Associate Professor of Law
BA, University of California, Los Angeles
JD, Harvard Law School
PhD, Yale University
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Portia Pedro, a former public interest litigation fellow who also worked as a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, joined the full-time faculty of Boston University School of Law as an associate professor in July 2018. She teaches civil procedure, remedies, and evidence.
Professor Pedro’s research explores the procedure of procedure—how procedure develops and what hinders or furthers procedural decision making. She teaches and writes about the processes that judges use to make procedural decisions and the ways in which judges use civil procedure to navigate the tensions between law and equity, standards and rules, finality and fairness, and governments and marginalized groups.
During her two years as a litigation associate at Debevoise in New York, Pedro conducted motions practice, second-seated a trial, prepared witnesses for federal investigations, and litigated class action claims. She also practiced law for two years as a John J. Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at Gibbons PC in Newark, New Jersey, where she litigated civil rights claims, negotiated attorneys’ fees, and filed amicus briefs. Pedro co-authored briefs that secured marriage equality for same-sex couples in New Jersey, and she successfully opposed a motion to dismiss the equal protection claims of Muslim plaintiffs in New Jersey who were surveilled by the New York Police Department for their religious beliefs. Prior to her doctoral studies, Pedro served as a clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Pedro is currently completing her PhD in Law at Yale Law School with a research focus on civil procedure. She holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. At Harvard Law School, she served as treasurer and vice president of the Harvard Law Review, as an editor of the BlackLetter Law Journal and Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and as Harvard Black Law Students Association’s political chair.
Evidence: LAW JD 829
In this course, we will examine evidence rules and principles with a focus on U.S. Federal Rules of Evidence, relevant constitutional provisions, and cases interpreting both. In addition to covering the substantive rules of evidence, the course demonstrates the significance of evidence as a strategic device in civil and criminal litigation, especially at trial. Some topics covered: relevance and prejudice; examination and impeachment of witnesses; privileges; expert testimony; and scientific evidence, character, and propensity evidence. We will engage in thoughtful discussions about cases alleging serious criminal offenses and civil injuries that may be disturbing. The course includes a mandatory, practice quiz/midterm with performance that does not count toward the final grade; a final examination that is multiple choice, true/false, and potentially short answer; and a mandatory short reflection paper. This course satisfies BU Law clinics' evidence prerequisite/co-requisite requirement.GRADING NOTICE: This class does not offer the CR/NC/H option. PREREQUISITE: Civil Procedure.FALL 2020: LAW JD 829 A1 , Sep 2nd to Dec 2nd 2020
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