About Daniel R. Coquillette

The author of Lawyers and Fundamental Moral Responsibility, The Anglo-American Legal Heritage, Francis Bacon, and The Civilian Jurists of Doctor's Commons and editor of Law in Colonial Massachusetts and Moore's Federal Practice, J. Donald Monan Professor of Law Daniel R. Coquillette teaches and writes in the areas of legal history and professional responsibility.
Professor Coquillette was a law clerk for justice Robert Braucher of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger of the Supreme Court of the United States. He taught legal ethics on the faculty of the Boston University Law School, taught as a Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School and Harvard Law School, and became a partner for six years at the Boston law firm of Palmer & Dodge, where he specialized in complex litigation. He served as Dean of Boston College Law School from 1985-1993, and was named J. Donald Monan, S.J. University Professor in 1996.


Present J. Donald Monan, S.J. University Professor, Boston College Law School



Research Interests

Legal History and Professional Responsibility


  • Fall 2015: Anglo-American Legal History
  • Spring 2016: American Legal Education, Professional and Moral Responsibility of Lawyers

Contact Information

Daniel R. Coquillette
J. Donald Monan, S.J.
University Professor
Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Center, MA 02459
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