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Hashimoto Joins American Law Institute

Professor's expertise as lawyer and physician prized by national organization.

May 10, 2016 -- Photographed for the Boston College Law School viewbook by Caitlin Cunningham ( Professor Dean Hashimoto. 

Professor Dean Hashimoto is among three people in Massachusetts and 37 nationwide newly elected to the American Law Institute. Their role is to bring their expertise in several areas of law to ALI’s work of clarifying the law through Restatements, Principles, and the Model Penal Codes.

“This latest group of new members exemplifies the diversity in perspective and experience essential to the work of the American Law Institute,” said ALI President David F. Levi. “We always hope to work with thoughtful and wise people who care about the things that we do. This is another great opportunity to do just that.”

The scholarship of Professor Hashimoto focuses on the interface of law, science, and medicine, especially in the areas of health care policy and the role of scientific evidence in the courtroom.

Educated as both an attorney and physician, he teaches torts, environmental litigation, health care law, and evidence. He has also studied the internment of citizens and aliens of Japanese heritage in World War II and written about the constitutional law cases decided in that era.

Professor Hashimoto is the faculty director for Boston College Law School’s JD/MPH dual degree program with Tufts School of Medicine.