Equal Justice Works Fellow funded by Vertex Foundation, BCIP
Maxwell Passas ’22 is an Equal Justice Works Fellow (funded by Vertex Foundation), working in the Boston College Innocence Program (BCIP). BCIP is a clinical legal educational program in which law and undergraduate students, faculty, and staff work together to remedy and prevent wrongful convictions.
Passas is an experienced restorative justice facilitator who has taught restorative justice classes at Boston College and Harvard Law schools. She graduated with distinction from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a major in Philosophy. While a student at BC Law, she also excelled in the BC Defender Trial Clinic, representing indigent clients charged with crimes and probation violations in the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court, and she was a summer legal intern in the Greater Boston Legal Services Housing Division. She was managing editor of the UCC Reporter Digest and was elected treasurer of the BC Law Criminal Law Society.
In her role at BCIP, in addition to providing pro bono representation to individuals wrongfully convicted and incarcerated for crimes they did not commit, Passas is part of the groundbreaking Massachusetts Conviction Integrity Task Force, working to support best practices in prosecution conviction integrity programs statewide.
BCIP is the first Boston College Program to be selected to host an EJW Fellow.