Alan Minuskin is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Boston College Law
School. He teaches and supervises student attorneys in the Law School’s Civil Litigation
Clinic, and Housing Law Clinic, which he directs. He also serves as Director the Boston
College Legal Assistance Bureau’s Elder Legal Services Project. Prior to beginning his
career as a clinical legal educator in 1979, Professor Minuskin was a legal services
attorney at Central Middlesex Legal Services and, through a small community practice he
founded, a co-grantee of federal legal services funding for the provision of free legal
services to the poor. From 1977 to 1984, he was a part time, volunteer staff attorney at
the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (formerly Cambridgeport Problem
Center) where he collaborated with mental health professionals in an interdisciplinary
approach to solving the legal problems of indigent clients. 

At Boston College Law School, Professor Minuskin has developed, written elaborate case
materials for, and taught innovative litigation practice courses. In his Pretrial
Litigation course, students litigate a complex civil case in a semester-long simulated
employment discrimination law suit. The roles of parties and witnesses are played by
accomplished, local actors; students work in teams comprising firms and are supervised
and critiqued by Boston area litigators and judges. After teaching in the Law School’s
first-year lawyering program for many years, Professor Minuskin developed his own
first-year practice course, Introduction to Civil Litigation Practice, in which students
engage in litigation skills training, again with seasoned actors playing the roles of
parties, and grapple with real ethics dilemmas presented in class by guest practitioners. 

Professor Minuskin also periodically serves as on-site externship director for Boston
College Law School’s London Program, an international collaboration with King’s College
London School of Law in which Boston College law students spend a full semester abroad
interning with international finance, human rights, or environmental law placements while
taking law classes at King’s. 

In addition to writing materials for his courses, Professor Minuskin produced and
directed an advocacy ethics training video, Shalleck v. Winchester-Park, in collaboration
between the Law School and the University of California Hasting College of Law. Professor
Minuskin has also engaged in litigation training for practicing lawyers. He frequently
presents to and trains community organizations on Massachusetts housing law. He has been
active in a variety of professional organizations whose purpose is the expansion and
reformation of programs designed to provide wider access to legal services and justice
for economically disadvantaged people. He is a member of the Massachusetts bar. 

Selected Professional Activities

The Way to Carnegie: Practice, Practice, Practice, Third World Law Journal Symposium (2011)
Tenants' Rights in Massachusetts, Waltham Alliance to Create Housing / Brandeis University (2011)
Drafting Mediated Agreements in Summary Process, Conference on Drafting Settlement Agreements in Mediated Landlord-Tenant Matters, Community Dispute Settlement Center (2010)
Basic Housing Law in Massachusetts, Housing Challenges for the Poor, Brandeis University and Waltham Alliance to Create Housing (2010)
The Law of Surrogacy, Needham Council on Aging: Topics in Elder Law (2010)