In 2011, Attorney Alan Jay Rom established his private practice, Rom Law P.C., focusing on 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 taught "Legal Frameworks of Social Policy" at Tufts University for seven years. 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.
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Latino Democratic Committee of Massachusetts, "Honorary Latino Award", 1990, "In appreciation of your commitment to the advancement of Latinos in Massachusetts and your permanent and positive impact on our economic and political future."
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