LL.M. Programs

Meet the Faculty and Staff

The program's instructors consist of BU Law's regular teaching faculty - the faculty named #1 in America in The Leiter Report on Law School Rankings and #3 in America in The Princeton Review. These are the same acclaimed professors who teach in the school's J.D. curriculum. Both instructors and staff are dedicated to providing students with a rigorous and fulfilling academic experience.

Babak Boghraty, Lecturer in Law

Virginia A. Greiman, Lecturer in Law Subject: Compliance Risks in International Business

B.A., Ithaca College
J.D., Boston University School of Law

Babak Boghraty specializes in U.S. laws governing business conduct overseas, including anti-corruption and sanctions.  He brings two decades of combined legal and business experience to this field, having assisted global enterprises extend their presence to the most inaccessible markets.   

Mr. Boghraty graduated from BU Law School in 1989 and practiced commercial litigation in major U.S. law firms for almost a decade, focusing on appeals before federal and state courts.   He returned to Europe and Iran in the late 1990s and helped build one of Iran’s leading private enterprises, accounting for a significant portion of the U.S.-Iran licensed trade.  He returns to the U.S. to teach, practice law, and to continue building bridges between his native and adopted homelands.

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Dennis Campbell, Lecturer in Law

Dennis CampbellSubject: Transnational Legal Practice

B.A., California State University, Sacramento
J.D., McGeorge School of Law
LL.M., University of Stockholm

Dennis Campbell has served as Director of the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria, since 1974. Since 2004, he has also been CEO of Yorkhill Law Publishing in Salzburg. He is an Adjunct Professor at ELTE law school in Budapest (2007-present) and BU Law (2013-present); prior to that also served as Adjunct Professor at Suffolk Law School in Boston (2003-2014) and Franklin Pierce Law Center (1998-2001). From 1976 to 1987 he was Professor and Director of International Studies at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He has served as co-editor or editor of over a dozen books and monographs for Juris and West Publishing related in international law, including Digest of Commercial Laws of the World, International Protection of Foreign Investment, Remedies for International Sellers of Goods, Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, and International Telecommunications Law.

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Mary-Pat Cormier, Lecturer in Law

Mary-Pat Cormier, Lecturer in Law

Subject: Securities Regulation

LL.B. McGill University
B.C.L. McGill University
B.A. McGill University

Mary-Pat Cormier is a civil litigator with 20 years of experience at both the trial and appellate levels of state and federal courts. She began her career at Edwards Angel Palmer & Dodge and is currently a partner at Bowditch & Dewey in Boston. Mary-Patís practice is primarily focused on financial services and securities litigation. She has worked extensively with professional and management liability insurers on market analysis, product development, and policy drafting for risks. Mary-Pat is also actively involved in the representation of liability insurers in coverage and bad faith/extra contractual litigation throughout the country in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy courts. She is a frequent guest speaker and author on matters including data security and a wide variety of financial and insurance related topics. Mary-Pat is fluent in French.

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Andrew A. Croxford, Lecturer in Law

Andrew A. Croxford, Lecturer in Law

Subject: Deals

B.A. (Hons), M.A. (Oxon), St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford
LL.M., Boston University School of Law

Andrew Croxford practiced corporate and finance law as a solicitor in London, England for more than 17 years before relocating to Boston with his family in 2012.  His transactional experience encompasses mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, joint ventures and venture capital investments in the U.K. and throughout the world, with a particular emphasis on transactions in emerging economies.  His clients have included domestic and international investment banks and multi-national companies as well as SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs Mr. Croxford is currently Of Counsel with the firm of Mirck, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee. He began his career with the international firm of Allen & Overy, spent time as in house counsel at investment banks Nomura and Morgan Stanley and was latterly a partner in the London offices of McDermott Will & Emery, White & Case, and Greenberg Traurig.

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Virginia A. Greiman, Lecturer in Law

Virginia A. Greiman, Lecturer in Law

Subject: International Business Transactions and Agreements

B.S., Pennsylvania State University
M.Ed., Boston University
Sloan School of Management Fellowship, MIT
J.D., Suffolk University Law School
LL.M., Boston University School of Law

Professor Greiman has more than 20 years of experience in international law and international development, and is a recognized expert on international contracting, mega project finance, legal reform, privatization, foreign direct investment and corporate reorganizations.  She is presently an Assistant Professor at Boston University where she teaches international development and project finance and international business transactions, and she teaches trial advocacy at Harvard Law School.  She lectures internationally and publishes extensively in the areas of international business transactions, project finance, commercial investment arbitration and dispute resolution, cybercrime and international regulation and reform.

