Sunday, February 24, 2019
Christine Durkin, a professor in the Legal Skills in Social Context program at Northeastern University School of Law, passed away on February 15, at the age of 52, following a struggle with ovarian cancer. She is survived by her devoted husband, John A. Menslage, and her two beloved children, Grace and Luke.
Professor Durkin joined the Northeastern faculty as an associate teaching professor in 2017, and she taught as an adjunct at the law school. She also taught LRW, family law drafting, and legal English at Boston University School of Law for 20 years, and was an adjunct professor of legal writing at Suffolk University Law School.
In a message to legal writing colleagues, Professor Margaret Hahn-DuPont at Northeastern University School of Law described Christine Durkin as "a born teacher - kind, supportive, and encouraging. Her students adored her, calling her 'Mama Durkin' (they even created a graphic of her as a mother duck and each of the students as her ducklings, imprinted on her and following her everywhere). She was also deeply committed to improving the lives of children and women."
After Professor Durkin left civil litigation practice, she served as the coordinator of legal services at Casa Myrna Vazquez, New England’s largest service provider for women and children escaping family violence. She then joined the legal staff of the Family Law Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, where she focused on assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Professor Hahn-DuPont added that "Christine was an incredibly warm and generous person, with a unique capacity to make people feel welcomed and cared-for. She was a deeply valued member of our community, and we feel fortunate to have known her. We miss her more than words can say."
We extend our condolences to Professor Durkin's family, students, and colleagues.