Constance A. Browne

Clinical Professor of Law


BA with distinction, University of Maine
JD cum laude, Boston College


Biography

Constance Browne came to Boston University School of Law in 1982 as an instructor in the First-Year Writing Program and joined the full-time faculty of the clinical programs in 1989. As an associate professor in the Civil Litigation & Justice Program, she supervises students who represent clients in special education, unemployment, divorce, disability and housing cases. She also teaches courses in lawyering skills, helping students to develop and polish their interviewing, counseling, negotiating and trial advocacy abilities. In addition to teaching in the clinical program, Professor Browne offers an advanced writing and editing seminar and a seminar in trial advocacy. She helped initiate the Student Trial Team Program and served as a faculty advisor for the School of Law’s Public Interest Law Journal from the publication’s inception until 1995.

Before coming to Boston University, Professor Browne was in private civil litigation practice for seven years. Her publications include “Absolute Veterans’ Preference in Public Employment: Personnel Administrator of Massachusetts et al. v. Feeney,” and “Title VII and the Equal Pay Act: Gunther v. County of Washington,” both for the Boston College Law Review.

Publications

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  • Constance A. Browne, A Tribute to Robert (“Bob”) G. Burdick: A Man of Vision and Light 101 Boston University Law Review (2021)
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  • Constance A. Browne, The Lawyering Lab: 1L Curriculum Reform, Building Consensus for Experiential Education, and Faculty Integration, in Experiential Education in the Law School Curriculum (Emily Grant, Sandra Simpson & Kelly Terry,2017)
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  • Constance A. Browne, Teaching Professional Responsibility in an Experiential Way, in Experiential Education in the Law School Curriculum (Emily Grant, Sandra Simpson & Kelly Terry,2017)
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In the Media

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  • BU Today May 22, 2022

    Video: Highlights from BU’s 149th Commencement

    Constance Browne received the Metcalf Cup and Prize.
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  • BU Today May 12, 2022

    Teacher and Lawyer, Constance Browne Is Driven by Social Justice

    Constance Browne is featured.
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Courses

Advanced Legal Writing (S): LAW JD 874

3 credits

The purpose of this seminar is to provide students with the opportunity to improve their writing, editing and communication skills. Students will prepare a variety of practice related documents based on a single fact pattern. Some legal research will be necessary, but the emphasis will be on writing, not on research. Students will also have the opportunity to edit other students' papers, with the goal of improving their own writing skills. Actors will perform a scenario for the class, from which students will extract the pertinent facts. From this fact pattern, students will draft an inter office memo, a letter or memo to a non lawyer client, and a trial or appellate brief. Students will also engage in simulated client interviewing and counseling sessions, as well as a simulated meeting with a supervisor. Students will be graded on the basis of their written work, editing work on their classmate's papers and on their classroom performance. There will be no final exam. NOTE: This class counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 14 students. UPPER-CLASS WRITING REQUIREMENT: This class may not be used to satisfy the requirement. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

FALL 2022: LAW JD 874 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2022
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Constance A. Browne LAW 513

Civil Litigation and Justice Program (C): LAW JD 861

3 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Civil Litigation and Justice Program. Student in the Civil Litigation and Justice Program handle their own caseloads, representing indigent clients in civil cases under the supervision of clinical faculty. Students may participate in the Program for either a full year (the Individual Rights Litigation Clinic (IRL) or Access to Justice Clinic (A2J)) or for one semester (the Employment Rights Clinic (ERC)). Students participating in IRL or A2J work on cases in areas such as domestic relations, eviction defense, employment law and Social Security appeals. Students in the ERC represent clients in unemployment compensation cases, with a possibility of working on wage and hour disputes, discrimination/sexual harassment cases, and Family Medical Leave Act cases. PRE/CO-REQUISITES: Evidence. NOTE: The Civil Litigation and Justice Program counts towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2022: LAW JD 861 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2022
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD 3 Mary C. Connaughton
FALL 2022: LAW JD 861 B1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2022
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD 3 Mary C. Connaughton
FALL 2022: LAW JD 861 C1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2022
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD 3 Jade BrownConstance A. Browne
SPRG 2023: LAW JD 861 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2023
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD 3 Constance A. BrowneSean Ahern
SPRG 2023: LAW JD 861 B2 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2023
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD 3 Constance A. BrowneSean Ahern
SPRG 2023: LAW JD 861 C1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2023
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD 3 Naomi M. MannJade Brown

Civil Litigation and Justice Program: A2J Skills & Professional Responsibility: LAW JD 963

3 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Access to Justice Clinic of the Civil Litigation and Justice Program. This seminar examines the larger societal context of students' fieldwork representing poverty-law clients in family, housing, employment, and disability cases. Students will actively analyze and address the intersections of the legal system with the multiple systemic barriers their clients face (e.g., gender, race, class, disability). In addition to the skills and legal knowledge relevant to representation of clinic clients, seminar discussions and projects will focus on proposed solutions to the systemic challenges faced by those clients, and situate them within current theories of law as a tool for social justice. NOTE: This course counts towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. This class may be used to satisfy the Professional Responsibility requirement, in which case credits for the class may not be counted towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2022: LAW JD 963 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2022
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue 4:30 pm 7:30 pm 3 Jade BrownConstance A. Browne LAW 418

Civil Litigation and Justice Program: Trial Advocacy: LAW JD 974

3 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Civil Litigation and Justice Program. Trial Advocacy is the companion spring classroom component for students in the Civil Litigation and Justice Program IRL and spring ERC clinics. Trial Advocacy is taught in groups of roughly 14 students with two clinical professors per group. Classes are devoted to learning the theories of practice for use in the field, reinforced by activities and simulations in which students practice skills through role play. NOTE: This course does not count towards the Professional Responsibility requirement. NOTE: This course counts towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

SPRG 2023: LAW JD 974 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2023
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Sean AhernConstance A. Browne LAW 418
SPRG 2023: LAW JD 974 B1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2023
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Constance A. BrowneSean Ahern LAW 419

Effective & Ethical Depositions (S): LAW JD 958

3 credits

The purpose of this seminar is to teach students how to take and defend effective and ethical depositions. The course involves both a simulated deposition component and a professional responsibility component. Simulated Deposition Course Component: Students will be divided into firms representing either the Plaintiff or the Defendants in a gender discrimination and defamation case brought by an attorney who has been denied partnership. The students will prepare and perform depositions of lay and expert witnesses and gather experience with obtaining and developing facts, preserving testimony, and the uses of depositions. Professional Responsibility Course Component: The simulated context offers the opportunity to explore several professional responsibility issues that arise naturally in deposition practice. These issues emerge largely because of the dual professional roles of an attorney: zealous representative and officer of the court. Some of the more timely issues involve proper witness preparation, improper witness coaching, inadvertent waiver of privilege, and abusive tactics. Writing and Performance Requirements: Each week students will write a short one or two page comment on the professional responsibility issues raised in class. At the end of the course, students will perform a videotaped deposition rather than take a final written exam. NOTE: This class may be used to satisfy the Professional Responsibility requirement, credits toward Experiential Learning requirement, or the upper-class writing requirement. This class may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 12 students per section. GRADING NOTICE: This class does not offer the CR/NC/H option. ** 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 wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2023: LAW JD 958 A1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2023
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Constance A. Browne LAW 513
SPRG 2023: LAW JD 958 B1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2023
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Constance A. Browne LAW 513