Dear members of the BC Law community:

I am very pleased to introduce you to the new members of our Law School faculty. At a time when many schools have faced hiring freezes and other cutbacks, BC Law is grateful to be able to welcome this group of full-time and visiting professors, all of whom are examples of the humanity and scholarship that make this law school so special.

The full-time faculty are Atinuke (Tinu) Adediran, whose research interests include inequality in law and the legal profession, access to justice, and corporate social responsibility; Reena Parikh, an assistant clinical professor who will develop and direct our new civil rights clinic; and BC Law alumna Sandy Tarrant ’99, who assumed the title of associate clinical professor after several years as a visiting professor.

Please also join me in welcoming Richard Cordray, the nation’s former head of consumer protection and this semester’s Jerome Lyle Rappaport Visiting Professor in Law and Public Policy, and Nathanial Romano, SJ, a Drinan Scholar who will teach Law and Religion and Constitutional Law as a visiting lecturer this academic year.

Together, this accomplished and diverse cohort of professors broaden our perspectives and expand our strengths in a number of areas of legal inquiry and practice.

For example, in recognition of what Professor Adediran adds to our business law faculty as a former big law litigator with a doctorate in sociology, she was named the David and Pamela Donohue Assistant Professor in business law.

In a practice-focused business vein, Professor Tarrant will continue to direct the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Clinic. Her goal is to expand EIC’s capacity to handle structured transactions such as mergers, affiliations, and asset purchases and sales by partnering with BC Law alumni in transactional practice serving as co-counsel. 

Professor Parikh’s background includes worker and immigrant rights advocacy as a clinical teaching fellow at Yale Law and as associate counsel at the office of US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Given those experiences, combined with internships at the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, I have high hopes for the civil rights clinic she will create for the Law School. 

You can learn more about Rappaport visiting professor Cordray when he presents his community address, “Comparing the Economic Effects of the COVID Crisis of 2020 with the Financial Crisis of 2008,” on September 23 from 12-1:15 p.m. Register here.

And as for Fr. Romano, in addition to sharing his considerable knowledge of the way religious, philosophical, moral, and ethical commitments translate in law and public policy, he is providing pastoral outreach to law students.

Please join me in welcoming these talented scholars to BC Law. I know that you will enjoy getting to know them as much as I have.

Vincent Rougeau
Dean, Boston College Law School