Associate Clinical Professor of Law


  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 150-F
  • Phone: 617-573-8100
  • Fax: 617-742-2139
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  • BA, Boston College
  • JD, Boston University

Bar Admittance

  • MA


  • Family Law
  • Family Advocacy Clinic
  • Trial Advocacy

Professional Activities

Professor Karmely serves as Co-President of the Clinical Legal Education Association, a national organization that advocates for experiential teaching as essential to a lawyer's education. She sits on the board of directors for ACT Just, a Massachusetts non-profit law firm. Professor Karmely mentors young attorneys and conducts trainings for the Woman's Bar Association's Family Law Project for Battered Women. She also is a member of the Family Law Task Force against Domestic Violence and participates in state-wide advocacy efforts to improve family law outcomes for indigent and unrepresented victims of violence.


Associate Clinical Professor Maritza Karmely teaches in the area of Family Law and Domestic Violence. She directs the Family Advocacy Clinic and teaches Family Law and Trial Advocacy. Prior to joining the Suffolk University Law School, Professor Karmely was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Boston College Law School. Professor Karmely worked as a Staff Attorney at Casa Myrna Vazquez where she represented victims of violence in family law matters in the Boston area. She also worked as a litigation associate with the Boston law firms Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and Todd & Weld.



Presumption Law in Action: Why States Should not be Seduced into Adopting a Joint Custody Presumption, 30 NOTRE DAME J. L., ETHICS & PUB. POL'Y 321 (2016)

The Brass Ring of Custody: Toward a better Solution for Families in Massachusetts, 93 MASS. L. REV. 373 (2011) (with Kelly Leighton)

Immigration and Constitutional Consequences of Post-9/11 Policies Involving Arabs and Muslims in the United States: Is Alienage a Distinction with a Difference?, 38 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 609 (2005)


Forcing Shared Custody Would Make for Protracted Conflict, May 25, 2014, BOSTON GLOBE 

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