Paul R. Tremblay is a Clinical Professor of Law and Law Fund Research Scholar at
Boston College Law School. A member of the faculty since 1982, he teaches clinical
courses at the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau as well as classroom courses in
legal ethics and professional responsibility. Prior to his appointment at Boston College
Law School, Professor Tremblay was a Senior Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los
Angeles and an instructor at UCLA School of Law.
In January, 2008, Professor Tremblay launched a new transactional clinical course at
Boston College Law School, the Community Enterprise Clinic. In the Community Enterprise
Clinic, students represent low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs, small businesses, and
nonprofits. The mission of the Community Enterprise Clinic is to support economic
progress in under-resourced neighborhoods, and to offer a vibrant educational experience
to students interested in business law, transactional work, and community economic
Before offering the transactional clinic, Professor Tremblay taught civil litigation and
housing law clinics at LAB.
Professor Tremblay has considerable interest in professional ethics, interdisciplinary
collaboration, legal services for the poor, and transactional legal practice. He has been
a member of the Boston Bar Association Ethics Committee since 1993, and he has served on
the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility. He has
published in several scholarly journals on matters of professional ethics, including
articles on lawyers' obligations with questionably competent clients, on rationing
legal services for the poor, and on a method of ethical decision making known as
“casuistry.” His latest work has addressed the emerging issues involved in students’
representation of small businesses and nonprofits. Along with Alicia Alvarez of
University of Michigan Law School, he is completing a book to serve as a companion to
transactional clinics. West Academic Publishing will release the book next year.
Professor Tremblay serves on the board of directors of Lawyers Clearinghouse, Inc., and
is a board member (and past Treasurer) of the Community Day Center of Waltham, Inc.
Professor Tremblay was the recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Advocate for Clinical
Teachers Award from the Clinical Legal Education Association and was awarded the Emil
Slizewski Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008.
Contributions to Books
Selected Professional Activities