About Judith B. Tracy
Judith Bernstein Tracy received her B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan in 1968 and her J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1971. She was a litigation associate in a Chicago law firm and then served for ten years with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, first as the associate director of the Chicago office and then as the executive director of the Boston office.
Professor Tracy was a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College from 1983-1985, where she studied the role of the courts in overseeing complex remedial decrees in law reform cases, and she designed a course in equitable remedies, which she taught at Northeastern University School of Law. From 1985 to 1991, Professor Tracy was an assistant general counsel at the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, where she presided as a hearing officer in the administrative adjudication of disciplinary cases against physicians.
Since 1991, Professor Tracy has been teaching a variety of courses at Boston College Law School, including Introduction to Lawyering and Professional Responsibility, Advanced Legal Writing , and Legal Reasoning, Research & Writing. She was appointed Associate Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research & Writing in 1999, and received the Emil Slizewski Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001. Professor Tracy served as Coordinator of the LRR&W program from 2009 to 2011.
Honors and Awards
- Presented the Emil Slizewski Excellence in Teaching Award during the 2001 commencement ceremonies by the class of 2001
- Fall 2016: Law Practice 1
- Spring 2017: Law Practice II
Associate Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research & Writing
Boston College Law School
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Newton Center, MA 02459
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Hidden in Plain Sight: Achieving More Just Results in Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Cases by Re-examining Supreme Court Precedent Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy (2007)
Lower federal courts often fail to provide plaintiffs in sexual harassment cases the relief intended by Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964 and mandated by the Supreme Court when it recognized the cause ...
"I See and I Remember; I Do and Understand": Teaching Fundamental Structure in Legal Writing Through the Use of Samples Touro Law Review (2005)
A first-year legal reasoning and writing curriculum is designed to introduce students to the analytical skills and organizational tools needed for the preparation of effective objective and then persuasive documents. This article describes how to ...
Selected Professional Activities (6)
What Legal Employers Want... and Really Need New England Consortium on Legal Writing (2010)
Planned and organized conference of over 50 law faculty and legal employers to address the question of what makes a lawyer "practice-ready" and how the legal academy and legal employers should allocate this responsibility.
Guidelines for Effective Grading and Feedback: Workshop for New Legal Writing Faculty Legal Writing Institute, Suffolk University Law School (2010)
Effective grading and feedback requires a legal writing faculty member to understand the goals of her course and of each assignment; the timing and application of the feedback; and the realities of time constraints and ...