NUSL Newsbriefs February 2013

February 2013
NUSL Newsbriefs

Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison visits Northeastern

The legendary Toni Morrison brought her wit and wisdom to the law school for our Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project's celebration of Martin Luther King Day. “Evil and vio­lence take the stage — all of it. It needs so much to call our atten­tion,” Mor­rison said. “But good­ness doesn’t need any­thing. If it says any­thing at all, it’s a whisper.”
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"The Trouble I've Seen"

Featuring the work of Northeastern University School of Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), "The Trouble I've Seen" follows the investigations of three harrowing civil rights cold cases. Founded by Professor Margaret Burnham, CRRJ takes on cases that both horrify us and beg us to correct the record, to search for reconciliation and remediation for families and communities that even decades later shudder in the shadows of bigotry and injustice. "The Trouble I've Seen" is narrated by Julian Bond, former chairman of the NAACP.
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Alumni/ae Board Member Profile

Gordon Moriarty ’93

Gordon Moriarty ’93 has served on the NUSL Alumni/ae Board since 2008 and has co-managed the Connections Program for several years.

“The law school’s emphasis on teaching practical legal skills, both in the classroom and through the co-op program, made it my No. 1 choice during the application process,” Gordon said. “In fact, my first co-op led to my post-graduate position. Because of this and the many relationships with faculty, colleagues, and students I have developed, I feel tremendous satisfaction by giving back to the school through my work on the Alumni/ae Board. If my role helps a handful of students and recent graduates, my time is well spent.”

As an intellectual property attorney and director in the Boston office of Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, LLP, Gordon develops and coordinates patent portfolios for corporate and institutional clients. In managing his clients’ intellectual property assets, Gordon provides guidance in the prosecution and licensing of patents and trademarks.

A native of the Philadelphia area, Gordon received a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Communications Theory and Optics, from Northwestern University in 1982. He continued his engineering education at Loyola University in Baltimore, Md., before moving to Boston with his wife, Stacey, to attend NUSL in 1990. He and Stacey live in Newton, Mass., with their high school-aged daughters, Lee and Lauren. For fun, Gordon enjoys photography and competes in road races, ranging from 5Ks to marathons, including the Boston Marathon as a qualified runner three times.

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

Connections 2013

The Connections Reception will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at Ropes and Gray LLP, located in the Prudential Tower at 800 Boylston St. in Boston. Connections is graciously sponsored by:
Demeo & Associates, P.C.
Morgan, Brown, & Joy, LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Sherin and Lodgen, LLP

Connections provides an informal opportunity for current law students to learn from small groups of alumni/ae about a broad range of career options. In today’s challenging economic environment, these opportunities are tremendously beneficial to current NUSL students.

Many of our practice area tables are already at capacity due to space constraints, but we are still looking for a few volunteers in the following areas: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Law; Environmental Law; Government Practice; Health Care; Immigration; Insurance; and Defense.

If you wish to participate, please contact Eileen Hommel at 617.373.8268 or

Northeastern University School of Law Launches LLM with Specialization in Health Policy and Law

Building on the success of our newly launched LLM program, the law school will offer an LLM with a specialization in Health Policy and Law, beginning in fall 2013.

The Health Policy and Law specialization is open to seasoned practitioners in the field, as well as lawyers aiming to transition into the field. Fields of focus may include:
  • Health Law
  • Public Health Law
  • Health Policy
  • Global Health
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Drug Law
  • Biotechnology and the Law.
The very successful LLM program for international lawyers also welcomes candidates for fall 2013.

Visit our website for more information about all of our LLM programs, or write to LLMinfo@neu.eduaw.

Upcoming NUSL Regional Events 

Bay Area Welcome Reception for Dean Jeremy Paul
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

Bay Area graduates are invited 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 Regional Alumni/ae Event
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 Dean Jeremy Paul as well as the Seattle campus' new dean and CEO, Tayloe Washburn. This event will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
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New Hampshire Regional Alumni/ae Chapter Dinner
Friday, March 8, 2013

Catch up with our New Hampshire area grads over dinner following the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Midyear Memberships Meeting. This event will be held at Mint Bistro in Manchester from 6:30-8:30 p.m. RSVP: Talesha L. Caynon ’09, chapter chair, at 603.665.8814 or

Chicago Regional Alumni/ae Reception
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Join us at Quartino Ristorante and Wine Bar, 625 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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North Carolina Welcome Reception for Dean Jeremy Paul
Thursday, May 9, 2013

Come meet our new dean and check out Northeastern University’s Charlotte campus from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The campus is located at 101 North Tryon Street, in Charlotte, N.C.
Keep an eye on our calendar for updates on upcoming regional events!

Important Save-the-Dates

Health Law Society Panel
Monday, February 4, 2013
12-1:30 p.m., 240 Dockser

Please join us for a discussion with alumni/ae about careers in health law. Panelists will discuss their current roles and the evolution of their career paths. They will also share advice and answer student questions about pursuing a career in health law.

Panelists include:
  • Kate Scarborough ’10, Associate Counsel, Senate Ways & Means Committee for Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Alyssa Vangeli ’11, Systems Policy Analyst, Health Care for All
  • Susan Coakley ’94, General Counsel, Boston Medical Center Healthnet Plan
  • Clare McGorrian ’91, Attorney, Consumer Health Law Counsel
RSVP: Lindsey Cei '13 at

After the Storm: New Directions in Health Policy and Law
Thursday and Friday, April 18-19, 2013
Join us for a day of informative discussion and exploration with some of the nation’s leading policymakers and researchers in health policy and law. Engage in conversations that examine the new directions for health policy and law, regionally, nationally and globally in the wake of the tumultuous events of 2012, including the Supreme Court’s ACA decision and the US Presidential Election.

The Keynote Speaker will be Julie Rover of National Public Radio. Keep an eye on our conference page for evolving details.

Women in the Law Conference
Friday, May 3, 2013

Save the date for our annual, dynamic conference. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by The Honorable Victoria A. Roberts ’76, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

In the News

Mo Cowan ’94 Appointed Interim US Senator
William “Mo” Cowan ’94, a senior adviser to Deval Patrick, has been named by the governor to serve as the interim U.S. senator until a successor to John Kerry is chosen by voters in a June 25 special election.
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Professor Margaret Burnham Writes for WBUR's Cognoscenti
On WBUR's Cognoscenti, Professor Margaret Burnham writes, “The Task of sustaining and correcting national memories of an unpleasant past calls for national cultivation to rework an account that is tainted with silence and denial ...”
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Leocadia Zak ’82 profiled by Bloomberg TV
"Capitol Gains" profiles Leocadia Zak ’82, U.S. Trade and Development Agency Director.
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Professor Michael Meltsner talks to WNYC
Meltsner, who 40 years ago spearheaded New York’s legal standard protecting people with criminal records, talks to WNYC about challenges today.
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Above the Law Calls NUSL One of the Nation’s “Top Five Overlooked Law Schools”
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