Boston University School of Law

Wendy Joan Kaplan


Mount Holyoke College
A.B. with distinction

Boston College Law School

Legal Experience and Employment

Boston University School of Law
Clinical Associate Professor (1977 to present)
Responsibilities include: Instruction, training and case supervision of third year law students appearing as defense counsel in criminal and delinquency trials and appeals in a Massachusetts state district court. Classes taught:

  • Criminal Justice Clinic: advanced criminal procedure, trial advocacy and ethics
  • Sentencing: Theory and Process seminar, Juvenile Delinquency seminar

Massachusetts Defenders Committee, Boston, MA
Attorney, Trial Division (1974-1977)
Criminal litigation in the state’s public defender organization. Responsibilities included: Preparation and litigation of criminal cases (felonies and misdemeanors) in the state district and superior courts. Supervision of third year law students in the representation of indigent criminal defendants in the Boston Municipal Court and the Boston Juvenile Court.

Massachusetts Defenders Committee, Boston, MA
Legal intern (Summer, 1973)

Legal intern, Boston Legal Assistance Project, Brighton, MA
Legal intern (1972-1973)
Researched and prepared consumer fraud and landlord-tenant cases.

Professional Associations and Activities

Massachusetts Bar Association

Young Lawyers' Section Task Force on the Representation of the Indigent, 1977
Delivery of Legal Services section council member, 1983-1993
Chair, 1989-1990

Board of Delegates, Member 1992-1995
Access to Justice section council member, 1993-1998
Budget and Finance Committee, member 1997
Policy Review Committee, 1998
Judicial Administration section council member, 1998-2000
Drafting committee member: judicial evaluation form

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Board of Directors, 1992-1999

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.

Bar Advocate Training Programs, Faculty member 1989-present
“Effective Advocacy in Juvenile Delinquency Law Practice: Search and Seizure; Motions to Suppress” lecture, June, 2004

Children’s Legal Services, Inc.

Board of Directors 1998-present

Suffolk University Law School, Juvenile Justice Center and Center for Advanced Legal Studies

Legal Education programs:
“On Probation” faculty presentation, June, 2000
“Juvenile Justice Roundtables” faculty presentation, October, 2001
“Applying Behavioral Science to Juvenile Advocacy”faculty presentation, May, 2002
Conference planning committee member, “Understanding Needs and Assessing Services for Children with Mental Health Needs” (with the N. Neal Pike Institute on Law and Disability), November, 2002
Sixth Annual Juvenile Justice Conference, “Understanding Girl Clients for Effective Representation” faculty presentation, April, 2004
Seventh Annual Juvenile Justice Conference, “Children on Trial: Kids, Coercion & Crime,” June, 2005

Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, Inc.

Non-profit legal organization responsible for the training, supervision, and discipline of approximately 350 attorneys who accept indigent court appointments in juvenile and criminal matters.
March, 2004 Appointed to Board of Directors
April, 2004 Lecture, “Recent Developments in Massachusetts Juvenile Law”

Suffolk and Norfolk County (MA) District Attorneys offices

Training Program for newly-hired assistant district attorneys, faculty member
February, 1993

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Inc.

Zealous Advocacy Training Program, faculty member, 1993-present

Middlesex County (MA) District Attorney's office

Training Program for newly-hired assistant district attorneys, faculty member, 1983

Bar Memberships

United States District Court, Massachusetts

Other Activities

Local Zoning Board of Appeals, 1992-present
2005-present, Chair


"Called 'Out' at Home: The One Strike Eviction Policy and Juvenile Court," with David Rossman, in Symposium, Our Youth at a Crossroad: The Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Adjudication, 3 Duke Forum for Law and Social Change 109 (2011). 

"Revisiting Dispositions and Sentencing Advocacy in the Massachusetts District Courts," 92 Massachusetts Law Review  (2009). 

"Sentencing Advocacy in the Massachusetts District Courts," 80 Massachusetts Law Review 22 (1995).