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Cornelius Hurley appointed director of School of Law’s Morin Center

Cornelius Hurley

Cornelius Hurley has been appointed director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law at the School of Law. He will also direct the school’s Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law and has been appointed a professor of the practice of banking law.


“We are delighted that the Morin Center and our Graduate Program will go forward under capable, experienced leadership in the person of Con Hurley,” says Maureen A. O’Rourke, School of Law dean ad interim. Hurley, whose appointment is effective December 1, takes over from LAW Professor John S. Baerst, who has headed the Center and the graduate program since 1996.


A resident of Belmont, Hurley has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He was general counsel and director of human resources at Shawmut National Corporation and before that assistant general counsel for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for legal matters relating to international banking. After Shawmut, Hurley was a partner in the Secura Group, a financial services consulting firm. Currently he is a director of Equiserve Trust, N.A., and of the YMCA of Greater Boston. He has been a member of the adjunct faculty of the School of Law for several years.

“I saw a tremendous opportunity here to work in a great program built by many people before me whom I know and respect,” he says of his appointment. “It’s a unique forum for the financial services industry, in that it addresses both law and policy.”

The Morin Center was established in 1978 to serve as a focal point for education and research in fields related to financial services and law. In 1984, the Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law was established and since has awarded more than 1,200 LL.M degrees.

In addition to developing research that influences finance law through the Morin Center and overseeing the LL.M degree program, Hurley will direct the publishing of BU’s Annual Review of Banking and Financial Law. He doesn’t foresee any major changes to the program anytime soon. “The future may include taking the program in new directions,” he says, “or just enhancing what we do so well.”

The Morin Center also conducts conferences and seminars, such as the Banking Law Basics course, offered twice yearly in conjunction with the American Bar Association.