Constance A. Browne

Clinical Associate Professor of Law

BA with distinction, University of Maine
JD cum laude, Boston College

Areas of Interest
Civil Litigation, Legal Writing & Research, Trial Advocacy
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Biography

Constance Browne came to Boston University School of Law in 1982 as an instructor in the First-Year Writing Program and joined the full-time faculty of Clinical Programs in 1989. As an associate professor in the Civil Litigation Program, she supervises students who represent clients in special education, unemployment, divorce, disability and housing cases. She also teaches courses in lawyering skills, helping students to develop and polish their interviewing, counseling, negotiating and trial advocacy abilities. In addition to teaching in the clinical program, Professor Browne offers an advanced writing and editing seminar and a seminar in trial advocacy. She helped initiate the Student Trial Team Program and served as a faculty advisor for the School of Law’s Public Interest Law Journal from the publication’s inception until 1995.

Before coming to Boston University, Professor Browne was in private civil litigation practice for seven years. Her publications include “Absolute Veterans’ Preference in Public Employment: Personnel Administrator of Massachusetts et al. v. Feeney,” and “Title VII and the Equal Pay Act: Gunther v. County of Washington,” both for the Boston College Law Review.

Courses

3 credits

The purpose of this seminar is to provide students with the opportunity to improve their writing, editing and communication skills. Students will prepare a variety of practice related documents based on a single fact pattern. Some legal research will be necessary, but the emphasis will be on writing, not on research. Students will also have the opportunity to edit other students' papers, with the goal of improving their own writing skills. Actors will perform a scenario for the class, from which students will extract the pertinent facts. From this fact pattern, students will draft an inter office memo, a letter or memo to a non lawyer client, and a trial or appellate brief. Students will also engage in simulated client interviewing and counseling sessions, as well as a simulated meeting with a supervisor. Students will be graded on the basis of their written work, editing work on their classmate's papers and on their classroom performance. There will be no final exam. NOTES: This class does not satisfy the upper-class writing requirement. This class satisfies the upper-class Professional Skills requirement and counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 16 students. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 874 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Robert VolkConstance A. Browne LAW
FALL 2017: LAW JD 874 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Constance A. BrowneStaff

3 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Civil Litigation Program. Student in the Civil Litigation Program handle their own case loads, representing indigent clients in civil cases under the supervision of clinical faculty. Students may participate in the Program for either a full year (the Housing, Employment, Family and Disability Clinic (HEFD)) or for one semester (the Employment Rights Clinic (ERC)). Students participating in the HEFD Clinic work on cases in areas such as domestic relations, eviction defense, employment law and Social Security appeals. Students in the ERC represent clients in unemployment compensation cases, with a possibility of working on wage and hour disputes, discrimination/sexual harassment cases, and Family Medical Leave Act cases. PRE/CO-REQUISITES: Evidence. NOTE: The Civil Litigation Program satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement and counts towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 861 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
FALL 2016: LAW JD 861 B1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 861 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 861 B2 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
FALL 2017: LAW JD 861 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
FALL 2017: LAW JD 861 B1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 861 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 861 B2 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne

3 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Civil Litigation Program. Pretrial Advocacy is the companion fall classroom component for students in the Civil Litigation Program HEFD and fall ERC clinics. Pretrial Advocacy is taught in groups of roughly 14 students with two clinical professors per group. Classes are devoted to learning the theories of practice for use in the field, reinforced by activities and simulations in which students practice skills through role play. NOTE: Students who enroll in this component of the clinic may count the credits towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement or the Professional Responsibility requirement. It may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 973 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 7:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne LAW
FALL 2016: LAW JD 973 B1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 7:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne LAW
FALL 2017: LAW JD 973 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 7:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
FALL 2017: LAW JD 973 B1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 7:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne

3 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Civil Litigation Program. Trial Advocacy is the companion spring classroom component for students in the Civil Litigation Program HEFD and spring ERC clinics. Trial Advocacy is taught in groups of roughly 14 students with two clinical professors per group. Classes are devoted to learning the theories of practice for use in the field, reinforced by activities and simulations in which students practice skills through role play. NOTE: The Civil Litigation Program satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement and counts towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 974 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne LAW
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 974 B1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne LAW
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 974 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 974 B1 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne

3 credits

The purpose of this seminar is to teach students how to take and defend effective and ethical depositions. The course involves both a simulated deposition component and a professional responsibility component. The seminar also satisfies the professional responsibility requirement. Simulated Deposition Course Component: Students will be divided into firms representing either the Plaintiff or the Defendants in a gender discrimination and defamation case brought by an attorney who has been denied partnership. The students will prepare and perform depositions of lay and expert witnesses and gather experience with obtaining and developing facts, preserving testimony, and the uses of depositions. Professional Responsibility Course Component: The simulated context offers the opportunity to explore several professional responsibility issues that arise naturally in deposition practice. These issues emerge largely because of the dual professional roles of an attorney: zealous representative and officer of the court. Some of the more timely issues involve proper witness preparation, improper witness coaching, inadvertent waiver of privilege, and abusive tactics. Writing and Performance Requirements: Each week students will write a short one or two page comment on the professional responsibility issues raised in class. At the end of the course, students will perform a videotaped deposition rather than take a final written exam. NOTE: This class may be used to satisfy the Professional Skills requirement, the Professional Responsibility requirement, credits toward Experiential Learning requirement, or the upper-class writing requirement. This class may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 16 students. 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 958 A1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Mon 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Constance A. Browne LAW
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 958 A1 , Jan 22nd to Apr 23rd 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Mon 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Constance A. Browne
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 958 B1 , Jan 22nd to Apr 23rd 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Constance A. Browne
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