New Suffolk Law Faculty On Issues That Matter

Professors weigh in

 
Jennifer Ciarimboli

Assistant Professor of Academic Support   •   BA, Boston University   •   JD, University of Notre Dame Law School

Ciarimboli served as in-house counsel at Re:Sources and at Sapient Corporation, where she advised on a variety of global legal issues, including contracts and compliance. Prior to working in-house, she was an associate at Goodwin Procter LLP.

Remote bar complexities
“Due to the pandemic, 2020 graduates dealt with months of changes to the dates and format of the bar examination. Most students took a remotely administered test in October rather than a live exam in the summer. I’m thinking a lot about how those changes impacted our students, whether they disproportionately affected particular groups, and how I can support our future graduates who are dealing with continuing uncertainty around the administration of the exam.”


 
Stephen Cody

Assistant Professor   •   BA, Temple University
MPhil, Cambridge University   •   JD, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Before coming to Suffolk Law, Cody was a research director at Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center and prosecuted criminal cases for the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Eastern District, California). His interviews with hundreds of child soldiers and other survivors have helped determine how best to prepare, support, and protect witnesses who testify against perpetrators of mass violence.

Supporting witnesses of war crimes
“Witnesses are the lifeblood of international criminal trials. Most victims and witnesses have survived killings, torture, or the destruction of their homes. For many, testifying in a war crimes trial requires an act of great courage, especially when perpetrators still walk the streets of their villages and towns. Criminal prosecutors must be part of national and international efforts to support and protect victims and witnesses and help to restore communities affected by violence.”


Maurice Dyson 
Maurice Dyson

Professor   •   BA, Columbia University   •   JD, Columbia Law School

Dyson practiced law with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, securities, and leveraged buyouts valued at over $166 billion. He participated in landmark pro bono school-finance litigation, winning a $14 billion judgment that was upheld on appeal. He also led federal civil rights enforcement as the Special Projects team attorney for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Saying no to the “hired gun”
“We often seek a ‘hired gun,’ but we should advocate for the ‘hired dove’ attorney to engage in creative problem solving as a deliberate peacemaker, using restraint, reconciliation, and healing rather than acting as instruments to perpetuate malice and bitterness. As such, the hired dove lawyering model, first put forth by Professor Mary C. Szto, gives us a more effective manner for empathic cooperation in the practice of law, uniting parties riven asunder by conflict to reach lasting compromises built on mutual respect and need.”


Ali Rod Khadem 
Ali Rod Khadem

Assistant Professor   •   BA, MA, JD, University of California, Berkeley   •   MA, PhD, Harvard University

Khadem has worked as an associate in King & Spalding’s Middle East and Islamic finance group; as an associate in Linklaters’ China mergers and acquisitions group; as a senior director for global strategic relationships at Westport Innovations; and as a senior vice president for Asia and Middle East strategy at Macquarie Capital. He speaks several languages, including Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Farsi, and French.

Collaboration in a “post-truth” era
“In our so-called post-truth era, we are experiencing increasing polarization around fundamental existential questions, whether they be related to the pandemic, climate change, religion, race, gender, or nuclear threat. If information is part of the commons, then how does pollution of the information ecology (whether through misinformation, misunderstanding, or cognitive overload) undermine the possibilities for agreement and collaboration? And what new modalities are needed, at the levels of the individual and the collective, for resolving the ensuing conflicts?”


Carlos M Teuscher 
Carlos M. Teuscher

Assistant Clinical Professor   •   Director, Transactional Clinic   •   BS, University of Southern California   •   JD, Georgetown University Law Center

Teuscher was a lecturer and clinical instructor at Harvard Law School, where he directed the community enterprise project of the transactional law clinics. Before joining Harvard Law, he worked on domestic and international finance, mergers and acquisitions, and other commercial transactions at Linklaters LLP and Dechert LLP.

“A horrible year”
“COVID-19, the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, murder hornets, and now raging fires along the West Coast. 2020 has been a horrible year. Regardless, people have come together in different ways to support each other. Mutual aid networks have sprung up across the country, including in the Greater Boston area, to support immigrants and other oppressed groups with money, labor, and education programs, among others. Tax, business, employment, immigration—the legal issues are vast!”

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