NUSL Newsbriefs Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013

December 2012/January 2013
NUSL Newsbriefs

No Welcome Home: Remembering Harms, Restoring Justice
An Evening With Toni Morrison
In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 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.
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Mentors Needed for Student Writing Competitions and Moot Court Court Competitions

Opportunities for Student Distinction (OSD) is eagerly seeking graduates to coach students as they prepare for writing and moot court competitions. This is a chance for you to help facilitate a student's writing process as a coach for his/her writing competition entries. The Northeastern Alumni/ae office is aiding in this effort by matching students and graduates by their shared interest in a particular area of law.

This is a fantastic mentoring opportunity and requires a committed alum to guide current students. Please contact Mielle Marquis at or professor Susan Maze-Rothstein at if you would like to participate.

Alumni/ae Board Member Profile

Michael Xavier '99

Michael has served on the Alumni/ae Board since 2010. This year he is chairing the Community Building Committee, which will serve as a liaison between the School of Law, undergraduate colleges and other professional schools at Northeastern.

Michael states, “Working on the Alumni/ae Board has re-affirmed for me what I treasured about my time at the School of Law. Working with other dedicated graduates is a true reminder about what I loved about NUSL.”

An associate at Prince Lobel, Michael has practiced family law for more than 10 years and works with families in distress caused by divorce, custody, child removal, modification, guardianship, will contests and other related issues. His practice also includes many cutting-edge legal issues, including same-sex marriages, adoptions and assisted reproductive technology. Michael recently served as a faculty member at Suffolk University Law School’s Continuing Legal Education program teaching a course titled Same Sex Marriage, Divorce, and Parentage Issues.

Learn more about the NUSL Alumni/ae Association by visiting its webpage.

Practice-related Tips

The five "Be's" for Social Media Management
By Sophia S. Lingos '09, Lingos Law

Social networking is the sharing of our stories and interests with the intent to influence others. Many lawyers have been apprehensive to connect via this medium and are therefore not staying competitive with their contemporaries. Below are five tips for social media utilization and management:

1. Be Seen. Make sure you have claimed and created profiles for your practice and have a presence on all social media sites.

2. Be in Control. Create a social media policy for your firm and employees. This should include considerations regarding privacy tools and appropriate usage.

3. Be Consistent. Develop a plan which includes times to post and topics so your community knows what to expect. Determine the type of content that is relevant to your audience. Select an individual or individuals who can write on your behalf with a consistent voice.

4. Be Careful. Even if you do not identify a client directly, ensure that you have not revealed any confidential or proprietary information.

5. Be Methodical. Utilize tools like Hoot Suite and Google Analytics to track your successes and adjust your efforts accordingly.

Upcoming NUSL Regional Events 

Boston Regional Alumni/ae Chapter Reception
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

Join our Boston area graduates and special guest Dean Jeremy Paul for a scotch tasting at the Elephant Walk, 900 Beacon Street, Boston. This event will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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Los Angeles Welcome Reception for Dean Jeremy Paul
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Details to follow.

San Francisco Welcome Reception for Dean Jeremy Paul
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

Bay Area grads will gather to meet our new dean at Perry's on the Embarcadero, 155 Steuart Street, San Francisco. This event will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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Seattle Welcome Reception for Dean Jeremy Paul
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

Mix and mingle with fellow grads at Northeastern's new Seattle campus, located at 401 Terry Ave North. You will hear from NUSL’s new Dean Jeremy Paul as well as Seattle’s new Dean and CEO, Tayloe Washburn. Dean Paul will talk about his vision for NUSL in the coming years and Dean Washburn will give a brief overview of this innovative model of higher education.This event will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
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Keep an eye on our calendar for updates on upcoming regional events!

Important Save-the-Dates

Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellows Program Welcomes Marie-Therese Connolly '84
Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 28-30, 2013

The Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellows Program is honored to welcome 2011 MacArthur "genius" fellow Marie-Therese Connolly to the Northeastern campus for a three-day visit. Connolly was instrumental in the drafting and passage of the Elder Justice Act, the first comprehensive piece of federal legislation to address the issue of elder abuse.
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In Our Name: A Play of the Torture Years
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, 97 Cargill Hall, 4-5:30 p.m.
Professor Michael Meltsner's acclaimed play, which offers a searing depiction of how and why the U.S. government found itself brutally treating the men it detained after 9/11, will be performed at Northeastern University. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the audience and a distinguished panel of experts. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Jan. 18, 2013, by e-mailing

Connections Networking Reception
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2012, 6-8 p.m.

The Connections Networking Reception will be hosted by Ropes and Gray LLP, 800 Boylston Street, Boston. We will be inviting graduates from across New England to participate in this annual networking event for graduates and students. Watch for your invitation in the mail.

In the News

U.S. Secretary of Labor Names Prof. Emily Spieler to Chair New Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee
Emily Spieler will lead a 15-member committee focused on ways to improve the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s whistleblower protection programs.
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Associate Dean Luke Bierman writes in the Huffington Post that media coverage of law schools and legal employment is "more often superficial than serious."
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NUSL in Top 10 Diversity Honor Roll Published by The National Jurist!
The National Jurist has ranked Northeastern University School of Law ninth in its Diversity Honor Roll.
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Leaders from 32 States Develop Plans for Innovative Curriculum Changes at Inaugural National Symposium on Experiential Education in Law
At the first National Symposium on Experiential Education in Law, held at Northeastern University School of Law in November, representatives from 80 legal institutions including Harvard, Cornell and the University of California, Berkeley, identified programmatic and innovative initiatives for the coming year to provide law students with more practical, hands-on legal training.
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Time Looks to Beletsky as Expert on Preventable Overdose
In an article about preventing overdose through the use of the antidote Naloxone, Time talks to professor Leo Beletksy, lead author of a related article in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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There's Still Time to Make Your Gift to the Annual Fund

Monday, Dec. 31, is the last day to make a charitable gift in this tax year. The support of alumni/ae like you makes a significant difference for the law school and your gift today will help ensure we start the new year on a firm financial footing. To make a gift, contact Daniel Scanlan, Director of Annual Giving, at 617.373.5126 or make a gift online. Thank you!

Questions about a Newsbriefs article? Call 617.373.3819 or
e-mail Mielle Marquis, Senior Associate Director of Alumni/ae Relations and Development, at

Upcoming Events

Jan. 18, 2013
Toni Morrison Event
Boston, MA

Jan. 28-30, 2013
Daynard Visiting Fellows Program
Boston, MA

Jan. 29, 2013
In Our Name: A Play
of the Torture Years
Boston, MA

Jan. 30, 2013
Boston Regional
Alumni/ae Reception
Boston, MA

Feb. 7, 2013
Annual Connections Networking Event
Ropes & Gray, Boston

Feb. 13, 2013
Los Angeles Regional
Alumni/ae Reception
Los Angeles, CA

Feb. 20, 2013
San Francisco Regional
Alumni/ae Reception
San Francisco, CA

Feb. 21, 2013
Seattle Regional
Welcome Reception for
Dean Jeremy Paul
Seattle, WA

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

May 3, 2013

Annual Women in the Law Conference
Boston, MA

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