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BU School of Law Alumni Newsletter Winter 2010

in this issue:
Reunion Weekend Oct. 29–31: send us your Alumni Silver Shingle Award nominations!
Super alums give school #13 ranking
School’s public-interest programs celebrated as model
New Executive LL.M. program launched
BU Law merchandise now on sale
Alumni in the media
Alumni honors
Faculty focus
Upcoming events
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Spend Halloween weekend with your classmates and friends!
Reunion and Alumni Weekend at BU is October 29–31

Reunion and Alumni Weekend with Silver Shingle Awards Presentation October 29 - 31

It’s not too early to start thinking about next fall’s reunion, and we have a special announcement this year. For the first time, the annual Silver Shingle Alumni Awards will be presented at the Gala Dinner on October 30 at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common.

Mark your calendar for Reunion Weekend and the Gala Dinner, where you can mingle with friends and applaud your fellow alumni award winners. More details will be posted as available at www.bu.edu/law/reunion.

Would you like to nominate an alumnus for a Silver Shingle Award? Since 1967, Boston University School of Law has been honored to present the Silver Shingle Awards to recognize outstanding alumni and friends who have provided notable contributions to the legal profession, leadership within the community, unfailing service to the School of Law, and superlative contributions to society.

We are now accepting suggestions from alumni for Silver Shingle Alumni Awards nominations. The awards are given for:

  • Distinguished Professional Service
  • Distinguished Public Service
  • Distinguished Service to the School of Law
  • Performance and commitment that reflects great credit on the School of Law by an alumna/us within 10 years of graduating (Young Lawyer’s Chair Award)

We also present the Gerard H. Cohen Award to honor an outstanding member of the School’s administrative staff.

Please submit your nomination along with the reasons why you think your nominee deserves one of these awards by February 26, 2010. Nominations received after February 26 will be considered for next year’s awards.

>>For award descriptions and past recipients, along with a nomination form, view Web site.

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Super alums give school #13 ranking

Law & Politics, the publisher of Super Lawyers, recently unveiled its first-ever ranking of U.S. law schools, based on how many Super Lawyers each school produces . . . and BU Law came in at #13. “We’ve been rating lawyers for nearly 20 years,” said Super Lawyers publisher and founder Bill White. “This puts us in a unique position to shed light on how well schools fulfill the ultimate mission of producing great lawyers.”

Super Lawyers magazine names attorneys in each state who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics.

The top dozen schools were 1) Harvard; 2) Michigan; 3) Texas; 4) UVA; 5) Georgetown; 6) NYU; 7) Columbia; 8) Florida; 9) Berkeley; 10) Yale; 11) Hastings; and 12) GW.

Dean Maureen O’Rourke has received very positive responses about the rankings. “It is truly a tribute to our outstanding alumni,” she said.

Some critics say the rankings don’t take into account the actual size of each law school but Brian Leiter analyzed the data, adjusting for class size. In Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports blog, he announced the results of his recalculation. In this analysis, BU Law again ranked #13 in the nation.

Congratulations to all our alumni whose stellar work merited a Super Lawyer designation and earned this ranking for BU Law.

>> For more details on the ranking, view the Super Lawyers blog.

>>View Brian Leiter’s blog.

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School’s public-interest programs celebrated as model

national jurist ranking

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” These inspirational words from Gandhi are the motto of BU Law’s pro bono program. In the current issue, National Jurist magazine recognizes BU Law’s strong support for public-interest work.

>>View feature and honor roll

The magazine selected BU Law as one of four law schools in the country that serve as models for their support of public interest work and public service. The other schools being profiled are Cornell, University of Maryland and Brooklyn Law School.

For 138 years, BU Law has been preparing public service leaders—and that tradition continues stronger than ever today. Maura Kelly, Assistant Dean for Career Development and Public Service, is the architect and advocate for public service programs at the School. Under her leadership and with Dean O’Rourke’s strong support, the public interest program has been steadily expanding.  

“The work within the law school continues as we learn more about student interests and goals, and respond to changes in the legal world which bring about even more need for lawyers to participate in public service,” said Kelly.

