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Thomas Barnico

Adjunct Professor


Thomas Barnico is an adjunct faculty member at Boston College Law School, teaching the Attorney General Civil Litigation Program and Seminar and the Government Externship Seminar. He has directed the AG Program since 1989. In 2010-2011, 2012-2013, 2015-2016, and 2022-23, he was a visiting professor at the Law School, teaching Federal Courts and Administrative Law in addition to the Attorney General Program. He also coached the BC Law team in the Braxton Craven Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition at the University of North Carolina Law School from 2001-2019.

Barnico served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1981 to 2010. He represented the state and its officers in civil cases involving constitutional law, administrative law, and business regulation. He has argued three cases in the United States Supreme Court, 18 cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and 72 cases in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

Barnico received his A.B. degree from Dartmouth College in 1977. He received his J.D. degree from Boston College Law School in 1980.  He served as an Assistant District Attorney in Essex County (MA) in 1980 and 1981. He is the author of a novel, “War College,” set in the Vietnam War era.