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Amicus Brief Clinic
<h3>Director</h3> <p><a href="mailto:thomas.carey@bc.edu"><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle">Tom Carey</span></a></p> <h3>Overview</h3> <p>The <i>Amicus Curiae</i> brief provides a formal avenue for interested non-parties to offer new information and unique insights to a court. The amicus brief procedure allows the court to take advantage of expertise with respect to a matter or policy that is before the court and to consider implications of the court's ruling beyond those raised by the parties to the litigation. Amicus briefs are accepted under certain conditions by a wide variety of courts, including the US Supreme Court, federal and state appellate courts, as well as international tribunals such as the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union, among many others.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The Amicus Brief Clinic provides students and faculty an opportunity to weigh in on, and attempt to influence, the development of the law and public policy in the courts.&nbsp;A student team researches, writes, edits, and submits an amicus brief to the court for consideration.&nbsp;</p>
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COVID Relief Housing Clinic
<h3>Director</h3> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/law/academics-faculty/faculty-directory/ana-rivera.html"><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle">Ana Rivera</span></a></p> <h3>Overview</h3> <p>Students will learn and practice a variety of lawyering skills that may include interviewing and counseling, legal research and the preparation of pleadings and motions, and oral advocacy, including negotiation. The representation may include virtual court appearances in court-led mediation sessions and hearings before&nbsp;housing&nbsp;court judges, and may be initiated by direct referrals from WATCH CDC, a Waltham-based&nbsp;housing&nbsp;advocacy organization, or participation in Lawyer for the Day programs. Resources permitting, students will also work in partnership with WATCH CDC on any legal and policy-based&nbsp;housing&nbsp;advocacy projects supporting the organization's community outreach, educational, and social justice missions.&nbsp;</p>
<p>In the&nbsp;Covid Relief&nbsp;Housing&nbsp;Clinic, students will provide limited representation to low-income tenants facing&nbsp;Covid-impacted evictions, to help them preserve their&nbsp;housing&nbsp;and avoid homelessness.</p>
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Civil Litigation Clinic
<h3>Director</h3> <p><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle"><a href="/content/bc-web/schools/law/academics-faculty/faculty-directory/alan-minuskin.html">Alan Minuskin</a></span></p> <h3>Overview</h3> <p>Students plan and conduct every phase of civil litigation, including:</p> <ul> <li>Initial client interviews</li> <li>Legal strategy</li> <li>Counseling clients</li> <li>Pretrial discovery and motion hearings</li> <li>Settlement negotiations</li> <li>Pleadings</li> <li>Courtroom advocacy, including trials and administrative hearings</li> <li>Drafting and arguing appeals</li> </ul> <p>Clinical faculty guide students, attending hearings and trials and giving feedback at every stage.</p>
<p>Students in the Civil Litigation Clinic represent local low-income residents in cases involving family law, landlord-tenant disputes, public benefits,&nbsp;eviction, foreclosure, and access to government-funded housing.</p>
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Civil Rights Clinic
<h3>Director</h3> <p><a href="https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/schools/law/academics-faculty/faculty-directory/reena-parikh.html"><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle">Reena Parikh</span></a></p> <h3>Overview</h3> <p>Students think critically about the role of the lawyer, client, and community in different lawyering models and the intersection of worker and immigrant rights and racial justice. Each student in the clinic will be assigned at least one litigation matter and one community group advocacy matter. On the litigation side, representative matters may include wage theft cases on behalf of low-wage workers and communities of color and federal civil rights actions on behalf of immigrants mistreated in detention. On the community advocacy side, representative matters may include supporting organizing campaigns of a local union or worker center as well as local and state-level legislative and policy advocacy on behalf of organizational clients.</p>
<p>In the Civil Rights Clinic, teams of students address&nbsp;worker and immigrant rights and racial justice issues affecting low-wage workers, immigrants and people of color through individual client representation as well as community and movement lawyering.</p>
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Community Enterprise Clinic
<h3>Director</h3> <p><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle"><a href="/content/bc-web/schools/law/academics-faculty/faculty-directory/paul-tremblay.html">Paul Tremblay</a></span></p> <p>Counseling a high-tech incubator for minority entrepreneurs, representing a restaurant workers’ advocacy organization, helping a small business navigate import law—these are just some of the opportunities available through our Community Enterprise Clinic (CEC).</p> <p>The CEC puts students at the center of transactional legal matters as they assist emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits with intellectual property issues, commercial leases, and 501(c)(3) exemptions.</p> <p>BC Law is one of the only schools in the nation to have a formal collaboration with an established major law firm—Nutter McClennen &amp; Fish LLP—and CEC Director Paul Tremblay wrote the textbook for transactional clinics:&nbsp;<em>Introduction to Transactional Lawyering Practice</em>.</p>
<p>Transactional legal matters such as intellectual property issues, commercial leases, and organizational tax exemptions will be addressed by students in the Community Enterprise Clinic representing small businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations in the Greater Boston area.</p>
