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Paul R. Tremblay

Paul R. Tremblay

Boston College Law School
Clinical Professor of Law and Law Fund Research Scholar
Newton Center, MA, USA


Paul R. Tremblay is a Clinical Professor of Law Boston College Law School.  From 2012-2015 he served as the school’s Associate Dean of Experiential Learning.  A member of the faculty since 1982, he teaches clinical courses at the Boston College Center for Experiential Learning as well as classroom courses in legal ethics and professional responsibility.  Prior to his appointment at Boston College Law School, Professor Tremblay was a Senior Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and an instructor at UCLA School of Law.  He is a graduate of Boston College and UCLA School of Law.

Since 2008, Professor Tremblay has directed the Community Enterprise Clinic, a transactional clinical course at Boston College Law School.  In the Community Enterprise Clinic, students represent low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs, small businesses, nonprofits, and first-time home buyers.  The mission of the Community Enterprise Clinic is to support economic progress in under-resourced neighborhoods, and to offer a vibrant educational experience to students interested in business law, transactional work, and community economic development.

Before offering the transactional clinic, Professor Tremblay taught civil litigation and housing law clinics at the BC Legal Assistance Bureau.

Professor Tremblay has considerable interest in professional ethics, interdisciplinary collaboration, and legal services for the poor. He has been a member of the Boston Bar Association Ethics Committee since 1993, and he has served on the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility.  He has published in several scholarly journals on matters of professional ethics, including articles on lawyers’ obligations with questionably competent clients, on rationing legal services for the poor, and on a method of ethical decision making known as “casuistry.”  He is a co-author (with Alicia Alvarez of Michigan) of Introduction to Transactional Lawyering Practice (2013), and (with David Binder and Paul Bergman of UCLA, and Ian Weinstein of Fordham) of Lawyers as Counselors: A Client Centered Approach (3rd ed. 2012), both leading textbooks used in law school clinics.  His recent articles include Transactional Legal Services, Triage, and Access to Justice, 46 Wash. U. J. L. & Pol’y 11 (2015); Lawyers and the New Institutionalism, 9 U. St. Thomas L. J. 567 (2012) (with Judith A. McMorrow); Counseling Community Groups, 17 Clinical L. Rev. 389 (2010); Shadow Lawyering: Nonlawyer Practice Within Law Firms, 85 Ind. L.J. 653 (2009); and Public Health Legal Services: A New Vision, 15 Geo. J. on Poverty L. & Pol’y 729 (2008) (with Ellen Lawton, Randye Retkin, David I. Schulman & Megan Sandel, M.D.).

Professor Tremblay was the recipient of the 2008 Emil Slizewski Excellence in Teaching Award at the Boston College Law School commencement ceremonies.  He also received the 2004 Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers Award from the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), and the 2009 Community Commitment Award from the Waltham Alliance to Create Housing (WATCH).

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