Prior to entering academia, she served as international legal counsel to the US Department of State, the US Agency for International Development, and the World Bank in Eastern and Central Europe, Asia and Africa on privatization, infrastructure development and legal reform projects. She recently served as Chief of Party for a State Department Delegation to Liberia on post-conflict reconstruction and institutional reform.  She has held several high level federal and state positions including Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to Boston's $14.7 billion Central Artery/Tunnel Project, United States Trustee to the U.S. Department of Justice for the first and fourth circuits where she managed the successful reorganizations of Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant and the Bank of New England, the first bank holding company to file for chapter 11 relief, and she served as Deputy Director and General Counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Economic Development where she assisted international businesses in foreign direct investment.

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Philip D. O'Neill, Jr., Lecturer in Law

Philip on'Neill

Subject: International Arbitration

B.A. Hamilton College
J.D., Boston College Law School

Philip D. O'Neill, Jr. is an international lawyer, arbitrator and educator.  He is a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, where his global legal practice has included adjudicating billions of dollars in cross-border commercial claims.  Repeatedly, he has been listed in the International Arbitration section of The Best Lawyers in America. An adjunct law professor for over two decades, he currently teaches seminars at Boston University and Boston College Law Schools on International Arbitration.  Mr. O’Neill also previously taught International Arbitration at Harvard Law School, and International Business Transactions at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  The author of two books published by Oxford University Press, Mr. O’Neill also has authored five book chapters and sixteen legal journal articles.  The American Arbitration Association includes two of his chapters in the Association’s current handbooks on international and domestic commercial arbitration. In addition to this Mr. O'Neill is the author of International Commercial Arbitration, published by West Academic Press, which is the text book for his course.

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Kevin Outterson, Associate Professor of Law

Kevin Outterson, Associate Professor of Law

Subject: U.S. Corporate Law for the International Lawyer

B.S., Northwestern University
J.D., Northwestern University
University of Reading, Rotary Scholar
LL.M., University of Cambridge

Professor Outterson teaches corporations at BU Law, both in the J.D. program and in the school's Summer Legal Institute in London.† Much of his scholarship focuses on the pharmaceutical industry and bridging the gap between drug companies and low-income populations. He publishes in both legal journals (Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law & Ethics, Cardozo Law Review, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Kansas Law Review, American Journal of Law & Medicine) and peer-reviewed medical and health policy journals (Health Affairs, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Environmental Philosophy, Medical Journal of Australia, Journal of Generic Medicines). He has contributed to four recent academic press books edited by leading global scholars.

Professor Outterson has testified on pharmaceutical marketing issues before legislative and regulatory bodies in several states, including West Virginia, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia. At the federal level, he has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions on global drug pricing, and he has submitted testimony to USTR regarding compulsory licensing of drugs by Brazil and Thailand. Professor Outterson recently served as a speaker on global pharmaceutical intellectual property issues for WIPO and WHO. His other academic work focuses on health disparities, especially racial and linguistic disparities in health. His academic papers can be found at www.ssrn.com . Professor Outterson's background is also grounded in the realities of legal practice, as an associate and then a partner in two major U.S. law firms for more than a decade before joining Boston University. His practice included health care transactions domestically, as well as tax and corporate issues for nonprofit health systems and international businesses. He has served as an expert witness in corporate governance issues in state and federal court, defending depositions and testifying at trial.

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Michael Meurer, Professor of Law

Michael J. Meurer, Abraham and Lillian Benton Scholar, Professor of Law

Subject: U.S. and International Intellectual Property

Abraham and Lillian Benton Scholar
S.B. in Economics and Interdisciplinary Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota
Ph.D. in Economics, University of Minnesota

The son of an economics professor, Michael Meurer knew by the time he was 13 that he, too, wanted to teach at the university level. An S.B., J.D. and Ph.D. later, he became an economics professor at Duke University and later a law professor at the University of Buffalo. He came to Boston University School of Law in 1999, where he has taught courses in patents, intellectual property and public policy toward the high-tech industry. "It's a special privilege to be able to speak three times a week to an attentive and thoughtful audience," he says.

Professor Meurer has received several grants and fellowships, including two grants from the Pew Charitable Trust, a Ford Foundation grant, an Olin Faculty Fellowship at Yale Law School and a postdoctoral fellowship at AT&T Bell Labs. He has served as an expert witness for the Federal Trade Commission on a merger case presenting issues related to patent licensing. He also has consulted with government officials from developing countries about antitrust law, and taught short courses in American intellectual property law at the law faculties of the University of Victoria and the National University of Singapore. "I'm excited by the prospect of having a positive influence on American technology law and policy," Professor Meurer says. Outside of work, he enjoys playing and watching basketball.

