Spotlight on Civil Litigation Program student Lindsey Gil

06.29.10

Lindsey Gil ('10)
Lindsey Gil ('10)

By the time Lindsey Gil graduates from BU Law, she will have had an experience that most new litigators only dream about - she will have tried two cases.

"I joined the Civil Litigation Program to confirm that public interest litigation is my calling," said Lindsey. "I got more than I bargained for and wouldn't trade a thing!"

Both cases involve complicated issues of family law.  For the first case, which was tried this summer, Lindsey came on-board only two weeks before trial.  "I had two weeks to learn the case history, review a monstrous stack of financial documents, and to help with the litigation strategy," said Lindsey.  "Professor Mary Connaughton, my supervisor, led me step-by-step through the process so that although I was nervous, I felt confident come trial."

"Lindsey commanded the courtroom during her direct and cross-examinations," said Professor Connaughton.  "She quickly found her bearings.  I am very proud of her."  Lindsey will try her second case this December.

Lindsey's commitment to public interest extends beyond her clinic experience.  She is president of the Public Interest Project (PIP), BU Law's student-run organization that provides fellowships for students to work at public interest organizations over the summer.  Lindsey also intends to pursue a career in legal services after she graduates in May.

"My dream is to work in legal aid doing family law," said Lindsey. "Family law is very fulfilling because you really get to support the client during a hard time in the client's life. I imagine that after the clinic, I will be ready from day one for any challenge that comes my way."