Sarah Boonin

Director of Clinical Programs and Clinical Professor of Law

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Biography

Sarah Boonin teaches in the areas of mental health and disability law, women's reproductive health, and legal ethics. She designed and teaches Suffolk's first Health Law Clinic. The Clinic provides students with an opportunity to hone their legal skills under close supervision through live client practice in the areas of guardianship, Social Security disability practice, and healthcare benefits. Professor Boonin and her clinical students specialize in serving clients with complex mental health needs. Professor Boonin serves as the Director of Clinical Programs. She is a faculty affiliate to the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights.

Prior to joining Suffolk's faculty, Professor Boonin spent five years teaching and practicing in a family and domestic violence clinic at Harvard Law School. There, she launched and ran a medical-legal collaboration with Boston area hospitals aimed at providing comprehensive legal services to low-income survivors of domestic violence. Professor Boonin received a prestigious two-year Skadden Fellowship to launch the program. Immediately after graduating from Harvard Law School, Professor Boonin served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Justice Judith A. Cowin of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Professor Boonin holds her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, she worked for four years for a national women's rights organization on issues of reproductive health and rights.

Professor Boonin has received recognition for her teaching and lawyering, including being named Health Law Attorney of the Month by Health Law Advocates in April 2015; receiving the Meg Connolly MVP Award from Senior Partners for Justice and the Volunteer Lawyers Project in November 2016; and being named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Up and Coming Lawyers in 2010; and receiving the Champion for Social Change Award by the Suffolk Law School Student Bar Association in 2016. Professor Boonin is an active member of the legal community. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Guardianship Association (she served as Vice President and Board Member for several years), as well as on the Advisory Council of the Sexual Assault Response Unit of the Commonwealth's Disabled Person's Protection Commission. She formerly served on the Steering Committee of the Massachusetts Guardianship Policy Institute and on the Administrative Justice Committee of the Supreme Judicial Court's Access to Justice Commission. 

Publications

Articles 

Ten Years Too Long: How Social Security's Marriage Duration Requirement Gambles with Women's Lives, 39 HARV. J. L. & GENDER 369 (2016). 

Book Chapters

Ten Years Too Long - How Social Security’s Marriage Duration Requirement Gambles with Women’s Lives, re-printed as Chapter 14 in Women and the Law (Thomson Reuters 2018).

Other Publications

Justices Side with Women: Whole Woman's Health is a Major Though Tenuous Victory for Abortion Rights, MS. MAGAZINE (Summer 2016).

I Do! Now What?: Marriage Equality's Next Frontier, MS. MAGAZINE, Summer 2015 (co-authored with Janson Wu).

The 88 Percent: The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision Threatens All Contraception, MS. MAGAZINE (2014)

Marriage is Marriage: How the Supreme Court's Repeal of DOMA Changed Our Lives, MS. MAGAZINE (2013)

Media

Think Abortion Rights Are Safe Now? Maybe Not, COGNOSCENTI, WBUR, Jul. 1, 2020

June Medical Services: A Precarious Victory, MS. MAGAZINE ONLINE, June 30, 2020

June v. Russo: Is it Really the End of Roe? How Did it Come to This? MS. MAGAZINE ONLINE, Mar. 4, 2020

As the Supreme Court Revisits Roe v. Wade, Prepare for the Ravage of Abortion Rights, Cognoscenti, WBUR, Mar. 4, 2020

Dear Supreme Court, Our Daughter is Watching, THE HUFFINGTON POST, 06/25/15.

What Equality Really Means After Windsor, THE HUFFINGTON POST, 08/15/13.

A Law Professor's Perspective on the Supreme Court's DOMA Case, THE HUFFINGTON POST, 06/28/13.

Education

  • BA, Duke University
  • JD, Harvard University

Director of Clinical Programs and Clinical Professor of Law

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Courses Taught

  • Health Law Clinic
  • Women's Health Law and Policy
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Mental Health and Disability Law in a Comparative Context