Boston University School of Law

The Honorable Carol Stroud Ball

Education

Smith College
B.A., 1973

Northeastern University
J.D., 1976

  • Coordinator, Moot Court Program
  • Member, Law School Admissions Committee

Experience

Massachusetts Superior Court, Boston, MA
Associate Justice (1996-present)

  • Trial judge, civil and criminal cases in the Commonwealth's highest trial court of general jurisdiction

Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten, Boston, MA
Of Counsel (1995-1996)

Hardoon & Ball, Boston, MA
(1993-1995)

Law Office of Carol S. Ball, Boston, MA
(1989-1992)

  • Litigation practice including personal injury/products liability, business disputes and criminal defense, representation of crime victims
  • Alternative dispute resolution practice, including serving as mediator, arbitrator and case evaluator

Kilburn & Associates, Boston, MA
Senior Trial Attorney (1985-1989)

  • Litigation, through trial, of personal injury/products liability and criminal cases

Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, Cambridge, MA
Senior Trial Attorney (1977-1985)

  • Trial of dozens of major felonies, including murder and other capital cases, in Superior Court
  • Counsel to the Grand Jury
  • Preparation of briefs and argument of cases before the Supreme Judicial Court and the Appeals Court

Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
Law Clerk to the Justices (1976-1977)

  • Preparation of legal memoranda for use by the justices in deciding legal issues presented in both civil and criminal cases

Additional Professional Experience

National Institute of Trial Advocacy Workshops
Faculty Member (1980-present)

Harvard Law School
Teaching Team Leader, Trial Advocacy Workshop (January 1990, January 1995, January 1996)

Northeastern University School of Law
Part Time Faculty Member, Instructor, Criminal Trial Practice (Spring 1984-present)

Massachusetts Bar Association
Member, Civil Litigation Section Council, Member Fee Arbitration Board (1990-1996)

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
New England Law Institute

Faculty Member (1984-present)

Preparation of written materials and presentation of numerous civil and criminal law educational programs for practicing attorneys involving evidence and other trial advocacy matters.

Chairman, Criminal Curriculum Policy Committee and Member, Curriculum Policy and Coordinating Committee (1988-1990)

Board of Bar Overseers
Member, Hearing Committee (1986-1992)

Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse
Case Evaluator (1990-1996)

Greater Lowell ADR
Conciliator (1991-1996)

Suffolk Superior Court Case Evaluation Program
Case Evaluator (1992-1993)

Case Evaluation
(1990-1996)

Mediation and arbitration on an independent basis.

Appointments

American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow (1995)
Judicial Fellow (1996)

Massachusetts Bar Foundation
Fellow (1992-present)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts State Courts
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United State Supreme Court