It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Christine Durkin passed away on February 15, 2019. 
Donations may be made in Christine's honor to Casa Myrna, New England's largest service provider for women and children escaping family violence, where Christine worked as coordinator of legal services early in her career. 

Professor Durkin’s biography at the time of her death:

Professor Durkin joined the law school faculty in 2017, after 20 years of teaching legal research and writing, family law drafting and legal English at Boston University School of Law. Additionally, she taught legal practice skills as an adjunct professor of legal writing at Suffolk University Law School for three years. Previously, she was a staff attorney in the Family Law Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), where she directed a relocation counseling project, assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She also co-managed GBLS’s divorce work group, supervising student attorneys in family law cases. Prior to working at GBLS, Professor Durkin was the coordinator of legal services at Casa Myrna Vazquez, New England’s largest service provider for women and children escaping family violence. After graduating from Suffolk University Law School, where she served as executive editor of the Suffolk University Law Review, she was a civil litigation associate at law firms in Hartford, Connecticut, and Boston, Massachusetts. Professor Durkin has argued child welfare and domestic violence cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and has authored amicus briefs on behalf of GBLS, the Domestic Violence Council and the Women’s Bar Association. She previously served on the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence and has presented nationally on relocation issues and identity changes for victims of violence. 

Fields of Expertise

  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Law

Selected Works

Selected Chapter

  •  "Naming Non-Marital Children: Birth Certificates and Name Change Petitions, Paternity and the Law of Parentage in Massachusetts," in Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (3d edition forthcoming).

Selected Articles

  •  Book Review: "In Harm’s Way: The Pornography Civil Rights Hearings," 8 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 411 (1999).
  • "Civil Forfeiture Under Federal Narcotics Laws: The Impact of the Shifting Burden of Proof Upon the Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Self Incrimination," 24 Suffolk University Law Review 661 (1990).