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Amy M. Reichbach - Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

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J.D., Boston College Law School
M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Brown University 

Courses and administrative duties

Professor Reichbach teaches Civil Procedure.

Professional background

Throughout her career as an urban public school teacher, delinquency-prevention program director, and lawyer, Professor Reichbach has focused on the interrelated issues of access to quality education and the continuum of policies and practices that push youth – particularly poor youth of color – out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems, also known as the school-to-prison pipeline.  

Most recently, she was a trial attorney for the Child & Family Law Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts Public Defenders. In this capacity, Professor Reichbach represented children and parents at all stages of child welfare proceedings. She was also an Adjunct Professor at Boston College Law School, where she co-created and co-taught a course entitled “Law, Leadership & Social Justice.”

Professor Reichbach graduated first in her class from Boston College Law School, where she was a Public Service Scholar. She then clerked for Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall at the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and for the late Judge Reginald C. Lindsay at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Following her clerkships, Professor Reichbach was awarded two fellowships consecutively - the American Civil Liberties Union Racial Justice Fellowship and an Equal Justice Works Fellowship - to support her work at the ACLU of Massachusetts on disproportionate minority juvenile contact and confinement and the school-to-prison pipeline.

Professor Reichbach has conducted workshops and trainings for a variety of audiences on issues such as:

  • educational advocacy in child welfare cases
  • school discipline
  • the school-to-prison pipeline
  • disproportionate minority juvenile contact
  • educational stability
  • social justice 
  • public interest law
  • ethical issues in the representation of children

She has served on the:

  • National Board of Equal Justice Works
  • Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee of Massachusetts Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative
  • Steering Committee of the American Constitution Society 
  • Juvenile and Child Welfare Section Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association 
  • Education Law Task Force

Research interests

Professor Reichbach's research interests are rooted in education law, criminal justice, family law, and professional responsibility, and range from exploring the contours of young people’s access to meaningful participation in their education and in adjudicative processes, to examining the impact on this participation of zero tolerance approaches to school discipline. Professor Reichbach's current project focuses on the contours of procedural due process in the context of school disciplinary procedures. 

Publications

  • Guarding the Schoolhouse Gate: Protecting the Educational Rights of Children in Foster Care, 21 Temple Pol. & Civ. Rights L. Rev. 103 (2011) (with Marlies Spanjaard)
  • Lawyer, Client, Community: To Whom Does the Education Reform Lawsuit Belong? 27 B.C. Third World L.J. 131 (2007)
  • The Power Behind the Promise: Enforcing No Child Left Behind to Improve Education, 45 B.C. L. Rev. 667 (2004)

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