Jennifer Serafyn

Lecturer in Law

Assistant U. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts

BA, Boston College
JD, Boston University School of Law


Jennifer Serafyn is an assistant United States attorney in the Civil Division of the United
States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. As an assistant USattorney,
Jennifer both prosecutes cases on behalf of the United States and defends the government, its
agencies and employees in cases brought in federal court. Jennifer has handled all aspects of
litigation, including depositions, discovery, evidentiary hearings and trial. She has investigated
and/or litigated cases involving the civil commitment of sexually dangerous persons under the
Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, the False Claims Act, the Federal Tort Claims
Act, the Freedom of Information Act and the Clean Water Act. Serafyn is a member of the
office’s Civil Rights Enforcement Team and has investigated or prosecuted cases under the Fair
Housing Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, and the
Americans with Disabilities Act.

Serafyn has been a lecturer at the law school, teaching in the First Year Legal Research and
Writing Program for five years; she currently teaches a seminar on government lawyering.
Prior to joining the US Attorney’s Office in 2008, Serafyn worked as an associate in the Labor
and Employment group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where her practice focused on defending
employers in discrimination lawsuits and wage and hour class actions, and was an associate in
the Commercial Litigation group at Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland and Perretti LLP in
Morristown, New Jersey.

Serafyn received her JD from the law school in 2001 with a concentration in Litigation and
Dispute Resolution. During law school, she participated in the Homer Albers moot court
competition, where she received the Best Brief award. She served as president of the Public
Interest Project and received a public interest grant, which she used to fund a summer internship
at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. Serafyn also was a member of the American Journal
of Law and Medicine
and participated in the criminal clinic. Upon graduation, Serafyn received
the Spencer R. Koch Memorial Award for Alumni Service and the Faculty Award for
Community Service. Serafyn received her BA in English from Boston College. She spent her junior year abroad at
Oxford University where she received a Full Blue award as a member of the Oxford University
Varsity Women’s Basketball Team.

Serafyn is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association and the
National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys. She was selected to the Boston Bar
Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program and was elected to a five-year term on the
Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Judicial Council. She previously served on the board of
Opera Boston and is an active volunteer in Discovering Justice’s Kids, Courts and Citizenship


2 credits

The Government Lawyering Externship is a one-semester clinical program. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they may register. Accepted students register for the ungraded fieldwork component and this graded seminar. The two hour weekly seminar will explore topics including determining who the "client" is for purposes of the attorney-client relationship, the interaction with other government agencies, ethical and moral considerations unique to government attorneys, and the impact of politics on the work of a government lawyer. Students will write weekly journals about their externship experience and will also write a final research paper. COREQUISITE: Government Lawyering Externship: Fieldwork (JD 728)

FALL 2015: LAW JD 729 A1 , Aug 31st to Dec 4th 2015
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 5:30 pm 7:00 pm 2 Jennifer Serafyn LAW 508

1 credits

Enrollment in this seminar is restricted to students participating in the Learning From Practice Externship. This seminar will focus on the ways in which lawyers (and those studying to be lawyers) learn from practice. The practice of law takes myriad forms: lawyers work in firms, government, in-house, public interest organizations, and academia, to name just a few. Within those settings, there are lawyers who litigate, others who perform transactional work, and those whose role is to provide advice and counseling. How do these lawyers learn from practice and develop professionally, and from whom do they learn? This seminar will examine the ways in which lawyers develop skills on the job. The legal profession is ever changing, and lawyers must evolve with it. We will explore ways in which lawyers learn from practice so that they keep up with changes in the substantive law, in technology and social media, and in the business of law. We will identify best practices for professional development, mentoring, networking, communication, and interacting with clients and the media. We will also examine issues involving diversity, work-life balance, and ethical considerations. Periodically throughout the course, we will benefit from guest speakers who will share their perspectives from their vantage points as leading lawyers at firms, in-house general counsel offices, and government. Students will gain practical skills through experiential learning and through course readings and rich class discussion. In addition, students are required to write several journals reflecting on and evaluating their experiences. Students will also write a paper on a topic specific to their externship placement and will give a presentation on that topic to the class. Regular attendance and active class participation is required. ** 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 waitlist for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 771 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 5:30 pm 6:30 pm 1 Jennifer Serafyn LAW 508
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