Summer 2020

Faculty Milestones

Facing Racism: Dean Vincent Rougeau was named inaugural director of the Boston College Forum on Racial Justice in America. The forum provides a meeting place for listening, dialogue, and greater understanding about race and racism, and serves as a catalyst for bridging differences regarding race in America, promoting reconciliation, and encouraging fresh perspectives.

The Thinker: Cathleen Kaveny is the 2020 recipient of the Marianist Award for Intellectual Contributions. She accepted the honor in February at the University of Dayton, where she gave the Marianist keynote lecture, “Law’s Pedagogy in a Pluralist Society.” The annual award honors a Roman Catholic for contributions to Catholic intellectual life.

A Voting Conundrum: Legal historian Mary Sarah Bilder joined constitutional scholar Edward B. Foley and author Jesse Wegman (Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College) at the Kennedy Library May 27 to discuss the history of and contemporary challenges to the Electoral College.

Of the Moment: Early in his career, Mark Brodin spent six years as staff attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association, representing plaintiffs in individual and class actions in the areas of employment discrimination, housing discrimination, sexual harassment, and police misconduct. This June he memorialized that time and mission with “The Boston Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law: The First Fifty Years” in Massachusetts Law Review.

Rest in Peace: Arthur Berney, a beloved professor and civil rights litigator who worked on the landmark 1967 case Loving v Virginia, passed away April 1. “Arthur was a beacon of justice and social responsibility” who became “the conscience of the school,” says BC Law Professor Robert M. Bloom ’71. Berney’s first book, Legal Problems of the Poor (1976), was a “trailblazing effort” that helped establish the field of poverty law, recalls BC Law Professor George Brown. Brown also views Berney as a pioneer in national security law, in which he co-authored one of the first casebooks.

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