Joseph McEttrick Appointed Faculty Director of Rappaport Honors Program in Law and Policy


“Professor McEttrick is particularly well suited for this position because of his long standing interest and involvement in the development of public policy,” said Suffolk University Law School Dean Robert H. Smith.

In October 2000, the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation awarded Suffolk University Law School a five-year grant to develop the Rappaport Honors Program in Law and Public Policy. As a result, each year the Rappaport Honors Program now brings together a cadre of highly-qualified law students from Boston-area law schools who demonstrate exceptional commitment towards public service and the betterment of civic life in the Greater Boston region.

 Professor McEttrick received a J.D. degree from Boston College, and has a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He served on the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee for the Town of Milton, and was deeply involved in education reform in Massachusetts. He served on task forces for the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and on the Working Group on School Governance and Management convened by the leadership of the Massachusetts Legislature. 

Professor McEttrick also serves on the steering committee for the Moakley Archives at the Suffolk University Law School, and has conducted oral history interviews with the late Congressman Moakley and key figures in the congressman's career.  Professor McEttrick's current research is on the history of Boston from 1820-1920 and the legal, social, economic and political factors confronting immigrants from Ireland He also has provided his legal expertise to the national and local media.

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