Professor Arthur Berney

Professor Arthur Berney began teaching at BC Law in the fall of 1964. (Click here to read the 1964 law school newspaper article about Professor Berney and Professor Houghteling joining the BC Law faculty at that time). Professor Berney went on to be one of the school’s most revered professors. He taught courses in constitutional law, communications law and national security law before retiring from active teaching duties in 2001.

Among his many endeavors, he organized a group of BC Law students in 1966 in response to a request to schools across the nation to send volunteers to the country’s hot spots to advocate for civil rights laws. The students came to be known as Berney’s Raiders.

Their mission was to assist legal groups involved in civil rights litigation anywhere in the country on any matter that needed their help. Fifteen students fanned out across the country during the summer of 1966, aiding in all different types of civil rights work, whether fighting to protect train service to an all-black community or advocating for Native Americans in front of tribal courts.

Click here to read a June 1967 story that appeared in our law school newspaper chronicling many of the assignments that Berney’s Raiders undertook to fight for those with a lesser voice.

Professor Berney is now 89 years old and lives with his son in the Boston area. Unfortunately, his health precludes him from joining us at our reunion. However, he remembers his Raiders and all his students with great fondness, and he wishes everyone a very happy reunion.

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