Forman Named Inaugural Clinical Faculty Fellow

Sarah Jane Forman has been named the law school’s inaugural Clinical Faculty Fellow.

Sarah Jane Forman

“Sarah Jane is a great addition to the Clinical Program and the larger law school,” notes Annette Appell, professor of law and associate dean of clinical affairs. “Her experience in criminal and juvenile defense and her interest in tracing the structural and systemic factors that create pathways to prison through the schoolhouse doors intersect with the clinical program’s growing engagement with youth advocacy and the regulation of childhood.”

Forman has worked as an associate specializing in trial practice and as a public defender. She also was a law clerk for both the Environmental Protection Agency and The Nature Conservancy, an intern with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, and a legal assistant for The Rainforest Alliance.

The new clinic fellowship is designed to train talented law graduates for success in the entry-level law teaching market, including in clinical education. Fellows will benefit from direct association with the school’s longstanding and nationally recognized Clinical Program, while working closely with faculty mentors who are widely respected for their teaching and research. Fellows will receive both intensive assistance in developing academic legal scholarship and opportunities to teach in the Clinical Education Program.

Forman received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and JD from Boston College. Her research interests relate to the role of punitive police presence in urban public schools that both undermines faith in the criminal justice system and fuels the school to prison pipeline. She will be teaching the Criminal Justice Clinic in spring 2010.