Professor O'Connell teaches in the fields of family law, children's law
and property. She serves on the editorial board of the interdisciplinary journal Family
Court Review, and is active in a number of projects and associations that work to bridge
the gap between the legal and mental health professions. 

Professor O'Connell teaches regularly in the Postdoctoral Forensics Program at the
University of Massachusetts Medical School. She also teaches an annual seminar to the
judges of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court and serves as an advisor to the
court's Steering Committee on Administrative Reform. Along with law students from
the Youth Advocacy Caucus (YAC), Professor O'Connell also runs a mentoring program
at three area group homes for teens in state custody. 

After graduating from the School of Law, Professor O'Connell was the first law
school graduate to clerk for the Supreme Judicial Court of the state of Maine. She was an
associate at the Boston firm Foley, Hoag & Eliot from 1976 through 1980, where she
handled contract, insurance and public utility cases while running a pro bono family
practice. 

Articles

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The rugged feminism of Sandra Day O'Connor (with Judith Olans Brown and Wendy E. Parmet), School of Law Faculty Publications (1999)

In this Article we explore Justice O'Connor's response to the woman question by looking at...

 

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Contingent lives: the economic insecurity of contingent workers, School of Law Faculty Publications (1995)
 

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On the fringe: rethinking the link between wages and benefits, School of Law Faculty Publications (1993)

This is an Article about economic security and the curious, and often perverse, mechanisms through...

 

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Alimony after no-fault: a practice in search of a theory, School of Law Faculty Publications (1988)