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Mark Pettit, Jr., Professor of Law

Mark  Pettit, Jr., Professor of Law

Subject: U.S. Contract Law for International Lawyers

A.B. summa cum laude, Bowdoin College
J.D., University of Chicago Law School

A dedicated member of the Boston University School of Law faculty since 1977, Professor Pettit has taught thousands of law students in the areas of contracts, evidence and consumer law, and has twice served as associate dean for administration. He was a 1993 recipient of the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor for faculty at Boston University. Among Professor Pettit's recent publications are "Freedom, Freedom of Contract, and the 'Rise and Fall,'" for the Boston University Law Review and an essay on teaching contracts in the St. Louis University Law Journal. He also is a former executive editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. His career includes serving as an associate at the New York City law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and a clinical fellow and staff attorney for the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Chicago. He was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in fall 1999 and spring 2001, and has also taught contracts in BU's Summer Legal Institute in London.

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John D. Sullivan, Lecturer in Law

John D. Sullivan, Lecturer in Law

Subject: U.S. and Trans-Border Mergers & Acquisitions

Ph.D., Northeastern University
AM, Harvard University
MBA, Northeastern University
B.A., Regis University

Dr. John D. Sullivan has spent the last twenty years in mergers and acquisitions and boutique finance. He has extensive experience in private equity and asset valuation. Prior to joining the staff of Boston University, he worked for WR Grace in business development working on over a hundred transactions in the United States, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. He is still an active consultant in the field with clients that include Partners Healthcare, Mass General Hospital, Broad and Cassel, and Premier Healthcare. Dr. Sullivan holds an MBA from Northeastern University, a Masters degree from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University.

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Raymond Wilson, Lecturer in Law

Raymond Wilson, Lecturer in Law

Subject: Corporate Finance with U.S. and International Reporting

B.S., magna cum laude, Merrimack College
MBA, with distinction, Bentley College

Since 2001, Mr. Wilson has served as an adjunct faculty member at Boston University, including at the School of Management, the School of Law, and the College of Engineering's Graduate Distance Learning Program. For the past eight years, he has been a partner at BWRE, an investment company located in Exeter, NH. Prior to that, he was a partner at APOGEE group (2001-2005), chief financial officer and co-founder of Protocol Marketing Group (1997-2001), vice president for Marketing and Business Operations and other roles at Scitex America (1985-1996), and was director of Finance and Administration at Lexidata Corporation, where he worked from 1979-1985. He has taught a number of undergraduate and graduate-level courses, including Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Financial Reporting and Control, Principles of Accounting, and Financial Management.

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Meet the Staff

Ian C. Pilarczyk, Director, Executive LL.M. in International Business Law and Legal English Certificate Program

Ian C. Pilarczyk, Director, Executive LL.M. in International Business Law

Ian C. Pilarczyk is the founding director of the Executive LL.M. in International Business Law and Legal English Certificate Program (LECP) at BU Law, and manages the Introduction to Business Fundamentals course in the J.D. program (in which he also created the "Introduction to Capital Markets" module). He received his B.A. with Honours in Philosophy from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and his J.D. cum laude from Boston University School of Law in 1995. Following law school, he went on to earn his LL.M.and DCL from McGill University's Institute of Comparative Law.

Prior to rejoining the BU Law community, he served as founding associate director of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy's LL.M. in International Law from 2007- 2009. He was a Sessional Lecturer at McGill's law school from 1998-2003, teaching Canadian Legal History and Children and the Law, as well as a seminar he created on comparative nineteenth-century family law. Since 1992 he has also been a position trader, specializing in closed-end funds and microcap/ smallcap securities.

Dr. Pilarczyk teaches as a visiting lecturer at the Ex College, Tufts University, where he was recognized as an "exceptional instructor" on the basis of student evaluations for his course on Famous Trials in U.S. History; and teaches Introduction to U.S. Legal Culture in the LECP. He also teaches Introduction to American Law and Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution for special programs run by the Executive LL.M. office. He serves as a volunteer mediator on the Massachusetts District Court Panel and has mediated 200+ cases since 2004..

http://www.linkedin.com/in/iancpilarczyk
http://iancpilarczyk.com/
http://ssrn.com/author=1622008

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Zachary Wang, Assistant Director, Executive LL.M. in International Business Law

Zachary Wang

Prior to joining the Executive LL.M. program, Zachary was an adjunct professor at Chongqing University Law School where he taught a professional legal English and introduction to American law class. He also served as the faculty advisor for the law school’s international Jessup moot court team. Zachary also acted as a senior advisor to education consulting companies that assist Chinese students from middle school through college with studying abroad. In addition, Zachary worked in Beijing at a boutique Chinese law firm that focused on servicing international clients primarily from Western Europe, the U.S., and South East Asia. His practice areas included offshore restructuring, seed investments and bridge financing, asset acquisitions, intellectual property protection, joint venture agreements, and employment law. Zachary also practiced law in Boston as a commercial litigator engaged primarily in defense work for hospitals and insurance companies. In addition, Zachary has experience working in the tech industry, as he was a project manager at a business analytics startup in Beijing.

Zachary earned his bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and Political Science from Columbia University and his JD from Boston College Law School. He then earned an LL.M. in Chinese law from Tsinghua University Law School.

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