Winter 2015

BC Law Faculty Achievements

A Valued Voice: Professor Thomas C. Kohler, an internationally recognized authority on labor and employment law of the US and other western nations, was part of a 2014 delegation to Brussels. They met with the American Ambassador to the European Union and many EU officials to discuss the consequences of the proposed US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Treaty (TTIP). Kohler was also invited to become founding editor of the journal, International Labor Law, in the new Brill Research Perspectives Series.

Dead to Rights: Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Professor Ray Madoff among its “Top Women of Law” in 2014, which places her among women deemed by the publication to be “pioneers, educators, trailblazers, and role models.” Madoff teaches courses in trusts and estates as well as a seminar on the subject area of her most recent book, Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead (Yale).

The Writing on the Wall: Scholarship by Professor R. Michael Cassidy proved prescient when the US Department of Justice announced a new policy last October, requiring federal prosecutors to stop seeking waivers from criminal defendants of their rights to claim ineffective assistance of counsel in negotiated plea agreements. As early as 2011, Cassidy, a critic of these waivers, wrote in the San Diego Law Review that “insisting on so-called ineffective counsel waivers impresses me as overreaching of the worst sort.”

Ask the Experts: BC Law faculty have been much in demand by the media for their expertise on a number of news events. Several have published op-eds in the New York Times and Boston Globe; others have been widely quoted. Among them are Kari Hong on eliminating grand juries after the Ferguson shooting; David Olson on the not guilty verdict in the Apple iPod trial; Daniel Lyons on TV programming blackouts; and Robert Bloom on the murder trial of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez.

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