Carolyn G. Goodwin, Esq.

Director for Public Service and Pro Bono


Prior to joining the Career Development Office, Carolyn practiced civil litigation, primarily in the area of employment discrimination law, as both an Assistant Attorney General with the New York State Office of the Attorney General and as an associate at the law firm, Alterman & Boop LLP, in New York City. Carolyn also served as a law clerk in the Staff Attorneys’ Office for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Carolyn graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, where she served as a publications editor on the Buffalo Law Review and a leader in the Buffalo Public Interest Law Project. Carolyn received her undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan.

Carolyn served as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities; Chair of the Labor Relations and Employment Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers’ Association; Co-chair of the Amicus Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts; and as a member of the pro bono panel of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association.  Carolyn currently serves on the Boston Bar Association Delivery of Legal Services Steering Committee and on the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee.


3 credits

Public interest legal practice takes many forms. It can involve government agencies, non-profit organizations, private law firms doing pro bono work, public defender's office, labor unions, and inter-governmental organizations, among others. It can take the form of litigation, transactional work, policy-related work, or legislative advocacy. Also, attorneys adopt varied models of public interest lawyering, including approaches known as community lawyering, cause lawyering, and movement lawyering. This seminar engages through readings, guest speakers, and class discussion to examine the various approaches to public interest lawyering. Students will explore how to define the "public interest" and learn different models for public interest lawyering. Students also will gain familiarity with the different substantive areas of public interest law, organizational settings for public interest practice, and modes of public interest advocacy. Many class sessions will include a guest faculty member or a guest attorney who will present a sample of their public interest work in connection with class themes. There will also be time dedicated to discussing speaker presentations. Students will be required to submit short reaction papers to the readings and presentations and perform an in-class oral presentation based on class themes. NOTE: This class does not satisfy the upper-class writing requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class does not offer the CR/NC/H option. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

FALL 2017: LAW JD 875 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 David RossmanCarolyn G. Goodwin LAW
FALL 2018: LAW JD 875 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Julie A. DahlstromCarolyn G. Goodwin
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