Academic Programs

Past Legislative Projects

They were Legislative Policy & Drafting Clinic projects. Now they're laws:

Increased Organ Donations through Education and Access
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Chapter 466 of the Acts of 2002

Legislative Clinic Client: Rep. Thomas N. George
Legislative Clinic Drafter: Laura Martin ('01)

Insurance and Genetic Testing and Privacy Protection
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Chapter 254 of the Acts of 2000

Legislative Clinic Client: Sen. David P. Magnani
Legislative Clinic Drafter: Sherry Ruschioni (’99)


General Legislative Projects

  • Aiding resolution of landlord-tenant disputes
    Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
  • Preventing electric power shortages
    Massachusetts Senate/House Joint Committee on Energy
  • Increasing affordable housing for students
    Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
  • Protecting privacy of social security numbers
    American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
  • Improving the adoption process for foster children
    Massachusetts Appleseed Center
  • Bottle Bill II: improving recycling of beverage containers
    Massachusetts Senate/House Joint Committee on Energy
  • Protecting privacy of customer lists on the Internet
    Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Intellectual Property Legislative Projects

  • Providing digital textbooks for handicapped children
    Center for Applied Special Technology
  • Protecting local agricultural innovations from foreign patents
    OXFAM America
  • Establishing intellectual property rights in digital databases
    Mr. Justin Hughes, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Establishing "fair use" protection for use of software
    American Library Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Reconciling conflicting rights in the exchange of digital music files
    Mr. Harold Feld, Media Access Project, Washington, D.C.
  • Establishing "fair use" protection in the archiving of digital works
    Prof. Randall Davis, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT
  • Preventing misuse of trademark and "anti-cybersquatting" protections to shut down Web sites critical of corporations
    Mr. Harold Feld, Media Access Project
    Washington, D.C.
  • Preventing the use of patents for "biopiracy"
    International Intellectual Property Institute
  • Preventing the use of copyright protection to limit the competition in the manufacture of replacement parts
    Electronic Frontier Foundation

Health & Environmental Legislative Projects

  • Reducing the spread of hepatitis and HIV
    Sen. Robert A. O'Leary
  • Providing health insurance for small business employees
    Rep. Ruth Balser
  • Assuring health insurance coverage for therapies for autism
    Sen. Michael W. Morrissey
  • Assuring health insurance coverage for emergency medical treatment
    Laurie C. Tingsley Foundation
  • Assuring health insurance coverage for hearing aids
    Sen. Stephen M. Brewer