Frances Rudko

Frances Rudko


Law School / Faculty



UMass School of Law 228


University of ArkansasJD
University of ArkansasPhD
University of ArkansasMA
Southern Methodist UniversityBA

Courses and administrative duties

Professor Rudko teaches Legal History, Constitutional History, Original Intent, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Fourteenth Amendment: An Instrument for Change, International Law, Business Organizations, Trusts and Estates, and Drafting Wills and Trusts.

Professional background

Professor Rudko entered the practice of law upon graduation from law school in 1973. Professor Rudko joined the full-time faculty of Southern New England School of Law in the fall of 1992.

Professor Rudko is a member of the Supreme Court Bar, the Massachusetts Bar, the Massachusetts Bar Association Civil Rights and Social Justice Council, and the Bar of Arkansas. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and served on the board of the Arkansas Law Review.

Professor Rudko has been a member of the American Bar Association since 1973, is a member of the American Association of Legal History and the American Society of International Law. In 2000, she joined the faculty of the American Academy for Judicial Education. She currently serves as a Hearing Officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers Grievance Committee. She also serves on the Human Rights Committee of Comprehensive Mental Health Systems, Inc.; the International Advisory Coucil/IAC; the Interdisciplinary Research Team: Exposing International Targeted Killing to Scruting; and the board of the New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!.

Professor Rudko is faculty sponsor for the International Law Students Association and the Jessup International Moot Court Teams.


Searching for Remedial Paradigms: Human Rights in the Age of Terrorism, 5 U. Mass. Roundtable Symp. L.J. 116 (2010)

Pause at the Rubicon, John Marshall and Emancipation: Reparations in the Early National Period?, 35 J. Marshall L. Rev. 75 (2001) 

The Cy Pres Doctrine in the United States: From Extreme Reluctance to Affirmative Action, 46 Clev. St. L. Rev. 471 (1999) 

A Matter of Power: Structural Federalism and Separation Doctrine in the Present, 32 U. Rich. L. Rev. 483 (1998)

Mid-Victorian Attitudes Toward Prostitution: The Contagious Diseases Acts of 1864, 1866 and 1869, Ozark Hist. Rev., Spring 1987; Attachment Revisited, 26 Ark. L. Rev. 225 (1972)

John Marshall and International Law: Statesman and Chief Justice, Greenwood Press, September, 1991

Contribution to Political Science Series, No 280; Truman’s Court: A Study in Judicial Restraint, Greenwood Press, September, 1988

Contribution to Legal Studies Series, No. 45. Book reviews of New South-New Law: The Legal Foundations of Credit and Labor Relations in the Postbellum Agricultural South by Harold D. Woodman, Arkansas Hist. Q., Vol. 55, Winter, 1996

Toward A Usable Past: Liberty Under State Constitutions, ed. Paul Finkelman and Stephen E. Gottleib, 51 Arkansas Hist. Q. (Summer 1992)

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