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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Public Interest Law Scholars: 2019-2020

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Consistent with the Center’s mission to support students committed to service to others, the Clough Center provides grants to Boston College first and second-year law students for uncompensated public interest work during the summer. The 2019 Public Interest Law Scholar grants have been awarded to:


Caitlin Maloney

Caitlin Maloney is a rising 2L at Boston College Law School. She grew up in Baltimore, MD and graduated cum laude from Bucknell University in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Public Policy and Legal Studies. Caitlin is pursuing a dual-degree in Law and Education.

Prior to law school, Caitlin worked as a legal assistant in the Washington, DC office of White & Case before moving to Boston to be the paralegal to the General Counsel of City Year. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and increasing access to equitable education and spends her time outside of law school serving as a mentor in the Massachusetts Bay Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.  

This summer, Caitlin will intern with the EdLaw Project in Boston, Massachusetts. The EdLaw Project is a non-profit confronting the School-to-Prison pipeline through providing direct representation to court-involved youth, training attorneys across Massachusetts to understand the unique needs of juvenile clients, and creating collaborative partnerships between schools, youth and their families through policy initiatives and advocacy work. Caitlin will work alongside attorneys to conduct client intakes, draft motions and hearing requests, and conduct legal research on new issues in education legislation. In the fall, Caitlin will further develop and hone her advocacy skills in the Juvenile Advocacy Rights Project at BC Law


Victoria Moreno

Victoria Moreno is a member of the Boston College Law School class of 2021. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in American Studies and Journalism.  

After college, she began her journalism career as a news producer for Fusion Media, an ABC-Univision joint-venture. She helped launch the network which prided itself on storytelling by, for and about the most diverse generation in U.S. history. She had the privilege of writing award-winning social commentaries for a primetime talk show and produced field pieces for the network’s flagship new magazine program anchored by Peabody journalist, Jorge Ramos. She covered the 2016 election with her colleagues including producing a Democratic Presidential Forum and a one-hour documentary on gender politics on the campaign trail.  

Her desire to attend law school is in part inspired by her experience as a television news producer, where she was often expressly told to not engage in advocacy. Attorneys not only embrace their roles as advocates for their communities, they instill it as a part of their code of professional ethics.  

This summer Victoria will intern at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office where under the leadership of District Attorney Rachael Rollins, she will work with prosecutors who understand their role in criminal justice reform. She will assist in researching and drafting policy for the office’s Post-Conviction Integrity Program.  

Moreno was born in Miami, Florida where her Cuban mother and Venezuelan father began their own legal careers. With a deep commitment to her family’s immigrant roots, she will participate in Boston College Law’s Immigration Clinic in the fall of 2019.


Jacob Stansell

Jacob Stansell, originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, is a member of the BC Law class of 2020 and a graduate of the University of Arkansas. Jacob has made great use of his time in Boston, interning for the state consumer affairs office and a federal judge in the U.S. District Court, as well as gaining practical legal experience as a researcher for the Harvard Law and International Development Society. In the summer of 2019, Jacob will be working as a legal intern for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where he will be assisting the legal and licensing departments in the hospital's mission to provide no-cost cancer treatment to children. During the 2019-2020 academic year, Jacob will be a student in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program at Boston Children's Hospital as well as a member of the law school's national environmental law moot court team. Jacob hopes to build a career around his interest in law, politics, and policy following his graduation from BC Law in 2020. 


Sean Tinsley

Sean Tinsley, prior to law school, worked as an educator. Sean worked for five years as a secondary English teacher, but he had also worked in a variety of educational settings, including low income urban schools and independent schools, and everywhere in between. Trying to give back to his community has been the hallmark of his educational and professional life. While Sean was a graduate student prior to law school, he volunteered at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School in Providence, Rhode Island, where he ran an after school “Young Scientists” program for kids in grades three through five looking to grow as students of the sciences. Sean has tried to follow the mantra of “service for others” in law school, so securing a job this summer at a non-profit with a commitment to education was important to him. Beth Israel Deaconess Healthcare partners with a teaching hospital and has a longstanding commitment to helping communities. Sean also has had other internships and professional development experiences. Sean is the recipient of a fellowship through Teacher’s College of Columbia University, where he learned more about education and multiculturalism.  Sean also attended the Exeter Humanities Institute, which helped shape his pedagogy strategies for students seated around a Harkness table. The “Harkness method” refers to teaching students around tables instead of desks so as to give everyone a voice. Equity and empathy naturally flow from such a setting, Sean learned, and helping impose these values to the next generation of citizens made his profession truly rewarding.