Justin H. Dion
Director of Bar Admissions Program
Courses Taught: Non-Profit Law, Pension Rights, Trusts & Estates, Housing Discrimination, Consumer Protection, Advanced Legal Analysis
Professor Dion is responsible for designing, administering, and overseeing the Law School’s bar examination preparation efforts and activities, including teaching classes, counseling bar applicants, and working with students on an individual and group basis. Professor Dion works closely with faculty, staff, and commercial bar preparation companies. He is responsible for implementing a comprehensive bar passage program commencing in a student’s first year of law school and continuing throughout the law school program.
Professor Dion is a proud alumnus of Western New England University School of Law, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Western New England Law Review. He is a certified mediator and is admitted to practice before the Massachusetts and Connecticut State and Federal Courts, The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has of counsel status at Bacon Wilson, P.C., in Springfield, Massachusetts, as a general practitioner who focuses his practice on bankruptcy, business matters, estate planning, and real estate.
Professor Dion is an experienced educator, who before becoming employed full time in this role, was a longstanding adjunct professor at Western New England University School of Law in which he was voted Adjunct Professor of the Year for three years. Professor Dion was also a Professor and Department Chair for the Legal Studies, Forensic Studies and Criminal Justice Departments at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, in which he was also voted to serve two terms as Chair of the Faculty Assembly.
Professor Dion received the 2009 Adams Pro Bono Publico Award from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for his outstanding commitment to providing volunteer legal services for undeserved populations in Massachusetts, and was the founder and Director of the Bay Path University Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic for 8 years. He currently also serves as a Hearing Officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, and is a Member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Bar Admissions Curriculum Committee.
Justin Dion and Nicholas Smith, Exploring Private Causes of Action for Victims of Data Breaches, 41 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2019).
Justin Dion, Protecting Massachusetts Homeowners? Examining the Expanded Coverage Under An Act Relative to the Estate of Homestead, 35 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 99 (2013).
Justin Dion, "Means Test or Just a Mean Test”: An Examination of the Requirement That Converted Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Debtors Comply With Amended Section 707(B), 16 AM. BANKR. INST. L. REV. 413 (2008).
Justin Dion, Timing is Everything…or Is It?—Cortez Challenges the “Snapshot” Approach to Analyzing Abuse Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 707(b), 15 ABI J. 1 (2006).
Justin Dion, Who is Your Client? Ethical Considerations Potential Counsel Must Consider, 14 J. BANKR. L. & PRAC. 55 (2005).
Justin Dion, Prosecutorial Discrimination or Contract Theory Restrictions?—The Implications of Allowing Judicial Review of Prosecutorial Discretion Founded on Underlying Contract Principles, 22 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 149 (2000).
Justin Dion, Dollars and Sense—How to Negotiate a Pre-foreclosure Workout Agreement, BUSINESSWEST, October 29, 2007.
Justin Dion, Forestalling Foreclosures—Is There a Solution to This Regional and National Problem?, BUSINESSWEST, September 17, 2007.
Justin Dion, Crunch Time?—Lenders Tighten the Reins on Mortgage Loans, BusinessWest, September 3, 2007.
Justin Dion, Calm Before the Storm—Dealing with Secured Lenders When Times Become Tough, BUSINESSWEST, September 18, 2006.
Justin Dion, The New Bankruptcy Law: Assessing The Law’s Impact on Women, MASSACHUSETTS BAR INSTITUTE, September 2006.
Justin Dion, Good News for Landlords—Bankruptcy Law Revisions Make it Easier to Evict, BUSINESSWEST, May 1, 2006.
Justin Dion, Choose Your Entity, BUSINESSWEST, September 6, 2005.
Justin Dion, Light at the End of the Tunnel—Often, Bankruptcy Isn’t the End, but the Beginning—of a Turnaround, BUSINESSWEST, August 2003.