UMass Law welcomes two distinguished judges this March


Superior Court Judge Rafi Yessayan and former U.S. Federal Justice Ted Harrington to
speak with law faculty and students this coming month

This March the Commonwealth’s only public law school will welcome two distinguished
judges who will offer insights into their careers and engage with UMass Law faculty
and students on topics surrounding public interest law.

Superior Court Judge Rafi Yessayan will visit the law school March 2 at 5 p.m. at
UMass Law’s Moot Courtroom. Prior to becoming a judge on the Massachusetts Superior
Court, the Honorable Rafi Yessayan served as an Assistant District Attorney, Public
Defender, and Bar Advocate.

Former United States Federal Justice Ted Harrington will visit UMass Law March 10 at
noon in the Moot Courtroom. He will discuss his career as a former U.S. Federal
Judge and United States Attorney, as well as, his current status as a United States
emeritus Federal Judge.

One of UMass Law’s signature programs is the Public Interest Law Fellowship Program
(PILF), which consists of approximately 60 students who are provided a scholarship
that represents 50 percent of both tuition and fees in exchange for a commitment by
the students to careers in public interest law. As part of this program, students
are required to perform 200 hours of community service/pro bono work.