Ruth Bourquin, Senior Attorney

Ruth Bourquin joined the ACLU of Massachusetts in October 2017. For the previous 20 years, Ruth worked at Greater Boston Legal Services and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, focusing on the needs of families with children living in poverty, especially those experiencing homelessness. She was lead counsel in several class actions, including the one that led to the Supreme Judicial Court decision in Smith v. Commissioner of Transitional Assistance, 431 Mass. 638 (2000) in which the Court found that regulations of the state welfare agency wrongly deprived thousands of low-income, working parents of their statutory right to cash assistance benefits.

Prior to joining legal services, Ruth served as the Deputy General Counsel to the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means, was in private practice focusing on employment discrimination, and was an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth.

While at the Attorney General’s office, Ruth served as Elections Counsel and Chief of Affirmative Litigation. She was lead counsel in a three week trial, resulting in a statewide injunction against the blockading or invasion of abortion clinics by protesters.

Ruth is a 1982 graduate of Harvard Law School and clerked for the Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.


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