NUSL Newsbrief - November 2012

November 2012
NUSL Newsbriefs

Alumni/ae Weekend - Another Great Success!

We were pleased to welcome eight classes back to campus this year for NUSL’s Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend. Our returning alumni/ae enjoyed the opportunity to relive memories, renew friendships, reconnect with professors, and get to know our new dean, Jeremy Paul. In terms of fundraising, our reunion class committees have thus far raised close to $400,000 in a combined effort, setting a new record for the school. We extend our sincerest thanks to our Reunion Class Committee members and to all who helped make the weekend a fun and refreshing experience for all!
» View and order prints from the Alumni/ae Weekend Photo Gallery

Law Practice Management Seminar: Access to Justice

Northeastern University School of Law is a national and international leader in providing students with not only the theoretical education necessary to analyze the complex legal challenges faced in the practice of law, but also the practical applications of these skills through experiential learning. This year we have added a new course to the curriculum which embraces these ideals entitled "Law Practice Management Seminar: Access to Justice,” taught by Professor Jim Rowan and Sofia Lingos '09.

The seminar challenges conventional law practice management by exploring means of methods of filling the market gap in the provision of legal services to middle-class clients. Using the vehicle of a business plan, students investigate and document ways using improved marketing, staffing patterns, technological innovations, and a variety of other tools to provide legal services to underserved portions of the market in a sustainable and economically viable fashion. This course is not only designed to educate the entrepreneurial attorney interested in setting up shop after graduation, but introduces tools and platforms relevant to any practitioner.

Upcoming NUSL Regional Events

NUSL NYC Regional Alumni/ae Chapter Workshop: Engaging in Difficult Conversations
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Clear and effective communication is essential to working productively with others. Seize this unique opportunity to practice that difficult “talk” with your boss, your challenging client, that combative colleague or unmanageable direct report. This event will take place from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., hosted by Tarter, Krinsky & Drogin LLP, 1350 Broadway New York, NY 10018. RSVP to

Washington, D.C. Regional Alumni/ae Event with Dean Jeremy Paul
Wednesday, November 15, 2012
Join graduates in the Washington, D.C., area for a reception with our new Dean at Johnny’s Half Shell, 400 North Capitol Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. This event will take place from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
» Register online now

New Hampshire Regional Alumni/ae Event: Manchester Monarchs v. Portland Pirates Game
Sunday, December 2, 2012

Gather with our New Hampshire Alumni/ae Chapter to watch the Monarchs take on the Pirates at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Doors open at 2:00 p.m., and an after party will be held at Murphy’s Taproom, 494 Elm Street, Manchester, N.H. Contact Talesha Caynon ’09 at for more information about this event.
» Register online now

Keep an eye on our calendar for updates on upcoming regional events!

Important Save-the-Dates

Annual Labor and Employment Panel Discussion: Employee Communications and Privacy in the Workplace
Thursday, December 6, 2012, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Save the date for our annual NUSL Labor and Employment panel discussion and reception. This year’s panel, Employee Communications and Privacy in the Workplace, will focus on the following topics:

  • The latest line of Social Media cases from the NLRB and what it means for employees and employers
  • The ever-expanding scope of what constitutes protected concerted activity under the NLRA
  • New state CORI regulations
  • EEOC guidelines on criminal history background checks and employer practices that may violate Title VII
  • Confidentiality of investigations in the workplace

Moderator: Mark Irvings ’75
Panelists: Erica Crystal ’88, Evan Fray-Witzer '93, Maia Spilman ’96, James Shaw ’07, Elizabeth Vorro ’91
» Register online now

No Welcome Home: Remembering Harms, Restoring Justice
An Evening with Toni Morrisson
In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 18, 2013, 4:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of historical and literary exploration with Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison, presented by the Northeastern University School of Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, in collaboration with the Northeastern University Humanities Center. Professor Morrison and representatives of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project will discuss the harms suffered by so many during the Civil Rights era and highlight the current work to restore justice.
» Purchase tickets

For more information, please contact

In the News

Maggie Hassan ’85 Elected Governor of New Hampshire, Other Graduates Take State Senate Seats
Former New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader Maggie Hassan '85 was elected as governor of the Granite State on November 6. Hassan is the first NUSL graduate ever elected governor and will be the only female Democratic governor in the country when she is sworn in in January. A former three-term state senator, Hassan is the second woman to ever be elected New Hampshire Governor.

Also victorious in their respective state senate races were Mike Barrett ’77 (3rd Middlesex, Mass.), Frank Lombardi ’88 (District 26, R.I.), and Karen Spilka ’80 (2nd Middlesex and Norfolk, Mass.).

Corporate Counsel Magazine Features Northeastern as Innovator in Training Lawyers
Northeastern's "long tradition" of hands-on training is hailed in an article on how law schools nationwide are finally "beginning to offer courses that prepare students for in-house careers—often by serving up real-life challenges."
»Read more

Professors Dukasis, Parmet Featured on WBUR's new Website, Cognoscenti
Michael Dukakis and Wendy Parmet offer their thoughts on how President Obama, Congress, and the Supreme Court should deal with Obamacare, and how those decisions could affect the way “We the People” understand our relationship with the federal government.
»Read more

Eight Grads, Professor Celebrated as Massachusetts "Top Women of Law"
At an October luncheon, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly honored eight Northeastern University School of Law graduates and Matthews Distinguished University Professor Wendy Parmet as "Top Women of Law."
»Read more

Northeastern Law Teams Sweep First-Place Awards at Regional Tournament
Northeastern law students won all four individual and team categories at the Northeast Regional Mediation Tournament held in September. Northeastern entered two teams in the competition and every student on each team garnered both team and individual awards.
»Read more

Justice in New England
In a opinion piece, Professor Daniel Medwed says it's easy to take "potshots" at criminal justice issues in the South, but "in New England, it is not entirely clear that we do it better."
»Read more

Change in Store for Red Sox Nation?
Professor Roger Abrams talks to WGBH's Emily Rooney about John Farrell, the newly named manager of the Red Sox.
»Listen now

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Upcoming Events

November 13, 2012
New York Regional
Alumni/ae Event
New York, NY

November 15, 2012
D.C. Regional Alumni/ae Reception with Dean Paul
Washington, D.C.

December 2, 2012
New Hampshire Regional Alumni/ae Event
Manchester, NH

December 6, 2012
Labor and Employment Panel
Boston, MA

January 21, 2012
Toni Morrison Event
Boston, MA

February 7, 2013
Annual Connections Networking Event
Boston, MA

April 11, 2013
Alumni/ae of Color Panel
Boston, MA

April 18, 2013
New York Regional
Alumni/ae Reception
New York, NY

April 25, 2013
Western Massachusetts Regional Alumni/ae Reception
Location TBD

Friday, May 3, 2013
Annual Women in the Law Conference
Boston, MA

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