Professor Emeritus Fran Miller lends her support at '09 Public Interest Project Auction

This year, the Dean has authorized additional pro bono trips, mostly over spring break. In recognition of the law school’s national reach and the rise of poverty throughout the U.S., the School will be offering two additional spring-break trips within the U.S.-–one in Vermont and one in Detroit. Programs in Cambodia/Laos will be added at the end of the school year. These trips are in addition to the annual trips to New Orleans and Texas. 

  • In Detroit, BU Law hopes to have six students working on foreclosure issues. Carolyn Goodwin, BU Law’s associate director for public interest, will join the students.
  • In Vermont, the School hopes to have at least six students working in some of the poorest areas in the region to assist in civil matters.
  • In New Orleans, 12 students will be working with one of the following:  the Public Defender Office, Southern Louisiana Legal Services, or Immigration Clinic (a new program funded through Equal Justice Works and Loyola).
  • In Harlingen, Texas, six students will be working for ProBar, doing immigration work on behalf of people detained based on allegations that they are in the country illegally. Adjunct Professor David McHaffey will supervise the work, as is required by the organization.
  • The trip to Cambodia/Thailand will be organized with Edward Kelly ('91) of LaRiviere Grubman & Payne, LLP, and will focus on combating human trafficking. Kelly earned the 2009 Victor Garo Alumni Public Service Award for his work in Southeast Asia. Two or three students will participate in this new program. Given the distance and travel time involved, students will leave after final exams and after the first-year writing competition to allow for a two-week trip.
  • There will be a weeklong program here in Boston during spring break for students who are staying in the area—with the opportunity for ongoing involvement. BU Law is also working on some weeklong opportunities in New York City for students who will be in the area during break.  

The law school covers a substantial amount of the expense for each student on these trips to ensure that finances are not a barrier to participation.This year the School received a record number of applications for these trips—51 for New Orleans, 40 for Cambodia and 10 for Texas, with more coming in for the other trips. These projects are just a few of the many in which BU Law students immerse themselves. More than 200 students have signed the pro bono pledge committing to perform pro bono work during their law school years.

Approximately 80 students will receive Public Interest Program (PIP) grants allowing them to take non-paying public interest jobs this summer You can enable more students to receive grants for public interest summer jobs by taking part in the PIP Auction on March 24.

>>For more information, view Public Interest Project Web site.

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BU Law launches Executive LL.M. program

Ian C. Pilarczyk, D.C.L.
Director, Executive LL.M. in International Business Law

BU Law’s Graduate Programs introduces the new Executive LL.M. in International Business Law, an “express” 20-credit graduate program. It is designed to accommodate the careers of foreign-trained international lawyers whose work commitments make it difficult to attend a traditional, full-time nine-month residency program in the United States.

The program can be completed with three residency sessions in Boston, each lasting two weeks. Students then complete an online program following each residency session in their home country.

Courses are taught by BU Law’s regular teaching faculty, and cover the core topics of international business practice. Students earn an LL.M. degree upon completing all requirements.

The program is expected to begin in March 2011 when the first residency session will take place, followed by two separate residency sessions in the summer of 2011. (Students may begin in March or in the summer.)

“We have introduced the Executive LL.M. program as a flexible alternative,” said John Riccardi (‘91), assistant dean for Graduate and International Programs. “It’s a way for busy practitioners from around the world to receive fundamental exposure to the most important topics in international business law . . . without leaving their practices for an extended period.”

BU Law also welcomes Ian C. Pilarczyk (’95), the new director of the Executive LL.M. Program who is working closely with Professor Steve Marks (the academic director). Pilarczyk joins us from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where he was the founding associate director of that school’s LL.M. in International Law Program. After graduating from BU Law, Pilarczyk received his LL.M. from McGill University’s Institute of Comparative Law, where he was awarded prizes for his master’s thesis and law journal writings. In 2003, he obtained his Doctorate in Civil Law from McGill, receiving for a second time the school’s Osgoode Society Prize for Legal History. He has taught at McGill’s Faculty of Law (Children and the Law and Canadian Legal History, among other topics) and at Tufts University.

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BU Law merchandise now on sale

You worked hard for that degree; now you can wear your pride with new apparel, for sale at the BU Barnes and Noble Bookstore. The bookstore is selling T-shirts with BU School of Law inscribed on them. They come in blue, red and black. You can order these online or pick them up on the bookstore’s third floor, where you can also find decals. In the future, look for sweatshirts, crew shirts and drinkware. Look for the “School of “ category on the Barnes & Noble Web site and choose a School of Law item.

