Winter 2020

Faculty Milestones

Next Up: Dean Vincent Rougeau became president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools in January.

Consumer Powerhouse: Patricia McCoy presented at events and hearings sponsored by the Consumer Federal Protection Bureau, the Senate Banking Committee, University of Michigan Center on Finance, Law, and Policy, the Penn Institute for Urban Research and the Wharton Public Policy Initiative, and the Harvard Joint Center on Housing Studies. She also was selected by the Federal Reserve Board as an inaugural member of its Insurance Policy Advisory Committee (IPAC), and wrote “Inside Job: The Assault on the Structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau” (Minnesota Law Review).

Court Ready: Michael Cassidy, serving on the Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law, was a lead author of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence, 2019 Edition (Flaschner Judicial Institute). He also published “Undue Influence: A Prosecutor’s Role in Parole Proceedings” in the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.

Making Waves: Professor and Rappaport Faculty Director Daniel Kanstroom was prominently featured in a Marshall Project/The Guardian online multimedia experience detailing migrant detention in the US. In a New York Times op-ed, Hiba Hafiz offered a legal strategy to outmaneuver Uber. George Brown discussed POTUS impeachment in the Washington Post.

Fun Fact: Steven Koh, who joined the BC Law faculty last semester, was presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg’s roommate at Harvard. Koh was quoted in a CNN story and ABC Nightline feature about the friendship.

Does Nature Have Rights? Zygmunt Plater was among the signers of an amicus brief to the Constitutional Court of Ecuador on behalf of the rights of the Dulcepamba River. They ask the court to affirm Ecuador’s commitment to the rights of nature and human rights in the wake of severe negative impacts—including a deadly flood in 2015—following construction of a hydroelectric dam in the early 2000’s.

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