Academic Programs

Civil Litigation Program Faculty

Robert G. Burdick
Director, Civil Litigation Program
Clinical Associate Professor of Law

B.A., Harvard University
J.D., Boston University School of Law

Professor Burdick became acting director of the Legal Aid Program (now the Civil Clinical Program) in 1977 and director in 1979. He is a popular national trainer and presenter in the area of negotiation and professional responsibility.

Constance A. Browne
Clinical Associate Professor of Law
B.A., with distinction, University of Maine
J.D., cum laude, Boston College Law School

After engaging in private practice for several years, Professor Browne became a visiting associate clinical professor at BU Law in 1988. She subsequently became an associate clinical professor in the civil clinical program.

Mary C. Connaughton
Clinical Associate Professor of Law
B.A., magna cum laude, Brandeis University
M.S.W., Smith College School for Social Work
J.D., New York University School of Law

A former practicing therapist, Professor Connaughton gained extensive experience both in private practice and as an assistant attorney general before joining the clinical faculty in 1993.

Judith Ellen Diamond
Clinical Associate Professor of Law
B.A., University of Michigan
M.A., in political science, University of Wisconsin
J.D., cum laude, Boston University School of Law

Professor Diamond practiced civil and criminal law for eight years prior to joining the faculty.  During this time, she became a partner in a boutique litigation firm, focusing on domestic relations and appellate practice.  She joined the BU faculty in 1982 where she served as co-director of the Fernald School legal assistance program for four years.  She has been a clinical associate professor of law since 1986.

Naomi Mann
Clinical Associate Professor of Law
B.A., cum laude, Harvard University
J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center

Before coming to Boston University, Professor Mann was a visiting assistant professor at Boston College Law School, where she taught students in the civil litigation clinic working on housing, family law and social security matters. She has also worked as a staff attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services and Washington Empowered Against Violence, and as a civil rights attorney in the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Laila L. Hlass
Clinical Associate Professor of Law
B.A., Rice University
J.D., Columbia University Law School

Before coming to Boston University, Professor Hlass was a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, where she taught in an in-house clinic serving asylum seekers in removal proceedings. She has also supervised students in the Immigration Clinic at Loyola New Orleans University, College of Law, both as a staff attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow.

Sarah Sherman-Stokes
Clinical Fellow
B.A., cum laude, Bates College
J.D., cum laude, Boston College Law School

After graduating from Boston College Law School in 2011, Professor Stokes was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Political Asylum / Immigraton Representation Project (PAIR). She represented detained, non-citizens facing deportation, with a special focus on young refugees with mental illnesses.