|Present||Faculty Member, Boston College Law School|
- Fall 2020: American Legal Theory, Oliver Wendell Holmes: Making of Modern American Law
- Spring 2021: Torts
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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., and the American Civil War Journal of Supreme Court History (2015)
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. spent three terrible years fighting in the Civil War. By any standard his experience was horrific. He was wounded three times, suffered a nearly fatal bout of dysentery, and endured the ...
Microaggressions in the Context of an Academic Community Seattle Journal for Social Justice (2013)
There has been much discussion of the concept of microaggressions in the legal literature. These are statements made by members of a dominant group that serve to denigrate, delegitimate or insult minority members of the ...
Langdell and the Invention of Legal Doctrine University of Southern California Legal Studies Working Paper Series (2009)
This paper addresses two related questions. The first relates to Langdell and his development of a doctrinal theory of contract law. The substance and method of Langdell’s work has not been well understood and this ...
Holding Charities Accountable: Some Thoughts from an Ex-Regulator Boston College Law School Faculty Papers (2006)
This paper recounts a number of lessons learned in the course of serving as the Director of Public Charities for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It incorporates these lessons into a discussion of the proper analysis ...
Who Owns the Local Church? A Pressing Issue for Dioceses in Bankruptcy Seton Hall Legislative Journal (2005)
The recent bankruptcies of Catholic Dioceses are unprecedented. For the first time, Bankruptcy Courts must deal with the difficult question of who owns the parish church. In this paper, I will explore two possible sources ...
Churches, Charities and Corrective Justice: Making Churches Pay for the Sins of Their Clergy Boston College Law Review (2003)
The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston faced the threat of large tort judgments as a result of acts of sexual abuse committed by its priests. Because the Archdiocese is a public charity, it has been suggested ...
Pragmatism, Feminism, and the Problem of Bad Coherence Michigan Law Review (1995)
In this Article, Professor Wells reviews Professor Margaret Jane Radin’s book, Reinterpreting Property. Professor Wells considers Radin’s work a rich repository of original insight, lucid analysis, and sharp debate and particularly appreciates the substantive introduction ...