About Alan Jay Rom
ALAN JAY ROM is a sole practitioner, whose focus is employment law. He served as an assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division from 2008 to 2011. From 2007 to May 2008 he was the litigation director of Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts, and from 2002 through 2006 was the executive director of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc., in Boston. Prior to joining Massachusetts Appleseed in August 2002, he concentrated on employment law matters, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, its Massachusetts equivalent, and employment discrimination at the Law Office of Sherwin L. Kantrovitz, PC, for seven years. From 1977 to 1995 he was staff counsel to the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association, where he focused on employment discrimination, voting rights, and education law. From 1972 to 1977 he represented migrant farm workers in two legal services programs. He is the author of "Case Materials: The Legal System and the Hispanic/Latino Community," a course he designed and taught for three years at Northeastern University School of Law. He has authored several law-related articles and lectured at various law schools. He teaches "Legal Frameworks of Social Policy" at Tufts University. He is a 1972 graduate of Cleveland State University School of Law and a 1967 graduate of Ohio University, where he studied economics. He served as an economic advisor for a rural savings and loan cooperative in Bolivia while in the Peace Corps from 1969-1971. He is a member of the Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Ohio Bars and is admitted to the Bars of the Supreme Court, First and Second Courts of Appeal, and the United States District Courts for the Districts of Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey.
- "A Voting Rights Trilogy," Debate and Understanding, Summer, 1983 p.101.
- "The Evolution of Legal Requirements for the Education of Students of Limited English Proficiency," 29 Boston Bar Journal, No.4, September/October, 1985.
- "Bilingual Education and the Law," 17 Interracial Books for Children Bulletin, Nos. 3 and 4 (1986).
- "A Brief Review of Voting Rights in Boston," 32 Boston Bar Journal, No.3, May/June, 1988.
- "School Finance and Equal Education Opportunity," appearing in Walsh, Education Reform and Social Change: Multicultural Voices, Struggles and Visions, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. (1996)
- "In Search of the 'Crown Jewel' in the 'Cradle of Liberty': A Review of Voting Rights Litigation in Massachusetts 1970s to the 1990s" (unpublished)
- "Wages," (Chapter 13), Massachusetts Employment Law, edited by John F. Adkins, Nancy S. Schilepsky, et al., Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2003, 2006, 2007, and 2009 with Nadine Cohen, and in 2009 and 2011 with Philip Gordon)
- "An Epic Struggle for Equal Opportunity," with Laura Kaplan, USA Today, January 2005; Vol. 133; Issue 2716; ISSN: 01617389; © Bell & Howell Information and Learning Company.
- "Who Will Enforce Right to Equal Education?," with Professor Lawrence Friedman, New Bedford Standard Times, February 21, 2005.
- "McDuffy is Dead; Long Live McDuffy!": Fundamental Rights Without Remedies in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, 21 St. John's J. Legal Comment. 111 (Fall 2006).
- "Is There Any Parent Here?: Fixing the Failures of the Massachusetts Public School System," 27:1 B. C. Third World L. J. 159 (2007).
- "Discipline in the Public Schools," The Radiant: News for the Immigrant Community, (May 2008).