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Compassionate Release and Parole Clinic
<h3>Director</h3> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/law/academics-faculty/faculty-directory/frank-herrmann.html"><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle">Frank Herrmann, S.J.</span></a></p> <h3>Overview</h3> <p>Students will assess the client’s criminal history, institutional record, physical and mental health, and risk of re-offending. Then they will advocate with the Massachusetts Department of Correction for release and, if not successful, possibly in the Superior Court on appeal.</p>
<p>In the Compassionate Release and Parole Clinic, law students in collaboration with a social worker or social work student will help prepare a petition for compassionate release and a medical parole plan for state prisoners suffering from terminal illnesses or irreversible physical or cognitive incapacitation.</p>
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Criminal Justice
<h3>Directors</h3> <p><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle"><a href="/content/bc-web/schools/law/academics-faculty/faculty-directory/sharon-beckman.html">Sharon Beckman</a></span></p> <p><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle"><a href="mailto:tannenbk@bc.edu">Kari Tannenbaum</a></span></p> <p><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle"><a href="/content/bc-web/schools/law/academics-faculty/faculty-directory/evangeline-sarda.html">Evangeline Sarda</a></span></p> <h3>Overview</h3> <p>Our Criminal Justice Clinic comprises the Defender Program, the Prosecution Program, and the Criminal Justice Clinic Class.</p>
<p>The Criminal Justice Clinic's integration of prosecution and defense perspectives is a unique feature of the clinical experience at BC Law and grants students access to a range of perspectives and experiences in criminal case preparation and presentation. The clinic is designed to encourage students' reflective discernment.</p>
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Entrepreneurship & Innovation Clinic
<h3>Director</h3> <p><a href="https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/schools/law/academics-faculty/faculty-directory/sandy-tarrant.html"><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle">Sandy Tarrant</span></a></p> <h3>Overview</h3> <p>Students in the Entrepreneurship &amp; Innovation Clinic navigate the rapidly evolving field of entrepreneurship law, which includes intellectual property, licensing, regulation, and corporate formation. Working under the supervision of the Clinic director, students will learn to work with organizational clients and learn to represent clients in transactions.</p> <p>Students may have the opportunity to advise clients on a variety of legal issues, related to new and emerging businesses including:</p> <ul> <li>Entity choice and corporate formation</li> <li>Employment law</li> <li>Trademark and copyright registration and protection</li> <li>Strategizing, negotiating, drafting and reviewing agreements</li> <li>Ongoing corporate matters</li> </ul>
<p>Students help bring innovative ideas to life, advising social entrepreneurs, tech startups, authors, filmmakers, musicians, and other creative thinkers. Students deal in the worlds of intellectual property, licensing, regulation, and corporate formation in our region’s thriving innovation economy.</p>
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Immigration Clinic
<h3>Director</h3> <p><a href="https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/schools/law/academics-faculty/faculty-directory/mary-holper.html"><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle">Mary Holper</span></a></p> <h3>Overview</h3> <p>Students gain vital practice skills in interviewing, drafting affidavits, preparing clients for interviews, and researching documents as they do this critical—and sometimes life-saving—work.</p> <p>The types of cases students assist with include:</p> <ul> <li>Asylum and other relief based on fear of persecution</li> <li>Deportation waivers for long-term U.S. residents</li> <li>Adjustment of status for noncitizens with family members who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents</li> <li>Visas and relief for victims of violent crimes</li> </ul>
<p>Students represent noncitizens in applications for legal status by assisting asylum seekers, acquiring visas for crime victims, and ensuring people in immigrant communities know their rights.</p>
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Innocence Program
<h3>Directors</h3> <p><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle"><a href="https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/schools/law/academics-faculty/faculty-directory/sharon-beckman.html">Sharon Beckman</a></span></p> <p><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle"><a href="mailto:charlotte.whitmore@bc.edu">Charlotte Whitmore</a></span></p> <h3>Overview</h3> <p>Clinic focuses on cases involving complex factual investigation as well as work with scientific and forensic experts. We co-counsel with the Committee for Public Counsel Services Innocence program and with other attorneys and we also accept cases even where no other counsel is appointed and even if no DNA evidence is available to prove factual innocence.</p> <p>As part of the Innocence Program, students:</p> <ul> <li>Evaluate cases of individuals who maintain they did not commit the crimes for which they were convicted and punished</li> <li>Represent individuals seeking relief from wrongful conviction or access to scientific testing of physical evidence to prove their innocence</li> <li>Plan and conduct factual investigations, including witness interviews</li> <li>Work with scientific experts, forensic witnesses, and crime labs</li> <li>Draft motions, supporting affidavits, and memoranda in support of motions for forensic testing and post-conviction relief</li> <li>Prepare for and participate in judicial proceedings</li> <li>Write amicus briefs on issues relating to wrongful convictions</li> <li>Engage with faculty and graduate students from Psychology and Social Work on breaking edge on multidisciplinary research to inform public policy</li> </ul>
