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Kelly-Anne DeFao

Kelly-Anne DeFao (2011)

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Political Science
 Haldan Hall 219


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, 1993, Juris Doctor, cum laude  
    • National Representative, Appellate Team, 1993
    • First Place, Moot Court, 1992
  • College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, 1988, Bachelor of Arts, English  
    • Presidential Award, 1988

Professional History

Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA 2011-current
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Political Science (2016-current)

  • Preparing and teaching law and criminal justice courses
  • Teaching first-year seminar on multiculturalism
  • Developing new courses and experiential learning opportunities to expand criminal justice track
  • Serving as academic advisor to students (freshmen through senior)
  • Providing written recommendations for students regarding internships, graduate schools, job placement
  • Supervising TA for first-year seminar
  • Serving on Academic Planning Board (2016: two-year appointment)
  • Serving on Library Advisory Committee (2016: one-year appointment)

Adjunct Professor,
Sociology and Political Science (2011-2016)

  • Taught law and criminal justice courses and first-year seminars
  • Served as academic advisor for first-year students
  • Developed and taught directed study on Constitutional Criminal Procedure
  • Developed and taught Media, Crime and Justice course; Introduction to Criminal Justice course

Courses taught 

  • SO 103: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • SO 252: Crime and Delinquency
  • PS 241/341: American Legal System
  • PS/CO 257/367: Media, Crime and Justice
  • Directed Study: Constitutional Criminal Procedure
  • PS/WS 245: Women and the Law
  • FYS 101: First Year Seminar-Living in a Multicultural World
  • FYE 102: First Year Seminar-Emergency 911: Who answers the call?

Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, Brockton, MA 1993-2005
Appellate Attorney (1997-2005)

  • Authored appellate briefs and presented argument to the Massachusetts Appeals
  • Court and Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court involving various felony convictions including first degree murder, aggravated rape, and armed robbery
  • Adjudicated Open Meeting Law violations; dictated and enforced penalties; drafted
  • and enacted office policies for consistent dispositions
  • Researched and instructed on new statutes/new case law at police meetings,
  • prosecutor seminars and community forums

Trial Attorney (1993-2004)

  • Tried and disposed of major felony cases in superior/district courts
  • Lectured at MCLE seminar on OUI law
  • Lectured at various community programs

Fisher College, Taunton, MA 1999
Adjunct Professor, Government

  • Introduction to Law/American Legal System