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About Irene Scharf

Professor Scharf regularly teaches Torts, and directs the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Massachusetts School of Law in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. She has also taught Constitutional and Criminal Law, and continues to occasionally teach Immigration Law, Immigration Practice, and Field Placement classes.
Professor Scharf engaged in private practice for several years and was also counsel to state and local administrative agencies, including the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission. She served as a Special Assistant Attorney General (Commonwealth of Massachusetts Tobacco Litigation), and is a trained mediator as well as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. At one time she conceived, directed, and taught a Small Claims Mediation Program in a district court in southeastern Massachusetts.
Professor Scharf has taught at the State University of New York, the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University), Boston University Law School, Northeastern Law School, and twice with the Institute on International and Comparative Law of the University of San Diego Law School’s Paris, France campus. She is a member of the Massachusetts and New York bars, and a long-standing member as well as participant on the Board of Editors of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association, the national membership organization of immigration lawyers.
She served as Associate Dean for Clinical Programs at UMass Law’s legacy institution, Southern New England School of Law (2002-2010), and as Director of Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning at UMass Law (2010-2013). In these positions, she played a leadership role in developing the school’s clinical programs, which include a variety of both in-house and off-site clinics and a deep internship program, ensuring that all law students, whether full or part time, were able to enroll in a clinical program. The efficacy of these programs was recognized by the American Bar Association when, in the spring of 2012, UMass Law received provisional accreditation following its initial application for approval.


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