NUSL Newsbriefs April 2013

April 2013
NUSL Newsbriefs

Treat Yourself to a Day of Professional Development

Join us for the 5th Annual Women in the Law Conference at the School of Law on Friday, May 3. The conference highlights key issues that are important to women attorneys. We emphasize practical, useful information to take away from the full day’s programming to further develop your career – whatever that means for you. As always, the day will feature incredibly talented speakers from diverse backgrounds and small discussions groups for topics of interest after the larger panel discussion so that attendees can delve even deeper into areas of interest. Additionally, we have reprised the very popular “speed mentoring” program which enables you to seek career advice and suggestions one-on-one with experienced attorneys from various practice areas and settings. This thought-provoking conference is also open to non-NUSL grads. Don't miss this critical networking opportunity, which frequently results in business development. Spread the word and bring your colleagues. We invite you to register now!

For more details and a full list of panelists, please visit our conference page or contact Eileen Hommel at

» Register online

Alumni/ae Board Member Profile

Raquel Webster ’03

Raquel Webster has been a member of the Alumni/ae Association Board since 2007 serving on the Alumni/ae of Color, Nominating, and Career Services committees.

Currently Senior Counsel at National Grid, Raquel has also served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston and spent seven years at Bingham McCutcheon, LLP.

“I credit Northeastern University School of Law for providing me with the skills, confidence, and drive to become a leader and for encouraging me to give back to my community through public service. As a result, I feel it’s important to give back to the school through my work on the Alumni/ae Association Board,” Raquel said.

Raquel was honored by the Massachusetts Women's Bar Association as a participant in the 2011-12 Women's Leadership Initiative Program. In 2012, she was named a Public Interest Leadership Program Fellow by the Boston Bar Association and honored by the Boston Business Journal with its Top 40 Under 40 award.

In addition to her role on the School of Law’s Alumni/ae Association Board, she is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Boston Debate League, the Boston Preparatory Public Charter School, and she has also served as a lead teacher/program coordinator for the Discovering Justice and Citizen Schools Legal Apprenticeship Mock Trial Program.

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

The LLM Program is Growing!
Next Up: Health Law!

The vibrant new LLM program at the School of Law is growing by leaps and bounds! This fall, in addition to the general LLM program, we are offering a specialization in health policy and law. Designed to meet the needs of lawyers already in the field looking to hone their skills, as well as lawyers hoping to enter this rapidly expanding practice area, the program is the proud progeny of Northeastern's Program on Health Policy and Law. LLM students specializing in Health Policy will be able to take advantage of the university's duly vaunted interdisciplinary prowess by choosing from course offerings all over campus: at the D'Amore-McKim School of Business, at Bouvé College of Health Sciences, and at Northeastern’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities.
Also launching this fall: a new two-year LLM + MA in Sustainable International Development, the next step in a dynamic partnership with the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University! 
Help NUSL spread the word! If you or anyone you know would like to learn more about the LLM program, please contact Patrick Cassidy, Director of LLM and International Programs, at

Chicago Regional Chapter Social a Success! 

A group of Chicago area alums met at Emilio's Sol y Nieve on March 14, for tapas, drinks, good cheer, and top-shelf career advice from Kathy Morris, '75, founder of Under Advisement, Ltd.

"We had a fantastic time eating the delicious food, discovering our commonalities, and providing each other with support. I think, in the bigger picture, this is what a successful job search is all about: reaching out to people in the legal community, finding a common ground, and creating relationships," said Christine K. Wee '01, Chicago Regional Chapter Representative.

Upcoming NUSL Regional Events

New York Regional Alumni/ae Reception
Wednesday, 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 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the offices of Nixon Peabody, 437 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y.
» Register now

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.
» Register now

Western Massachusetts Alumni/ae Gathering
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Join fellow Western Massachusetts alumni/ae at Bishop's Lounge in Northampton to network and mingle.
Time: 6 - 8 p.m. 
Location: Bishops Lounge, 3rd floor
41 Strong Avenue, Northampton, Mass.
» Register now

North Carolina Welcome Reception for Dean 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: Northeastern University - Charlotte Branch. 101 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C. 
» Register now

Washington, D.C., Regional Chapter Event Honoring William "Mo" Cowan ’94, US Senator 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Art and Soul, 415 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
» Register now

New Hampshire Regional Alumni/ae Reception in Honor of Governor Maggie Hassan ’85
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Bedford Village Inn, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, N.H. 

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

Important Save-the Dates

After the Storm: New Directions in
Health Policy and Law
Friday, April 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. 

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

In the News

The Honorable Diana L. Maldonado ’85 to become the First Latina Associate Justice at the MA Appeals Court
First Justice Diana L. Maldonado of the Chelsea District Court was nominated by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and confirmed by the governor's council on February 13, 2013. On April 17, 2013, Judge Diana Maldonado will be sworn in as the first Latina Associate Justice at the Massachusetts Appeals Court. 

A 1985 graduate of NUSL, Diana spent 12 years as a public defender in both state and federal courts before being appointed to the Chelsea District Court in 1998. 

Northeastern Law is "Wicked Awesome!"
Above the Law says we're the "most wicked awesome" law school in Boston. We certainly can't argue with that!
» Read more

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

Upcoming Events

April 11, 2013
Alumni/ae of Color Panel

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

April 19, 2013
After the Storm
Health Law Conference

April 25, 2013
Boston Regional Alumni/ae Reception
Union Club of Boston

April 25, 2013
Western Massachusetts Regional Alumni/ae Reception
Bishop's Lounge, Northampton

May 3, 2013
Annual Women in the Law Conference

May 9, 2013
North Carolina Regional
Alumni/ae Reception
Charlotte Campus

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

May 29, 2013
New Hampshire Regional Alumni/ae Event
Bedford, N.H.

Click here for more information and other events

Read It Now!
Check out the winter 2013 edition of Northeastern Law Magazine.