November 10, 2009
Michael Gregory, of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI), has been appointed as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law. With his appointment, HLS has 10 Clinical faculty as well as approximately 60 clinical instructors and clinical fellows in its Clinical program, the largest legal clinical program in the world.
“We are delighted that Mike, who is a very gifted clinician and teacher doing very important work on behalf of traumatized children, has received this appointment,” said Lisa Dealy, Assistant Dean for Clinical and Program Bono Programs at HLS. “Our clinical program and students are very fortunate to have him.”
Gregory teaches in HLS’ Education Law Clinic, which is part of the innovative Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI). TLPI is a partnership between HLS and the non-profit Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC). Created by clinical instructor and lecturer Susan Cole, TLPI’s mission is to ensure that children traumatized by exposure to violence succeed in school. In the clinic, which is the only one of its kind, HLS students have the opportunity both to zealously assert the educational rights of individual clients and to participate fully in a real-world systemic change agenda in both the legal and policy arenas. This dual focus is possible through the project’s unique clinical model, in which Cole – who is also a senior project director at MAC – serves as the leader of the project's systemic policy agenda, while Gregory will anchor the clinic's work more deeply in the academy – teaching courses in education law and expanding the research and scholarly interests of the project.
Along with his J.D. from HLS, Gregory holds a M.A. in Teaching and a B.A. from Brown University. He has previously held a teaching appointment at Brown’s Alpert Medical School and was the recipient of a Skadden Fellowship in 2004. Gregory co-teaches the clinical course, “Educational Advocacy and Systemic Change: Children at Risk,” with Cole and will also teach a non-clinical course on law and education at HLS next spring. He is currently conducting research on special education funding and the role of law in education reform.