Ilana Hurwitz

Visiting Professor of Law

BA, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
LLB, cum laude, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
JD, cum laude, Suffolk University
LLM, Harvard University

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Biography

Professor Hurwitz teaches Trusts & Estates as visiting faculty both at Boston College Law School and at Boston University School of Law. She has taught at BUSL for eighteen years. In addition to Trusts & Estates, Professor Hurwitz has taught Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiation, Advanced Negotiation, and a course in lawyering skills and professional responsibility. Professor Hurwitz also supervises students in Harvard Law School’s Advocates for Human Rights Program. Professor Hurwitz worked for several years in a Boston law firm focusing on family law and probate litigation. She clerked for Rya W. Zobel of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. Professor Hurwitz co-authored Divorce Fundamentals: Law and Finances (1996); and The ‘Genius Factor’ and Equitable Distribution of Property at Divorce, 38 Boston Bar Journal 10 (1994). She authored Collaborative Reproduction: Finding the Child in the Maze of Legal Motherhood, 33 Connecticut Law Review 127 (2000).

Long interested in international human rights, Professor Hurwitz, a South African native, began her legal career during the apartheid era working for South Africa’s largest independent public interest law facility, the Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg. She has been involved in refugee issues for over 20 years, having represented asylum seekers, served for 12 years as a director of the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (providing pro bono legal services for asylum seekers and immigrants unjustly detained), and currently advising refugees on career development at Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights. She also serves as President-elect of the board of directors of South Africa Partners (building mutually beneficial partnerships between the U.S. and South Africa in areas of health and education).

She earned Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws cum laude at University of the Witwatersrand and, as a Fulbright Scholar, Master of Laws at Harvard Law School. As a prerequisite for the Massachusetts bar examination, she later earned a Juris Doctor degree cum laude at Suffolk Law School.

Courses

4 credits

Professor Seipp's Section: This course explores the basic law surrounding the disposition of property at death: (1) overview of the estate planning process and the policy considerations regarding inheritance law; (2) the process by which property is distributed in the absence of a will (intestacy); (3) the law of wills, examining formal requirements for the execution of a valid will, revocation, challenges to a will, and construction; (4) will substitutes and planning for incapacity; (5) the law of trusts, including revocable and pour-over trusts, creditor and beneficiary rights, and spendthrift trusts; (6) powers of appointment, perpetuities, and brief coverage of charitable trusts. This course does not address in detail tax-motivated estate planning. Professor Hurwitz's Section: This course explores the basic law surrounding the disposition of property at death: (1) overview of the estate planning process and the policy considerations regarding inheritance law; (2) the process by which property is distributed in the absence of a will (intestacy); (3) the law of wills, examining challenges to a will, formal requirements for the execution of a valid will, revocation, and construction; (4) will substitutes and planning for incapacity; (5) the law of trusts, including revocable and pour-over trusts, and creditor and beneficiary rights; (6) brief coverage of powers of appointment, perpetuities, spendthrift, and charitable trusts. This course does not address in detail tax-motivated estate planning.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 871 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue,Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 4 David J. Seipp LAW 414
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 871 H1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue,Thu 10:40 am 12:40 pm 4 Ilana Hurwitz LAW 103
FALL 2017: LAW JD 871 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue,Thu 8:30 am 10:30 am 4 Ilana Hurwitz LAW 605
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 871 S1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue,Thu 10:40 am 12:40 pm 4 David J. Seipp
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