Editor’s note: Neither Boston University nor BU Law receive any money from the sale of this merchandise.

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Alumni in the media

Among some of the recent highlights:

  • David Allen (’69) is featured in "Officers in Hot Water Know a Good Lawyer" in The Seattle Times. In the article, the Seattle defense attorney is described as the "the go-to guy for cops charged with crimes." The article notes that he is "facing one of his most difficult challenges: defending an Everett police officer accused of recklessly killing a drunken-driving suspect.” >>View story
  • The Guilt Project, by Vanessa Place (’84), will be published in March by Random House. Written by a BU Law and criminal clinic alum, The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law discusses the history of the legal definition of rape, and its expansion to include everything from the sadistic serial rapist to statutory rape. Place examines the ambiguity of rape law and discussions of guilt, justice, and just punishment. >>View listing
  • Ed Swartz ('58) and his daughter, Joan Swartz-Siff ('91), issued the "10 Most Dangerous Toys of 2009" list. The annual list is published by the World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.), a nonprofit organization founded by nationally known trial lawyer and child safety advocate Ed Swartz. >>View Web site

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Alumni awards and honors

Among some of the recent highlights:

  • Matthew Andrus (’04) received the "Mentor Program Alumni Award." Each year, BU School of Law selects an exceptional mentor to honor—based on student feedback—for their dedication to the Mentor Program. Andrus has been involved with the program since 2005, and has mentored 10 students. He also received a Pro Bono Recognition Award from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association for his leadership in the Belin Economic Justice Project. >> View press release
  • Seven BU Law alumni at Mintz Levin are among 48 of the firm’s attorneys recently recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Daniel Bleck (’89), Jeffrey Goldman ('86), Joseph Hameline (’81), William Kannel (’85), Martha Koster (’71), Timothy Langella (’83), and Richard Mikels (’72). The findings are published in the November 2009 issue of Boston Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New England Super Lawyers. In addition, Kannel was recognized in the Top 100 lawyers in the state, and Mikels was recognized in the Top 100 lawyers in the state and in New England.
    >>View press release
  • Three Adler Pollock & Sheehan attorneys received honors: Susan Leach DeBlasio (’79) and Lori Caron Silveira (’83) were named to the New England Super Lawyer list three consecutive years in a row, and both received the highest rating given to attorneys by Martindale Hubbell law directory. Adam M. Weisberger (’00) was named a Massachusetts Rising Star for the third consecutive year, by the publishers of SuperLawyers and Boston Magazine.
  • Six BU Law alumnae were honored as "Women of Justice" by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: Susan Finegan (’95), chair of Pro Bono Committee, Mintz Levin, PC; Iris Gomez (’80), staff attorney, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute; Julia Huston (’92), partner, Foley Hoag; Merry Nasser (’76), partner, Lesser, Newman & Nasser, LLP; Christina Paradiso (’96), senior supervising attorney, Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts; and Gina Walcott (’93), executive director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. Awards were given to individuals who have made meaningful and inspiring contributions in the fields of social justice and advocacy. >>View full list of winners
  • Jill Goldenberg (’90) was named one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2010 in Family Law, for the third consecutive year. She also was recognized in 2008 and 2009 as a Super Lawyer in her field. >>View press release
  • Four of the top 25 legal TV shows of all time belong to David E. Kelley (’83), according to The American Bar Association Journal’s 12-person jury (nine lawyers, two scholars and a TV critic). Three of the top 10 slots went to “The Practice,” “Ally McBeal,” and “Boston Legal,” created and written by Kelley, and their number-one pick, “LA Law,” was written and later produced by Kelley. Kelley, who was a lawyer when he was invited to write for “LA Law,” also received an honorable mention by the journal for one of his non-legal TV shows, “Picket Fences,” Kelley’s often-humorous series about a small Wisconsin town. According to the article, “Actor Fyvush Finkel’s endearing take on blathering defense lawyer Douglas Wambaugh is simply classic.”

NBC also gave a green light to a new Kelley pilot, "Kindreds," about “a curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer and his group of misfit associates as their lives come together to form an unconventional kind of law practice.” Kelley is the writer and executive producer.

Kelley has described his style of writing as follows: “Often we try to seduce the audience at the beginning that this is going to be fun, a romp or a ride, and then once the ride has begun, to reveal some serious subject matter for them to think about.”

