Attorney John F. Quinn is the Director of Public Interest Law Programs at the University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth. Atty. Quinn works with law students and external partners to create internship and career opportunities across several academic disciplines, including law and public policy.
Atty. Quinn also serves as the supervisor of the law school's Public Interest Fellows program, which helps prepare and place law students in public interest internships and careers. As part of this program, he hosts and moderates an on-going Public Interest Panel Discussion, held the first Thursday of the month, which exposes law students to various public service actors from across the state.
Prior to working at UMass Law, Atty. Quinn practiced law in Bristol County and served in the Massachusetts State Legislature for 18 years, representing the Greater New Bedford Region. As a member of the Massachusetts Legislature, Atty. Quinn served in several leadership positions, including the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Banks and Banking and as the Vice-Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Atty. Quinn has presented at various conferences on banking and fisheries issues. He has also testified at two Congressional hearings on the subjects of banking and fisheries law.
Atty. Quinn also has extensive international experience and has participated in numerous Rule of Law Programs all around the world through the U.S. State Department. He has lectured and presented on the separation of powers and the independence of the Judiciary in Mongolia, China, Macedonia, Hungary and Romania. Atty. Quinn also participated in the U.S. State Department Visiting Guest Speakers Program in the Republic of Georgia and served as a political analyst during the 2000 U.S. Presidential Elections. In the area of electoral politics and reform, Quinn was part of the Democratic Party Florida recount team and worked on the infamous Palm Beach County recount in 2000.
Atty. Quinn is currently a Public Policy Ph.D. candidate at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He also serves on the Board of Directors of YMCA Southcoast, the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, the Bristol County Bar Association and is a member of the New Bedford Bar Association Bar Council. Additionally, Att. Quinn was appointed by the United States Secretary of Commerce as a member of the New England Fisheries Management Council which manages the New England fishing industry; he currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Council.