associate clinical professor
|Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Alan Minuskin is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Boston College Law School. He teaches and supervises student attorneys in the Law School’s Civil Litigation Clinic, and Housing Law Clinic, which he directs. He also serves as Director the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau’s Elder Legal Services Project. Prior to beginning his career as a clinical legal educator in 1979, Professor Minuskin was a legal services attorney at Central Middlesex Legal Services and, through a small community practice he founded, a co-grantee of federal legal services funding for the provision of free legal services to the poor. From 1977 to 1984, he was a part time, volunteer staff attorney at the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (formerly Cambridgeport Problem Center) where he collaborated with mental health professionals in an interdisciplinary approach to solving the legal problems of indigent clients.
At Boston College Law School, Professor Minuskin has developed, written elaborate case materials for, and taught innovative litigation practice courses. In his Pretrial Litigation course, students litigate a complex civil case in a semester-long simulated employment discrimination law suit. The roles of parties and witnesses are played by accomplished, local actors; students work in teams comprising firms and are supervised and critiqued by Boston area litigators and judges. After teaching in the Law School’s first-year lawyering program for many years, Professor Minuskin developed his own first-year practice course, Introduction to Civil Litigation Practice, in which students engage in litigation skills training, again with seasoned actors playing the roles of parties, and grapple with real ethics dilemmas presented in class by guest practitioners.
Professor Minuskin also periodically serves as on-site externship director for Boston College Law School’s London Program, an international collaboration with King’s College London School of Law in which Boston College law students spend a full semester abroad interning with international finance, human rights, or environmental law placements while taking law classes at King’s.
In addition to writing materials for his courses, Professor Minuskin produced and directed an advocacy ethics training video, Shalleck v. Winchester-Park, in collaboration between the Law School and the University of California Hasting College of Law. Professor Minuskin has also engaged in litigation training for practicing lawyers. He frequently presents to and trains community organizations on Massachusetts housing law. He has been active in a variety of professional organizations whose purpose is the expansion and reformation of programs designed to provide wider access to legal services and justice for economically disadvantaged people. He is a member of the Massachusetts bar.