While at BU Law, Kelley also wrote for the Legal Follies, a comedy sketch production staged by BU Law students each year.  This year, Legal Follies will be performed Thursday, February 25, through Saturday, February 27, 7 p.m. in the Auditorium, said Follies Director Michael Finnerty (JD ’10).

  • Edward Kelly (’91) received the Victor J. Garo Public Service Award at BU Law's Annual Pro Bono Kick-Off, in October. Kelly is an intellectual property attorney who is practicing in the Bangkok office of LaRiviere, Grubman & Payne LLP. He frequently lectures and publishes on intellectual property topics before government agencies and trade associations, and has a special interest in developing cost-effective strategies to suppress illicit trafficking operations run by organized criminal syndicates. As a social activist, he and his wife manage micro-finance projects to incubate sustainable economic development for small and medium-size enterprises at the village level in Thailand and Cambodia. He actively participates in the activities of a Cambodian NGO called SISHA whose mission includes rescuing of victims of child and human trafficking, along with the profiling, tracking, arrest and extradition of pedophiles to be prosecuted in Western jurisdictions. >>View story
  • J. Bruce Maffeo (’79), a member of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein P.C. and co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense Practice, was named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. >> View press release
  • The American Bar Association honored Kenneth Parsigian (’87) for his commitment to pro bono work. A partner in Goodwin Procter’s litigation department, he received the John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award. Parsigian was chosen for this honor based on his efforts on scores of pro bono cases, culminating last year in the successful release of an Ohio inmate who had been on death row for 22 years, just before his scheduled execution. >>View story

*Alumni features are automatically populated by a news alert system

Have you had your work published recently? Do you have news you would like to share with us for the next newsletter? Please let us know.

>>View all alumni news here.

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Faculty focus

  • Park named president of London Court of International Arbitration—Congratulations to BU Law Professor William "Rusty" Park, who was named the new president of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). He is the first American to serve in the role. In this capacity, his goal is to resolve international business disputes as quickly and as inexpensively as possible by keeping cases out of the judicial system. "Without such an option, many welfare-enhancing projects will be either abandoned or concluded at higher costs due to the absence of any fair process for promoting vindication of rights and fidelity to the parties’ shared ex ante expectations," he said. Park joined the LCIA in 1992 at the behest of the late Sir Michael Kerr, a celebrated English judge and former president of the LCIA.  Park eventually became a vice president. As general editor of the London-based journal Arbitration International, Park grew more involved with London arbitration. In that capacity, he editied articles written by some LCIA court members, and assisted in an LCIA-sponsored study of arbitrator challenges related to conflicts of interest. For more about Park’s appointment, see story.
  • Podcast news—Starting in December, BU Law launched its new Faculty Podcast Series, debuting with a probing interview of Professor Jay Wexler talking about his book Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars. In the January edition, you can hear Professor Linda McClain discuss women’s justice issues and gender law, as well as her recently published book Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship. And the latest entry is our February Podcast, in which Professor Michael Meurer talk about his critically acclaimed book Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk. Our podcast series consists of six 15-to-20-minute minute pieces professionally produced by Legal Talk Network, and hosted by BU Law alum and former WBZ news reporter Dan Rea ('74).  A new faculty podcast will premiere the first week of each month from December 2009 through May 2010.
    • The rest of the lineup:
      • March Podcast: Jim Fleming discussing his book Constitutional Interpretation: The Basic Questions
      • April Podcast: Ward Farnsworth discussing his book The Legal Analyst
      • May Podcast: Mark Pettit discussing the first year of law school—What professors expect and what students need to know

To hear a podcast or subscribe to the series, go to the Legal Talk Network site or to the BU Law Web site's multimedia section.

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Recent and upcoming events

You can find more details as well as a full listing of all upcoming events at BU Law by checking our online alumni calendar or the BU Law events calendar.

