Professor of Law and Director Litigation

Contact

  • Office: 120 Tremont St.
  • Suite: 615-B
  • Phone: 617-573-8551
  • Fax: n/a
  • Email: mavery@suffolk.edu

Degrees

  • BA, LLB, Yale University
  • attended University of Moscow, U.S.S.R. 1968-1969.

Bar Admittance

  • MA
  • CT
  • U.S.D.C. MA, CT
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st, 2nd, 4th, & 9th Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court

    Teaching

  • Constitutional Law
  • Individual Rights
  • Evidence
  • Scientific Evidence

Biography

Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School; Partner, Perkins, Smith & Cohen (1996-1998); Law Offices of Michael Avery, (1989-1995); Partner, Avery & Friedman, (1984-1989); Law Offices of Michael Avery, (1977-1984); Partner, Williams, Avery & Wynn (formerly Roraback, Williams & Avery), (1971-1977); Special Staff Counsel, ACLU Foundation (1970-1971). Adjunct Professor, Boston College Law School, (1989-1991); Visiting Professor, Georgia State University Law School, (1988-1989); Adjunct Professor, Northeastern Law School; Political Justice Workshop, Yale Law School (1972-1975); Undergraduate Seminar, "Police and Police Conduct," Yale College.

On May 15, 2010 Prof. Avery was on a panel at the Federalist Society's rendition of Henry V

Professional Activities

President, National Lawyers Guild (NLG) (2003 - 2006); Former President, Board of Directors, National Police Accountability Project; Frequently invited to lecture on the topic of constitutional law and/or police misconduct at law schools nationwide. Lectures at conferences sponsored by Georgetown University Law Center, Chicago Kent Law School, Suffolk University School of Law, A.L.I. - A.B.A., American Civil Liberties Union affiliates, National Lawyers Guild, Clark Boardman, Ltd., International Association of Chiefs of Police, various law enforcement agencies. President, Board of Directors, National Police Accountability Project, NLG,(1999 - 2003); Cooperating Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights, New York, 1980-present; Co-chair, Massachusetts Chapter, National Lawyers Guild, 1996 to 1998; Board Member, Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, 1983-1986; General Counsel, Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, 1978-1981; Chairperson, Civil Liberties Committee, National Lawyers Guild, 1977-1980; National Council Member, Emergency Civil Liberties Committee, 1976-1979.

Publications

Books

POLICE MISCONDUCT: LAW AND LITIGATION (3rd ed., 2013) (with Karen Blum and David Rudovsky)

THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY: HOW CONSERVATIVES TOOK THE LAW BACK FROM LIBERALS (2013)

POLICE MISCONDUCT: LAW AND LITIGATION (3d ed., 2012) (with David Rudovsky and Karen Blum)

WE DISSENT (NYU Press, 2008) (Editor, Contributing author)

HANDBOOK OF MASSACHUSETTS EVIDENCE (8th ed., 2007 & Supp. 2010-2014) (with Mark S. Brodin)

DO YOUR OWN DIVORCE IN CONNECTICUT: THE PRO SE DISSOLUTION MANUAL FOR CONNECTICUT (1991) (with Diane Polan and Sara D. Eldrich)

Articles

Obstacles to Litigating Civil Claims for Wrongful Conviction: An Overview, 18 B.U. PUB. INT. L.J. 439 (2009)

The Constitutionality of Warrantless Electronic Surveillance of Suspected Foreign Threats to the National Security of the United States, 62 MIAMI L. REV. 541 (2008)

The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement, 42 SUFFOLK L. REV. 89 (2008) (book review)

Prejudice v. Probative Value, Philadelphia Style, 50 ST. LOUIS U. L.J. 1147 (2007)

Paying for Silence: The Liability of Police Officers under Section 1983 for Suppressing Exculpatory Evidence, 13 TEMP. POL. & CIV. RTS. L. REV. 1 (2003)

You Have a Right to Remain Silent, 30 FORDHAM URB. L.J. 571 (2003)

Unreasonable Seizures of Unreasonable People: Defining the Totality of Circumstances Relevant to Assessing the Police Use of Force Against Emotionally Disturbed People, 34 COLUM. HUM. RTS. L. REV. 261 (2003)

The Liability of Police Officers under Section 1983 for Suppressing Exculpatory Evidence, 13 TEMP. POL. & CIV. RTS. L. REV. 1 (2003)

Annual William Homans Memorial Lecture—Evidentiary Privileges, PROCEEDINGS OF THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT HISTORICAL SOCIETY (2000)

Landry v. Attorney General: DNA Databanks Hold a Mortgage on Privacy Rights, 44 BOSTON B.J. 18 (2000)

Police Chases: More Deadly than a Speeding Bullet?, 33 :12 Trial 61 (1997)

MEDIA


Judge Sotomayor's Supreme Court Nomination , 06/01/09. NECN Sidebar Series

Use of full body scanners at airports , 01/11/10. NECN Sidebar Series

Appellate Nominee Goodwin Liu , 04/16/10. Professor Avery Discusses Appellate Nominee Goodwin Liu on CNN