Winter 2016

Raising the Bar

Circuit Successes: On the heels of two stunning victories by BC Law students in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last summer came similar results in December in two cases in the First Circuit. Professor Mary Holper and former students in the Immigration Clinic won for their client, who is facing deportation, a remand to the Board of Immigration Appeals for reconsideration of her case. Then, in United States v. Castro-Vazquez, argued by Professor Sharon Beckman with help from student researchers, the Court vacated Castro-Vazquez’s 78-month sentence and remanded the case for further proceedings.

Hometown Victor: Law School’s demanding schedule didn’t stop Jason R. Adams ’17 from campaigning for—and winning—re-election in November to an at-large seat on the town council in the burg where he lives, Randolph, Massachusetts. His 2015 platform included improving the school system and increasing the tax base by bringing in new businesses.

Benchmark: Debra A. Perlin ’11 won a 2015-2016 Supreme Court Fellowship. The grant, which recognizes “exceptional individuals,” rewarded her for her work as a State Department justice advisor who assesses foreign judicial systems for compliance and briefs judicial delegations on the American justice system, among other duties.

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