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Tremblay Wins Pincus Award

Professor wins coveted prize on recommendation of clinicians around the country.

BC Law Professor Paul Tremblay 

BC Law Professor Paul Tremblay has been selected to receive the William Pincus Award for his exceptional commitment to advancing clinical education. The prestigious award is given annually by the Clinical Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) for “outstanding contribution to the cause of clinical legal education.”

“Paul has been an extraordinary leader of our clinics and an exemplary faculty member,” said BC Law Dean Vincent Rougeau. “He represents the best of legal education, particularly clinical education, by moving seamlessly from high theory to on-the-ground application.”

Tremblay is a national leader in clinical education. The author of two textbooks used in law school clinics around the country, and nearly 40 law review articles, he is Clinical Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at BC Law. He previously served as BC Law’s first associate dean for experiential learning, and is the founder and director of the Community Enterprise Clinic, one of the earliest transactional clinics in the country where students represent low and moderate-income entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits with the intent of supporting economic progress in under-resourced neighborhoods.

Tremblay is a first-time nominee for the esteemed award and was recommended by 100 percent of his fellow clinicians at BC Law, with supporting materials signed by many clinical teachers who have worked with Tremblay from around the country. Selection for the honor is “based on scholarship, program design and implementation, or other activity beneficial to clinical education or to the advancement of justice.”

Tremblay is actively involved in matters of professional ethics, transactional practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and legal services for the poor. He serves as the co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Ethics Committee and a board member of Lawyers Clearinghouse. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility.

Prior to his appointment at Boston College Law School, Tremblay was a Senior Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and an instructor at UCLA School of Law. He also taught a course at Harvard Law School. He was the recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers Award from the Clinical Legal Education Association and was awarded the Emil Slizewski Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008.

“Paul’s résumé tells the story of his deep commitment to clinical education, legal services, and scholarship. It does not reveal the story of his humanity, kindness, and good judgement,” Rougeau said. “I cannot imagine a better candidate for this award.”