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Francis J. Larkin - Professor of Law & Dean Emeritus

UMass Law's Francis Larkin

LL.D., (Hon. c.) Southern New England School of Law 
LL.D., (Hon. c.) Anna Maria College 
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center 
LL.B., Georgetown University Law Center 
B.S., College of the Holy Cross

Courses and administrative duties

Professor Larkin teaches courses in Federal Courts, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Conflicts of Law, and Securities Regulation.

Professional background

Before he was appointed dean of the Southern New England School of Law in 1993, a position he held until 1998 when he was appointed chancellor, Professor Larkin served for over two decades as a member of the Massachusetts judiciary. Earlier he served as Associate Dean of the Boston College Law School where he was also a tenured Full Professor.

Previously, he was law clerk to the Honorable John C. Hartigan of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. While at Boston College, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Massachusetts Law Quarterly (now the Massachusetts Law Review) and a contributing editor of the Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law.

Professor Larkin has been active at all levels of the American Bar Association. For over twenty years, he served as Chair of the Editorial Board of The Judges Journal, the national publication of the ABA’s Judicial Division. For many years he represented the Judicial Division as its Delegate to the ABA’s House of Delegates – the Association’s top policy-making body.

For two years, Professor Larkin headed the ABA Committee charged with coordinating all “Law Day – U.S.A.” events throughout the United States. In this capacity, he was twice invited to the White House for the May 1st signing of the official Law Day Proclamation by the President.

Professor Larkin has also served as Chair of the ABA’s Committee on Public Understanding of the Law and as a member of the ABA’s national Governance Committee. He is presently a member of the ABA’s National Consortium of Justice. In August 2001, at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, he received the first “Lifetime Achievement Award” presented by the Association’s Judicial Division.

Professor Larkin has also had a distinguished military career serving for some 32 years (Active Duty and Reserve) and retiring recently with the rank of full Colonel in the United States Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. 

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