Winter 2016

Around the Academy

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Sharon Post: Chief Judge Post and two colleagues from the Federal Circuit of Appeals in Washington, DC, held a rare special session at BC Law in October, hearing oral arguments in four cases as students and faculty observed. The judges considered a veteran’s claim and three cases concerning patent infringement. Afterward, they gave students advice on arguing cases before the court, which included being well prepared and avoiding rhetorical or emotional arguments.

Photograph by Christopher Soldt, MTS, BC


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Professor Kent Greenfield: The Committee Against Institutional Racism (CAIR) invited Greenfield to moderate a panel of six diverse students who discussed their experiences of racism and the tension between First Amendment protections and inclusion on university campuses. The November conversation covered speech’s capacity to harm versus the right to free expression and the cumulative impact of micro-aggressive cuts to another’s self-worth.


Vincent Rougeau, Dean of Boston College Law School.

Dean Vincent Rougeau: In response to the nation’s recent efforts to come to terms with racism, Dean Rougeau presented “Fighting Racism by Modeling Inclusion: Reflections of an African American Dean.” Much of his scholarship focuses on how multicultural understanding can grow out of thoughtful community integration. His talk was sponsored by BC’s Center for Human Rights and International Justice as part of its “Conversations on Race and Racism” series.


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Ilyas Shahin: A book dedication ceremony honored the work of Shahin, who authored Teknik Araclarla Izleme: Technical Surveillance, Turkish Law, ECHR, and USA Criminal Procedure while a BC Law visiting scholar. Shahin is a judge in Turkey’s Court of Cassation. Paying tribute were Dean Vincent Rougeau, Graduate Legal Education and International Programs Director Susan Simone Kang, Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Robert Cordy, and Kevin Curtin ’88.

Photograph by Caitlin Cunningham


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Marilyn Mosby ’05: Baltimore State’s Attorney Mosby, who is overseeing the Freddie Gray case, impressed professors and students alike during a campus visit in October. “Marilyn was candid, real, personal,” said Professor Evangeline Sarda. “She’s so appreciative of what BC Law provided her and credits the school with shaping her views and ideas. As a political figure, her authenticity was palpable; and as prosecutors go, she’s a way-beyond-the-box thinker.”

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