Staff Attorney, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Ira Gant ’10 loves a good fight.
In fact, that’s what gets him up and out every morning as he heads to work as a public defender in the Alternative Commitment Unit at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) in Boston. There, he represents clients the government seeks to commit as sexually dangerous persons, sometimes long after their criminal sentences have ended. If committed, a client receives a sentence of anywhere from one day to life.
“Where else could you come in every day and fight like hell? There’s something both pragmatic and romantic about it,” he says.
He started working as a public defender on criminal cases right after graduation — exactly what he wanted to do since entering law school. In this way, law school fulfilled Ira’s expectations. “I came to Northeastern for two reasons: the institutional commitment to public interest law matched my own, and, with the co-op program, I knew I would quickly be back to work learning in the field — where I learn best.”
Ira worked on a case in which a citizen group challenged a state program as violating separation of church and state.
Ira assisted Professor Deborah Ramirez with national security law research and grant writing.
Ira worked with an attorney inspecting a state’s sole juvenile prison to determine its compliance with the law.
Ira represented clients at arraignment hearings, appearing before a variety of judges, and second-sat a two-day jury trial.