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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Academic Law Fellows: 2019-2020

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The Clough Center recognizes Boston College Law Students of exceptional academic ability and accomplishment who are enrolled in any of the Law School’s degree programs. The 2019-20 Academic Law Fellows are:


Janine Hanrahan

Janine Hanrahan is a rising third-year student at Boston College Law School, where she is a member of the Boston College Law Review and will serve as an Articles Editor for the 2019–2020 academic year. Her case comment, Size Matters: Force and Size Disparity in Cases of Aggravated Sexual Abuse, was selected for publication, and an article she co-authored with Professor Robert M. Bloom on personal jurisdiction will be published in the San Diego Law Review in the early fall of 2019. Additionally, Janine is an active member of the Women’s Law Center.

As a second-year student, Janine worked as a teaching assistant both semesters—for Civil Procedure in the fall and Introduction to Civil Litigation Practice in the spring. She also served as co-chair of the LSA’s Academic Standards Committee. During her first-year, Janine and a fellow student won the BC Law Client Counseling Competition and were regional finalists in the ABA’s Client Counseling Competition. Following her first-year, Janine worked as a Summer Associate in the Boston office of Hogan Lovells LLP.

Prior to law school, Janine spent several years working. From 2013 to 2015, she was a project assistant at the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she assisted attorneys on matters of international trade and appellate litigation. From 2015 to 2017, she worked as a practice development assistant for the Health Care and Labor & Employment practice groups at the Boston office of Ropes & Gray LLP. Before entering the legal world, Janine had an internship in health care policy at the American Action Forum, a D.C. think tank.

Janine graduated cum laude from Boston College in 2012, where she received a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She was a member of the Political Science Department Honors Program. While at BC, Janine wrote an opinions column on politics, contemporary culture, and campus life for The Heights, the independent student newspaper of Boston College. One of her columns led to an interview with the New York Times for an article entitled, “How Big Time Sports Ate College Life.”

This summer, Janine will work as a Summer Associate in the Boston office of Jones Day LLP. She plans to pursue a practice in litigation, and hopes to obtain a federal clerkship following graduation.

Josephine Shawver

Josephine Shawver will be a 2L at Boston College Law School this year.  Josephine is interested in pursuing a career in international law with a focus on human rights.  Josephine spent her spring break on a human rights service trip to New York, where she worked with the International Legal Foundation, an organization that supports public defender systems in post-conflict societies around the world.  Josephine also will be serving as co-president of the Holocaust & Human Rights Project, a human rights organization at the law school, during the 2019-2020 school year.

Josephine graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2017 with a B.S. in biology.   She spent most of her time at William & Mary planning for a career in biology research with a focus on infectious and parasitic diseases.  Although she loved science, this research interest brought with it the realization that many of the most relentless diseases also affect some of the most vulnerable populations.  The more Josephine studied the ways that biological disease interacts with human factors, the more she realized that science was not the right path for her.  The biology behind these diseases was interesting, but their impact on people filled her with a passion that genetic analysis and molecular pathways never had.  Josephine decided that if she wanted to effectively address these broader human rights issues, she needed to go to law school.

Following graduation, Josephine further explored these career plans by participating in internship programs with the United States Agency for International Development and the National Endowment for Democracy.  These experiences gave her the opportunity to research diverse issues in international development, and cemented her desire for a career that would allow her to study global problems and advocate for people across the world.  Following these internships, Josephine spent five months teaching English in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  It was an incredible experience, and Josephine hopes that her career as a lawyer will one day take her back to Central Asia. 

Oluwatosin Kate Olanrewaju-Elufowoju

Oluwatosin Kate Olanrewaju-Elufowoju is of the 2019/2020 LL.M Program at Boston College Law School. She holds a degree in law (LL.B), a Master of Laws (LL.M) and a Postgraduate Diploma (Pgd) in Environmental Control and Management from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in addition to a B.L from the Nigerian Law School.

She has carried on a relatively active corporate/commercial law practice which has afforded her ample time to explore her professional interest. However, her core legal interest and passion is for research and teaching. Her legal interests include legal methodologies, intellectual property, medical law and commercial arbitration with particular interest in environmental law/studies which has formed the core of her research work and publications. These include: “Environmental Degradation and Sustainable Development in Africa: The Role of Environmental Norms, Values, Perception and Ethics”; “Legal Regime on the Protection of the Ozone Layer”; “Climate Change: Issues of Environmental Security in Nigeria”; “Intellectual Property Law and the Challenges of Protecting Indigenous/Traditional Knowledge”; “World Christianity and Environmental Sustainability: Perspectives from Nigerian Pentecostalism”; “Green Hands, Green Fingers: An Appraisal of Environmental Challenges, Ecopreneur Solutions and Environmental Policy in Africa (A Case Study of Nigeria)”; “Environmental Law and the Emerging Issues of (Environmental) Security”, and “Who Should Pick Up Litters?: Perspectives from International and Indigenous African Environmentalism and Policy”.

She is a Fellow of the Ife Institute of Advanced Studies, Nigeria and also a pioneering volunteer/member for NISEC, the national chapter of the International Student’s Environmental Coalition (ISEC). A platform on which she offers pro bono services to create awareness and sensitization on various environmental issues to communities and organizations. She also engages the NISEC platform to foster intense social media/radio campaign and advocacy on environmental sustainability to drum up awareness and support from members of the society.

Her future career goal is to obtain a doctoral degree with a view to picking up a law teaching/research position that would enable her realize her potentials, transfer the knowledge and skills acquired as well as publish scholarly works, mentor younger scholars while being open to other opportunities that would help her contribute meaningfully to the academia, her community, the society and humanity.