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Criminal Justice Reform

Speakers, data make a case for change....

Much as it has been on the national agenda in recent years, criminal justice reform has been a topic of ...

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From Humble Beginnings

Dallas Taylor ’17 sees the poetry in life and law....

Student Snapshot Provenance: Raised from age five in Winston-Salem, NC, by his Aunt Mae. After years in fos...

The outgoing Class of 2017 editorial board of Boston College Law Review Volume 58 (from left): Amelia Wirts, James Bor, Hana Sahdev, Marnee Rand, Michael Hacker, Thanithia Billings, Erin Garrity, and Thomas Murphy.

BC Law Journals Enter a New Era

The merger of specialty and flagship publications enlarges Boston College La...

Big changes are in the works for the law reviews at BC Law. A consolidation brings three specialty reviews i...

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The Heart of Desperation

In his inaugural lecture, a visiting Rappaport professor pins his hopes for ...

Why did you compare Trump supporters to Nazis and the KKK?” a self-described conservative student asked fo...

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Face to Face

When women see one of their own on the next $20 bill, they’ll have former ...

Rosie Gumataotao Rios has had quite the decorated career, from managing director of a $22 billion firm in Sa...

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A Tale of David and Goliath

In the too-big-to-fail cultureof the banking crisis, the only bank to be cri...

When the film Abacus: Small Enough to Jail was released to select theaters across the country this past spri...

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As Luck Would Have It

How Sandy Leung ’84 parlayed a stroke of fortune into a twenty-five-year c...

Pocket Résumé Sandy Leung ’84: Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Pa...

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Paths to Success

Alumni find career satisfaction in unusual places....

Joyce Hampers ’67 Been There, Done That: After serving as Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue, then US ...

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Falling Through the Cracks

On matters of crime and immigration, a gap persists between state and federa...

The disconnect between state and federal courts in adjudicating criminal cases and the impact of that schism...

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Guns and Roses

How respect for both sides could lead to reform....

Two panelists well schooled in the intricacies of gun control, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (...

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Creating Citizens Out of Criminals

Chief Justice Gants offers his vision of a reformed justice system....

Though progress has been made throughout our republic in the treatment of those accused and convicted of cri...

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Let’s Share the Burden

Former UN official condemns the ‘feel-good route to avoid responsibility...

In a period of political turmoil surrounding border security and forced migration, former UN Deputy High Com...

Philanthropy Forum Siezes the Initiative

A March gathering orchestrated by Professor Ray Madoff, co-founder and director of the Boston College Law School Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good, was one of the few times—since charitable tax benefits were enacted 100 years ago—that nonprofit leaders met to consider tax issues through the particular lens of operating nonprofits. Some twenty-five executives—among them heads of the United Way Worldwide, American Heart A...

Change-Makers

A Safeguard for Juveniles: A prize-winning paper by Hana Sahdev ’17 has called attention to the fact that safeguards meant to protect children are failing them by not preventing uncounseled confessions. Sahdev won the American Constitution Society’s 2017 Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition for “Juvenile Miranda Waivers and Wrongful Convictions,” which she wrote for her Wrongful Convictions seminar. It is...

Faculty Milestones

Well Read: George Brown, the oft-cited writer of more than forty law review articles, recently has been among the top 10 percent of authors by downloads from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). A new article, “McDonnell and the Criminalization of Politics” (Virginia Journal of Criminal Law), examines whether the Supreme Court’s decision vacating the corruption of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell signals more lenie...

Notable Faculty Publications

Ryan Williams suggests a new approach to Supreme Court plurality precedent that promises to constrain lower courts’ decision-making while identifying a domain of bounded discretion in which they remain free to work through unanswered questions.  “Questioning Marks: Plurality Decisions and Precedential Constraint” appeared in Stanford Law Review. Diane Ring, in her Brigham Young University Law Review article “Developing C...

By the Numbers

Boston College Law School continues to impress with top rankings in a variet...

No. 3 Top 10 public/private law schools that “pay off” (salary to debt ratio) No.1 Private school —US News andWorld Report No. 13 Most alumni promoted to partner —National Law Journal No. 16 Top law schools —Above the Law No. 26 Overall rank 2017 4+ Places rose since 2016 10+ Places rose in past 3 years No. 20 Rank of tax program No. 22 Ra...