipients of the Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program for the current academic year.

26th Annual PILF Auction Set for March 20

Newton, MA--The 26th Annual BC Public Interest Law Foundation Auction will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 6:00-10:00 pm in Newton Room of Corcoran Commons on Boston College Main Campus.

Law Alumnus is Obama Political Chief

Newton, MA--David Simas '95 has reinaugurated the job of White House political director, which had not existed since 2011.

BC Law Team Wins Transactional Law Meet Regionals

Newton, MA--On Friday, February 28, BC Law students Andrew Miller (’15) and Bradley Fay (’15) won the New England regional competition of the National Transactional Law Meet, held at Western New England University School of Law.

Event Video: 'NSA Surveillance: Privacy vs. National Security'

The American Constitution Society and the Internet Law Society co-sponsored a panel discussion on legal issues raised by NSA surveillance practices.

1L Bootcamp 'Networking with Practitioners' Event Draws Crowd

Newton, MA--On January 30, 2014, Boston College Law School hosted the first “Learning and Networking with Practitioners Event” as part of its 1L Boot Camp Series.

BC, Harvard Law Professors Urge Congress to Support Children’s Rights Legislation

Newton, MA--24 faculty members from Boston College Law School and 34 Harvard Law School faculty members have signed a letter urging the U.S. Congress to support the core principles in the pending legislation know as CHIFF.

'The International Legal Legacy of the Global War on Terror:' Feb. 12

With Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University, part of the Clough Distinguished Lectures in Jurisprudence.

Cahow '14, White House Delegate to Olympics, Featured on WBUR

Law School student Caitlin Cahow, an Olympic medalist and two-time World Champion during her tenure on the U.S. women's ice hockey team, discussed being a White House delegate to the 2014 Olympics in an interview with WBUR.

Legal Scholar Kaveny Is New Libby Professor

(From the BC Chronicle)--Cathleen Kaveny, a legal scholar, moral theologian and nationally noted expert on the intersections of law, morality and religion, has joined Boston College as the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor, with an appointment in the Law School and Theology Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Global Practice Forum: “The Role of Lawyers in the Globalization of the Law”

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School welcomed Thomas F. (Tim) Cullen, Jr., a Jones Day partner and practice leader of that Firm's Global Disputes Practice, to deliver the BC Law Global Practice Forum’s 2014 inaugural lecture.

Brodin Separates Fact From Fiction at Panel on Massachusetts Death Penalty

Newton, MA—BC Law professor Mark Brodin spoke at a panel event on January 9 at the Social Law Library in Boston. The event, “The Death Penalty in Massachusetts: Past, Present and Future in Fact and Fiction” was sponsored by the The
 William P. Homans, Jr. Endowment of the Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society.

Albert Leads AALS Symposium on Comparative Constitutional Change

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School professor Richard Albert hosted the symposium “Comparative Constitutional Change: New Perspectives on Formal and Informal Amendment” at the recent Association of American Law Schools (AALS) annual meeting.

BC Law Magazine Wins Silver CASE Award

Newton, MA— BC Law Magazine has won a silver Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District 1 2014 Excellence Award.

Cahow '14 Named to US Delegation to Sochi Olympics

The White House announced its delegation to the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, and BC Law third-year student Caitlin Cahow was included.

'Fish Tale:' Plater Book Profiled in BC Magazine

(From BC Magazine)--In the 1970s, a dam project called the Tellico, in a rural corner of eastern Tennessee, captured the nation’s attention when a motley collection of farmers, trout fishermen, Cherokee Indians, history buffs, and conservationists tried to stop it, claiming that it would destroy the only known habitat of a small, brown, bottom-dwelling species of perch.

BC Law Students to Participate in Innovative United Nations Project

Newton, MA—Boston College Law School is one of three American universities among 19 worldwide invited to participate next semester in an experiential learning project with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) analyzing bilateral investment treaties.