  • February 6 Follow the Money: The Impact of Economics on the Delivery of Health Care This year’s AJLM Symposium, co-sponsored by BU Law and the American Journal of Law & Medicine, will focus on the many scholarly accomplishments of Professor Emerita Frances Miller, who retired recently after more than 40 years of teaching at BU Law. She also held appointments to the Schools of Public Health and Management. Room 520, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • February 22 "Ground Zero for Justice": The Shapiro Lecture featuring Naval Commander and JAG Suzanne Lachelier (’92), who is representing 9/11 Guantanamo Bay prisoners. CDR Lachelier will address how the military commissions system works, how decisions made at the military level can filter down and affect the entire U.S. system, and intelligence agencies' influence on cases that include the 9/11 trials. Room 1270, 12:45 p.m., reception 1:45 p.m. >>View online calendar
  • February 25–27 Legal Follies, the School’s annual variety show written, performed and produced by law students, once again will remind the BU Law community about the humorous side of law school and their chosen profession. Auditorium 7 p.m. >>View Web site
  • March 12–13 “Rights, Equality and Justice: A Conference Inspired by the Moral and Legal Theory of David Lyons” Hosted by BU Law and sponsored by the Boston University Humanities Foundation, this conference will focus around the scholarly work of Law Alumni Scholar and Professor of Law David B. Lyons. Professor Lyons is the recipient of major research fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His Ethics and the Rule of Law has been translated into Spanish, Polish and Portuguese. The Boston University Law Review will publish the principal papers and proceedings. There is no registration fee, but if you plan to attend, please RSVP to Andrea Larsen. If you have academic questions about the program, please contact Professor James E. Fleming.10th floor faculty lounge. March 12: 1:15–6p.m., March 13: 9:30a.m.-4p.m.
  • March 18 Public Service Alumni Reception. Alumni and admitted students are invited to attend this reception featuring the Public Service Award presentation. Hosted by Scott Frederickson ('77) and Sandy Winer ('74) at Foley & Lardner LLP 3000 K Street, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 202.295.4799, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • March 24 19th annual Public Interest Project Auction The most popular event of the year—don’t miss it! Thanks to donors, PIP raised more than $150,000 last year, to provide summer grants to 63 students who participated in many capacities of public interest work, including working for prosecutors, public defenders and U.S. attorneys; counseling low-income families dealing with divorce, custody arrangements, medical disabilities, and job loss; advising those facing foreclosure and eviction; and advocating for improved civil rights in India and China. Past auction items have included Red Sox tickets, vacation rentals, restaurant gift certificates and nights out in Boston with BU Law professors. George Sherman Union Ballroom 6–10 p.m. To buy tickets or become an auction sponsor, see Web site.
  • Upcoming Alumni & Admitted Students Receptions

    Catch up with fellow alumni and meet this year's admitted students:

    • February 12 Greater Houston Alumni & Admitted Students Reception, hosted by Jeff Parsons ('73) at Beirne Maynard & Parsons, LLP 1300 Post Oak Blvd., Houston 713.960.7302, jparsons@bmpllp.com; 6-7:30 p.m.
    • February 18 Southern California Alumni & Admitted Students Reception Hosted by Anthony Callobre (’85) and Sophia Yen (’06), at Bingham McCutchen 355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 4400 Los Angeles 213.680.6493; 6-7:30 p.m.
    • February 22 Northern California Alumni & Admitted Students Reception hosted by Naki Irvin (’80) at Margolis & Tisman LLP 601 Montgomery Street, Suite 2030, San Francisco, 415.986.2144, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
    • March 11 Metro New York Area Alumni & Admitted Students Reception hosted by Matt Bloch ('84) at Weil Gotshal & Manges, 767 Fifth Avenue, New York, 212.310.8000, 6-7:30 p.m.
    • March 17 Greater Chicago Area Alumni & Admitted Student Reception hosted by Rick Godfrey ('79) and Ken Morrison ('83), at Kirkland & Ellis LLP 300 North LaSalle, Chicago 312.862.2347 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
    • April 8 Greater Boston Alumni & Admitted Students Reception hosted by Rick Mikels ('72), at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC One Financial Center, Conference Room 38A, Boston, 617.542.6000, 6-7:30 p.m.

Please visit the alumni Web site for the most recent event listings. For more information, please contact the Esdaile Alumni Center at 617.353.3118 or e-mail lawalum@bu.edu

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Did you know?

Thomas E. Burke (1896) took a leave of absence from the Law School to compete in Athens at the first Olympic competition held since 393 A.D. He was BU Law’s first Olympic star and the first Olympic athlete to win two championships—the 100- and 400-meter running events. He later helped found the first Boston Marathon, in 1897.


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