Summer 2014

Around the Academy

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Nancy Gertner: Judge Nancy Gertner, formerly of the US District Court of the District of Massachusetts and currently a professor of practice at Harvard Law School, was on campus in March. She spoke to faculty of the challenges and pressures that judges are under in making decisions and later had tea with a group from the Women’s Law Center, at which she talked about her book, In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate.


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Carmen Ortiz: US Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz addressed the Department of Justice’s “Smart on Crime” initiative among other topics during a speech March 26 at Boston College Law School. The Bay State’s first Latina US Attorney appeared at a forum sponsored by the Latin American Law Student Association of Boston College. Afterward, she took questions from some members of the audience.


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Jay Wexler: Boston University Professor Jay Wexler met with students in BC Law’s Law & Religion Program for a roundtable on scholarly writing. Students interested in producing legal scholarship “benefit immensely from interacting directly with scholars whose work they have read and enjoyed,” says Professor Richard Albert. Wexler is currently at work on a book about religious practice and environmentalism.


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Tim Cullen: A standing-room-only crowd welcomed Thomas F. “Tim” Cullen Jr., a Jones Day partner and practice leader of the firm’s Global Disputes Practice, to BC Law School in January to deliver the BC Law Global Practice Forum’s 2014 inaugural lecture. It was titled “The Role of Lawyers in the Globalization of the Law.” He oversees client representation in twenty-two offices outside the US. To view Tim Cullen’s lecture, go to bc.edu/lawmagvideos.


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Francis Bacon: BC Law’s collection of Francis Bacon works was the inspiration in February for the discussion, “Francis Bacon: How a Renaissance Man Affects the Study of Everything.” Panelists Daniel Coquillette (law), David Burgess (biology), Mary Crane (English), Paul Davidovits (chemistry), Robert Faulkner (political science), and Sarah Gwyneth Ross (history) explored how Bacon still exerts influence within their respective disciplines.

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