<p>Students study the problem of erroneous convictions and work to remedy and prevent these injustices. Clinic students and faculty represent individuals wrongly convicted in Massachusetts for crimes they did not commit and collaborate with public, private, and nonprofit partners in litigation and public policy reforms.</p>
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International Human Rights Practicum
<h3>Director</h3> <p><a href="https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/schools/law/academics-faculty/faculty-directory/daniela-urosa.html"><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle">Daniela Urosa</span></a></p> <h3>Overview</h3> <p>The International Human Rights Practicum focuses on appellate submissions to regional and international courts and other legal organizations that address international human rights issues. For example, students have worked on submissions to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The Inter-American System for the protection of human rights (IASHR) is the regional system responsible for monitoring, promoting, and protecting human rights in the countries that are members of the Organization of American States (OAS). Currently, it is one of the strongest regional human rights protection systems in the world.</p>
<p>International Human Rights Practicum students advocate for the promotion of international protection of human rights to regional and international courts and other legal organizations that address international human rights issues.</p>
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Juvenile Rights Advocacy Program
<h3>Director</h3> <p><a href="https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/schools/law/academics-faculty/faculty-directory/jessica-berry.html"><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle">Jessica Berry</span></a></p> <h3>Overview</h3> <p>The&nbsp;Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project&nbsp;specializes in representing and serving as Guardian ad Litem for youth in multiple systems, building ongoing relationships and maintaining a continuity of representation. The&nbsp;Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project features:</p> <ul> <li>An in-house clinic, where students represent teens on a full range of civil legal issues</li> <li>Externship placements with organizations specializing in children’s issues</li> <li>In-house cases representing youth in Special Immigrant Juvenile cases (in conjunction with the Immigration Clinic)</li> <li>Policy work, in which students promote youth services’ continuity and accountability</li> </ul>
<p>Students involved with the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project engage with multiple facets of children’s law by representing youth in special education advocacy, school disciplinary proceedings, advocacy before agencies, and juvenile court status offense cases in&nbsp;collaboration with staff social workers and graduate students from the Boston College School of Social Work.</p>
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Ninth Circuit Appellate Program
<h3>Director</h3> <p><a href="https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/schools/law/academics-faculty/faculty-directory/kari-hong.html"><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle">Kari Hong</span></a></p> <h3>Overview</h3> <p>The BC Ninth Circuit Appellate Program provides pro bono representation to non-citizens with criminal convictions.&nbsp;A central criticism of immigration law is that it does not distinguish between the most serious criminal offenses and those that the courts do not normally consider serious or deserving of incarceration. By advocating for non-citizens with criminal convictions in federal immigration cases, the clinic aims to restore a sense of proportionality and common sense to the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. In addition to the impact of criminal convictions on immigration and deportation, important issues in past cases have included asylum, withholding, and Convention Against Torture claims.</p> <p>The clinic takes advantage of a unique program within the United States Courts of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, which screens pro se petitions filed by non-citizens to identify strong cases and new issues. The court accelerates the briefing schedule of the selected cases to coincide with the academic year, allowing law students to represent these clients. The Court assigns cases in June of each year, and students work in teams of two, delivering an opening brief in October, a reply brief in January, and presenting oral argument in San Francisco the following April. The court lists students' names on the resulting decisions.</p>
<p>In federal appeals court, students brief and argue immigration cases brought by clients who would otherwise be without counsel. Students hone high-level skills in client communication, legal research, brief writing, and oral advocacy while preparing for cases such as asylum, withholding and&nbsp;Convention Against Torture claims, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and issues of first impression, before traveling to the court in San Francisco and presenting oral arguments in front of a panel of sitting judges.</p>
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Prison Disciplinary Clinic
<h3>Director</h3> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/law/academics-faculty/faculty-directory/kari-tannenbaum.html"><span class="list-gold-black icon-arrow-circle">Kari Tannenbaum</span></a></p>
<p>Massachusetts is one of the only states that allow students to represent clients at&nbsp;prison disciplinary hearings. Students will meet and interview clients in maximum security prisons, conduct discovery and investigation, file motions, cross-examine witnesses, make closing arguments and file appeals when necessary. Because the hearings are relatively short, students will be able to have multiple hearings each term.</p>
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The BC Law Defenders Clinic really expanded my understanding of the law and gave me the confidence that I could take on new and different legal challenges.
Alex Andalis ‘09, Senior Counsel at Amgen