Phyllis  Goldfarb

Phyllis Goldfarb

Title: Jacob Burns Foundation Professor of Clinical Law and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

Telephone: 202.994.7463

B.A., Brandeis University; Ed.M Harvard University; J.D., Yale University; LL.M., Georgetown University

Specialties/Areas of Expertise:
death penalty; criminal procedure; legal education; public interest law; executive clemency; domestic violence; race, gender, and the law


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Brief Bio:

  • Director of Criminal Justice Clinic at Boston College Law School from 1986-2007, a program in which third-year law students prosecuted or defended criminal cases in local criminal courts.
  • Faculty member of the Persuasion Institute, founded by Professor Tony Amsterdam of NYU Law School, established to teach narrative strategies to death penalty litigators.
  • Co-organizer of the 2001 conference Healing the Wounds of Murder, the first national conference of the organization Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation.
  • Represented many clients pro bono throughout her academic career, including death row inmates, a Rhode Island woman who sought relief from an erroneous murder conviction, and one of the Framingham 8, a group of Massachusetts women incarcerated for killing their batterers.