NUSL Newsbriefs March 2013

March 2013 
NUSL Newsbriefs

Women in Law Conference... planned by women, for women, about issues related to the women in law.

Save the date for our fifth annual Women in the Law Conference, which will take place on Friday, May 3, 2013. This year's conference will once again be open to non-NUSL graduates. Experience a full day of dynamic presentations and networking with faculty, presenters, and alumni/ae.

Our keynote speaker is the Honorable Victoria Roberts ’76, Federal Judge for the Michigan Court of Appeals and a trailblazer in her own right. The topics and panelists promise a day of intriguing dialogue and discussion. Visit our conference page for more information.

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Practice-Related Tips: B"law"ging
Sophia Lingos '09
Lingos Law, LLC

Production and distribution of our thoughts, research, and ideas has evolved with the creation of blogging. We are no longer constrained by the publication process of invitation, drafting, review, and possible rejection. B“law”gs (law + blog) have created the ability for an individual (or firm) to be the author, editor, publisher, and promoter. WordPress and Blogger are user-friendly platforms on which you can create a free blog.

Blogs have taken the place of the traditional printed newsletters. The electronic format allows the receiver not only access to a single publication, but those archived in the library. Interested individuals can also “subscribe” to receive ongoing updates. Additionally, blogs allow readers to share your content with minimal effort to others who they believe may be interested in a particular topic. We even have free distribution outlets as you and your followers can promote your piece by sharing through various online networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. As an added benefit, search engines love content creation and therefore blogs organically move you up in rankings.

You can blog about any number of topics, but consider highlighting your practice area, successes and interests. Keep your topics timely. Visit LexBlog and view the ABA Journal Blawg 100 list to see what other legal bloggers are writing about. Don’t forget to join in on the conversation. Find inspiration in your daily interactions, but do NOT disclose any confidential information and protect clients’ anonymity unless given express permission to identify them and their matter. Sign up and start to share.

West Coast Swing


Dean Jeremy Paul visited with west coast alumni/ae in February, sharing the latest news about NUSL and his vision for the school’s future. In San Francisco, close to 50 alumni/ae from the Bay Area gathered with the dean for a graduate reception at Perry’s on the Embarcadero. Dean Paul was also the guest of honor at an event hosted by Northeastern’s new campus in Seattle. Seattle Dean and CEO Tayloe Washburn described this new model of education to the Seattle-area graduates of the School of Law who attended.

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Connections Networking Event a Great Success

Connections 2013 was held on Feb. 7 at Ropes & Gray, LLP. We had a fantastic turnout from a range of class years and legal backgrounds and were thrilled to have a hand in creating so many opportunities for students and graduates to connect. We always enjoy the energy and dedication that our graduates continue to bring to this event. Thank you for sharing your expertise with students. Welcome remarks were provided by Dean Jeremy Paul and David Chapin, Managing Partner of Ropes and Gray, LLP.

Thank you also to our sponsors: Demeo & Associates, P.C.; Morgan, Brown, & Joy, LLP; Ropes & Gray, LLP; and Sherin and Lodgen, LLP. Without their support, this worthwhile event would not have been possible.

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Upcoming NUSL Regional Events 

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

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. Kathy Morris '75, Founder, Under Advisement, will provide speed mentoring to graduates at this event
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Washington D.C. Regional Alumni/ae Chapter 
Speaker Series Event
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Join our Washington DC Alumni/ae Chapter for a reception at the Science Club, 1136 19th Street NW, Washington, DC, from 6- 9 p.m. Guest speakers include: Alice Weiss ’97 and Vince Haskell ’95. They will discuss finding your true career callingPlease RSVP to

New York Regional Alumni/ae Reception
Sunday, April 17, 2013

Join NUSL graduates living and working in the New York area with special guest speaker Scott Heekin-Canedy '79 former New York Times president and general manager. This event will take place at TBC from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Boston Regional Alumni/ae Gathering
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Join our Western Massachusetts Alumni/ae Chapter for a reception at Bishops Lounge in Northampton.

Boston Regional Alumni/ae Gathering
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Meet, mingle, and network with fellow members of the Boston Regional Alumni/ae Chapter at the Union Club from 6- 8 p.m.

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.
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: 101 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C.

NUSL to Hold Events Honoring our 
Newly Elected Officials

On May 15, NUSL will hold an event honoring William "Mo" Cowan ’94, Interim US Senator for the State of Massachusetts. On May 29, NUSL will hold an event honoring New Hampshire Governor Margaret Hassan ’85. Additional details will be forthcoming.

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

Important Save-the-Dates

NULJ Symposium: Employed or Just Working?
Friday, March 22, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

This one-day symposium will bring together distinguished speakers from across the country to examine the limits of traditional employment relationship classifications and our understandings of the social and economic complexities of working in the global economy. Attendance is free and lunch will be provided. Visit for more information.

The Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecture
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

This year’s Valerie Gordon Lecturer is Philip Alston, the John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.
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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 U.S. presidential election.

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

In the News

Two Grads Honored as "Leaders in the Law"
Deborah Dean '86, General Counsel for Dassault Systemes Americas Corp., and Barbara Healy Smith '88, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, will be honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly, and New England In-House at the prestigious "Leaders in the Law" event on March 7.
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Mary L. Bonauto '87 honored by the American Bar Association
In February, the ABA's Commission on Sexual Orientation honored Mary Bonauto ’87 with the newly created Stonewall Award for her significant achievements in advancing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
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Mo Cowan '94 Appointed Interim U.S. 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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Upcoming Events

March 8, 2013
New Hampshire Regional 
Alumni/ae Dinner

March 14, 2013
Chicago Regional Alumni/ae 

March 21, 2013
Washington D.C. 
Regional Alumni/ae Chapter 
Speaker Series Event
The Science Club

April 11, 2013
Alumni/ae of Color Panel

April 17, 2013
New York Regional
Alumni/ae Reception
New York

April 19, 2013
Health Law Conference

April 25, 2013
Western Mass. Regional 
Alumni/ae Reception

May 3, 2013
Annual Women in the Law Conference

May 9, 2013
North Carolina Regional 
Alumni/ae Reception
Charlotte, N.C.

May 15, 2013
Washington D.C. Regional
Alumni/ae Reception
Washington D.C.

May 29, 2013
New Hampshire Regional 
Alumni/ae Reception
New Hampshire

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