Assistant Teaching Professor and Resident Fellow, Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration
Pepperdine Law School, JD 2005
Professor Stefanie (Stevie) Leahy teaches in the first-year Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) program. Professor Leahy was appointed an assistant teaching professor at Northeastern Law in July 2020 following her term as a visiting assistant professor during the 2019-2020 academic year. Within LSSC, Professor Leahy has collaborated with LatinoJustice PRLDEF, GLBB, HCRS and CLBB, among other organizations. In connection with her work as the Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC) Resident Fellow, Professor Leahy’s current projects focus on the cradle-to-prison pipeline and juvenile justice.
Outside of LSSC, Professor Leahy also teaches Introduction to Writing for Litigation. Professor Leahy is an active member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and in 2021 was awarded an outstanding Service Award in recognition of her contributions as a member of the organization’s Leadership and Development (L&D) Committee. Before joining the faculty at Northeastern, Professor Leahy taught at New England Law Boston within the legal writing and academic success departments.
Prior to starting her teaching career, Professor Leahy began her legal career at Latham & Watkins, where she conducted a broad-based civil litigation practice. Professor Leahy continued her litigation practice as an attorney with Goodwin Procter and later at Aeton Law Partners. She also had extensive pro bono experience, including asylum petitions, VAWA petitions, and an internet censorship case in collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union. Professor Leahy practiced for more than a decade before transitioning to Northeastern to begin teaching.
Fields of Expertise
- Academic Support
- Civil Litigation
- Lawyering Skills
- Legal Research and Writing
- “Do Period Policies Empower Menstruating Individuals? Benefits and Challenges of Legislation Related to Workplace Protections,” (online symposium article) Columbia Journal of Gender and Law (2021).
- “Fostering Equity and Inclusion Across the Gender Spectrum in the Law School Classroom,” 65 Villanova Law Review 1105 (2020).
- “Coggan v. Coggan: Rewritten Opinion,” (with Professor Natasha Varyani) Feminist Judgment Series (forthcoming).
- “HCRS and Northeastern Law School to Present Harm Reduction Research,” VTDigger (March 10, 2022).
- “Centering the Wellbeing of BIPOC Students While Addressing Issues of Racial Justice in the Classroom,” (presentation with Professor Carol Mallory) ALWD Biennial Conference (June 2021).
- “Fostering Equitable Treatment Across the Gender Spectrum Within the Law School Classroom,” Villanova Law Review Annual Norman J. Shachoy Symposium (forthcoming).
- “Addressing Mental Wellbeing in the New Virtual Classroom, William & Mary Conference for Excellence in Online Teaching Legal Research and Writing (June 2020) (with Professor Emily Bishop).
- “Using Supreme Court Briefs to Teach Oral Advocacy and Social Justice in Your Online Legal Writing Course William & Mary Conference for Excellence in Online Teaching Legal Research and Writing (June 2020).
- “For the Greater Good: Teaching Social Justice Advocacy and Community Lawyering,” Reimagining Advocacy Conference, Stetson University College of Law (November 2019) (with Professor Margaret Hahn-DuPont).
- “Intercultural Pedagogy: Challenging Narratives in the Skills Classroom,” New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers Annual Conference, Boston College Law School (October 2019) (with Professor Elizabeth Bloom).