Staff Attorney, Committee for Public Counsel Services
“I got a taste of everything that interested me and learned more about the law — and about myself — than I would have at any other law school,” says John Warren ’12.
John’s co-ops ranged from clerking for a judge in Boston to working for a large law firm in Honolulu.
John accepted a full-time, post-graduate position with his first co-op employer, the Committee for Public Council Services in Boston. As a second-year law student, John relished his experience with the agency, which enabled him to work directly with clients on complex cases and assist public defenders who stood up for their clients in court almost daily. “The faculty, students and mentors I had at Northeastern inspired me to help others,” he says.
In his first co-op, John shadowed attorneys in court and supported their cases by interviewing clients, performing investigations and writing memoranda, including an analysis on the impact of marijuana decriminalization.
As a judicial intern for the Honorable Gary S. Katzmann, John assisted in oral argument preparation and drafted memoranda on complex issues, from criminal suppression and guilty plea adequacy to unfair business practices.
John’s investigative work helped uncover the truth about a 1948 mob killing of an African American man in Georgia. His write-up on the case appears in the New Georgian Encyclopedia, 2012.
John worked with Professor James Hackney on research related to modern finance theory.
John assisted attorneys in civil and criminal litigation. His responsibilities included drafting substantial portions of two briefs submitted to the Supreme Judicial Court.
At RISE 2012, a competition with 400 entrants, John’s team was awarded the grand prize for Excellence in Scholarship for his presentation on the lives lost to Georgia lynchings and the ongoing need for restorative justice.
John worked on a wide range of projects in this fast-paced office, including developing the strategy for a brief to the Hawaii Supreme Court and drafting a letter challenging an insurance company’s coverage determination for a resort fire.